From the oven of a small town pie shop in Mystic, Connecticut, comes this frozen version which their publicity states is made from the same ingredients and in the same manner as the restaurant pizzas. Many people became aware of this pizzeria from the Julia Roberts vehicle, “Mystic Pizza.”
The pies have been available in the Northeast for some time, and are now working their way across the country, making it as far as Minnesota (Whole Foods) and Wisconsin (Woodmans). Locator here.
I picked up the Italian Sausage variety, 22 oz for about seven bucks. 15-20 minutes at 400 are the baking specs. Mine came out at 16 minutes.
I am a bit conflicted as to how to describe this pizza, other than to say it’s “ok.” When I took it out of the box, frozen, it had a definite pizzeria aroma to it, but unfortunately, that didn’t come through after baking.
The crust is good, doughy, thicker than I like but enjoyable. The illustration on the box shows a smidgen more cheese than the actual product. The sauce is very mild, as is the Italian sausage, which surprised me. It’s a pure pork product, with seasonings and spices added, but it could actually pass for a beef sausage, almost. Needs more fennel and garlic.
Would I buy it again? If it was on sale, probably. I remain convinced the frozen pie that I have had that most closely resembles one that comes out of the oven in a shop, is Chicago’s Vito and Nicks II.
Postscript: I started ‘picking’ at the pie in the end, and when I peeled the toppings (cheese, herbs, and sausage) off the crust, and consumed it that way, I quite liked it. So if they came out with an ultra thin/crispy crust, I would probably be a regular.
Mystic Pizza Frozen Review