Frozen Pizza from Italy Is a Thing — and It’s Very, *Very* Good
In my normal, non-pandemic life, I considered pizza to be a treat. Quarantine life changed that. I estimate that, in the past 15 months, I have eaten frozen pizza once for dinner and then again the next day for lunch. At least. I would also say that makes me something of an expert. I may not have tried every frozen pizza out there, but I have tried a lot. And I have discovered the very best frozen pizza.
Before I tell you what it is, let me add that I am not a snob about my pizza. I consider almost any frozen pizza to be pretty good. It’s just… so convenient: preheat the oven, pop it in for 8-12 minutes, and dinner is served. It’s also so comforting and exactly what I want to eat when I’ve had a long day and haven’t been able to hug anyone besides my cat.
But this pizza from Naples-based company Talia di Napoli is something different. It is no ordinary pizza! As such, it will set you back a few extra dollars. But it is definitely worth it.
The Best Frozen Pizza Comes From Italy
These pies are made in Naples, i.e. the capital of pizza, with all the best local and organic ingredients — the wheat flour, the extra-virgin olive oil, the sun-ripened tomatoes, the fior di latte mozzarella from happy, grass-grazing Italian cows. They’re then flash-frozen, or “put to sleep,” and the “sleeping pizzas” are then shipped direct to your door. (I also just discovered you can find them in Whole Foods and Target stores in New York).
These pizzas are so good, you will think that you are in Italy. I am not kidding. The flavors are perfetto and if you eat it right out of the oven, the texture comes pretty close to Neapolitan pizza right out of the pizza oven.
My favorite was the margarita. I’m a purist! But the Tartufina is delicious, too, and definitely decadent, if you’re in the mood for something a bit more indulgent. If you have food sensitivities, Talia di Napoli also offers gluten-free and dairy-free versions.
My suggestion? Get one of the big variety packs which come with 8 pies. Stash them in your freezer and then squeal with delight the next time you can’t decide what’s for dinner and you realize you’re 10 minutes away from real-deal Naples pizza.
Buy It: Talia di Napoli Frozen Pizzas, from $13 per pie; use discount code Cleanplates10 for 10% off your order!