For its February issue, Consumer Reports taste testers rated plain tomato-and-cheese pizzas from the big 3 chains: Papa John's, Pizza Hut and Domino's. The magazine's Deputy Editor David Heim says all the pizzas were "very good overall," but Papa John's rated the highest.
Papa John's Original Crust Cheese Pizza scored a Touchdown. "Its crust was really good, like good chewy Italian bread," Heim says. "The sauce had a nice fresh tomato flavor, nicely balanced with mozzarella cheese. The herbs and spices were nice, not over-powering. It also tasted a little sweet."
Consumer Reports gave Pizza Hut Pan Pizza a Field Goal. Heim says it had a "crispy crust, a little on the oily side." The cheese was flavorful, but Heim says the "tomato sauce had a slight sharp edge to it that wasn't as quite as good tasting as some of the others."
Domino's Classic Hand Tossed Pizza rated a Safety. "It's sauce tasted more like tomato paste than really good pizza sauce," Heim says, "and it tasted like they were using dried herbs instead of fresh herbs. Now I don't know that I could tell the difference, but our experts did."
Maybe you prefer buying a frozen pizza you can make at home. Consumer Reports says two brands with oven-rising crusts, Freschetta and DiGiorno, are "about as good as pizzas from chains."
Here's a baking tip: place the frozen pizza directly on the oven rack, don't put it on a baking sheet. Consumer Reports says the crust comes out better that way.
So what's your favorite local pizza? We surveyed our viewers and you can see the winners here.
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