Sunday 19 November 2017

Put to the Test: Cheese and tomato pizza

Sometimes you hanker after a pizza, especially if the World Cup is on and you don't feel like cooking! There is plenty of choice in own-brand pizzas across the supermarkets, and this week we tested some plain cheese and tomato varieties. We looked at taste, base, ingredients and price.

Aldi Carlos Sone Baked Cheese & Tomato Pizza, 350g

Score: 4/5

Verdict: This pizza is a good price and we found the base of this one to be the best. There are no artificial colours or flavourings. The cheese increases the calorie content, though, at 258 calories per 100g.

Price: €1.59 (€4.54 / Kg)

Tesco Stonebaked Pizza Mozzarella, 390g

Score: 3.5/5

Verdict: This also has no artificial preservatives, colours or flavours and the shortest ingredient list of all. It is topped with 12 small mozzarella discs which had a good flavour, although we thought there could have been more tomato.

Price: €2.49 (€6.38 / Kg)

Superquinn Italian Stonebaked Margherita Pizza, 355g Score: 3.5/5

Verdict: The base was good and the mozzarella particularly nice although the pesto made it a bit oily. There are no artificial colours or flavours and 219 calories per 100g.

Price: €2.89 (€8.62 / Kg)

SuperValu Cheese Pizza, 295g

Score: 3/5

Verdict: Described as "thin and crispy", it was a little too thin for our liking. There are four cheeses in the topping and we did like the cheesy taste. There was very little tomato, though.

Price: €2.89 (€9.80 / Kg) or 2 for €4.59 (€7.63 / Kg)

Lidl Trattoria Alfredo Stonebaked Margherita Pizza, 3 x 300g

Score: 2.5/5

Verdict: The cheapest but, sadly, it was our least favourite. It had the smallest amount of cheese, and we didn't like the tomato paste. It has the fewest calories at 204 per 100g.

Price: €3.49 (€3.88 / Kg)

Irish Independent

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