Taste testing the Chicago Town Takeaway range

*delighted gasp* Takeaway pizza for tea?! – JD, 5

It’s no secret that I like to cook. I prefer to start from scratch and love coming up with healthy, filling recipes, but the occasional frozen pizza does no harm and is a welcome break at the end of a long day at work.

With that in mind, I agreed to review four new Chicago Town pizzas which have recently been added to their Takeaway range: the limited edition Sloppy Joe (beef, green chillis and red pepper), the Classic Thin Cheese & Tomato and Chicken & Bacon, and the New Yorker (ham, pepperoni and mushroom).

All the pizzas cook pretty quickly (between 12 and 23 minutes) and taste fresher and less artificial than most frozen pizzas. Apparently none of the ingredients are cooked prior to be being frozen, which probably explains it.

In particular, the fresh tomatoes on the Cheese and Tomato pizza are sharp and zingy, rather than watery as is all too typically the case with vegetables in frozen meals. The Sloppy Joe, which Mark tried, is particularly delicious, I’m told, and impressively hot with a good helping of green chillis.

The dough is pleasant enough. My tastebuds have long been spoiled by freshly prepared bread, and while the Chicago Town range doesn’t have the depth of flavour of fresh bread, it’s nicer than the overly sweet, overly biscuity taste many other brands pass off as pizza dough.

I’d prefer the ‘Classic Thin’ range was a little thinner as there’s still a lot of bread there, however the tomato sauce filled crust in the New Yorker and Sloppy Joe went down very well with Mark and JD.

Overall, I’d say it’s a perfectly good range and at £3 per pizza, certainly worth a try if any of the flavours take your fancy.

Disclosure: we were sent vouchers for four Chicago Town pizzas for the purposes of this review. No payment was received for this post. All posts are 100% honest.

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