The 6 Best Frozen Pizzas We Tried This Year

published Dec 19, 2022
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Talia di Napoli frozen pizza

No matter how you like your pizza — extra-cheesy, sauce-heavy, meat-topped, what have you — chances are you can find a really really good version of it in the freezer aisle at your local grocery store. Thanks to the ever-expanding pizza section (I counted 21 standing freezer cases dedicated just to pizza at my local Target), there’s no shortage of options. Even that pesky supply chain couldn’t keep us from getting our fill of cheesy, saucy, pillowy crusts this year. 

Just this year, we tried dozens of different options and five stood out. These are the best frozen pizza brands we tried in 2022. Let the pizza party plans commence!

Credit: Stephanie Ganz

1. Rao’s Homemade Brick Oven Crust Meat Trio Pizza, $12.99 for 20.8 ounces

The makers of one of our favorite jarred sauces have done it again! Rao’s Homemade Brick Oven Crust Pizzas are, dare we say, incredible, especially compared to other frozen pizzas. Available in four flavors (Five Cheese, Meat Trio, Fire Roasted Vegetable, and Uncured Pepperoni), they have a nice topping-to-crust ratio, high-quality ingredients (specifically the whole-milk mozzarella, which delivers the requisite cheese-pull moment), and a perfect San Marzano tomato sauce that reminds us why Rao’s is the GOAT. 

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2. Milton’s Craft Bakers Thin & Crispy Cauliflower Crust Pizza, $9.99 for 10 ounces 

If you follow a gluten-free diet or just enjoy a crispy, thin crust, you may be excited to hear about Milton’s Craft Bakers extended line of pizzas, which popped up on more and more shelves early this spring. An early pioneer of the cauliflower trend, Milton’s artisan-inspired pizzas — Uncured Pepperoni, Four Cheese, Roasted Vegetable, and Margherita — are a hit with even the pickiest family members.

3. Talia di Napoli Margherita Pizza, $96.00 for 6 (14.1-ounce) pizzas

Score one more for Team Thin Crust! These Neapolitan-style pizzas are handmade in Naples with locally sourced Italian ingredients. Once the pies are cooked in the wood-fired oven, the unique freezing process (which involves liquid nitrogen) helps maintain the quality of the pizza. The impressively thin crust is firm enough to support all its toppings, while the more doughy edges have a delightfully pillowy texture. Even the basil on top of the Margherita tasted as if it were chopped fresh.

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4.  Newman’s Own Stone-Fired Crust Pizzas, $7.29 for 13.8 ounces

If you’re of the “crust is a must” camp and love a Naples-style pie (all bubbled and blistered with a pliant center!), you’re going to love this latest addition to the Newman’s Own pizza line. The pies are also imported from Italy and as traditional as it gets: Sparse on toppings but high on ingredient quality, using buffalo mozzarella and fine-ground 00 flour for a delightful taste and texture. Choose from three options: Margherita, Quattro Formaggi, and Spinaci & Formaggi (not pictured).

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5. Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Uncured Pepperoni Pizza, $6.49 for 12.87 ounces

This pizza from Trader Joe’s has a surprisingly good bit of chew and fluffiness, and creates those iconic dough bubbles without super-stretchy gluten. This pizza tastes somewhere close to a thin-crust Pizza Hut pizza. And it’s loaded. Getting it out of the box without losing an olive or three was a task, but it’s a small price to pay for satisfactory gluten-free pizza.

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6. Snow Days Buffalo Chicken Pizza Bites, $34.99 for a 2 (12-ounce) packs

It was only a matter of time before Snow Days delved into Buffalo territory, and lucky for all of us that time was 2022. Like the brand’s other bites, the hot new flavor is gluten-free, grain-free, and organic, with the same grass-fed mozzarella, olive oil, cassava flour, and hidden veggies. Now with chicken and a Buffalo sauce that’s packed full of carrots, sweet potatoes, and red bell peppers along with the zippy vinegar and cayenne pepper you’d expect, it’s the perfect game-day snack.

Did your new favorite frozen pizza make the list? Tell us about it in the comments.