Michelina’s Cheese Pizza is a single-serve microwavable pizza. Like a number of frozen pizzas sold at grocery stores, such as the Tony’s Frozen Pizza and Tombstone pizza brands, this pizza from Michelina’s simply does not excel in flavor and could not be mistaken for a homemade pizza or one that was delivered from a pizza restaurant. The two primary problems that I had with this pizza revolved around the poor flavor of the cheeses and tomato sauce. Two cheeses were used for this pizza, mozzarella and cheddar, and neither cheese stood out in flavor. Both the mozzarella and cheddar cheeses came across as somewhat bland compared to the shredded cheeses that can be bought in grocery stores. The amount of cheese topping on this rectangular pizza was not exactly all that generous, either. Equally disappointing was the bland tomato sauce used on this pizza. The tomato sauce did not taste like much of anything and if any herbs or seasonings had been added to the tomato sauce, then the quantity must have been too inconsequential to make a noticeable difference, at least, to me.
What this frozen pizza did manage to get right was the crust. The crust is the only part of this pizza that I enjoyed considerably. What I liked about the crust was the tenderness of it. It was not tough or doughy. The flakiness of the crust gave it a pleasant texture that I was satisfied with and I enjoyed the mild flavor of the crust. The crust rose a little when the pizza was heated, so this is not one of those thin, crispy crust pizzas. It is unfortunate that the rest of the pizza was such a letdown, but it does not make any sense for me to purchase a frozen pizza a second time when out of the three main qualities that help make a pizza delicious, the frozen pizza only comes through on one. The pizza was filling at least, but when I ate mine, I added a salad as well as some garlic bread to my meal, so obviously the pizza alone did not fill me up. The pizza is a good size though and it is about as big as two large slices of pizza put together, more or less. The size of the pizza is just right and I liked the idea of a blend of two cheeses serving as the topping for this pizza, but ultimately the flavor is just too similar to that of a cheap frozen pizza.
Michelina’s Cheese Pizza had the potential to be a quality frozen pizza. The crust is soft and flaky and just all around enjoyable to eat and the size of the pizza is big enough where one pizza is enough for lunch or, when served with at least some sort of bread if not a salad too, dinner. The tomato sauce does not stand out because it does not have a rich tomato flavor and neither the mozzarella nor cheddar cheeses manage to retain a flavor that stands out. The mozzarella cheese in particular comes across duller than it should and it does not taste as good as the shredded mozzarella that I add to my salads. A tasty cheese topping and at least a moderately rich tomato sauce are necessary for me to be able to enjoy a pizza, and unfortunately, this cheese pizza from Michelina’s did not live up to my standards.