Mama Rosa's Pepperoni Pizza: Not The Best Premade Pizza But Definitely Not The Worst
Jun 3, 2008 (Updated Jun 3, 2008)
Review by Freak369
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Easy to cook, strong crust, average taste, inexpensive.
Cons:Edges can burn, bland sauce.
The Bottom Line: It's not the best premade pizza but its not the worst either.
Recommend this product?
About a year ago I bought several of the Mama Rosa Mexican Pizzas when they were on sale at my local grocer store. I had seen the company name on several in-store products and figured for four dollars the two pizzas would make for a quick meal. They had an average taste to them but you knew they weren't delivery and certainly weren't home made. The Mexican ones are thinner than the regular Mama Rosa pizzas so they don't require that you stand there in front of the oven watching them like a hawk but the ends can burn, specially if you add extra toppings to it. Make no mistake about it, these pizzas cost about $2.50 and in that respect you are getting a pizza that is worth about $2.50 but they are easy to make and for two people, it's enough to fill you up.
Mama Rosa's Pepperoni Pizza
You can get the pepperoni pizzas in a single pie pack or a twin pack. The twin is a goof pick for families but no one else in the house likes the pepperoni pizza from Mama Rosa; the brood prefer the Mexican version which is odd because they usually don't care for any type of Mexican pizza. The taste is average, it's nothing that you are going to dream about late at night but at the same time it isn't as bad as the store made versions. As far as the sauce is concerned it is pretty bland and boring and there's only so much that you can do to try to spice it up. Most pizzas, whether delivery, homemade or premade, give me some degree of heartburn from the sugar in the tomatoes, this one was no exception. If you do get heartburn from tomatoes then you might want to have the Tums or Rolaids handy if you decide to indulge in this.
This takes about fifteen to twenty minutes to cook but if you are adding anything to it, you will have to cook it for a little longer. I usually put this on a pizza stone or directly on the rack in the oven. We both like crusts that are a little on the crunchy side so cooking it on a cookie sheet just doesn't cut it for us. The shell isn't thick and it isnt thin so it won't burn but at the same time it isn't something that you are going to be able to pile toppings on and expect it to handle the extra weight. I've added cheese and another meat to it without any problems but if you are a topping junkie you might be disappointed in how the shell handles things. You do get a good amount of sliced pepperoni on the pizza but it is the cheaper type so there will be some grease to contend with. Yes, it is the pepperoni that starts off flat and during the baking process starts to cure so it cups all the grease, that does make it easy to blot some of it away and can help to shave off a few grams of fat in the process. Tommy has cut the pies in half and managed to get it in the toaster over but his pizza origami skills must be better than mine because I have never been able to get half of a pie in there without the edges touching the sides.
One serving of Mama Rosa's Pepperoni Pizza is one fifth of the pie. Don't get too excited about that, this isn't all that big to start with. You do have to keep in mind that there are several different sizes of pizzas by this company and if you get one of the larger ones you won't be able to hack off a fifth and except to consume the same amount of calories and carbohydrates. A single serving contains 290 calories, 39 grams of carbohydrates [only six grams from sugar], 10 grams of fat and 11 grams of protein. The 11 grams of protein is what makes this attractive but you can increase that if you want by adding extra cheese and some toppings like chicken or steak. Please keep in mind that this is for one serving, Tommy and I can kill off one of these pizzas and still have room for a salad so the numbers need to be taken with a grain of salt.
The last time that I bought these they were on sale for two dollars a piece, the twin packs go on sale for four dollars and have a regular selling price of about five dollars. The normal selling price for a single is $2.59 so it does pay to get the twin pack if you have the space to store them until you bake them. If you were to buy the shell, cheese, sauce and pepperoni you would be paying more but you would have enough left over items to make multiple pizzas providing you bought more shells. Buying something like this all boils down to convenience, you don't have to wait for a delivery driver to show up or the chance that you will get the wrong order and you can reheat it in a toaster oven or microwave if there are any left overs.
The Bottom Line
Don't expect pizza shop taste or quality and you won't be disappointed. The best way to sum this pizza up is to quote Stephen Baldwin from the movie Threesome; "sex is like pizza, even when it's bad, its still pretty good". I have had a lot of fresh, frozen and store made pizzas and this is definitely not the worst offering but it is far from the best. Even so, for the price you are getting something that will fill you up.
As always, thanks for the visit
~^V^~ Freak ~^V^~
© 2008 Freak369
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