Molinaro’s Hand Stretched Pepperoni Pizza: Product Review

Despite what you might think reading this, I usually try to stay away from outrageously processed foods. I’m no health nut, that’s for sure, but when a food item has more in common with cardboard than with it’s supposed to be, I guess that’s where I draw the line. This is why I was so pleasantly surprised by my latest Costco purchase,  Molinaro’s Hand Stretched Crust Pepperoni Pizza. It was on special, so I bought a box, thinking they would make quick lunches, and I was right. Not only quick, but delicious!

Molinaro's Hand Stretched Crust Pizza

Molinaro’s Hand Stretched Crust Pizza

I usually buy the Kirkland Signature Pepperoni Pizzas, but those were on special, so I decided to give them a shot. I bought them at Costco yesterday; the regular price is $14.49, with a $3 instant rebate. This brings down the price to $11.49, or $2.87 per pizza.

The thing is that each pizza weighs 460 grams, which is really not that much if you are planning on sharing. The Kirkland Signature Pepperoni Pizza are a bit more expensive, but each weighs about 800 grams. My wife, my 4-year old son and me can eat one and be reasonably satisfied. My wife and I shared a Molinaro’s, and we both wished we’d baked another one, we were still hungry. Thankfully, we’b bought awesome Kettle Chips at Costco, so we didn’t go hungry!

Of course, I’m not a big fan of just putting a frozen pizza in the oven: it needs to be customized, first. Here’s what mine looks like going in the oven!

Molinaro's Customized Pepperoni Pizza

Molinaro’s Customized Pepperoni Pizza

In this instance, I added some anchovies and some pickled roasted red peppers, which will be the object of an upcoming review.

In terms of nutrition, don’t expect too much. Each 115 grams, or quarter of a pizza, contains 300 calories, 15 grams of fat (including 5 grams of saturated fat), 30 milligrams of cholesterol and a massive 30% of your daily sodium. The ingredients list is massive and overwhelming, but there is nothing really weird or unpronounceable, so at least there’s that. These Molinaro’s pizzas are made in Canada (in Ontario, actually) from domestic and imported ingredients.

Healthy they are not, but they are quickly made, so that’s that!

You put the pizza in the oven from a frozen state, straight on the grill of the oven – not on a baking sheet. This ensures that the crust is nice and crunchy, rather than too soft. The pizza cooks, from frozen, for 10-12 minutes at 450 degrees, which is long enough for the cheese to get bubbly and for the extra stuff I put on the pizza to become quite cooked and delicious.

For my money, I think the Kirkland Signature Pepperoni Pizza are a better deal, but since they were on special, I quite enjoyed the Molinaro’s Hand Stretched Crust Pepperoni Pizza. I might even buy another box before the special is out!

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