Amyʻs Margherita Pizza

Amyʻs Pizza Margherita - made with organic flour and tomatoes
Amyʻs Pizza Margherita - made with organic flour and tomatoes | Source
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Frozen pizzas are popular as evidenced by their prominent presence in your groceryʻs freezer. According to consumerresearch.com Americans spent over 3 billion on frozen pizzas in 2009. A throw in the oven while you watch TV food - frozen pizza seems more American and popular than apple pie. This is one in a series of hubs exploring frozen margherita pizzas. A fresh margherita pizza at Firewood Cafe in San Francisco, was undoubtably my best pizza experience ever. I have been taste testing margherita pizzas ever since. Mmm . . . crispy crust slathered with tomato sauce, melted mozzarella and fresh basil . . . margherita pizzas are my favorite. I have a few more brands to try, but Amyʻs Pizza Margherita is my favorite frozen pizza yet.

Cons

  • Not enough tomatoes on the first Amyʻs pizza I tried.
  • The pizza is truly handmade, so you can not count on each pizza tasting exactly alike.

Pros

  • Organic wheat flour and tomatoes
  • No preservatives
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • No trans fats
  • The pizza is truly hand made, so each entree is unique.
  • No bioengineered ingredients
  • 15 minutes to cook - including oven preheat
  • Perfect combination of cheese, tomato sauce and basil on the second Amyʻs pizza I tried.

Handmade Frozen Pizza

Amyʻs margherita pizza is handmade. According to Amyʻs website, entrees are individually created. Amyʻs crust is hand stretched by a person instead of a machine. In her blog,Tracy Scala - Corporate Sensory Manager states "we hand mix a lot of things because it delivers better flavor and texture. People are a critical ingredient to why our food is so special, but as we all know with people sometimes come mistakes." My first Amyʻs margherita pizza was lacking tomatoes, my second Amyʻs margherita pizza was perfect and truly the freshest tasting frozen pizza I have ever tasted. Says Scala "We do our best to minimize those mistakes, but no one is perfect. We have a very complex process as you might have already imagined already, which keeps me, and my team constantly on our toes."

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 176 g
Calories 400
Calories from Fat153
% Daily Value *
Fat 17 g26%
Saturated fat 5 g25%
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 47 g16%
Sugar 4 g
Fiber 3 g12%
Protein 16 g32%
Cholesterol 15 mg5%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
4.8 out of 5 stars from 4 ratings of Amy?s Margherita Pizza
On the back of every Amyʻs Kitchen entree is a company mantra.
On the back of every Amyʻs Kitchen entree is a company mantra. | Source

Amyʻs Kitchen

Rachel and Andy Berliner created Amyʻs Kitchen in 1987, the same year their daughter Amy was born. Ruth had grown up on her familyʻs organic farm, established in the 50's, long before doing so was popular. Andy, as former shareholder and President of Magic Mountain Herb Tea Company envisioned an organic frozen food niche in the supermarket dindustry. The entire family plays a role in this successful vegetarian frozen food company. Uncles, nephews, grandmothers and Amy herself contribute to Amyʻs Kitchenʻs financial success. Every entree has the following bright red note on the back of the box: 0g Trans Fat - No Added MSG - No Preservatives. Every entree also has a bright green circle on the front cover claiming no GMOs or bioengineered ingredients.

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Brands and Recipes

Two other margherita pizzas I have taste tested are California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) and Safeway Select (SS). Ironically, these two pizzas looked and tasted the same. Did a SS spy decode the CPK margherita pizza recipe? Exciting as that idea is, turns out both SS and CPK pizzas are distributed by the same manufacturer. Kraft, which is now owned by Nestle is the number one frozen pizza manufacturer in Canada and the U.S.

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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Good review. I din't know this. I will give them another try.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

Sounds good. I'll have to see if I can find Amy's brand so I can try it.


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YogaKat 4 years ago from Oahu Hawaii Author

Thanks for viewing and commenting MHatter99 and KoffeeKlatch Gals. I saw Amyʻs pizza in Safeway, Costco, Foodland and Walmart here on Oahu. Make sure you come back and rate it after you try it:)


stessily 3 years ago

YogaKat, This review is wonderfully timely for me! I've been thinking about including an organic, frozen pizza on my New Year's Eve menu; I'll be shopping tonight. Amy's line had slipped my mind, so thank you for the reminder and the very timely review. I'll be sure to let you know how it rates. I know that I like Amy's mac-n-cheese packages.

Kind regards, Stessily


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YogaKat 3 years ago from Oahu Hawaii Author

Thanks for commenting Stessily. Have you tried Amyʻs cheese enchilada? Delicious!


stessily 3 years ago

YogaKat, Amy's Margherita Pizza is superbly delicious! I was able to enjoy it even though I'm still suffering from a rather nasty cold and haven't been able to eat much of anything. The pizza tasted fresh and looked oh so attractive! Amy's cheese enchilada is on my list!

Kind regards, Stessily


stessily 3 years ago

YogaKat, Amy's Margherita Pizza is indeed excellent, but I have to make a return visit here to share with you an absolutely delectable pizza in Amy's line: Three Cheese Pizza with Cornmeal Crust. Mozzarella, Parmesan and crumbled goat cheese top this pizza, which is further enhanced with the genius ingredient of cornmeal in the crust. Despite not wanting to eat because of this ghastly cold, I have been able to consume this pizza three times last month. It has a slight edge over Amy's Margherita Pizza, but not by much. I am so very appreciative that you decided to review pizzas for many reasons, and especially because it guided me to something that I could actually eat while sick. In fact, I'm crediting Amy's pizzas with accelerating my recovery, because I'm so close to feeling well again that I can feel it in every cell.

Thank you again for your interest in health and wellbeing.

Kind regards, Stessily


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YogaKat 3 years ago from Oahu Hawaii Author

Mmmm . . . I am going to try the three cheese cornmeal pizza soon. Next trip to the grocery store. Thanks for sharing your experience. Who could know? Amyʻs pizza - a cure for colds. Iʻm glad for your quick recovery. Stessily, thank you for your gracious comments and enlightening hubs.


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oldiesmusic 3 years ago from United States

I'm curious about Amy's Margherita Pizza... "Organic" and "frozen" /"instant" at least, sounds far fetched to me... And this what makes this pizza interesting. I hope I could find one in my place. Thanks for introducing this product :)


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YogaKat 2 years ago from Oahu Hawaii Author

Thanks for reading and posting Oldiesmusic. Amy's frozen entree's are as close as you can get to organic in our frozen/instant food culture. I hope you can find some Amy's.

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