I’d been craving pizza for a few months, but I can’t order a pizza delivery because I have Celiac disease. As luck would have it, I recently found two gluten-free pizzas in the frozen-organic section at my local grocery store. Finally, I think I actually said aloud, someone has heard the cries of the Celiacs for frozen pizza!
I stood there in gluten-free amazement-land deciding which pizza I wanted. I noticed that the Gluten Free & Fabulous Cheese Pizza box was small (about 8″). It also had a statement on the box declaring that this pizza was “Voted Best Tasting Frozen Pizza”. So, that’s the one I chose.
The heating instructions had only one option, the oven – not the microwave oven, which turned out to be disappointment #1 for me. Most people probably wouldn’t be able to heat this pizza at their workplace. I preheated my oven as instructed and opened the box.
The actual size of the gluten-free cheese pizza was small, about 6-7″ in diameter. Of course that should really be enough for one person, but I’ve seen the regular (gluten) pizzas on the shelves in the frozen pizza section, and they’re not this small. To add to my dismay, the crust was paper-thin. I couldn’t imagine how they were able to get it so thin! However, the sauce was a gorgeous deep red and looked very enticing topped with a generous amount of blended real cheeses.
Then came a roadblock for me; the baking instructions stated to place the cheese pizza on a pizza stone or a baking sheet with holes in it. I had neither, so I improvised. I crumpled up a sheet of aluminum foil the size of my baking sheet and placed the pizza on top of it. This allowed the heat to circulate under the pizza crust. I placed it in the oven and it was ready 11 minutes later. The gluten-free cheese pizza smelled a delicious Italian scent and looked scrumptious.
I noticed the crust was very dry, but very flavorful for a gluten-free crust and the texture in my mouth was good, not gritty or crumbly. However, the sauce was not a favorite of mine. It was a very robust Italian pizza sauce and I didn’t like the fact that I belched it up for hours after I ate. (Apparently, some Italians believe that’s a compliment to the chef)! The blended real cheeses were delicious and actually made my mouth water.
Would I buy the Gluten Free & Fabulous Cheese Pizza again? Probably not. The sauce was uncomfortably hard on my stomach. And remember that statement on the front of the pizza box? – “Voted Best Tasting Frozen Pizza” – that statement was a little hard for me to swallow too.
My Overall Ratings for the 10 oz. Gluten Free & Fabulous Cheese Pizza: (please remember; I’m not a nutritionist, or affiliated with this company, etc., I’m just a wife, mom and a celiac).
Crust Taste & Texture: 9
Sauce Taste: 5 (too robust for me)
Cheese Taste: 10
Cost: $7.49 for 10 oz.: 7
Ease of Preparation: 7 (not microwaveable/needs special bake ware)
Organic Ingredients: 8
Sodium was a little high to me at 732mg and the carbs were 33g – for half the Pizza.
Allergen Alert: Contains Milk and Eggs
Click here then scroll down for Gluten Free & Fabulous Cheese Pizza Nutrition Facts.