Best tasting frozen pizzas

FRESNO, Calif.

When you think of pizza, most likely this comes to mind -- a hot sliced pizza right from the oven. Not this.

But frozen pizza can help solve a dinner dilemma. Consumer reports tested 16 - all cheese - from names like Digiorno, Tombstone, and Kashi.

To find the best, consumer reports' sensory panelists tasted more than 800 slices.

"A great-tasting pizza should have a crust that tastes fresh baked, flavorful cheese, and a sauce with fresh-tasting spices," Ellen Klosz said.

And while pizza isn't exactly diet food, it turns out some are more nutritional than others.

Among the worst - Red Baron Fire Baked Thin Crust 5-cheese and Totino's Crisp Crust Triple Cheese Pizza. And the Totino's was the lowest rated for taste, too.

But it turns out none of the pizzas rated excellent. Still many did rate very good. Even better - the tastiest also rated good for nutrition.

That pizza - Amy's Cornmeal Crust Three Cheese Pizza. It costs about $8.

With goat cheese and a cornmeal crust, it's not the most traditional pizza.

"Testers said it was a nice change from the same old cheese pizza," Ellen Klosz said.

For a bit less money and a bit more pizza, consumer reports recommends Digiorno's Rising Crust Pizza Four Cheese for about $6.50. It's a more traditional cheese pizza with a chewy italian-style crust, flavorful cheese, and plenty of sauce.

Consumer reports says two other pizzas with two different styles are also worth a try - the Chicago "Deep Dish" Home Run Inn Classic Cheese Pizza and, from Target, Archer Farms Four Cheese Hand Made Wood Fired Pizza.

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