Review: Dr Oetker Ristorante Pizza Calzone

Pizza Calzone

We all love a good pizza, and it’s something I tend to always keep in the freezer for the nights where we need a quick dinner in between school and football club or Brownies. The Dr Oetker Ristorante range has been a favourite of ours for a while, as there is a topping combination to suit everyone and we all enjoy the thin, crispy base.

The newest addition to the Ristorante range is the Pizza Calzone Speciale, available from Asda. This is a folded pizza filled with mushrooms, salami, ham, tomato sauce and cheese and sprinkled with herbs and more cheese – sounds delicious right? We picked a couple up last week, and tried them as a family.

I’ll be honest – I wasn’t convinced by the idea of a folded pizza. I was worried it was going to be far too doughy and heavy for my tastes – especially as I would usually choose a thin crust pizza. But in the name of research (it’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it) I put my worries aside and served up the Pizza Calzone with salad, garlic bread and some chips. The kids, hearing the words pizza, dived right in, hardly noticing any difference I don’t think. Jacob told me it ‘looked funny’ but I think he put that down to my cooking rather than the pizza being any different than usual.

The kids plates were clean – no surprise there. When it came to the grown ups, despite our initial reservations, we enjoyed it. It’s definitely thicker and heavier than our usual choice, but not in an unpleasant way – we just ate less of it. It’s almost like a cross between a pizza and am omelette, with the filling oozing out when you cut into it. The flavours are lovely, and similar to the original Pizza Speciale from the Ristorante range. 

So would we buy it again? Yes, I think we probably would. It wouldn’t replace our usual pizza completely, but would be something we would alternate with, maybe eating it once or twice a month. I am hoping that Dr Oetker bring some more flavours out in the Pizza Calzone range for a bit more choice – we would certainly be up for trying those!

Pizza Calzone

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