Sunday, March 15, 2015

Mama Cozzi's Mexican Style Taco Seasoned Pizza (Aldi)

MAMA COZZI'S MEXICAN STYLE TACO SEASONED PIZZA
For a frozen pizza, this is pretty much flawless.
This pizza is fantastic.  Awesome.  Amazing.  It’s quickly become one of my favorite, if not THEE favorite, of the frozen pizzas that Aldi carries.  Unfortunately, it’s only available as a special buy, but thankfully it’s offered quite frequently, so I never have to wait more than a few months to get my hands on one of these…and whenever it’s available, I always make sure to grab one.

What makes it so delicious?  Mama Cozzi’s commitment to the bit, for starters:  Everything on this pizza is taco related.  You have the obvious, like the hamburger meat and cheese, then they throw in some olives and peppers for good measure, all of which are the typical flavors found in similar pizzas.  But they don’t just stop there…at least, not according to the packaging, which declares this has a “tortilla style crust”.  I’m not really sure what that means exactly, and the packaging doesn’t care to elaborate, but all you need to know is it’s thin, and it crisps up nicely in the oven.  It also tastes like a normal pizza crust, although now that I think about it, it might have a slightly tortilla-y taste.  Hard to say for sure, but it’s good.

But I think the ingredient that really brings it all together, is the sauce.  But this isn’t just a straight-up pizza sauce.  Nosiree.  It’s a straight-up taco sauce.  Let that sink in…taco sauce, on a pizza?  While it may sound weird, or maybe even gag-inducing, let me just say that the taste more than makes up for it; the sauce combines surprisingly well with the other toppings to create a nearly flawless frozen pizza experience.  If that sounds like hyperbole, then you’ve clearly never tried it.

Here’s a pointless and boring story that I nevertheless feel the need to share with you; a story that truly summarizes just how delicious this pizza is:  I think every time I’ve eaten this pizza, I topped it with sour cream.  I’ve been doing this for years now. I mean, tacos are good, but tacos with sour cream are even better, right?  That was always my logic, anyway.  Well, this last time, I discovered that the only tub of sour cream we had was a week expired, and tasted a little too sour for my liking.  So I was literally about to get ready and head to the store just to get a tub, when I decided to try a slice without it…and it’s every bit as good.  In fact, it honestly might be a tad bit better, as every flavor stands out a lot more when it’s not slathered with the white stuff.  But it’s also good with it, so ultimately, it all comes down to personal preference.

Overall: 10/10.   I was going to give it a 9, but I really can’t think of any gripes that would justify that.  This pizza is ridiculously good, and far better than any frozen pizza has a right to be.  For starters, there’s no pizza sauce to be found; instead, it’s an actual taco sauce on a “tortilla style crust”, which cooks up very crunchy.  The toppings, from the hamburger meat on down to the cheese, are surprisingly fantastic and go together pretty flawlessly.  Even the $3 price tag is pretty darn reasonable, putting it a few bucks cheaper than name brand frozen pizzas.  If you see this in your Aldi’s freezer, don’t hesitate to pick it up.

UPDATE (6/1/19): I've written some reviews I regret for various reasons. This is not one of them, and I still stand by this score. While I wouldn't say I get these often, I have bought several since the original publishing of this review and it's still one of my favorite frozen pizzas ever. Thankfully, one of the few products that haven't changed suppliers or recipes over the years.

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