Sunday, October 17, 2010

Lean Cuisine: Deep Dish Roasted Vegetable Pizza

This week, I had a Lean Cuisene, Deep Dish, Roasted Vegetable Pizza. 
You can have one of these mini pizzas for lunch, and not blow your diet! Lean Cuisine meals also have the amount of Weight Watchers points each one is.  This pizza is 6 points.  That's pretty good for a pizza! It also has other health guide lines on the front of the box for anyone who wants the nutrition values.
This is the nutrition information that is also on the back on the box.
This is how it comes in the box.  It's wrapped in plastic too.  It was a little bit hard to get out of the plastic.
This is the box it comes in.  Pull it apart and fold it a certain way and, Walla! A pizza baking sheet for the for the microwave.  It crisps the bottom of the crust.  This pizza bakes in less than a mere three minutes!

This is what the pizza looks like cooked.  It was actually pretty tasty.  It has onions, green and red peppers, mushrooms, and tomatoes.  By now, everyone probably knows that I prefer meat, but this pizza is ok for being a veggie pizza.  I do wish the veggies had more of a flavor; the cheese is ok.  The sauce was ok.  The crust was good and bread-like, even though it is cooked in the microwave. I give this pizza 1 pizza pie out of 4. This pizza can get you by if you have a taste for pizza, but you don't want all of the calories!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

WB's Pizza

This week, Ian and and I went to WB Pizza.  We love WB Pizza!!! I was the mayor on Foursquare, but now Ian is. Boo!  Ian gave me a gift card for WB for my Birthday. 
WB Pizza is a great local restaraunt. We end up eating here once every couple weeks. The people are friendly and kind.  The food is awesome!

There's a frequent customer discount card!  Something is free every fifth visit!
They also serve Pepsi products.  I actually prefer Pepsi products!
This is the garlic bread.  It's very buttery. It comes with two sauces. We get cheese and marinara.  The marinara was a bit spicey this week, but it was still great!
You can order deep dish or or thin crust pizza.  This is a deep dish with Bacon, Tomato, and Mushroom.  It was slightly well done this week.  That doesn't bother me.  The cheese is always fresh and tastes like a good mozarella.  The Bacon pieces are a good size and always dispersed propperly on the pizza.  The tomato is diced/crushed into very small pieces.  This creates a nice texture and flavor.  There's a choice between portabella mushrooms and small regular mushrooms.  We get the regular ones. They have a nice mild flavor. The crust on this pizza is pretty amazing. Since it's a deep dish pizza, it has a nice soft bread like crust.  I usually save the left over sauce from the garlic bread to dip the pizza crust in.
We usually go on week nights, and they aren't extremely busy.  This time, we were there on a Friday. They were a bit busier.  We were still treated well!   The server we usually have is this really nice woman.  She keeps the drinks refilled and the food coming!  I give WB Pizza 3 and 3/4 pizza pies out of four.  I took the quarter off due to the pizza being a bit well done this time.  This place is definitely an awesome Indianapolis home town specialty!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

This week, we tried Freschetta Naturally Rising Crust Pizza.
This pizza retails for $4.99.

It was supposed to take 30-35 minutes at 375 degrees. 

This pizza was wrapped in plastic and had cardboard on the bottom. 

This toppings were kind of one sided and I would normally move them around a bit, but they were too frozen on to move.

I cooked this at 350 degrees for about 28 mintues.  (Yay for my new oven in the new apartment when I move in a couple weeks!)  The crust was really puffy and full looking when I took it out of the oven.  The directions said to let it set for five minutes before eating.  Within that time, the pizza fell a little bit.
The crust on this pizza was very chewy. It was pretty good with the cheese that baked into it on the edges.  The veggies were kind of flavorless, just there for texture.  The sausage had a little bit of a meaty flavor, but not really like sausage.  The pepperoni was a bit on the salty side and so was the sauce.  I give the Freschetta pizza a two pizza pie rating out of four.  It's OKor a frozen pizza.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Papa John's Delivery

This weeks pizza is from Papa John's.  This isn't one of my favorite pizzas, but we tried it anyway. 

Ian ordered our pizza online. He found the ordering process easy and accurate.  When he ordered the pizza, it even did some suggestive marketing.  We ended up with bacon cheese sticks. 
Ian: Would you like bacon on the cheese sticks?
Me: When has anyone ever said no to bacon?!?!

They were pretty good, but they only came with garlic butter and tomato sauce.  I would have loved some cheese! Besides, there was BACON! (Basically, they are pizza without sauce.)

We ordered half with the usual: Bacon, Tomato, and Mushroom and half with Pepperoni, Sausage, and Bacon.  Papa John's did well with keeping the toppings on their own sides.  I pretty much stayed with the Tomato, Mushroom, and Bacon side.  The tomatoes and mushrooms were good.  I just wish the bacon was just a little more flavorful.  The crust was very bread stick'ish.  I dipped it in the garlic butter.  I also ate the peppercini that came with the pizza.  It was spicey and delicious. 
Papa John's isn't one of my absolute favorites, but it holds its own.  I give Papa John's Pizza 2 and 3/4 pizza pies out of 4.  If you aren't feeling like cooking and want pizza delivered to your door, order some Papa John's Pizza!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Puccini's Smiling Teeth Pizza

This week for lunch, Ian and I went to Puccini's Smiling Teeth Pizza.
I didn't realize this place was a "chain" until I looked up their web site.  We went the the 82nd Street location in Indianapolis.
We started out with an order of Bruchetta.

The Bruchetta here has tiny toasted bread and a sauce with fresh tomotoes, basil, olive oil, onions, and vinegar.  The only thing that is a little different with this recipe was, the cheese is goat cheese.  I know a lot of people that don't eat goat cheese.  I think the goat cheese gave it a good flavor and a bit of a different texture than mozerella gives the dish.  I really enjoy Puccini's Bruchetta!

The pizza at Puccini's has a nice bread like crust.  We ordered bacon, tomotoes, and mushrooms as our toppings.  Those are toppings we order on a regular basis.  The bacon is in good size pieces, the tomatoes are whole slices of roma tomatoes, and the mushrooms were miniture portabellas.  The toppings here are always fresh and taste great. The cheese has a great texture like a great mozerella should have. The crust is almost like a bread stick.  That's the only thing I'm going to pick on a bit: the crust could use a little bit of garlic butter or something.  
When we went for lunch this week, they were busier than we had ever seen them at lunch. The service is always very good, as it was this week.  I think Puccini's has a great pizzaria type restaurant experience.  I give their pizza a 3 and a 1/2 pizza pie rating out of four rating!  This pizza is pretty awesome, and the dining experience is pleasant.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

California Pizza Kitchen: Margherita Pizza

The pizza Ian and I tried this weekend was the California Pizza Kitchen's Margherita Pizza.  I think this is going to be my first unfavorable pizza blog, but I'll get to that.

This pizza, the Margherita pizza, is a "Crispy thin crust pizza topped with olive oil, tomatoes, mozzarella cheeses, parmesan, asiago and romano cheeses, and basil." Now, all of these ingredients sound awesome, they just don't all hold up to freezing. 

This is the back of the box.  See how the creators have signed it. Also, see how good the pizza looks cooked in the pizza.
This pizza is wrapped in a pull apart plastic wrapping. One would think this would help the toppings stay on top of the pizza, but when I opened it, toppings went every where. 
You can see in this picture how the toppings don't even go to the edge of the crust.  I tried to rearrange the toppings a little, but they just kept tumbling off.
The edges of the pizza don't really have cheese or toppings on them, so, they quickly became over-cooked. This made the crust taste like cardboard, and way too crunchy! The seasoning was ok, but less than I was expecting.  The tomatoes had a bit of a bland flavor.  The "sauce" for this pizza is the olive oil.  Well, it could have used a tad more.  The cheese could have been a bit cheesier for my taste.  The flavor as a whole wasn't completely awful, it just wasn't great. The weirdest thing about this pizza is, it was watery! I don't know if it was the cooking of the frozen tomatoes, or the olive oil (I don't know how olive oil would get watery!), but the water was dripping down my fingers as I at the pizza! This pizza is barely on my scale. I give the California Pizza Kitchen's Magherita pizza a 1/4 of a pizza pie out of four rating! This frozen pizza needs a pizza overhaul in my opinion! 

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Frozen Pizza: Jack's Original Supreme Pizza

Sorry, it's been over a week since I've blogged.  Hopefully, the blogs will start coming out more often.  I will also have guest bloggers that eat pizza in different cities.  I can't wait to have my guest blogger from the Chicago area blog about one of my favorites, Giordano's, which serves the original Chicago style pizza!!!
Also, I can't wait to start eating pizza in different cities, like Mama Bear's in Bloomington.  But now, to this week's pizza.
I have actually had two frozen pizzas in the last week, but I'm going to blog about Jack's Original Supreme Pizza.
This is one of my go-to frozen pizzas. 
The picture on the packaging is good looking pizza! 
So, you stick this pizza in the oven for about 15 minutes. 
It has good sauce, onions, peppers, pepperoni, and sausage.  The cheese is mozzarella.  The meat has a nice meaty taste and good consitancy.  The veggies are very small/diced.  My oven cooks uneven and hot, so, I always cook things about 25 degrees under the recommended temperature and watch it very closely.  (Yay for old apartment ovens that haven't been replaced in 25-ish years!!!)

This is how it looks frozen.  I usually move the pepperoni around a bit to even it out. I bake it straight on the rack without a pizza pan.

This is how it looks after it's been cook in my apartments old oven. You can see the uneveness on the cheese.  But this is still tasty goodnesss!  There are few veggies on this, but the ones that are on here taste pretty good and held up to freezing.  The pepperoni has a good flavor with a little bit of spice to give the pizza some kick.  The sausage has a little bit of kick, but it's not overly spicey.  The cheese seems to be quality, and even though it has been frozen bakes well.  The sauce is a good mix of sweet and zesty.  The crust is very thin, but it cooks up well when the pizza is baked on the rack without the pan. Over all, this Supreme pizza has good flavor, a good mix between all of the components.  Jack's frozen pizza makes for a good quick pizza fix, whether it's an emergency meal to pull out of the freezer, or something to eat while you watch a movie at home.  I give Jack's Original Supreme Pizza a 2 1/4 pizza pies out of 4 rating.  It's pretty good for a frozen pizza. 

Monday, August 30, 2010

My First Pizza Blog!

I really like pizza!  I eat it at least once a week.  Sometimes more!  I worked at a legendary Lafayette pizza restaurant for almost three years.  On Foursquare, I'm the mayor of one of my favorite pizza restaurants on the northeast side of Indy.  I've decided to blog about my love of pizza.
I'm going to cover many different kinds of pizza on this blog.  Take out, dine in, store bought, delivered, you name it!  I will also cover other aspects if at a restaurant, appetizers, deserts, and service.
This week, I'm going to start simple with Pizza Hut.  Not just any Pizza Hut, but Taco Bell/Pizza Hut. Ian and I went into the Taco Bell/Pizza Hut with full intent of ordering tacos and nachos.  As we walked in the door, there was a poster that said, "Supreme Pizza, now with 6 toppings!"  My love of pizza won me over, and so, I ordered a PH1, which is: one personal size Supreme pizza, three bread sticks, tomato sauce and cheese deep, and a drink. 
This pizza itself looked pretty tasty, even though they are premade when you go to a Taco Bell/Pizza Hut.

I was down to the last piece when I realized I should take a picture if I'm going to blog about it!

The dipping sauces are quite tasty also.  I think getting cheese for your bread sticks is an Indiana thing.  I've gone to other states and asked for cheese and got the "are you crazy?!" look.
The pizza actually has a pleasing flavor.  The meat is good. The sauce is sweet.  If you're a veggie pizza lover, I don't recomend the Supreme for that purpose.  The meat is definitely the prominent topping on this little pizza. The crust is the pan crust that they are known for.  I like to dip this in the tomato and cheese sauces.
The bread sticks at this Pizza Hut have the amazing Garlic/Parmesan/Oregano topping the Pizza Hut makes.  I love that stuff! These bread sticks had a good combination of crunchy and chewy.

Pizza for me is a go to food.  The people at this Taco Bell/Pizza Hut are always very kind, inside or at the drive through.  The only bad thing is if you order pizza during non-peak times in the drive through, they will try to talk you out of it. 
I give the Taco Bell/Pizza Hut Supreme Pizza 2 3/4 pizza pies out of 4. 
It's good for a pizza that's ready to go when you walk in the restaurant's door.