Pizza is one of the more popular products Aldi sells. No matter how you like your pizza, Aldi has a pie for you. I’ve found everything from classic thin crust frozen pizzas to stuffed crust frozen pizzas, to take and bake pizzas to cauliflower crust pizzas, and even ready to bake pizza dough if you want to make your own pizza.
One of the latest types of pizza to hit Aldi store shelves is tavern style pizza. Tavern style pizza originated in Chicago and, as the name suggests, was commonly served in bars. It has a thin, crispy, yet also chewy crust and was often served as a way to encourage customers to drink more. It’s typically sliced into squares and originally was often served on napkins rather than on plates, since some bars didn’t have plates.
Mama Cozzi’s Tavern Style Pizza cost $5.99 each at the time of publication. It was sold in two varieties: a 20.40-ounce extra loaded cheese pizza or a 25.55-ounce extra loaded supreme pizza. The cheese pizza box describes it as “thin crust topped with 100% real Wisconsin mozzarella and white cheddar cheese.” The supreme pizza is described as “thin crust topped with Italian sausage, red onion, red and green bell peppers, pepperoni and mushrooms.”
These pizzas are Aldi Finds, which means they’re only in stores for a short time. Each store gets one shipment, and after that sells out, they’re gone unless Aldi brings them back at some other time. Aldi does not offer online ordering for products that aren’t in stock at your local store.
If you’re looking out for allergens, these pizzas both contain milk, wheat, and soy.
To bake these pizzas, preheat a conventional oven to 400 degrees. Remove the pizza from the wrapper and cardboard tray and place the pizza directly on the oven’s center rack. (I baked my pizzas on a pizza sheet.) Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown. Check because ovens vary. Serve hot.
These pizzas have visibly thick shreds of cheese when you initially remove the frozen product from the packaging. I baked these pizzas for about 18-20 minutes in my oven. The crust was good but wasn’t as crispy as I thought it might be, but the cheese was sufficiently browned around the edges, so I pulled the pizzas from the oven at the right time. Keep in mind that the directions state to bake for 20-25 minutes, but you may want to take the pizzas out before that. The toppings on these pizzas go right up to the edge of the crust, which is typical for bar pizzas or tavern pizzas, but be aware of that if you choose to bake these directly on your oven rack since they can drip a little more cheesy mess compared to other pizzas.
These pizzas did not last long when I served them to my family with a salad for dinner. The cheese pizza has a thick layer of flavorful cheese. The supreme pizza has lots of veggies, and the bell peppers even have some crispness to them, which doesn’t always happen with frozen pizzas. The veggie and meat toppings are actually under the cheese layer, so don’t be fooled by all that cheese on top because there are plenty of other toppings. I’m looking forward to picking up more of these pizzas if they’re still in stock during my next Aldi visit.
Each pizza serves four. Keep reading for more information on each pizza flavor.
Mama Cozzi’s Extra Loaded Cheese Tavern Style Pizza
One serving (1/4 of a pizza) has 350 calories, 15 grams of total fat (19% DV), 9 grams of saturated fat (44% DV), 790 mg of sodium (34% DV), 33 grams of total carbohydrates (12% DV), 4 grams of total sugars, and less than 1 gram of added sugars (1% DV).
Mama Cozzi’s Extra Loaded Supreme Tavern Style Pizza
One serving (1/4 of a pizza) has 330 calories, 16 grams of total fat (21% DV), 8 grams of saturated fat (39% DV), 770 mg of sodium (34% DV), 27 grams of total carbohydrates (10% DV), 4 grams of total sugars, and less than 1 gram of added sugars (1% DV).
Mama Cozzi’s Tavern Style Pizza comes in cheese or supreme varieties, and both are excellent. These thin crust pizzas feature generous amounts of cheese, and the supreme pizza has plenty of veggies. These are worth picking up if you spot them at your local Aldi.