Pizza Review Blog
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 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 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 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 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
A sideways thumbs from The Pizza Lads
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 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 (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
Catalan Chicken & Chorizo From Domino’s Review
Double pulled Catalan style chicken, chorizo, onions, green & red peppers topped with a drizzle of sour cream and paprika sauce
Catalan Chicken & Chorizo Pizza Review
The lads are always on the lookout for new pizza combos and Domino’s are always coming up trumps on that score. Now Chicken and Chorizo is nothing new but of course this is doubled pulled? the last time that the lads had experienced a double pulled anything was when years ago we had been in nightclub (might have been a disco but hey were getting on now a bit) and we met our wives who were friends, ever since then we vowed to steer clear of double pulled anything as that story doesn’t have a happy outcome. Anyway were losing the plot here so back to the pizza in question.
It turned up on time and looked pretty good with a nice browned crust and appetizing looking drizzle of sour cream and paprika sauce. The dough was good and as it was a classic crust so not too thick either. No faults there. Tomato sauce was reasonable and the tomatoes are evident in the taste. Standard mozza cheese was decent and was stringy and springy, just right.
Toppings were the Double pulled Catalan style chicken which seemed a fairly standard offering, perhaps a bit herbier and finer than usual , nothing to complain about here. Chorizo was chunky and always lifts chicken to new levels, it was pretty spicy. Onions and mixed peppers finished off the main toppings and added an intriguing contrast in taste and colour. And as we said earlier it was topped off with sour cream and paprika sauce and we felt this was the crowning glory and the paprika gave the whole offering a boost. So all in all we were happy with this new combo. It wont win any any awards but was a solid 7 out of ten from the lads.
A thumbs up from The Pizza Lads
Chicago Town Takeaway Sweet Cola BBQ Pizza from Tesco Review
Chicago Town’s Takeaway Stuffed Sticky Sweet Cola BBQ Pizza is made with our amazing dough that bakes fresh in your oven, and – wait for it – topped with a delicious sticky sweet cola BBQ sauce, red cheddar, ham, mushrooms, red onions and of course, mouth-watering mozzarella. Why mess around with trying to find the takeaway menu in the kitchen drawer? We’ve even stuffed the crust with our signature tomato sauce for a true flavour sensation.
Chicago Town Cola BBQ Pizza Review
The lads had had to devote some time to looking after the kiddies during the school holidays so the wives can earn the dough to keep us in pizza. After a couple of hours of them screaming we decided to share the experience with the good folks at Tesco… So we all trooped down there and within a minute the tantrums had started and everybody was looking at us but we cared not as Bill had seen a Pizza in the freezer section which fired our imagination..The incredibly titled Chicago Town Takeaway Sweet Cola Bbq Stuffed Pizza. Wow.
So after half an hour of letting the kids run riot and screaming and generally ruining everybody else’s shopping experience we headed for home with our pizza. Oven was on in no time and in it went. They say “Unique fresh, rising dough – Watch the dough rise before your eyes” on the blurb, so we stared through the oven door for 20 minutes and we hardly noticed anything. Anyway who cares, out it came and it looked good with a decent covering of toppings and browned crust but smelled very sweet. The dough was a bit stodgy but tasted OK for a frozen pizza, it had a tomato sauce stuffed crust which the lads were not keen on and it was no better than ketchup. The sauce on the pizza was strange and you would never know this was supposed to be cola, but the flavour of the BBQ was there and it tastes caramelised. It was sweet man.
The cheese was mozzarella and red cheddar which was fairly generous in amount and gooey. The toppings were ham, mushrooms, red onions which was fairly standard fare. nothing special but all OK. So all in all our impression was this didn’t work for us as the overall result is far too sweet. Sorry Chicago Town. Kids liked it though and after eating some of this they were bouncing off the walls just as the wives were due home from work.
A thumbs down from The Pizza Lads
American Sizzler Pizza from ASDA Review
Loaded with rich tomato sauce, a delightful duo of cheeses, spicy chilli beef, kickin’ chicken, pepperoni and fiery jalapenos (2 chilli rating)
American Sizzler Pizza Review
The lads had been sent shopping by the missuses and were determined to get a pizza for themselves, now the lads had had some disappointing experiences with pre packed pizzas so spotting the pizza counter at Asda supermarket we decided that was something we had to try. The front of the counter was packed with newly made pizzas or we could make our own creation, we decided on a pre done one and went for the American Sizzler Deep Pan 10″ which was a reasonable price and to be honest probably use the same pre packed toppings as the big chains. So upon arrival back home on went the oven.
When cooked the appearance was pleasing with a decent covering of toppings. The base was reasonably thick and was fairly light with just a slightly crusty outside. The tomato sauce was nice and tasty and spread evenly. Cheese was standard fare but not too generous, still it wasn’t a disappointment. Toppings were spicy chilli beef and that was tender and meaty with a fiery taste, kickin’ chicken had a punch and was tender, pepperoni was a bit sparse (we have heard that the toppings are literally counted and we wouldn’t be surprised) but good and tender and it was rounded off with a handful of jalapenos and a sprinkling of cheese on top.
The overall offering was a good combination and we had to admit that we had not had many pizzas that were more fiery. The quality was on a pare with a chain one and in our opinion was far better than chilled pre packed ones. We were pleasantly surprised and will be reviewing more in the future.
A thumbs up from The Pizza Lads
Tuna & Sweetcorn Flat Bread Pizza from Pizza Hut Review
Tomato sauce, mozzarella, tuna, red onion, sweetcorn, a ranch and rocket on our light Flat bread base.
Tuna & Sweetcorn Flat Bread Pizza Review
The lads were strapped for cash as normal, but had managed to hide enough money away from the wives for a pizza treat. So sneaking off when they busy we legged it down to the nearest pizza hut. We scanned the menu and realised that we had never reviewed a flat bread style pizza, so we decided to remedy this situation. Now an authentic flat bread pizza should not really have sauce on in our opinion but this did so in our opinion it just a oval shaped pizza. In reality this base has a slightly crunchier bite we felt, but we are getting ahead of ourselves. So we ordered the tuna and sweetcorn one. The flat bread duly turned up and was reasonably hot, the appearance was a bit messy with rocket leafs and ranch sauce strewn across the top.
So onto the review, the base was fairly thin and as we said a bit crunchy but was at least a nice variation on the usual. The tomato sauce was strong and tasty. The mozzi cheese was a bit sparse but tasty enough, The toppings were a fairly standard combination of Tuna which was fresh from tin we thought but OK for all that and sweetcorn (dare we say it might have been tinned?). It was brought to life by the red onion a bit. As we said before rocket leafs and ranch sauce adorned the top which was at least a diversion from the norm.
So all in all a disappointing effort , something a student could knock up similar at home for a Thursday quick tea maybe.
A thumbs down from The Pizza Lads
Mad Dog Pizza from MOD Pizza Review
For Meat Lovers, mozzarella, pepperoni, mild sausage, ground beef, red sauce
Mad Dog Pizza Review
The lads had taken a couple of weeks off to enjoy the Holiday season, however goodwill was in short supply in the Bill and Ted households and the wives were keen to turf us out from under their feet.
We had decided to go to London to catch a footie match and of course this would take us near a Mod pizza outlet. So we were on our way asap. We took in the pizza joint before going to the game and upon arrival scanned the menu. The one that jumped out to us was the Mad Dog, now exactly why its called that we have no idea, but they all have pretty strange names so who cares.
The pizza showed up in no time and it looked awesome with a rustic looking base, no machines were involved in this creation. The toppings seemed to be generously heaped on and the cheese had a lovely toasted look to it. So we dug in, the base was pretty thin and we would have preferred a slightly thicker one. However it tasted fresh and was not soggy. The red sauce was piquant and rich and was amongst the best tomato sauces we have had. The mozzarella was thick and as we said nice and toasty with a chewy stingy texture. The meat toppings are pepperoni which had a good bite and peppery taste, mild sausage was good and meaty and not too greasy. The ground beef was tender and of a high quality.
The overall result is a really indulgent pizza and one we would heartily recommend.
A massive thumbs up from The Pizza Lads
American Hot Pizza from Pizza Express Review
Pepperoni, mozzarella and tomato, with your choice of hot green, Roquito or jalapeño peppers on a Classic base
American Hot Pizza Review
The Pizza Lads were cold, very cold and not just from the frosty stares the missuses were casting at us. They were in a foul mood as they said they were having to do everything to prepare for Christmas. Which we felt wasn’t fair as we had put up the Xmas trees and put the chocolates on (minus the half we had scoffed of course). No, we were just in the way and a Christmas miracle happened when they threw some money at us and told us to get out and have a pizza, now we are not so slow on the uptake sometimes and had departed the house even before the wives voice had finished echoing in the hallway.
Once clear of them having second thoughts we set sail for Pizza Express and it was poxy freezing out in the streets. We got to the restaurant in double quick time and scanning the menu the only option we considered was the American Hot. “That’ll warm us up” Ted said…
The pizza duly arrived and looked a treat. The base was the Classic and was fairly thick in our opinion and with a light fluffy texture, with a nicely browned raised edge crust. The passata sauce was as expected and had a deep rich flavour, topped with well toasted mozzarella cheese which was nicely heaped on. The pepperoni was quite generous, but had been a bit overcooked in our opinion and was tough going, taste wise it was reasonable. We had chosen the jalapeño peppers as our option and this was pretty potent but a bit thinly spread. So did we get hot under the collar with this offering? It was okay, nothing too special but what it did it did OK, apart from the pepperoni.
A middle of the road rating.. Now back to face the music at home, oh man, this will be a long holiday season.
a thumbs up from The Pizza Lads
Pepperoni Delight Stuffed Crust Pizza from Sainsbury’s
Hand stretched garlic and herb flavoured cheese stuffed crust and base topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella, two types of pepperoni and Cheddar cheese.
Pepperoni Delight Pizza Review
The lads were totally out of money as usual, Christmas was nearly upon us and what little money we had left had to be devoted to present buying for the missuses. We had of course left everything till the last moment and hit eBay and Amazon to order a variety of unlikely gifts in the hope they actually turned up before Christmas. Bill had gone for a toilet seat with a picture of The Pizza Lads on the lid. A watch from china costing one pound with free postage, a toilet roll with jokes on and a frying pan! Ted had gone for a giant wine glass, a barometer, a heated hair brush, anti ageing cream and a frying pan! (and say romance is not dead…!)
So fearing that this would be our last Christmas being married, we put our feet up and concentrated on solving our pizza craving with no funds, a quick look in the fridge revealed a Sainsbury’s Stuffed Crust Pepperoni Delight Pizza. It looked good so here we go.
We cooked it according to the instructions of course. Looking at the finished result and it appeared cosmetically very acceptable. The base was ultra thin and hadn’t crisped very well so seemed a bit soggy. To be honest we wondered if we lifted it up whether the entire middle would detach from the crust. The dough crust was just too stodgy for us and had been filled with the rubberyist cheese known to man, and what made it worse was that it tasted of nothing (Ted reckoned it wasn’t cheese and garlic at all). We thought there wasn’t enough cheese topping initially but it had a bit of depth to it.
The tomato sauce was quite sweet and not to our taste. The Pepperoni consisted of two types, big and small, which was reasonable and not too greasy and the amount was fairly generous. It came with a Garlic dip which was small.
So we were not overly impressed and don’t recommend this pizza. We realised that we were going to be in trouble for finishing this off as it was for the kids tea. Oh well, they’ll be pleased with the frying pans no doubt. Lets hope they don’t use them to clonk us over the head?
A thumbs down from The Pizza Lads
La Reine Classic Cook at Home Range from Pizza Express Review
Prosciutto cotto ham, mushrooms, olives, creamy mozzarella& our famous passata
La Reine Pizza Review
The lads had noticed that Pizza express do a range of cook at home pizzas and we were keen to try one to see if we could recreate that restaurant experience in our humble little abode. We chose the La Reine Classic which is basically a ham and mushroom pizza which is never a bad thing. It cost about a fiver so obviously much cheaper than eating in house. When were moved the packaging it looked pretty good and the toppings were at least a fairly good covering. The cooking instructions say to Drizzle a little olive oil over your pizza to give it a crispier finish, and who are we to argue, so out came the extra extra virgin stuff that the missus had purchased and never used and splashed it over a bit.
So after the cooking time had completed we settled down for our feast and to fair it looked a treat. The base was a bit too crispy on the bottom as is so often the case when cooking pizzas in home ovens even though we had followed the instructions to the letter. However it wasn’t rock hard so we could live with it. The dough was OK but didn’t taste as fresh as we would have liked and felt a bit slimy on the tongue. On to the toppings then… The passata was decent proportioned and had a deep rich taste. The cheese was indeed creamy and had toasted well. The mushrooms were of a decent quality and were juicy and tasty. The Prosciutto cotto ham was delicately flavored, dry cured and had all the flavour we expected. A few olives were scattered about to little effect as they lacked that pungent bite.
So what was our verdict? Well Ted said that it was little better than a standard supermarket own brand offering and Bill reckoned it was nowhere near restaurant quality.
A six out of ten from The Pizza Lads
Mushroom & Truffle Pizza from Pizza Express Review
Sliced Portobello and closed cup mushrooms, mozzarella, ricotta, fresh rosemary and garlic oil on a béchamel base, drizzled with truffle oil ,a sprinkling of fresh parsley and shaved Gran Milano cheese on a Romana base
Mushroom & Truffle Pizza Review
The Pizza Lads were celebrating, we had won 25 pounds on a lottery scratch card and we were definitely not going to be telling the missuses about this windfall. We decided that we would blow our winnings on the most luxury sounding pizza we could at Pizza Express. Actually the cost didn’t reflect too badly, but was in the top range of the menu offering price wise.
The Pizza duly arrived and was reasonably hot and looked pleasant in a pale sort of way. The base was a Romana and looked crispy on the edges but was just a bit too soggy for our liking, but was a decent taste at least. The béchamel sauce was probably the reason for the slightly soggy base and was fairly bland. The Sliced Portobello and closed cup mushrooms were a good combination and were fresh with subtle earthiness. The mozzarella cheese was a bit thinly spread and saved to an extent by the creaminess of the ricotta. The top was scattered with fragrant, dry, flaking Gran Milano cheese, which had a granular texture with an intensely sweet flavour. So far – so so. Can this pizza be saved by the oils?
The garlic oil was quite strong and The Pizza Lads didn’t see a single vampire on the way home! The truffle oil had an Intense garlic aroma and a powerful truffle flavour and was simply gorgeous and a complete revelation on a pizza. The trimmings were rosemary and parsley and added nice finish.
So all in all a different pizza, good and bad points yes, but a different experience. Ted wondered if the garlic oil would work on the missus as well as it seemed to on vampires?
A thumbs sideways from The Pizza Lads
Pepperoni Passion Pizza from Domino’s Review
Extra pepperoni and extra mozzarella cheese on a Domino’s tomato sauce base
Pepperoni Passion Pizza
The Pizza Lads started to feel the cold chill of winter setting in, gone were the long hot days of summer with light Pizzas. Now it’s all about heat and energy giving food. So in this spirit we thought that only lots of pepperoni will do to remove the chill. Heading off to Domino’s, we of course opted for the Pepperoni Passion.
We choose to stay with the classic crust and when we opened the box it looked mighty fine, the crust was a nice shade of brown and just crispy enough on the outside and fluffy on the inside. The top of the pizza could hardly be seen with the generous covering of Pepperoni, but what cheese peaked through was well toasted and tasted great. The tomato sauce was rich and tasty and the extra cheese piled on really gave satisfaction with it’s indulgence, it was chewy and stringy just as we like it. The Pepperoni itself was a deep porky/beefy variety, seasoned with a strong chilli powder, it was also not to greasy.
So we really got our fix and to be honest our mouths were burning up by the time we had finished. Lovely
A big thumbs up from The Pizza Lads
Carne Calzone from Bella Italia Review
Folded pizza with pomodoro sauce -Meatballs, beef ragu, pancetta, red onion and mozzarella
Carne Calzone Review
The lads were back at Bella Italia, the missuses had sent us out to buy some Christmas gifts for some relatives. Of course we had been given a list of exactly what to buy and from where. But the lads are nothing if not inventive and we decided to throw ourselves wholeheartedly into this task, but our real agenda was to Shop hard and see if we could save some money to enable a pizza purchase. After a couple of hours we were all shopped out, but our reward was that we had saved enough cash from our efforts for the Pizza treat.
So scanning through the menu at Bella’s we decided on one of three Calzone’s on offer, obviously the meaty one for us.
We didn’t have too long to wait for our Calzone to be served and it looked a treat with a lovely browned dough casing. It was good and hot as well. Digging in we appreciated the dough’s light texture and it tasted splendid. The Pomodoro sauce (tomato) had the taste of the sweetest tomatoes with a salty, garlic tinge. The fillings were Meatballs which were smallish and had a rich solid flavour and they combined well with the deep robust taste of the Beef Ragu. The Pancetta contrasted well and was lovely. It was enhanced with the addition of pretty strong red onion and packed with soft and creamy mozzarella.
So we were well pleased and it was a good offering and one we will would eat again. Getting home the missuses were suspicious that we had been indulging ourselves, but we had got what they wanted and with correct change, so a right result for the lads.
A massive thumbs up from The Pizza Lads
Texas Meat Meltdown Pizza from Pizza Hut Review
Spicy pork, chicken breast, pepperoni, chorizo & BBQ sauce base.
Texas Meat Meltdown Pizza Review
The Pizza Lads had been reviewing some exotic pizzas of late and as always we started to crave a more run of mill Pizza, slow cooked this, italian that, infused with etc etc. No! we want a good old fashioned Meat + Cheese type thing. Pizza Hut was our destination and looking at the menu we decided upon the Texas Meat Meltdown, Meat = check, cheese = check. were good to go then.
The pizza duly arrived in our “pan” base choice (deep pan for those not familiar) and the pizza looked good in it’s brownish coloured hues. It was reasonably hot, though we thought it might have been sitting around a bit.
The base was just right and not to doughy and cooked to crispy finish on the bottom. BBQ sauce had a rich indulgent smoky taste and we were satisfied with that. Toppings were pretty much edge to edge. The cheese was a bit thinly spread but with a delicious stringy texture. The pepperoni was a good variety and not too fatty and had a decent kick which is always pleasing. The chicken was not as brown as we would have preferred, but at least the taste was acceptable. Spicy Pork was the saving grace of this pizza combo and it was generously spread and tender with again a built in kick. Chorizo was a bit tough but with a solid taste. The top was dizzled with more BBQ sauce. So not the best pizza we have had in our life but certainty far from the worst. So our back to basics quest was a slight failure..
A thumbs up from The Pizza Lads
Frutti di Mare Pizza from Bella Italia Review
King prawns, mussels, squid, queen scallops, mozzarella & chilli on a tomato base.
Frutti di Mare Pizza Review
Bill was ranting to Ted today about the lack of seafood topped pizzas we had reviewed, but Ted said that he didn’t like seafood very much. Bill put his foot down and said we are the pizza review lads, so all pizzas need to done and we may as well go the whole hog and do a full on seafood pizza review of the fishiest pizza we can find. Reluctantly Ted had to take one for the team so they did a quick search and decided on the Frutti di Mare from Bella Italia. So off we went to the local Bella Italia and it duly arrived at the table.
It looked good with subtle colours contrasting with deep red tomato sauce and browned base edge. The base itself was fresh and not overdone with edge to edge toppings, the dough had soaked up the tomato sauce flavour to a degree, which made it delicious. The mozzarella was was not too thick and we felt a bit more was in order but it was tasty. The chilli was fiery and really caught the back of the throat.
Onto the main show – The queen scallops were impressive in size and Bill commented they were not to chewy as they can sometimes be, but not very flavourful (Ted disagreed-he said they were awful – not being a seafood lover). The King prawns were tender and full of flavour and both were happy there. The Mussels were not as fresh as Bill liked and he thought they may have been frozen ones, but that’s only speculation (Ted didn’t like them). The squid was a little bit chewy with an unusual overly salty taste Bill remarked (Ted hated them – not being a seafood lover).
So really it’s a case of if you like Seafood a lot or not, Bill gave the pizza a six out of ten, sadly Ted only one. Ted was not converted, so only Bill’s opinion counts in this review, a disappointing overall offering in his opinion. Bill also added that the ingredients to this pizza needed to stay with the pasta and not put onto a pizza base.
A thumbs down from The Pizza Lads
Garlic Sizzler Pizza from Pizza GoGo Review
Tomato sauce, Chicken, Bacon, Pepperoni, Green and Red Peppers, drizzled with Garlic Sauce
Garlic Sizzler Pizza Review
The lads were being forced to go to some wedding reception by the wives, Bills missus was good friends with the bride. We had a peak at the what food was on offer and it was just going to be things on sticks, sausages, pickled onions and cheese and pineapple! Oh man this was a low budget affair. The lads had devised a plan to get a decent pizza eat on the way, so had told the wives to go on ahead as we had to get some petrol (gas for our USA devotees) for the car.
So after 10 outfit changes and reassuring the wives that they looked perfect and no big bums were to be seen (it had to be done) they eventually departed. The lads threw on the all purpose suits which cover weddings, funerals, interviews, court appearances etc.
We headed to Pizza GoGo as it was not too far from the venue. We scanned the menu and still feeling that we could do without this party we thought we would punish all in breath range of us, so the Garlic Sizzler it was. The pizza duly appeared and we tucked in…
Appearance wise it looked liked what we thought, the base was a bit overcooked at the edge and the crust was a bit hard work to chew through, the dough taste was reasonable and seemed fresh. The cheese had toasted well on top and was nice and stringy. The tomato sauce was a bit bland and thankfully there wasn’t much of it. Onto the main toppings, the chicken seemed a bit processed but had toasted to decent brown on top and was acceptable. The bacon again seemed like reformed processed meat and was a bit ham like but OK. Pepperoni was in contrast a good variety, spicy and not too greasy. The Green and Red Peppers added some nice colour but didn’t really lift the pizza taste wise and the Garlic Sauce drizzle was obviously not fresh garlic, however it did taste reasonable, but the actual breath test will be later when we meet the wives. So we were not overly impressed with this offering and have had much better. Unfortunately Bill’s nerve cracked on the way to the wedding reception and he was eating extra strong mints like they were going out of fashion, but Ted stayed the course and his wife was very displeased with the pungent aroma, but after a few more drinks this was completely forgotten.
A average thumbs side ways from The Pizza Lads
Diavola Forte Pizza from Bella Italia Review
Diavola Forte Pizza Review
The lads were fed up with home cooking pizzas for our recent reviews and we wanted to be waited on. We discovered that Bella Italia has an outlet near to us and without further ado we were off. Upon arrival we scanned the menu and were drawn to the Diavola Forte pizza, now our regular viewers know that we always want to try new things and if the pizza has a title with words we have never heard of, then that’s for us!
Apparently the literal translation of Diavola is deviled or salsa according the the interplonk.
The word Forte could mean tangy or feisty, so none the wiser really but good old N’duja sausage sounds just the ticket.
So after a short delay the Pizza was duly served up and it was good and hot and we had to admit it looked excellent with a nice variety of colours. So nice presentation. The base had a lovely brownish edge and was not too thin but very tasty. The Tomato sauce was a deep red shade and had an indulgent texture, but a fiery taste that really got us reaching for the water. The mixture of Mozzarella and Mascarpone is always an inspired combo and the Mascarpone had a creamy subtle palette. The spicy ’nduja sausage and salami really hit the spot and was full of flavour and not greasy at all, unlike some salamis. The Chicken was tender though a bit thin on the ground and the roasted peppers gave a rustic edge. The red onion and green Chillis finished off the proceedings and the Chillis had some kick in them. All complemented with some fresh rocket sprinkled on top.
We were very impressed with the overall quality and our mouths were pleasantly on fire by the last slice. Highly recommended and we thought we had better not tell the wives about this gem of a restaurant, our secret for now!
A big thumbs up from The Pizza Lads
Slow Cooked Lamb Pizza from Ask Italian Review
Tender lamb shoulder, fontal cheese, roasted peppers, spinach, balsamic red onions onions and pine nuts.
Slow Cooked Lamb Pizza Review
Feta Cheese & Caramelised Onion Pizza from Waitrose Review
A Stonebaked, hand stretched thin and crispy Pizza base, topped with Garlic butter, Tomato sauce, caramelised Balsamic Onions, Mozzarella, feta and Mascarpone cheeses and sprinkled with Rosemary.
Feta Cheese & Caramelised Onion Pizza Review
The lads were moving upmarket in shopping habits, no more home bargains and netto for us, no! Waitrose supermarket is now our preferred choice. We remortgaged the the house and sold the car and headed off to get a luxury Pizza (only joking they are not too badly priced really). Our gaze took in the offerings on the shelf and we felt like something different, so we opted for the Feta & Caramelised Onion Pizza. Now we have never had Feta on a Pizza to our knowledge so were keen to experience it.
It was said Bill, “an unusual-looking pizza in a way very dark and un-colourful” We also thought ideal for the forthcoming Halloween Party…
The base when cooked was crispy and thin and we both enjoyed it. The Tomato sauce was not in evidence too much and the garlic butter seemed to come through more. The Feta and Mozzarella Mascarpone mix was a good combination of sharp and creamy Cheeses, though we expected more of the Feta cheese it was delicate soft flavour tangy and salty. The caramelised Balsamic Onions were sweet and piquant. The herb taste was very much in evidence and not unpleasant. Taken as a combo, it was really different and very tasty even though it’s a non meat Pizza. The Pizza Lads were well impressed and would definitely go for this one again.
A none meaty thumbs up from The Pizza Lads
Extra Special Hand Stretched Smoked Ham, Mushroom & Mascarpone Pizza from ASDA Review
Stretched by hand in a time honoured fashion to create a crisp, bubbly crust Introducing our Extra Special Smoked Ham, Mushroom & Mascarpone Pizza, inspired by the finest pizzerias of Naples to create a truly indulgent experience. Our experts gently hand-stretch the dough, resulting in a thin and sumptuously soft base that, once cooked in our stone bake oven, creates a beautiful, bubbly crust. And to bring out the remarkable flavour of our dough, we hand top the base with only the best ingredients, giving you a slice of pure indulgence. Our Extra Special Smoked Ham, Mushroom & Mascarpone Pizza. Stretched by hand. Topped with care. Enjoyed by you.
Smoked Ham, Mushroom & Mascarpone Pizza Review
The Pizza Lads were out shopping for the weekly groceries (not by choice!) and we had been told by the wives we were allowed to have one chilled Pizza to cook at home. So we decided upon Asda. We scoped out the variety on offer and our eyes fell upon the Extra Special Hand Stretched Smoked Ham, Mushroom & Mascarpone Pizza, Now with a title like that it must be good and through the viewing window in the box, it did look pretty nice. So in the trolley it went and when we were home the oven was straight on.
Out the packet the appearance was pleasing as the Ham looked really fresh and Mushrooms smelled delicious and when cooked according the instructions the Mascarpone would have melted all it over.
So on to the taste test… The crust was nice and light, thin/bubbly and the stone-baked dough was very good and tasted really fresh. The Smoked Ham had cooked well and was really tender and tasty. The Mascarpone was creamy and light and had toasted nicely on top. The mushrooms were quite Garlicky but very moreish. Sauce was fairly standard but not unpleasant and we detected an underlying hint of Black Pepper and Lemon Juice.
Very good all round and meets pizza chain standards. We might even volunteer next time to go shopping.
A big Asda thumbs up from The Pizza Lads
Tops Club Pizza from Tops Pizza Review
Special tomato sauce, Chicken, Bacon, red Onions, Fresh tomato, 3 blends of Mozzarella, Monterey Jack, Cheddar cheese & drizzle of creamy ranch sauce
Tops Club Pizza Review
The Lads found themselves in London again, We had told the wives we were attending a Career Path Development Conference. Yeah right… lol, but somehow it seemed to work as the missuses like the idea we are trying to work on themselves and become better persons (or perhaps they are just glad that we are elsewhere?).
So we had found a lovely Tops Pizza outlet before and were keen on a return visit. Scanning through the menu we decided on the Tops Club which we guess is the speciality of the house, we threw caution to the wind and had the Hot Dog stuffed crust on the Supersize base.
Wow the pizza looked awesome when it arrived with a beautiful criss cross effect on the top with ranch sauce. The base was excellent with a pleasantly browned crust and was what we call the Goldilocks scenario (not too thin or too thick, not too crispy or too doughy) The hot dog crust seemed like it was made of quality meat which was a relief. The special Tomato sauce was all good with a rich indulgent taste. The Mozzarella, Monterey Jack and Cheddar Cheese is a favourite of ours and we think law should be passed making Monterey Jack compulsory on all pizzas. Chicken & Bacon is a marriage made in heaven (unlike our living nightmares) and the Chicken was tender though the chunks were a bit on the small side. Large slices of fresh Tomato covered top and we are always pleased when they are not too sharp tasting. The red Onion was decent and as we say the drizzle of creamy Ranch sauce brought out the flavour of the Chicken. A great Pizza and it was the Tops!
Travelling back we made up some nonsense about the conference as a cover story but strangely we were never asked about it.
A massive thumbs up from The Pizza Lads
Meatball Feast Calzone from Frankie & Benny’s Review
Pork & beef meatballs, pepperoni, chicken, red onion, red pepper, mozzarella and BBQ sauce
Meatball Feast Calzone Review
The Pizza Lads were having a Pizza policy business conference debate brainstorming session between themselves. Bill said that it is our duty to bring every aspect of the Pizza world to our followers eyes, and that we don’t seem to have done any Calzone reviews. Ted was disbelieving but it was true!
So without further ado, we hurried off to rectify this situation. Now as our expert followers know, that a Calzone is basically a folded Pizza and according to Wikipedia, an interesting fact is that “In Italy, Calzones are popularly believed to be the most efficient type of Pizza for home delivery. This popular credence has some scientific ground as the folded nature of the Calzone results in a lower surface-to-volume ratio than a traditional Pizza resulting in better heat retention during the journey from the Pizzeria to the buyer’s home. This results in a Calzone being delivered warmer than Pizza all things equal. Ohh Err, still makes sense and Ted remembers one notable Pizza chain delivery Pizza that ended up somehow folding itself into a Calzone and he reckoned it was all the better for it!
Anyway were losing the plot. Off to Frankie and Benny’s we went as the big chains rarely offer Calzone. The offering looked like a huge Cornish pasty and with a nice charred bubbled look. The Dough was nice and chewy with a slightly crisp edge. The Meatballs were fresh tasting and delicious with a hint of seasoning. The Pepperoni had a good bite but wasn’t overwhelming the other ingredients. The Chicken added a diverse twist and was tender. Red Onion, red Pepper, Mozzarella and BBQ sauce completed the line up, although we felt that the red Onion was not required really, but the red Pepper was lovely. The Cheese was pretty cheesy indeed and the BBQ sauce was smoky tasting.
So a really nice dish and the overall combination was a winner..
A big “Calzone” thumbs up from The Pizza Lads
BBQ Chicken Pizza from Frankie & Benny’s Review
Slices of tender chicken, mozzarella, chives and BBQ sauce
BBQ Chicken Pizza Review
The lads had had lots of feedback from the website and whilst all favourable, one person commented that the bulk of our reviews are of Domino’s, Papa John’s and Pizza Hut. Now we were really angry about this (not lol), but we get the point although in our defence the big Pizza chains are the ones that most people go to for Pizza. But hey we are nothing if not adaptable (which has been a great help considering our missuses), so we decided to broaden our horizons. We realised that Frankie and Benny’s offer a wide Pizza range and so off we went.
The restaurant was pretty busy so we feared that we may have a long wait. Scanning the menu we decided on the BBQ Chicken Pizza, always a winning combo. We did have a bit of wait but when it arrived at our table it was still good and hot. The look of it was a bit dull and brown in our opinion but obviously the taste is what matters. The Pizza base was nice with a crispy chewy texture and the toppings were virtually edge to edge. The BBQ sauce was pleasant and tangy. The Cheese had been nicely toasted and was stringy and thick with a mouth watering aroma. The slices of Chicken were small but tender and juicy with a pronounced flavour. It was topped off with some Chives which brought out all the other flavours.
So a good solid offering that delivered, would we have changed anything? maybe some bacon! but that’s just us.
A thumbs up from The Pizza Lads
Ham & Pineapple Pizza from Domino’s Review
A beautiful Ham & Pineapple pizza from Domino’s Pizza
Ham & Pineapple Pizza Review
The lads realized that we hadn’t had a Domino’s Pizza for a while, and we do like our Domino’s. The missuses were off out to the Mall to waste some more of our dough. They gave us a stern lecture before they left about not eating any Pizzas today. We tend never to listen, so dug out the latest menu. Having had a look they don’t seem to do any new combo offerings at the moment, so we thought we would fall back on an old favourite of Ham & Pineapple. Now some peeps say Pineapple doesn’t belong on a pizza but not us, and believe us when we say we have had a lot odder things in the past.
We chose the classic crust which we find gives us the slightly crunchy crust in a sort sourdough way and it is not too thin or too thick. The usual Tomato sauce was evenly spread and has a good rich taste. The Mozzarella was nicely browned and lovely and stringy. The Ham pieces had a almost smokey taste and had browned at the edges adding to pleasing overall look. The Pineapple was fresh tasting and had plenty of bite. So we were well pleased with this classic offering.
Now all we have to do is hide the evidence from our wives and start spraying air freshener around and eating mints. Oh the joys of marriage.
A thumbs up from The Pizza Lads…