There was something that looked kind of…boring in the packaging to Mama Cozzi’s Four Cheese Rising Crust Pizza, which is precisely the reason that I have avoided buying it for several years. There just seemed to be many more delicious options that I never felt the need to pick this up; those options range from their often-excellent take and bakes, to their neverending rotation of frozen pizza Special Buy’s that are always available.
But give it enough time, and under the right circumstances, any of Aldi’s main offerings become a good fall-back plan. In this case, it was most of the Special Buy pizzas involved meat, which my vegetarian wife refuses to eat, for obvious reasons (though we did pick up a deep-dish cheese pizza, as well). So we stumbled on this and decided to pick it up, if for no other reason than to have a simple cheese pizza that we could throw in the oven when my wife didn’t feel like cooking. Works for me.
I will admit that I overcooked it a little bit, completely forgetting to check on it after I set the timer for ten minutes too long. Oops. But if anything, this little problem only gave it more flavor than it otherwise would have had; there’s no excuse for anything with four cheeses to taste so incredibly bland. Especially given Aldi’s propensity to offer generally above-average frozen pizzas. Even in the occasional failure, there’s usually something that stands out, but even the crust is listless, boring stuff. I received no joy out of taking a single bite, and we ended up letting just slightly less than half of it go to waste (and we usually down our frozen pizzas).
I was also expecting the crust to rise a little bit more, or to at least look more inviting than it actually is. But it’s just a tasteless ring that surrounds the largely listless cheesy center. Adding insult to injury, this pizza is, if I remember correctly, $3.99. I’ve had far better pizzas for around the same price. Hell, even their cheap national brand knockoffs (which retail for a mere $1.99 last time I checked) still pack way more flavor for a third of the price. If I ever walked into an Aldi store, and discovered this was the ONLY pizza they offered, I would turn right back around, drive to a Little Caesar’s, and be much, much happier.
Overall: 2.5/10. An offensively listless, tasteless pizza. How can something with four cheeses be so incredibly bland? I’d actually put off buying this because even the packaging made it look boring, but when it was one of only a couple options that my vegetarian wife wanted, we decided to give it a shot. I did overcook it, admittedly, but I’m honestly convinced the charred cheese actually gave off more taste than it normally would have had had it been properly cooked. If this was a $2 pizza, it would still suck, but at least a case could be made for it being an “entry level” pizza. But no, this is a $4 pizza, and all it had my wife and I thinking was, “For another dollar, we could have had Little Caesar’s”. This is a complete waste of money, plain and simple.