Review: New DiGiorno’s Pizzeria! Quattro Formaggi/Four Cheese Pizza & Primo Pepperoni Pizza & Can’t-Look-Away-TV & Remembering Pat Summerall

Junk Food Nation, this morning I couldn’t get out the door to work.  I couldn’t post anything on Facebook or Twitter.  I couldn’t figure out what to wear.  I WAS GLUED TO THE TV FOR BOSTON UPDATES.  I was riveted – and don’t take that term the wrong way, I don’t mean I was hoping for more mayhem. I just wanted this thing to end, and was grasping for updates. How could I get on my blog and talk about ice cream and Doritos when there was REAL STUFF HAPPENING??  

Now, hours later, it’s clear that the authorities are still doing their job, trying to smoke this idiot out of hiding.  So, while I have a moment, I wanted to talk about something that occurred earlier this week: the passing of Pat Summerall.  Summerall, for the uninitiated, was the official voice of football alongside John Madden for most of my childhood through college years.  His clear and forceful voice could paint a picture of what was happening on the screen better than most of the idiots color commentating today.  The best part – he was succinct!  “To the 20…the 25….and he’s pulled down at the 30.”  Just plain and simple.  Additionally, Summerall didn’t only do regular season football.  He did Super Bowls.  He did the Masters.  He did college basketball.  This amazing voice was EVERYWHERE.

Pat, you will be missed.  Truly an inspiration for broadcasters everywhere, and the gold standard they can only to achieve.

Today’s junk food: New DiGiorno’s Pizzeria! Quattro Formaggi/Four Cheese Pizza & Primo Pepperoni Pizza!

New DiGiorno's Pizzeria! Quattro Formaggi/Four Cheese Pizza & Primo Pepperoni Pizza

New DiGiorno’s Pizzeria! Quattro Formaggi/Four Cheese Pizza & Primo Pepperoni Pizza: The Money Shot

The good people at DiGiorno asked me to review a couple of their new products from their frozen pizza line.  So, disclosure: YES, THEY BOUGHT THESE FOR ME.

Now I’ll be honest – I’m not a big frozen pizza guy.  Generally, I think all the frozen pizzas I’ve ever purchased (whether they are Freschetta, Red Baron, or even grocery brand) have all tasted exactly the same.  The crust is always too spongy.  The sauce is bland.  And the cheese re-hardens into a tough sheet so quickly. So I was a LITTLE skeptical when asked to try the New DiGiorno’s Pizzeria! Quattro Formaggi/Four Cheese Pizza and Primo Pepperoni Pizza.

But hey, free pizza.  Let’s give it a go.

New DiGiorno's Pizzeria! Quattro Formaggi/Four Cheese Pizza

New DiGiorno’s Pizzeria! Quattro Formaggi/Four Cheese Pizza: The Money Shot

New DiGiorno's Pizzeria! Quattro Formaggi/Four Cheese Pizza

New DiGiorno’s Pizzeria! Quattro Formaggi/Four Cheese Pizza: Four cheeses!  Mozzarella, Fontina, Parmesan, Pecorino Romano (THE BEST)

New DiGiorno's Pizzeria! Quattro Formaggi/Four Cheese Pizza

New DiGiorno’s Pizzeria! Quattro Formaggi/Four Cheese Pizza: Really?  That sounds like a promise you can’t keep…

New DiGiorno's Pizzeria! Quattro Formaggi/Four Cheese Pizza

New DiGiorno’s Pizzeria! Quattro Formaggi/Four Cheese Pizza: Simple instructions, done in 19 minutes (I always go right in between)

New DiGiorno's Pizzeria! Quattro Formaggi/Four Cheese Pizza

New DiGiorno’s Pizzeria! Quattro Formaggi/Four Cheese Pizza: I love that the serving size is ONE QUARTER PIZZA)

New DiGiorno's Pizzeria! Quattro Formaggi/Four Cheese Pizza

New DiGiorno’s Pizzeria! Quattro Formaggi/Four Cheese Pizza: Ingredients look pretty good!  Love the presence of garlic puree.

New DiGiorno's Pizzeria! Quattro Formaggi/Four Cheese Pizza

New DiGiorno’s Pizzeria! Quattro Formaggi/Four Cheese Pizza: Before baking!

New DiGiorno's Pizzeria! Quattro Formaggi/Four Cheese Pizza

New DiGiorno’s Pizzeria! Quattro Formaggi/Four Cheese Pizza: Love the green, don’t you??

New DiGiorno's Pizzeria! Quattro Formaggi/Four Cheese Pizza

New DiGiorno’s Pizzeria! Quattro Formaggi/Four Cheese Pizza: Before

New DiGiorno's Pizzeria! Quattro Formaggi/Four Cheese Pizza

New DiGiorno’s Pizzeria! Quattro Formaggi/Four Cheese Pizza: After!

New DiGiorno's Pizzeria! Quattro Formaggi/Four Cheese Pizza

New DiGiorno’s Pizzeria! Quattro Formaggi/Four Cheese Pizza: ZOMG LOOKS SO GOOD!

New DiGiorno's Pizzeria! Quattro Formaggi/Four Cheese Pizza

New DiGiorno’s Pizzeria! Quattro Formaggi/Four Cheese Pizza: Actually, this looks REALLY good.  Like homemade pies I’ve made before.

New DiGiorno's Pizzeria! Quattro Formaggi/Four Cheese Pizza

New DiGiorno’s Pizzeria! Quattro Formaggi/Four Cheese Pizza: Bubbling cheese!!!  Perfect toasty edges

New DiGiorno's Pizzeria! Quattro Formaggi/Four Cheese Pizza

New DiGiorno’s Pizzeria! Quattro Formaggi/Four Cheese Pizza: Sliced easily, nice and crispy on the bottom

New DiGiorno's Pizzeria! Quattro Formaggi/Four Cheese Pizza

New DiGiorno’s Pizzeria! Quattro Formaggi/Four Cheese Pizza: Cheese and sauce blended perfectly

OK, I just have to say it: this New DiGiorno’s Pizzeria! Quattro Formaggi/Four Cheese Pizza SMELLED GREAT coming out of the oven.  Strong cheese smell, not just a general savoriness.  Could smell the parmesan and pecorino romano cheese so very clearly once the door was opened.  Big points there.

But how did it taste?  I cut a slice, and took a bite: BAM!  Was this better than every single other frozen pizza I’d had?  YES.  Am I just shilling for a corporation who bought me a free pizza?  I swear, NO.

I’m a thin crust guy, normally, but the crust here had a really nice consistency.  Wasn’t hard as a cracker; instead, the top was nice and soft/spongy (but not overly bread), while the bottom had a nice crispness to it.  Honestly, it reminded me A LOT of Pizza Hut crust (and I mean that as a compliment!)

The cheese had a great mix of different flavors – the brightness of pecorino romano and the soft subtle savoriness of the mozzarella.  Plus, the herbs were nice, and accented the cheese.  Not too salty.

And usually the Achilles heel – the sauce.  NOT BAD.  Was it as good as my local Italian shop’s? No. But it was very very tasty.  Nice and herby and full of tomato flavor.

The pizza actually reminded me of the thick Sicilian slices I’ve had in my day from local pizza shops – great crust, nice cheese, hot and herby sauce, and a great parmesan aftertaste.  Honestly, this MIGHT be the best bite of frozen pizza I think I’ve ever had.

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Moving onto the New DiGiorno’s Pizzeria! Primo Pepperoni Pizza!

New DiGiorno's Pizzeria! Primo Pepperoni Pizza

New DiGiorno’s Pizzeria! Primo Pepperoni Pizza: The Money Shot

New DiGiorno's Pizzeria! Primo Pepperoni Pizza

New DiGiorno’s Pizzeria! Primo Pepperoni Pizza: NO artificial flavors?? I like it.

New DiGiorno's Pizzeria! Primo Pepperoni Pizza

New DiGiorno’s Pizzeria! Primo Pepperoni Pizza: The trend toward fresher ingredients, even in a frozen pizza, is welcome

New DiGiorno's Pizzeria! Primo Pepperoni Pizza

New DiGiorno’s Pizzeria! Primo Pepperoni Pizza: Adding pepperoni only added 10 calories per serving?  Nice.

New DiGiorno's Pizzeria! Primo Pepperoni Pizza

New DiGiorno’s Pizzeria! Primo Pepperoni Pizza: Again, love the presence of garlic puree

New DiGiorno's Pizzeria! Primo Pepperoni Pizza

New DiGiorno’s Pizzeria! Primo Pepperoni Pizza: Before baking!

New DiGiorno's Pizzeria! Primo Pepperoni Pizza

New DiGiorno’s Pizzeria! Primo Pepperoni Pizza: flakes of Basil, Thyme, Oregano everywhere!

New DiGiorno's Pizzeria! Primo Pepperoni Pizza

New DiGiorno’s Pizzeria! Primo Pepperoni Pizza: Before

New DiGiorno's Pizzeria! Primo Pepperoni Pizza

New DiGiorno’s Pizzeria! Primo Pepperoni Pizza: AFTER!

New DiGiorno's Pizzeria! Primo Pepperoni Pizza

New DiGiorno’s Pizzeria! Primo Pepperoni Pizza: Dude.  AMAZING!

New DiGiorno's Pizzeria! Primo Pepperoni Pizza

New DiGiorno’s Pizzeria! Primo Pepperoni Pizza: everything is melded together nicely

New DiGiorno's Pizzeria! Primo Pepperoni Pizza

New DiGiorno’s Pizzeria! Primo Pepperoni Pizza: The cheese had the perfect consistency

New DiGiorno's Pizzeria! Primo Pepperoni Pizza

New DiGiorno’s Pizzeria! Primo Pepperoni Pizza : Salty pepperoni and tasty sauce, stretchy cheese

The New DiGiorno’s Pizzeria! Primo Pepperoni Pizza was, amazingly, just as good as the Four Cheese variety!  Same nice soft top crust, crisp on bottom.  I was amazed that the crust didn’t dry out in the oven, or feel like it was saturated with oil.  But no – again, just like a nice thick Sicilian slice.  My teeth sunk into the top layer easily and then bit through a nice crisp baked bottom layer of crust.  Great texture.

The sauce: strong and tomato-ey.  I feel like the herb flavor of this sauce was stronger than the Four Cheese variety.  Bright and flavorful and maybe a little spicy too?  Really tasty.

The pepperoni was standard – salty and meaty.

The cheese didn’t have the same robustness as the Four Cheese variety, but still had a great Italian herb flavor.

All in all, a great pizza.

In recap, I was VERY impressed with both of these new DiGiorno pizzeria! frozen pizzas.  This will definitely be the brand and product line I buy from now on.  It really is amazing how much upping the quality of all the ingredients makes a difference. The tradeoff? These were DEFINITELY pricier than any other frozen pizza I’ve ever purchased.

Flavor-wise, If I had to pick a favorite amongst the two, I’d actually lean towards the Four Cheese – the depth of cheesy flavor was impressive.

Go try these, and let me know what you think!

PURCHASED AT: I’ve seen them at Walmart and Target and Giant Food stores

COST: I’ve seen it range from $6.50 to $8.00

Thoughts? Please comment below or hit me up on Twitter @junkfoodguy or LIKE my Facebook Page and message me there. Also, you can always email me at [email protected]. Let’s do this.

Sincerely, Junk Food Guy

Discuss - 24 Comments

  1. Let’s not forget that he did the play-by-play on the Madden football video games. “There’s a man down.” John Madden Football ’95…Pat’s line and then the ambulance haphazardly speeding onto the field to pick up the injured player. Ah, fond memories.

  2. Shorneys says:

    I kind of feel like the number of cheeses on my pizza is going to end up in the same world as the number of blades on my razor. It’s a damn cheese arms race. By 2016, Domino’s will be have developed nine cheese technology.

    Now I know that artisanal, at least in many respects, creates an expectation of quaint and picturesque irregularity, but the wavy attempt at ‘hand-dimpled’ dough looks way too regular for my liking. At that point, just make it round all the way.

    That said, looks tasty. And seeing as I’m HOLED UP AND AFRAID TO LEAVE THE HOUSE, I’m jealous now.

  3. nathaniel says:

    they got him! and alive! im a college student at bridgewater state (Just south of boston) and was out running this morning and they blocked me off in a cruiser on the sidewalk, made me turn around and i guess there was a suspicous package underneath a car, so swat and tons of police showed up and shut down my entire campus..scary stuff

  4. Elisa says:

    “It’s not delivery, it’s DiGiorno!” came to my mind.

    I heard the live coverage on WTOP radio as I drove to work this morning. I periodically checked “Washington Post” online throughout the day. After a time, you start hearing nearly the same material rehashed all over again and filler conversations. Ugh!
    Other news stories such as the fertilizer factory explosion in TX and the risin laced letters got pushed aside.

    • junkfoodguy says:

      @Elisa: It WAS DiGiorno! lol. I mean, I felt bad comparing it to Pizza Hut, which I know many people don’t like, but I thought of it as a complement – it tasted like something actually from a fast food store (rather than freezer)!

  5. Nick Rovo says:

    I was almost late for classes this morning because I couldn’t stop watching. I mainly just wanted to see some sort of explosion but that’s just me. Every chance I’ve had since I woke up at 5 I’ve been staring at the news. Still, I’m glad this is hopefully all over, we’ll just have to wait and see.

    • junkfoodguy says:

      @Nick: yeah, when it was finally over, I was done watching the news. I’m all about the anticipation, never about the epilogue. Like, unless it’s MY team celebrating, if I’m watching the Super Bowl, etc., no matter who wins (the team I was rooting for), I always just turn it off after the game ends. Do I really care what some random coach has to say? NOPE.

  6. Kahnfucius says:

    Wait, did DiGiorno’s have their pizza delivered to you? My mind is blown.

  7. Erin says:

    I have had both of these and I must agree that thus far in my frozen pizza eating career (if that is even a thing) that these are some of the best freezer aisle pizza pies that I have had.

  8. Ashley says:

    I got mine for $3 each, there are
    $2 off coupons on coupons.cOm. I’m baking the four cheese right now, so I hope that you’re right!

  9. Jill says:

    Dude, you’re spot on! The fact that they gave it to you free means nothing because I’ve tried it myself and it’s delicious. I’ve only tried the 4 Cheese, but it’s way better than most frozen pizzas and even a lot of delivery pizzas. It’s only $4.50 at my local grocer’s, versus at least $15 to get a delivery pizza… the choice is easy.

  10. Maggie says:

    After reading your review on the weekend (I just discovered you), I tried the 4 Cheese and the Supreme Speciale, both of which were superb! I usually go for the thinnest crusts and end up just scraping most of the goodies off. This time I ate and really enjoyed the crusts too! You didn’t steer me wrong! Now I’ll have to read your other reviews–good thing I have lots of time on my hands this summer.

  11. Mike Chambers says:

    EASILY the best frozen pizzas out there, and I’ve had many. It’s better than pizza I’ve had from multiple real pizzerias. Can’t get enough of it, and unfortunately my wallet concurs.

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