|Big gap in the freezer, must be popular|
Well, you can guess my reaction when I was asked to sample Chicago Town's Takeaway range. I hadn't actually tried these pizzas before, as I tend to buy fresh, because I prefer bases that haven't been pre-cooked. So I was really pleased to find that these are frozen fresh, so the dough bakes & rises in the oven. You'd be surprised how much difference it makes to the taste. Or would you? Chicago Town's Takeaway range recently beat both Domino's & Pizza Hut to be voted the UK's number 1 pizza on description, price & taste.
|I wanted this one SO much!|
And we had to get them in the oven. I didn't realise how big they were, in comparison to the majority of other pizzas on the market. We've only got a fairly small fridge-freezer, and I couldn't fit them in the freezer. Not to worry, as we couldn't wait another minute anyway, but if you're buying in advance and don't have much space, it's worth bearing in mind.
|Eight slices! EIGHT!|
What you can't quite see on the picture to the right, is something very clever. It took me many years to be convinced by pizza cooking instructions that said to place the pizza directly onto the shelf in the oven, but when I did, it was a revelation, as the base cooks more crisp and evenly. You don't do that with the Chicago Town Takeaway range though. The pizza comes with a disposable cooking base, made of cardboard, with a black, reflective top to it. I don't know how it works, but it keeps that soft uncooked base flat, and helps the pizza cook to an even, crisp finish. And stops bits of cheese dripping onto the base of my oven, which is a very welcome development.
For those who don't like the stuffed crust, or are worried about incurring the sort of injuries I risk in the name of blogging (a slightly singed tongue, fine in five minutes), Chicago Town have also launched a new Classic Thin version of their Takeawy range, without the stuffed crust.
Chicago Town Takeaway Pizzas are available in major supermarkets, RRP £3.79.
Disclosure: I was provided with vouchers to purchase pizzas for the purpose of this review. I was not told what to write, and all opinions are my own. Links are provided for your convenience, I am not a member of any affiliate scheme and will not receive reward for their use.