Aldi Mama Cozzi’s Cheese Stuffed Crust Pepperoni Pizza Review

Aldi Mama Cozzi's Cheese Stuffed Crust Pepperoni Pizza

We’ve recently been made aware that there’s something of a feud between people who love Trader Joe’s and people who love Aldi. As we understand it, this is like the long-running conflict between Chevy and Ford owners, or Pepsi and Coke drinkers, or PlayStation and Xbox players. These are intense, emotional battlegrounds we’re talking about.

So in that light, we looked at our previous review content and realized that we’ve been really heavily playing the Trader Joe’s side of this debate — a debate, we’ll remind you, that we weren’t aware of until recently. But to assume we prefer Trader Joe’s to Aldi would be a grave mistake, friends. We’ve actually been meaning to review Aldi frozen foods for a very long time; we just never got around to it.

Well, today’s the day this all changes. Today we’re going to start reviewing Aldi’s frozen food. And here’s the deal: We’re going to be honest about it. We have no skin in the TJ’s vs. Aldi game here. We just like good frozen food; there’s no reason to have any loyalty to one side over another if both sides are putting out delicious frozen food.

All that said, we’re about to dig into the Mama Cozzi’s Cheese Stuffed Crust Pepperoni Pizza — and Mama Cozi’s is one of Aldi’s store brands. We love frozen pizza, and we love cheese-stuffed crust, so we’re excited to dig into this to see what we think.

If you’ve ever cooked a DiGiorno pizza before, this Mama Cozzi’s pie certainly won’t throw any curveballs at you. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, then toss the pizza inside for about 20 minutes (ours took a bit longer than that; we left it in for about 25 minutes). The instructions say to place the pizza directly on the center rack, but we used a baking sheet, like we always do. (If you want to read the full cooking instructions, straight off the back of the box, check out the package scans at the bottom of this review.)

Aldi Mama Cozzi's Cheese Stuffed Crust Pepperoni Pizza

So, we mentioned DiGiorno when we were talking about cooking instructions, and we have to admit, it’s really hard to ignore the similarities here. This looks exactly like a DiGiorno pizza. But what about flavor?

Well, at first, this tastes like a DiGiorno pizza too. The telltale sign is the sauce, we think. DiGiorno uses a tomato paste that has a distinctive flavor — kind of acidic with a hint of sweetness — and that’s what we’re tasting here.

Of course, this starts to diverge from the DiGiorno similarities once you get past the sauce. The pepperoni has a similar flavor, but the consistency is kind of cardboardy. In fact, if we didn’t know any better, we’d think that someone swapped out a real pepperoni for a vegetarian-friendly one. It has that kind of fake consistency.

The crust is where things really take a turn, and we actually think we like Mama Cozzi’s crust better than DiGiorno’s. It has a pastry-like flavor that we really enjoy. It’s also a little bit thicker than a standard DiGiorno crust.

The real draw here, though, is the cheese that comes inside that tasty crust. While the cheese on top the pizza isn’t super generous (we’ve been getting used to Lotzza Motzza’s cheese portions), the stuff in the crust makes up for it. There is a ton of ooey-gooey cheese inside this crust, and it tastes wonderful.

Aldi Mama Cozzi's Cheese Stuffed Crust Pepperoni Pizza

The serving size is 1/6 of this pizza. If you manage to cut your pizza into six slices (instead of eight, which seems like the obvious thing to do), one slice is a serving. If you’re a sensible person who cuts this into eight slices, that means a serving size is less than a slice and a half. Keep that in mind when you take a look at that 360 calories figure. Forget 360, half a pizza contains 1,080 calories. Even worse, the 800 mg of sodium becomes 2,400 mg of sodium if you eat half this pizza. Both of those numbers are really high, even for a frozen pizza.

The Mama Cozzi’s Cheese Stuffed Crust Pepperoni Pizza looks like a DiGirono pizza at first, but it has some interesting things going on with it that set it apart. We love this crust, and the cheese filling is a dream. Our only real complaint (aside from the nutritional content) is that the pepperoni has a weird consistency. While we think this pizza would probably be better without it, we can’t ignore the fact that pepperoni is Mama Cozzi’s most popular flavor. So we’re going against the grain on this pepperoni issue, it seems.

We can’t wait to see what else this line has on offer!

To learn more about the nutrition content, ingredients, or cooking instructions for this Aldi brand frozen pizza, check out our package scans below.

Aldi Mama Cozzi's Cheese Stuffed Crust Pepperoni Pizza
Aldi Mama Cozzi's Cheese Stuffed Crust Pepperoni Pizza
Aldi Mama Cozzi's Cheese Stuffed Crust Pepperoni Pizza
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