Expert tasters at Consumer Reports sampled store-bought pizzas to see which were the closest to the fresh-made pies from pizza shops.
“We consider the nutrition profile and also evaluate the taste,” Amy Keating said. “Ideally, a store-bought frozen pizza should taste like it was just put together with fresh ingredients. It’s a high bar, but we found some that came close.”
Vegetable pizzas are the best bet nutritionally, and they get some of the highest marks for taste. California Pizza Kitchen’s spinach and artichoke crispy thin crust pizza has chunky artichokes in a white cream sauce. It packs a garlicky punch and has less fat and sodium than most of the pizzas tested.
Trader Joe’s organic roasted vegetable pizza boasts a variety of chunky veggies such as peppers, zucchini and eggplant. It has 5 grams of fiber per serving.
Dr. Oetker Virtuoso thin and crispy crust pizza vegetable medley also has fresh-tasting cherry tomatoes, peppers and red onion. Pepperoncini peppers add a little tang.
The top-ranked cheese pizzas earned “good” marks overall.
American Flatbread tomato sauce and three-cheese pizza has an interesting blend of flavorful cheese on a thin, whole grain style crust.
Amy’s cheese pizza is a combination of tender, yeasty crust topped with mozzarella and a fresh-tasting tomato sauce.
So there are some new, tasty and healthier options to try next time you’re craving a pizza pie.