Here at Gluten Free Portland Laboratories, we are always ready to sacrifice our taste-buds to help the GF cause. We are especially happy to make such sacrifices when it involves gluten-free pizza! So when I was in Whole Foods recently and spied the Glutino brand Duo Cheese Gluten Free Frozen Pizza, it was a very easy decision to make.
As you can see from the picture, these babies are $4.99. It also needs to be noted that the box is waaaay bigger than the pizza and according to the manufacturer, one pizza is one serving. A serving in this case is 420 calories. Here are the ingredients: water, mozzarella-brick cheese (pasteurized milk, cheese cultures, salt, calcium chloride, enzyme), corn starch, tapioca starch, tomatoes (tomato paste, tomatoes, tomato juice, citric acid, calcium chloride), safflower oil, onion, evaporated cane juice, green peppers, modified corn starch, egg whites, salt, guar gum, glucono-delta-lactone, yeast extract, pectin, sugar, sodium bicarbonate, sodium alginate, modified cellulose, Parmesan cheese (pasteurized milk, cheese cultures, salt, calcium chloride, enzyme, cellulose), spices, garlic.
As you can see, they contain milk and eggs. Although the ingredients are kind of on the health-food side, we can’t fool ourselves into thinking these aren’t processed when there’s more “glucono-delta-lactone” in the pizza than Parmesan Cheese. LOL. In addition the manufacturer says they may contain traces of soy. I always mention the salt content in these reviews, so I have to say these have 560 mg of salt. Here’s what they look like out of the bag.
We couldn’t just pop these in the oven without adding some toppings of our own.
Sienna added pesto, mushrooms and garlic. I added black olives and garlic.
They look pretty good huh? We were pretty excited to try them, but even with the additional items we put on these, the pizzas weren’t very good. The crusts were good and we both liked them. At the same time, they definitely taste like frozen pizzas, which is to say kind of tasteless. I think like my recent review of Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Mac and Cheese, there are probably people who really like frozen pizzas, and will appreciate a gluten free one. We were kind of underwhelmed. If we were to do it again, we would probably add our own sauce.
Since we liked the crusts, and since you can get four Glutino pizza crusts of the same size for the price of the frozen pizza, we might consider getting some crusts and making pizza with them in the future, but we probably won’t try the pre-prepared frozen pizzas again.
We want to know: I’d love to hear from some frozen pizza fans to see if these Glutino Gluten Free Pizzas compare well to the real thing. What did you think of the crusts? Let us know in the comments.
Times we have visited: once (but we feel confident about our score.)
Overall rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Price compared to “regular”: We think more expensive