When it comes to frozen pizza, I’m the first to admit my taste is pretty boring. I have been buying the same frozen pizza for at least ten years, and thankfully it’s easy to find at most stores. This week my store was out of my favorite brand, so I decided to go for Digiorno Original Rising Crust Four Cheese Pizza instead. I was quite happy with the results, and I think I will be keeping this pizza in the rotation from now on.
A better than expected crust
A lot of frozen pizzas promise restaurant quality crusts, but few of them actually measure up to restaurant pizza. Digiorno crust actually lives up to its advertising hype, and it rises quite nicely. The crust is not the best crust I have ever had, but I’d say it’s one of the best for frozen pizzas. If I ate a Digiorno pizza in a restaurant, it would probably be about average for a restaurant pizza – which is amazing for a frozen pizza. The crust is thick, but not too bread-y. It has a nice chewy consistency, which I enjoyed.
Good melting cheese
The cheese on my Digiorno Original Rising Crust Four Cheese Pizza was about what I expected. I liked the flavor, and it tasted like high quality cheese. I couldn’t taste all four cheeses individually, as they were all quite mild. I didn’t mind that aspect of the pizza, but others looking for a stronger cheese experience might be disappointed. My only criticism of the cheese on the pizza is that it didn’t brown at all. I like my pizzas with a bit of brown on the cheese, and I tend to gravitate toward frozen pizzas that brown a little without burning the crust.
Extremely flavorful sauce
My absolute favorite thing about my Digiorno pizza was the sauce. I like a flavorful sauce, and Digiorno’s sauce was filled with Italian flavor. This sort of sauce would actually be pretty overwhelming on a pizza with toppings, but it paired nicely with the mellow cheese. Digiorno keeps the spices they include in their sauce a secret, but I think I could at least taste some oregano, rosemary, and garlic in it.
As with most grocery store food, I didn’t think the serving size for Digiorno pizza was very realistic. One service was 1/6 of the pizza at 320 calories. If you’re making a meal out of this pizza, I think it’s more reasonable to divide it in fourths, for 480 calories a serving. That is how I ate mine, with a small side salad.
A good value
Compared to my favorite gourmet pizza, I thought my Digiorno Original Rising Crust Four Cheese Pizza was a fantastic value. The whole pizza cost about what I would pay for a gourmet frozen pizza ($5), and I got four servings out of it instead of the usual two servings. And when you compaire Digiorno pizza to delivery, it’s definitely a steal.
My verdict: A win!
I’m not ready to switch over to Digiorno pizza, but I will definitely include it in my frozen pizza rotation. I think this pizza is well-suited for comfort meals, especially during the wintertime. The crust is a bit thick for me to enjoy it every week, but I definitely see it as a treat or reward meal.