I didn’t think it was possible but apparently it is easy to screw up a $5 pizza.
Listen, I know DiGiorno isn’t delivery and I never expected it to be, but since the mid 90’s it has been there for me. When I needed a cheap meal and had the munchies and didn’t feel like ordering expensive takeout I always had one of those frozen pies in my freezer. They were cheap and for the money they were amazing. For $5 or less I could stock up on a few and have them in cold storage forever. If the food supply in the house ran low and I needed a quick snack DiGiorno was there. The thing I liked about it was the flavor/value. Sure, I could have bought a Tombstone or some Jeno’s Pizza Rolls (not that those aren’t bad after a night out) for a few bucks less, but a “high end” frozen pizza like DiGiornos was still a great bargain and better tasting. Don’t get me wrong, I know DiGiornos was created in Chicago, which has some of the best pizza in the world in my opinion – and I would never mistake a DiGiornos for Lou Malnati’s or Giordano’s – but damn the sauce and crust on a Digiornos was unmistakably good for what it was.
This brings me to my main point. I have not had a frozen pie in a while. Tonight after a long day I just felt like saving a buck and eating what I had in the freezer. I took out a box from the icebox in the garage and pulled out a “supreme” and sure as shit, Nestle changed a few things. Right on the box it said “Check out our NEW sauce, box and crust!” I baked it as usual at 400 and boom…looked good when I took it out of the oven. I cut it using my fancy pizza cutter from Papa Murphy’s, which has a lifetime warranty by the way, and took my first slice. Smelled the same, looked a little more seasoned than normal but nothing suspicious. After the first bite I knew! WTF! What did they do?! They, being Nestle Corporation. I think Kraft originally conceived DiGiorno but somewhere sold the brand to Nestle. Either way it didn’t change the pizza back then but all of a sudden in 2014 my favorite frozen dinner is no more. The sauce is weird and the crust is a little different. Again, I am not asking for much in this price point of a meal but it never did me wrong for almost 20 years. Now all of a sudden something is askew. It is still a great deal and still a good pie, but it changed. Sometimes change is good, sometimes it isn’t. In this case I might have to go back and get a Tombstone or Red Barron from now on.
I would prefer to spend $5 though.