Sabatasso’s Deluxe Deep Dish Pizza Singles

If it hasn’t become painfully clear, I and the people I surround myself with are pizza lovers. It’s a pretty safe bet that if we frequent an establishment that has pizza on the menu, someone in the group is going to try it. Since we eat pizza so often, we fancy ourselves pizza experts of sorts: always on the lookout for good pizza so we can share our findings with others. It’s a task we happily attack with gusto.
For the most part, frozen pizza has never been high on the list of foods I like to buy. I normally find their toppings unappetizing and their dough inedible. Rising crust, deep-dish... so many options,  and yet so many disappointments. However, I am still drawn to new brands when I come across them, just to see if I can find the diamond in the rough.

While walking around Costco, we came across Sabastasso’s Deluxe Deep Dish Pizza Singles with Sausage and Pepperoni ($10.95 for a box of 12) in the aisle beside frozen sushi (I’m not kidding) and frozen garlic bread. I have never heard of this brand before, but the picture looked appetizing and the price was right. Apparently, I am living proof that advertising works and is aimed at people who like pretty pictures.

Each pizza is conveniently wrapped in individual packages with cooking instructions on each. I hate when cooking instructions are printed only on boxes and not on each wrapper, making me have to keep a large box because I don’t remember how to cook something the next time I go to eat it. But back to the pizza. You can either cook it in the microwave for a few minutes or in the oven. I prefer the microwave because I’m usually impatient and three minutes is a lot quicker than 25. Plus I hate having to turn on the oven and waste all that energy for something so small. However, for the purpose this review, I tried it both ways to compare results.

Microwaving takes 3 ½  to 5 minutes. The first time, I tried 4 minutes, and the pizza was so overcooked it became hard as a rock. The second one I put in for 3 minutes, and it came out much better. Typical of a frozen pizza, the dough was soggy and the cheese made a mess on the plate, but the sauce was very good and the toppings were flavoured perfectly.

Waiting for almost half an hour for tiny pizzas to cook is a difficult task when you’re as impatient as I am. That being said, baking these pizzas in the oven is definitely the way to go. After 25 minutes, I pulled out perfectly baked individual pizzas. The crust was crispy on the outside and soft and doughy on the inside. The cheese had bubbled into a gooey blanket, and the pepperoni had crispy edges without being dried out. A huge difference from the microwaved version; waiting the extra 20-odd minutes was completely worth it.  
If you like deep-dish pizza with plenty of toppings in individual sizes, I highly recommend this product. Be patient and pop them into the oven if you have the time because it makes a huge difference. Use the time to make a salad to pair with it, or polish off a glass (or two!) of wine – whatever you do, don’t microwave them if you can help it. Reach deep - some of us need to reach deeper than others - into yourself and find your patience! You’ll be so glad you did.


Unhappy in Nanaimo said...
October 26, 2014 at 11:24 PM

Someone at our local Costco decided that they would no longer supply us low lives with the best little pizza around. Costco did it to ME again !
If it's not broken, don't fix it, assholes

Disappointed in Calgary said...
December 30, 2014 at 2:34 PM

They used to stock these deep dish pizzas at our Costco in Calgary (Balzac location) until they replaced them with a crappy thin crust variety of the same brand. The replacements come only with microwave directions and don't come close to the quality or tastiness of the deep dish individual pizzas. These were a staple in our household and I wish they would carry them again!

Lily said...
December 30, 2014 at 3:44 PM

I found these in one of the Edmonton Costcos once and then lost them again. It's turning into the Where's Waldo of frozen pizza!!

Unknown said...
October 2, 2015 at 12:57 AM

I just went today to get theses pizzas 5 1/2 months pregnant I WANTED them. But nope same not here in Hamilton Ontario either just the thin crust shity ones. Well I've never tried them. But have no interest.

Sarah Pilon said...
October 2, 2015 at 12:58 AM

Anyone know of other places to buy this product?

Unknown said...
April 3, 2017 at 8:14 PM

I used to live in AB and shopped at the same Balzac location mentioned above. There was never a trip to Costco that a box if not two of said pizzas made it into my cart. Living in NL now and was quite disappointed that they were no longer available. Where can we get them!!!!!

Garrett Millsap said...
March 4, 2018 at 1:31 AM

Totally agree with above comments! The thin crust pizzas (new ones) are shit! Remember to return them to costco maybe they will wake up and bring the deep dish ones back.

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Unknown said...
December 9, 2018 at 6:00 PM

I was wondering if there were people out there like me and felt the same.The deep dish pizzas we're So good! BRING THEM BACK!!!!!DAMD IT!!!!!!!!

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