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Buffalo Chicken Pizza from Pizza Hut

Buffalo Chicken Pizza from Pizza Hut Review
Mozzarella Cheese, Tomato Sauce Buffalo Chicken, Roasted Onions & Peppers, Jalapenos, finished with a Chipotle Mayo Drizzle
Buffalo Chicken Pizza Review
The lads were hot (as always) and looking for a summer menu pizza to cool things down. As Ted says that people in hot countries always eat hot and spicy things, then that’s the way to go. We happened past Pizzahut and noticed that the new menu included the Buffalo Chicken Pizza + Jalapenos Pizza, That’s defo the one for the lads.
We ordered it on a classic crust base and when we got our hands on the pizza (or at least our eyes) it looked a bit lame but don’t judge a book by it’s cover we say. The base was thin and fairly crispy but hot and tasty with a hint of garlic. The Tomato sauce was fairly thinly spread and we could’ve done with a bit more but it was rich and indulgent. Mozzarella Cheese was present and correct.  Buffalo chicken was tender but once again we felt the portion was a bit stingy, but hey we are fairly greedy guys as our wives will testify. Taste wise it was reasonably hot and powerful . Scattered around were Roasted Onions & Peppers which was a more generous helping as is always the case with the “cheaper ingredients”, having said that a pizza always benefits from peppers and to a degree onions and no exception here they really lifted the pizza combo.
Our biggest gripe was with the Jalapenos and we agreed they were shrivelled up and tough and we felt that they had either been cooked too much or were not as fresh as they could have been. It was drizzled with a Chipotle Mayo Drizzle sauce which while looking nice was not something we would have had by choice as it added little to the combo. So all in all a reasonable all around pizza let down mostly by the Jalapenos.
So the Pizza Lads decided on a reasonable thumbs up.

Prosciutto Mushroom & Mascarpone Pizza from Sainsbury’s

Prosciutto Mushroom & Mascarpone Pizza from Sainsbury’s Review
Hand stretched wood-fired pizza base, topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, chestnut mushrooms, cooked ham, mascarpone cheese, and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese with hand stretched sourdough A great pizza starts with a great base. So we make ours with slow-fermented sourdough for a distinctive savoury tang, and we hand stretch each one, so they stay light and airy. Then we flash bake them on lava stones in a wood-fired oven. We choose beechwood logs because they burn hot and evenly, giving us temperatures of up to 600˚C. It’s this combination of intense heat and porous lava stone that sets the dough in seconds, locking in all the taste. The result is the classic Neapolitan-style crust crisp, thin and full of flavour. We choose our toppings carefully too, and hand layer them, starting with a rich Italian tomato and fresh basil sauce and creamy shaved mozzarella. Then we add delicate slices of prosciutto cotto, meaty chestnut mushrooms sautéed with garlic and herbs, and spoonfuls of velvety mascarpone. Finished with a sprinkling of tangy Italian Parmigiano Reggiano for extra richness.
Prosciutto Mushroom & Mascarpone Pizza Review
The lads realised that that we had not reviewed a supermarket pizza for a while, so popping into our local Sainsbury’s we scanned the shelves and opted for one of the extra special type pizzas . Now all the big supermarkets do these big box oval pizzas these days and Ted reckons they are all from one factory.
Anyway we got it back home and cooked according to instructions. It looked fairly okay and was a good size for two people, the sourdough base was thin and crisply bubbled at the edges as it should be. It was quite tasty and not too hard, It was topped with a rich Italian tomato and basil sauce, the basil was a bit overpowering in our opinion but not nasty. The prosciutto cotto was not not very generous in helping size but was a decent texture ,sweet and full of flavour.
The mushrooms were delightfully garlicky and contrasted well with the creamy blobs of mascarpone which gave a superb texture contrast. It was finished with a sprinkling of tangy Italian Parmigiano Reggiano , but didn’t really add much to the proceedings.
So all in all for the price a reasonable offering, nothing to get  excited about but definitely not dreadful either .
A thumbs up from The Pizza Lads

Veneziana Pizza from Pizza Express

Veneziana Pizza from Pizza Express Review
Pine kernels, red onion, baby capers, black olives, sultanas, mozzarella and tomato
Veneziana Pizza Review
The lads had been dragged out again by the wives to the out of town shopping complex but the saving grace is that we know it has a pizza express, so all we need to do is slip off for an hour or so. So when they were trying on the 50th dress of the day we managed to disappear .
We wanted we try something different and the Veneziana certainly fitted the bill though we were a bit suspect of some of the ingredients being the meat and cheese freaks we are. Service was a bit slow but we have had worse and at least it was nice and hot and looked good. The classic base was the standard fair, slightly soft and sloppy, but very acceptable. Sauce was very nice with a rich deep taste . Mozzarella was reasonably thick with a good toasting on top and was delicious as always. Onto the the ingredients, gulp…
The pine nuts were Crunchy yet butter textured, pleasantly sweet and were a real revelation on a pizza. The capers had a slight vinegar flavour but marginally salty with it (not our cup of tea). The olives were salty with a bitter oily palette. The sultanas offset and contrasted the pine nuts and capers and were a welcome addition with a juicy texture. It was rounded off with red onions but we felt this was more for appearance sake than adding to the taste and we felt they were out of place on this combo.
So all in all it was a very different Mediterranean inspired offering. We have to say we would not order this normally but different we wanted and that is what we got!
We got back the clothes shop just as the 78th dress was being tried on… Arrghhhh!
An “okay” from The Pizza Lads

Tabasco Pizza from Domino’s

Tabasco Pizza from Domino’s Review
Ground beef, onions, green and red peppers, jalapeño peppers with Tabasco flavoured mozzarella cheese stuffed into our fresh dough crust
Tabasco Pizza Review
The lads were having a bad summer and the rain kept pouring down and making things pretty miserable, so Ted reckoned that to cheer us up we ought to have a hot and spicy pizza. The Hot and Spicy option from Domino’s seemed to fit the bill. To give it even more oomph we decided on the Tabasco and cheese stuffed crust which is a limited edition base. So we stocked up on Gaviscon and ordered our pizza. It arrived reasonably hot and looked nice and colourful with the array of peppers.
The Base was quite an expensive option but we liked the sound of it. The Tabasco flavoured cheese stuffing was pretty ace , not quite as plasticy as some stuffed crusts can be. The cheese inside was really pleasantly hot and we were well pleased with it, the base was itself was up to standard. Usual tomato sauce was fairly generous in covering. Standard mozzarella cheese was spot on. The toppings were the ground beef forming the main ingredient and this was very nice and had a decent helping. Onions always go down well with any beef ingredients but we felt some more was needed.  green and red peppers add the taste that cant be topped, slighty hot and juicy .  jalapeño peppers added that usual kick . So was it hot and spicy? .. Yep especially with the Tabasco cheese crust but a portion of pepperoni might have really put it up there . I don’t think we would have this often but it really cheered us up. Now where’s that Gaviscon.
A thumbs up from The Pizza Lads

The Hot Dog Pizza from Papa John’s

The Hot Dog Pizza from Papa John’s Review
Enjoy a taste of America with The Hot Dog pizza. A Heinz Tomato Ketchup base loaded with hot dog sausage, cheese, freshly sliced onions and topped with Heinz American style mustard.
The Hot Dog Pizza Review
The Pizza Lads are noticing a tend for pizza outlets having pizzas named after other types of fast food, burgers, tandoori, kebabs and such like. So from our mates at Papa John’s comes the Hot Dog.
Now The lads are fond of “good quality” hotdogs and not the cheap tinned ones from the local netto store. So we would be looking for high meat content hot dogs on our pizza. We dialled the number of the local Papas with trembling hands (probably because the missuses hadn’t left for a shopping trip yet and we were afraid we might be heard) and ordered our Hot Dog Pizza. Delivery was fairly quick (well done Papas) and the wives had only just departed so that dodged a bullet.
We settled down and had a look in the box. It looked a bit bland and it was a good job they had the mustard on top to give it some colour. It was obviously still nice and hot. The base we had was the classic and was all good, We were a little concerned that the Heinz Tomato Ketchup sauce was going to quite sweet compared to usual red sauce and it was pretty much a bit overpowering really. The cheese was standard fare and well cooked.
We were surprised that the sausage was much paler in colour than we expected and didn’t look the best quality. However don’t judge a book by it’s cover it was actually quite nice with a high meat content. And at least the saltiness of the sausage balanced out the sweetness of the ketchup well. A few onions were sprinkled about and were a welcome ingredient. It was as we said earlier, topped with Heinz American style mustard which is pretty mild but once again sweet. There was far too much mustard for the lads and it was slightly off-putting.
So did it work as a combo? We thought it was an interesting novelty idea and one that could be recreated in your kitchen by your own fair hands . But would you want to? Its saltiness of the sausage balancing out the sweetness well. was the sort of cooking type fun they would show on Kids TV during the summer holidays! We would say overall a 5 out of ten from the lads. Too much sauce!
A sideways thumbs from The Pizza Lads

Dominic Pizza from Mod Pizza

Dominic Pizza Review, Dominic Pizza Hut Review
White sauce, asiago, fresh chopped basil, red onion, sliced tomatoes, mild sausage
Dominic Pizza Review

The lads were once again back in the big city and our port of call is always to seek out a Mod Pizza outlet which we highly rate. Upon arrival we scanned the menu and were met as always with a strange names given to the pizzas. We are secretly hoping that they introduce a Bill or Ted one (hint, hint) but for now though Ted wanted the Fred, Bill vetoed that as he hated a guy called Fred at College (good looking dude who always got the girls). Anyway we opted for the Dominic as we recalled no problems with any guys with that name.
The Dominic was ordered the standard base as they don’t offer the multitude of fancy bases other outlets do. To be honest the frappé latte flavour garlic and olive with stuffed plastic cheese and hot dog crust is totally overrated in our opinion. Anyway when it arrived it looked pretty pale due the white sauce which was Creamy and a great alternative to red sauce. The base itself was nicely cooked though a little thin. It was sprinkled with sharp asiago cheese made in the foothills of some Italian hill or other. The sausage was a bit too mild for our liking and could have done with more flavour. It was accompanied by fresh chopped basil, red onion and sliced tomatoes which gave the offering a nice flavour range.
So we were overall fairly happy though we felt this combo was a weak offering really compared to some and had a certain blandness about it, not too bad but not one for us.
A sidewards thumb from The Pizza Lads

Pollo Forza Pizza from Pizza Express

Pollo Forza Pizza from Pizza Express Review
Chicken with hot chilli, sweet, spicy Roquito peppers, roasted peppers, garlic oil, mozzarella and tomato, finished with Gran Milano cheese on a Romana base
Pollo Forza Pizza Review
The lads were free once again from the wives clutches to enjoy a new pizza offering and bring that that review to our followers, we seemed to have done a lot of shop bought ones lately so we figured it was time to return to our roots. So we felt pizza express was a nice destination to get back on track. We would like to point out that we always pay for our pizzas in full but if any outlets would like to entice us in with bribes and such like we would be happy to go. Not that this would buy a favourable review as our integrity is at the forefront of all we do. But throw in a few beers as well and you never know (only joking), anyway enough waffling on for now.

We plumped for the Pollo Forza which sounded just the ticket. When delivered it was good and hot. It looked colourful with the array of peppers too. The base was standard pizza express and was reasonably thick, but a bit doughy. The edge on p.express pizzas is always fairly narrow compared to some but  was nicely crisped. Toppings were tomato sauce of course which was acceptable, mozzarella cheese was okay but not as thick and stringy as we would have liked. Chicken with hot chilli was decent, tender and had a decent kick. The sweet, spicy Roquito peppers and roasted peppers combination was for us the standout ingredient, succulent and full of flavour and lifted the pizza to a premium level. It was rounded off with garlic oil and Gran Milano cheese and that added slightly as well. So a fairly disappointing base pizza which was transformed by the peppers. A 6.5 out of 10 from the Lads.
A sideways thumbs from The Pizza Lads

Easter Chocolate Dough Ball Pizza from ASDA

Easter Chocolate Dough Ball Pizza from ASDA Review
Chocolate flavoured balls of dough with milk and white chocolate chunks, milk chocolate curls, mini marshmallows and chocolate sauce with sprinkles. Pop it in the oven for just five minutes and you’ll have a delicious, gooey, chocolatey treat.
Easter Chocolate Dough Ball Pizza Review
The lads were once again on child minding duties as it was the Easter holidays, so at our wits end we decided to share the pain with the good folks at our local supermarket Asda. We let them go on the rampage while we explored the fresh pizza counter. To our surprise we found that they were doing a Easter Chocolate Dough Ball Pizza! Now it really seemed like a cake to the lads and would have thought it would be on the bakery counter but that’s just us. So anyway in the basket it went and off we trotted.
It says it can be eaten hot or cold but we like our pizzas like we like our women, hot and fresh ! but maybe not as sticky as this concoction was. right moving on.
It only takes five minutes and was even gooier when it came out. So as you see it looks like a bunch of profiteroles glued together with chocolate sauce. The topping was Marshmallows, it’s a wonder that Asda hadn’t given the option to add more toppings like chilli beef or pineapple. But it is what it is.
So you ask what was it like. It smelled of chocolate obviously, the dough was a bit crusty and dense we felt and tasted of chocolate. The sauce was like a chocolate desert but that was nice we reckoned. And the marshmallows were marshmallowy. So as a pizza offering it sucked, as a cake it was okay, a bit rich and sickly and the amount of sugar in it could have sustained an everest expedition on it’s own.
A thumbs down from The Pizza Lads

The Greek Pizza from Papa John’s

The Greek Pizza from Papa John’s Review
This Mediterranean inspired combination of crumbled feta cheese, slices of red onion, fresh tomatoes, black olives and melting mozzarella with an oregano sprinkle is guaranteed to bring you a taste of summer sun.
The Greek Pizza Review
The lads had decided that summer was round the corner once again and to celebrate this were looking for suitable pizza. Now it always sunny in Greece we reckon (i’m sure our Greek friends will tell us differently though). So having been keeping the knowledge of the Greek pizza in our pockets (not literally only in our minds ) we decided the unleash the lads on this combo. The offering is pleasing to the eye with a good array of colour and if smelled okay.
Tucking in we appreciated the classic crust base and basic cheese and tomato topping but offered nothing new. So onto the main show, the crumbled feta cheese was salty and crumbly so was just how it should be. The black olives were from Spain’s famous Herrera Groves, now you may be wondering how we obtained such refined palates? well we read it on the website bumpf (sorry). Anyway the Olives were quite sour in our opinion but some people like them like that. Fresh tomatoes were chopped up and spread around which were decent. The oregano sprinkle gives the pizza it’s Mediterranean taste and if it wasn’t for that we would have marked this one down. So to sum up a passable combo but compared to the others we felt it was poor value for money.
A sideways thumbs from The Pizza Lads

Picard Superior Margherita Pizza from Ocado

Picard Superior Margherita (Frozen) Pizza Review, Ocado Review
Rediscover the pleasures of Italy in savouring this delicious pizza topped with pomodoro sauce and creamy balls of Mozzarella. To be shared… or not!
Picard Superior Margherita (Frozen) Pizza Review
The lads missuses were working hard to keep a roof over our heads and didn’t have much time left for shopping so it was left to the lads to sort this out. Now we were getting a cheesed off going to supermarkets, so Bill decided that we would try online home delivery from Ocado. So we added the usual Toilet rolls and tins of spam etc, but off course as we are the pizzalads we had to buy a pizza. We plumped for a frozen one which looked like it was an authentic Italian one and we all know that they make the best! Now it was not a cheap option so more overtime will have to be done by the missuses to cover are largesse.
The plain Margherita is we know a boring choice but only the Italians can produce a taste sensation from cheese and tomato. We cooked according to the instructions and when finished it looked really artisanal. It seemed that it was straight from a pizza oven freshly made. The smell was divine which we had not expected. So the base was a delicious thin wood-fired blistered base which had not gone hard in the cooking process but was still crispy . It was topped with fresh-tasting tomato sauce ,more sweet than sharp but with good balance with a touch of oregano. The quality mozzarella is obvious and not the mass produced stuff and had a lovely oozing quality, slightly salty we thought but nevertheless delicious. So obviously a short review due the toppings but we do recommended this and as far as frozen ones go, we couldn’t ask for better.
A thumbs up from The Pizza Lads

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