Chicago Town Deep Dish Four Cheese Pizza from Sainsbury’s

Chicago Town Deep Dish Four Cheese Pizza from Sainsbury’s

Chicago Town Deep Dish Four Cheese Pizza from Sainsbury's Review

Chicago Town Deep Dish Four Cheese Pizza from Sainsbury’s Review

What they say
A deep dish pizza base topped with tomato sauce, a blend of mozzarella, mature Cheddar, Monterey Jack and Emmental cheeses.

What we say
Now the lads thought we would review the infamous microwave pizzas from Chicago Town, now most people have had these at some point in their life but few would boost about it. They are cheap and quick to cook and seem a great idea! You can do these in the oven and we believe the results would be superior but in pizza lads style we used the traditional microwave method. The are small but as a quick snack fit the bill, so in the microwave they went for approx 2 mins or so. They no longer supply the special foil cooking thing you had to construct, yes a bit of origami thrown in the mix was always fun but never seemed to improve the cooking result much.

Okay they look and smell fairly acceptable and we suggest you let them cool a bit, as they will be hotter than the sun… The base as you might expect is a bit rubbery, this is the result of the cooking method mostly but the base is fairly thick anyway and quite doughy. The sauce is tomato and very rich, a goodly amount is put on which helps the base go down your neck at least. The cheeses are the usual 4 cheeses in a four cheese combo and in all fairness it’s quite tasty and fairly gooey with a reasonable depth.

They are good standby in freezer, but we being pizza connoisseurs (lol) would not recommend.. They are what they are!

Thumbs down from the pizza lads…

Prosciutto Mushroom & Mascarpone Pizza from Sainsbury’s

Prosciutto Mushroom & Mascarpone Pizza from Sainsbury’s Review

Prosciutto Mushroom & Mascarpone Pizza from Sainsbury's ReviewHand stretched wood-fired pizza base, topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, chestnut mushrooms, cooked ham, mascarpone cheese, and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese with hand stretched sourdough A great pizza starts with a great base. So we make ours with slow-fermented sourdough for a distinctive savoury tang, and we hand stretch each one, so they stay light and airy. Then we flash bake them on lava stones in a wood-fired oven. We choose beechwood logs because they burn hot and evenly, giving us temperatures of up to 600˚C. It’s this combination of intense heat and porous lava stone that sets the dough in seconds, locking in all the taste. The result is the classic Neapolitan-style crust crisp, thin and full of flavour. We choose our toppings carefully too, and hand layer them, starting with a rich Italian tomato and fresh basil sauce and creamy shaved mozzarella. Then we add delicate slices of prosciutto cotto, meaty chestnut mushrooms sautéed with garlic and herbs, and spoonfuls of velvety mascarpone. Finished with a sprinkling of tangy Italian Parmigiano Reggiano for extra richness.

Prosciutto Mushroom & Mascarpone Pizza Review

The lads realised that that we had not reviewed a supermarket pizza for a while, so popping into our local Sainsbury’s we scanned the shelves and opted for one of the extra special type pizzas . Now all the big supermarkets do these big box oval pizzas these days and Ted reckons they are all from one factory.

Anyway we got it back home and cooked according to instructions. It looked fairly okay and was a good size for two people, the sourdough base was thin and crisply bubbled at the edges as it should be. It was quite tasty and not too hard, It was topped with a rich Italian tomato and basil sauce, the basil was a bit overpowering in our opinion but not nasty. The prosciutto cotto was not not very generous in helping size but was a decent texture ,sweet and full of flavour.

The mushrooms were delightfully garlicky and contrasted well with the creamy blobs of mascarpone which gave a superb texture contrast. It was finished with a sprinkling of tangy Italian Parmigiano Reggiano , but didn’t really add much to the proceedings.

So all in all for the price a reasonable offering, nothing to get  excited about but definitely not dreadful either .

A thumbs up from The Pizza Lads

Easter Chocolate Dough Ball Pizza from ASDA

Easter Chocolate Dough Ball Pizza from ASDA Review

Easter Chocolate Dough Ball Pizza Review, Asda Pizza Chocolate flavoured balls of dough with milk and white chocolate chunks, milk chocolate curls, mini marshmallows and chocolate sauce with sprinkles. Pop it in the oven for just five minutes and you’ll have a delicious, gooey, chocolatey treat.

Easter Chocolate Dough Ball Pizza Review

The lads were once again on child minding duties as it was the Easter holidays, so at our wits end we decided to share the pain with the good folks at our local supermarket Asda. We let them go on the rampage while we explored the fresh pizza counter. To our surprise we found that they were doing a Easter Chocolate Dough Ball Pizza! Now it really seemed like a cake to the lads and would have thought it would be on the bakery counter but that’s just us. So anyway in the basket it went and off we trotted.

It says it can be eaten hot or cold but we like our pizzas like we like our women, hot and fresh ! but maybe not as sticky as this concoction was. right moving on.

It only takes five minutes and was even gooier when it came out. So as you see it looks like a bunch of profiteroles glued together with chocolate sauce. The topping was Marshmallows, it’s a wonder that Asda hadn’t given the option to add more toppings like chilli beef or pineapple. But it is what it is.

So you ask what was it like. It smelled of chocolate obviously, the dough was a bit crusty and dense we felt and tasted of chocolate. The sauce was like a chocolate desert but that was nice we reckoned. And the marshmallows were marshmallowy. So as a pizza offering it sucked, as a cake it was okay, a bit rich and sickly and the amount of sugar in it could have sustained an everest expedition on it’s own.

A thumbs down from The Pizza Lads

Picard Superior Margherita Pizza from Ocado

Picard Superior Margherita (Frozen) Pizza Review, Ocado Review

Picard Superior Margherita (Frozen) Pizza Review, Ocado Pizza ReviewRediscover the pleasures of Italy in savouring this delicious pizza topped with pomodoro sauce and creamy balls of Mozzarella. To be shared… or not!

Picard Superior Margherita (Frozen) Pizza Review

The lads missuses were working hard to keep a roof over our heads and didn’t have much time left for shopping so it was left to the lads to sort this out. Now we were getting a cheesed off going to supermarkets, so Bill decided that we would try online home delivery from Ocado. So we added the usual Toilet rolls and tins of spam etc, but off course as we are the pizzalads we had to buy a pizza. We plumped for a frozen one which looked like it was an authentic Italian one and we all know that they make the best! Now it was not a cheap option so more overtime will have to be done by the missuses to cover are largesse.

The plain Margherita is we know a boring choice but only the Italians can produce a taste sensation from cheese and tomato. We cooked according to the instructions and when finished it looked really artisanal. It seemed that it was straight from a pizza oven freshly made. The smell was divine which we had not expected. So the base was a delicious thin wood-fired blistered base which had not gone hard in the cooking process but was still crispy . It was topped with fresh-tasting tomato sauce ,more sweet than sharp but with good balance with a touch of oregano. The quality mozzarella is obvious and not the mass produced stuff and had a lovely oozing quality, slightly salty we thought but nevertheless delicious. So obviously a short review due the toppings but we do recommended this and as far as frozen ones go, we couldn’t ask for better.

A thumbs up from The Pizza Lads

Chicago Town Takeaway Sweet Cola BBQ Pizza from Tesco

Chicago Town Takeaway Sweet Cola BBQ Pizza from Tesco Review

Chicago Town Takeaway Sweet Cola BBQ Pizza from tescoChicago Town’s Takeaway Stuffed Sticky Sweet Cola BBQ Pizza is made with our amazing dough that bakes fresh in your oven, and – wait for it – topped with a delicious sticky sweet cola BBQ sauce, red cheddar, ham, mushrooms, red onions and of course, mouth-watering mozzarella. Why mess around with trying to find the takeaway menu in the kitchen drawer? We’ve even stuffed the crust with our signature tomato sauce for a true flavour sensation.

Chicago Town Cola BBQ Pizza Review

The lads had had to devote some time to looking after the kiddies during the school holidays so the wives can earn the dough to keep us in pizza. After a couple of hours of them  screaming we decided to share the experience with the good folks at Tesco… So we all trooped down there and within a minute the tantrums had started and everybody was looking at us but we cared not as Bill had seen a Pizza in the freezer section which fired our imagination..The incredibly titled Chicago Town Takeaway Sweet Cola Bbq Stuffed Pizza. Wow.

So after half an hour of letting the kids run riot and screaming and generally ruining everybody else’s shopping experience we headed for home with our pizza. Oven was on in no time and in it went. They say “Unique fresh, rising dough – Watch the dough rise before your eyes” on the blurb, so we stared through the oven door for 20 minutes and we hardly noticed anything. Anyway who cares, out it came and it looked good with a decent covering of toppings and browned crust but smelled very sweet. The dough was a bit stodgy but tasted OK for a frozen pizza, it had a tomato sauce stuffed crust which the lads were not keen on and it was no better than ketchup. The sauce on the pizza was strange and you would never know this was supposed to be cola, but the flavour of the BBQ was there and it tastes caramelised. It was sweet man.

The cheese was mozzarella and red cheddar which was fairly generous in amount and gooey. The toppings were ham, mushrooms, red onions which was fairly standard fare. nothing special but all OK. So all in all our impression was this didn’t work for us as the overall result is far too sweet. Sorry Chicago Town. Kids liked it though and after eating some of this they were bouncing off the walls just as the wives were due home from work.

A thumbs down from The Pizza Lads

American Sizzler Pizza from ASDA

American Sizzler Pizza from ASDA Review

Loaded with rich tomato sauce, a delightful duo of cheeses, spicy chilli beef, kickin’ chicken, pepperoni and fiery jalapenos (2 chilli rating)

American Sizzler Pizza Review

American Sizzler Pizza review, American Sizzler Pizza from ASDAThe lads had been sent shopping by the missuses and were determined to get a pizza for themselves, now the lads had had some disappointing experiences with pre packed pizzas so spotting the pizza counter at Asda supermarket we decided that was something we had to try. The front of the counter was packed with newly made pizzas or we could make our own creation, we decided on a pre done one and went for the American Sizzler Deep Pan 10″ which was a reasonable price and to be honest probably use the same pre packed toppings as the big chains. So upon arrival back home on went the oven.

When cooked the appearance was pleasing with a decent covering of toppings. The base was reasonably thick and was fairly light with just a slightly crusty outside. The tomato sauce was nice and tasty and spread evenly. Cheese was standard fare but not too generous, still it wasn’t a disappointment. Toppings were spicy chilli beef and that was tender and meaty with a fiery taste,  kickin’ chicken had a punch and was tender, pepperoni was a bit sparse (we have heard that the toppings are literally counted and we wouldn’t be surprised) but good and tender and it was rounded off with a handful of jalapenos and a sprinkling of cheese on top.

The overall offering was a good combination and we had to admit that we had not had many pizzas that were more fiery. The quality was on a pare with a chain one and in our opinion was far better than chilled pre packed ones. We were pleasantly surprised and will be reviewing more in the future.

A thumbs up from The Pizza Lads

Pepperoni Delight Pizza from Sainsbury’s

Pepperoni Delight Stuffed Crust Pizza from Sainsbury’s

Hand stretched garlic and herb flavoured cheese stuffed crust and base topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella, two types of pepperoni and Cheddar cheese.

Pepperoni Delight Pizza Review

Pepperoni Delight Pizza Review, Pepperoni Delight Pizza from Sainsbury'sThe lads were totally out of money as usual, Christmas was nearly upon us and what little money we had left had to be devoted to present buying for the missuses. We had of course left everything till the last moment and hit eBay and Amazon to order a variety of unlikely gifts in the hope they actually turned up before Christmas. Bill had gone for a toilet seat with a picture of The Pizza Lads on the lid. A watch from china costing one pound with free postage, a toilet roll with jokes on and a frying pan! Ted had gone for a giant wine glass, a barometer, a heated hair brush, anti ageing cream and a frying pan! (and say romance is not dead…!)

So fearing that this would be our last Christmas being married, we put our feet up and concentrated on solving our pizza craving with no funds, a quick look in the fridge revealed a Sainsbury’s Stuffed Crust Pepperoni Delight Pizza. It looked good so here we go.

We cooked it according to the instructions of course. Looking at the finished result and it appeared cosmetically very acceptable. The base was ultra thin and hadn’t crisped very well so seemed a bit soggy. To be honest we wondered if we lifted it up whether the entire middle would detach from the crust. The dough crust was just too stodgy for us and had been filled with the rubberyist cheese known to man, and what made it worse was that it tasted of nothing (Ted reckoned it wasn’t cheese and garlic at all). We thought there wasn’t enough cheese topping initially but it had a bit of depth to it.

The tomato sauce was quite sweet and not to our taste. The Pepperoni consisted of two types, big and small, which was reasonable and not too greasy and the amount was fairly generous. It came with a Garlic dip which was small.

So we were not overly impressed and don’t recommend this pizza. We realised that we were going to be in trouble for finishing this off as it was for the kids tea. Oh well, they’ll be pleased with the frying pans no doubt. Lets hope they don’t use them to clonk us over the head?

A thumbs down from The Pizza Lads

Feta Cheese & Caramelised Onion Pizza from Waitrose

Feta Cheese & Caramelised Onion Pizza from Waitrose Review

Feta Cheese & Caramelised Onion Pizza Review, Pizza Waitrose ReviewA Stonebaked, hand stretched thin and crispy Pizza base, topped with Garlic butter, Tomato sauce, caramelised Balsamic Onions, Mozzarella, feta and Mascarpone cheeses and sprinkled with Rosemary.

Feta Cheese & Caramelised Onion Pizza Review

The lads were moving upmarket in shopping habits, no more home bargains and netto for us, no! Waitrose supermarket is now our preferred choice. We remortgaged the the house and sold the car and headed off to get a luxury Pizza (only joking they are not too badly priced really). Our gaze took in the offerings on the shelf and we felt like something different, so we opted for the Feta & Caramelised Onion Pizza. Now we have never had Feta on a Pizza to our knowledge so were keen to experience it.

It was said Bill, “an unusual-looking pizza in a way very dark and un-colourful” We also thought ideal for the forthcoming Halloween Party…

The base when cooked was crispy and thin and we both enjoyed it. The Tomato sauce was not in evidence too much and the garlic butter seemed to come through more. The Feta and Mozzarella Mascarpone mix was a good combination of sharp and creamy Cheeses, though we expected more of the Feta cheese it was delicate soft flavour tangy and salty. The caramelised Balsamic Onions were sweet and piquant. The herb taste was very much in evidence and not unpleasant. Taken as a combo, it was really different and very tasty even though it’s a non meat Pizza. The Pizza Lads were well impressed and would definitely go for this one again.

A none meaty thumbs up from The Pizza Lads

Smoked Ham, Mushroom & Mascarpone Pizza from ASDA

Extra Special Hand Stretched Smoked Ham, Mushroom & Mascarpone Pizza from ASDA Review

Smoked Ham, Mushroom & Mascarpone Pizza Review from ASDAStretched by hand in a time honoured fashion to create a crisp, bubbly crust Introducing our Extra Special Smoked Ham, Mushroom & Mascarpone Pizza, inspired by the finest pizzerias of Naples to create a truly indulgent experience. Our experts gently hand-stretch the dough, resulting in a thin and sumptuously soft base that, once cooked in our stone bake oven, creates a beautiful, bubbly crust. And to bring out the remarkable flavour of our dough, we hand top the base with only the best ingredients, giving you a slice of pure indulgence. Our Extra Special Smoked Ham, Mushroom & Mascarpone Pizza. Stretched by hand. Topped with care. Enjoyed by you.

Smoked Ham, Mushroom & Mascarpone Pizza Review

The Pizza Lads were out shopping for the weekly groceries (not by choice!) and we had been told by the wives we were allowed to have one chilled Pizza to cook at home. So we decided upon Asda. We scoped out the variety on offer and our eyes fell upon the Extra Special Hand Stretched Smoked Ham, Mushroom & Mascarpone Pizza, Now with a title like that it must be good and through the viewing window in the box, it did look pretty nice. So in the trolley it went and when we were home the oven was straight on.

Out the packet the appearance was pleasing as the Ham looked really fresh and Mushrooms smelled delicious and when cooked according the instructions the Mascarpone would have melted all it over.

So on to the taste test… The crust was nice and light, thin/bubbly and the stone-baked dough was very good and tasted really fresh. The Smoked Ham had cooked well and was really tender and tasty. The Mascarpone was creamy and light and had toasted nicely on top. The mushrooms were quite Garlicky but very moreish. Sauce was fairly standard but not unpleasant and we detected an underlying hint of Black Pepper and Lemon Juice.

Very good all round and meets pizza chain standards. We might even volunteer next time to go shopping.

A big Asda thumbs up from The Pizza Lads

American Supermarket Pizza from Pizza Express

American Pizza Supermarket from Pizza Express Review

American Supermarket Pizza Review, American Pizza ExpressOur classic base, topped with pepperoni, creamy mozzarella & our famous passata

Sold at the Morrisons supermarket not the restaurant chain Pizza Express

American Supermarket Pizza Review

The lads were still trying to tighten belts and cut back and economize. Bill had seen that Pizza Express do a supermarket cook at home pizza which promises the restaurant experience for less. So we felt that we had to try this out… Ted reckoned it couldn’t deliver as promised, as it wouldn’t be as fresh and the cooking process in our old gas oven is hardly the same.

So anyway we got ours from Morrisons for about three pounds and we cracked it open at home and Ted threw away the box with instructions on before we had read them! Not wanting to go hunting in the bin we found the good people at Morrisons helpfully list these on their website.

The following including the spelling mistakes is genuinely on the site as below:

“These are guidelines only as all cooking appliances vary in performance; Oven cook – From Chilled. Cook It the Pizza Express way
1. The first step to pizza heaven is a pipping hot oven.
2. Get rid of all the packaging and even out the toppings. If you’re feeling creative, add some of your own.
3. Drizzle a little olive oil over you pizza to give it a crispier finish.
4. Place your puzaa directly onto the top shelf of your pre-heated oven.
5. Cook in line with the timings below. You’ll know it’s done when the cheese is golden brown and the base is crispy.
6. Remove carefully and serve it fresh out the oven (just like we do). Enjoy!
P.S. If there’s any leftover, please don’t reheat it, it’s nicer cold.
Fan 200°C 9-11 mins / 220°C 9-11 mins / Gas 7 9-11 mins; Oven cook – From Frozen. Cook It the Pizza Express way”

So when the oven was “pipping hot” , we placed the “puzaa” in and cooked….lol..

But we are losing the plot so onto the pizza.

It looked OK with a decent amount of toppings. The base was was fairly crispy but had overcooked a bit around the edges but not too bad. The Passata sauce was reasonable and had an indulgent taste. Cheese was very cheesy and had melted all over evenly. The Pepperoni was a bit greasy and had created a pool of meaty grease in the centre of the Pizza, but after a couple of bites seemed pleasant. We had drizzled olive oil over as instructed and that had added a fresher taste. We could taste hints of Oregano, Black Pepper, Basil and White Pepper.

The overall pizza was in our opinion not as nice as the restaurant offering and really seemed little different to other supermarket branded ones.

But it was Okay – A side way thumbs from The Pizza Lads

Cheese Meltdown Pizza from Asda

Cheese Meltdown Pizza from Asda Review

Cheese Meltdown Pizza Review, Cheese Meltdown Pizza from AsdaGenerously topped with rich tomato sauce, and mounds of meltingly moreish mozzarella

Cheese Meltdown Pizza Review

The lads were being dragged around the local Asda by the missuses and while they were deciding on which of the latest balm covered scented toilet roll brands to go for, we disappeared down the next aisle when they weren’t looking.

After a brief search we found the chilled pizza cabinet and took shopping matters into our own hands. A wide variety of choice was available but as we had to get them to pay for it (with our money) we decided to go a bit plain.

The one that sprung to our attention was the Cheese Meltdown. Sticking it in the trolley under a multipack of crisps we made our way back to the wives and the bog rolls. They seemed to have settled upon an Almond scented variety.

Anyway Bill managed to get the pizza on the till belt under the crisps still and while they were chatting and the cashier rung it up and we got it in the trolley before they realized. We volunteered to unpack when we got home and got it in the fridge. They say possession is nine tenths of he law, so when it was discovered later we took the heat and got away with it.

They were due to go out so we had the pizza all to ourselves.

We heated it up according to the instructions. The base was not to thin, not too thick and quite pleasant and crispy. The Tomato sauce was rich and fairly generous, taste wise not too bad. Onto the topping, which is cheese believe it or not, there was round slices on mozzarella and a sort of cheddar / mozzarella grated mix. It had gone reasonably brown and looked appetizing. The cheese was also generous topped and tasted lovely.

All in all a decent basic pizza if not life changing.

Oh by the way the lotion covered almond scented toilet rolls were marvelous.

A thumbs up from The Pizza Lads

Stonebaked Pepperoni Pizza from Sainsbury’s

Stonebaked Pepperoni Pizza from Sainsbury’s Review

Stonebaked Pepperoni Pizza from Sainsbury's ReviewA 10 inch hand stretched stonebaked Pizza base made with Extra Virgin Olive oil, topped with Tomato and Basil sauce, Mozzarella and Cheddar Cheeses, sliced Pepperoni and confit Onion

The Stonebaked Pepperoni Pizza Review

The lads had been told to cut back on Pizza spending by the Missuses. We said, well how can we produce the reviews that the public demand, if we don’t try them? Seeing our distress they agreed that we could economise a bit and eat supermarket ones for a few weeks. So dodging the bullet once again we trooped off to Sainsbury’s to see the offerings. Now we are not superkeen on frozen Pizzas so we opted for a chilled one. Lots of choice was on offer but Bill felt a bit Pepperoniy so we grabbed one and set off home again.

The Pizza looks good with big slices of Pepperoni and lots of Onions. Starting with the stonebaked base we felt it was a bit soggy, the copious amount of Onions and grease seemed to have seeped into the base. The taste wasn’t horrendous but to be honest it sucked overall.

The Tomato sauce had a nice hint of Basil and was acceptable, the cheese was OK, but some more would have been nice. The pepperoni was very greasy we reckoned and not the best tasting, and it was drowned in sweet soggy Onions which left an after taste.

So not a great example of a Sainsbury’s Pizza as we had had others in the past which had rivalled restaurant offerings. Sainsbury’s we suggest dropping this one (in the bin)

A thumbs down from The Pizza Lads

Stonebaked Margherita Pizza from Tesco

Stonebaked Margherita Pizza from Tescos Review

Stonebaked Margherita Pizza from Tesco Review Stonebaked Margherita PizzaA stonebaked Pizza base topped with sweet Tomato sauce, Mozzarella full fat soft Cheese and Regato medium fat hard Cheese and basil sauce.

The Stonebaked Margherita Pizza Review

The Pizza Lads had been spending money like it’s going out of fashion on football and Pizza. The missuses were getting a bit angry and as our marriages were on the rocks, so we agreed we had to go on an economy drive as a matter of urgency. Cut backs and belt tightening were the order of the day. So instead of the usual delights from one of our favorite Pizza restaurant’s like Pizza Hut, we had to settle for a supermarket takeaway pizza.

Now were not snobs by any means so as long it’s a pizza that’ll do for us.

Bill said “we ought to start with the most basic one we could find” A classic Stonebaked Margherita it was then. The pizza was duly cooked which is always hit and miss at home as the edges are usually burnt and the middle cold. But using the Lets Cook Pizza Tray we reviewed recently the results were pretty good.

The offering had a reasonable base, the Stonebaked base was a little dry but not to chewy and had crisped nicely underneath. The Mozzarella full fat soft Cheese and Regato were a decent mix and seemed to have been generously piled on. The sweet Tomato and Basil sauce added a nice tangy kick which lifted the whole taste. Not much more to say really but sometimes the most basic Pizza can be awesome and we felt this like lacked some herbs to give it a more indulgent combo.

Did it match the pizza chains ones?
We have to say it was close and as for the price, we were happy and so were the wives. Marriage saved for now …

A thumbs up from The Pizza Lads…

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