Pizza reviews

We reveal which brands and chains offer the healthiest and tastiest options.
 
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01 .Introduction

Pizza

Pizzas get a bad press from nutrition experts. A pizza can deliver an entire day’s allowance of saturated fat and salt in just one meal, and can pack in plenty of kilojoules – definitely not good if you’re watching your waistline. At the same time, a good pizza is truly delicious, so it’s not surprising they’re one of Australia’s favourite foods.

CHOICE compared more than 190 brands and flavours available nationally from supermarkets (chilled or frozen) or from takeaway chains. We found some big differences in nutritional value. Pizzas with vegetarian, seafood or chicken-based toppings generally have the least saturated fat and salt.

We asked three experts to rate the healthiest pizzas from each of the major brands. None were outstanding, but the tastiest pizzas came from the three big takeaway chains, Pizza Hut, Domino’s and Eagle Boys. A chilled pizza from Aldi that you cook at home also rated well. But our experts were seriously unimpressed by frozen pizzas you heat in the oven at home.

This isn’t to say your local Italian restaurant doesn’t make the best pizzas – but unfortunately we couldn’t include individual restaurants in our test as their pizzas are too variable, whereas the chains make pizzas to a standard formula.


 
 

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If pizza is more than an occasional treat in your household, it’s a good idea to look for the healthier brands and toppings. While none of the pizzas we compared could be considered a truly healthy choice, there are several that aren’t too bad nutritionally. Some brands (Crust Healthier Choice, Papa Giuseppi’s Tasty Balance) produce pizzas low enough in saturated fat and sodium to get a Heart Foundation Tick. The Taste test table shows the healthiest pizza produced by each of the major brands; for the full list, and to see how your favourites compare, go to the Nutrition comparison table.

Factors to consider for a healthier pizza are:

  • Energy Pizzas are energy-dense – they can pack many kilojoules into one modest serving. Even the least fattening pizza that we found, Crust Healthier Choice Roast Vegetable, delivers 740kJ per 100g, which compares with only about 430kJ/100g for spaghetti bolognaise. So if you’re watching your weight, look for pizzas with lower energy density (measured as kJ/100g). 
  • Saturated fat Too much saturated fat is a major cause of heart disease, and pizzas often have far too much of it. Try to avoid those with more than 5g of saturated fat per 100g; in the food traffic light system that CHOICE advocates, this amount would trigger a red light, meaning the pizza is too high in saturated fat to be anything more than an occasional treat (amber is OK).
  • Sodium Too much salt (sodium chloride) increases your risk of stroke. Avoiding pizzas with more than about 600mg of sodium per 100g – the red light trigger – is unfortunately easier said than done, as 29% of the pizzas in our survey contain at least this much sodium.

Brands to look for

Domino’s Good Choice and the Crust Healthier Choice range of pizzas stand out as the healthiest pizzas overall (but Crust have relatively few outlets and only in the eastern states, so we haven’t included them in our table).

Black & Gold, Home Brand, Mama Mia (Aldi) and Woolworths Deliexpress are only a little worse for saturated fat; Remano (Aldi), Home Brand, Papa Giuseppi’s, Fresh Approach (Aldi) and McCain have less sodium than other brands (but a lot more than Crust Healthier Choice). At the other extreme, Pizza Hut’s pizzas are the unhealthiest overall (especially their Thin ’n Crispy range); these pizzas average significantly more saturated fat and sodium than other brands, and deliver more kilojoules.

Crusts and toppings

Vegetarian, seafood and chicken-based toppings are often the healthiest choice. In most brands, these toppings have lower energy densities than other flavours, as well as less saturated fat and salt.

When it comes to crusts, thin crusts are not the healthy option you might think. The kilojoules, saturated fat and sodium come mostly from the topping, so the higher the ratio of crust to topping, the healthier the pizza. On average, pan pizzas and those with regular crusts are healthier than their thin-crust equivalents. But Pizza Hut’s Stuffed Crust pizzas, where the crust contains extra cheese, are a nutritional disaster, with far too much saturated fat and sodium, not to mention the extra kilojoules.

However healthy a pizza may be, it’s the taste that really matters. Our expert tasters rated the healthiest pizzas from each of the major brands ( Taste Test table, for details). While they didn’t consider any to be outstanding, the four below led the pack for flavour and appearance – three of which were takeaways from the each of the big chains and the fourth a chilled pizza from Aldi that you cook yourself.

All brands of frozen pizza rated poorly. The experts described them as having poor quality ingredients and very sweet and doughy. And with the exception of Aldi’s Fresh Approach Calabrese, the tasters didn’t rate the more expensive chilled pizzas very highly either.

What to buy

 
Pizza HutPizza Hut Veggie Supreme (Perfecto crust) $7.95
Tasters’ comments: “Fresh appearance, crisp crust, not smothered in cheese.”




 

Pizza AldiFresh Approach Calabrese (Aldi) $6.99 
Tasters’ comments: “Dough a bit oily, but good taste; restrained, simple topping, but sweet.”





 

Pizzas Domino'sDomino’s Good Choice Chicken, Tomato & Oregano Ciabatta $7.95 
Tasters’ comments: “Crisp crust; best of the lot but too much topping with too many ingredients.”





 

Pizzas Eagle BoysEagle Boys Zesty Lemon and Prawn (Mid-Base crust) $9.95 
Tasters’ comments: “Crust is thin and well cooked but a little too sweet; well presented but a little too much cheese and quite bland.” 
 




Meet the experts

Many thanks to our three experts, all of whom trained in Italy and own and run Italian restaurants in Sydney.
George Pompei, Pompei’s Gelateria and Pizzeria, 126 Roscoe Street, Bondi Beach.George Pompei
Ilario Ventolini, Moretti Caffé, 47 Norton Street, Leichhardt.                             Ilario Ventolini
Ben Riccio, Napoli in Bocca Restaurant, 73 Dalhousie Street, Haberfield.              Ben Riccio

How we test

We couldn’t taste test all 191 pizzas, so we picked the healthiest choice from each of the major brands – 11 pizzas all up. The chain pizzas were delivered or picked up within 30 minutes of being tasted; the frozen and chilled pizzas were bought the day before. For comparison, we also included a healthy pizza that’s quick and easy to make at home. Three experts rated the pizzas for taste and appearance (60% and 40% respectively of the overall score), taking into account factors such as the quality of the crust, whether the pizza is baked evenly, the quality of the ingredients and the overall flavour balance.


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This table compares all 191 pizzas in the survey. For ease of comparison we have included "traffic lights"

Traffic light labelling indicates levels of total fat, saturated fat and salt – red for a lot, amber for OK and green for a little. For details see the table notes at the bottom.
Based on the findings of our consumer research, CHOICE wants:

  • Traffic light labelling on total fat, saturated fat, sugar and salt content, and to be included on the front of food labels.
  • A mandatory, consistent front-of-pack labelling system on all packaged foods, rather than a number of different voluntary systems that is likely to confuse consumers rather than help them.

Traffic light key

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Pizza result table
Nutrients per 100 gTraffic lights
Brand (ranked by saturated fat)TypeEnergy (kJ)Total fat (g)Saturated fat (g)Sodium (mg)Total fatSaturated fatSodiumPrice per 100 g ($)
Crust Healthier Choice Roast Chicken Chain 829 3.4 1.2 200 orange green orange 3.41
Weight Watchers Hawaiian Frozen 830 2.5 1.2 555 green green orange 2.3
Crust Healthier Choice Raost Vegetable Chain 740 4 1.7 170 orange orange orange 3.66
Crust Healthier Choice Baby Spinach Chain 871 5.9 1.8 180 orange orange orange 4.69
Domino's Good Choice Chicken, Tomato & Oregano Ciabatta Chain 498 3.2 1.8 241 orange orange orange 2.67
Eagle Boys Zesty Lemon Prawn Deep Pan Chain 890 4 1.8 409 orange orange orange 1.59
Crust Healthier Choice Chicken Avocado Chain 1120 6 1.9 270 orange orange orange 4.69
Domino's Good Choice BBQ Chicken & Mushroom Ciabatta Chain 563 3.2 1.9 267 orange orange orange 2.75
Papa Guiseppi's Tasty Balance Tropical Supremo Frozen 930 6.4 1.9 305 orange orange orange 1.15
Eagle Boys Steak & Prawn Deep Pan Chain 956 4.3 2 443 orange orange orange 1.73
Crust Healthier Choice Roast Beef Chain 815 5.2 2.1 180 orange orange orange 3.66
Eagle Boys Zesty Lemon Prawn Mid Base Chain 792 4.1 2.1 383 orange orange orange 1.59
Eagle Boys Zesty Lemon Prawn Thin Crust Chain 786 4.1 2.1 381 orange orange orange 1.59
Home Brand Supreme Frozen 948 4.7 2.1 370 orange orange orange 0.65
Black & Gold Cheese & Ham Frozen 990 4 2.2 390 orange orange orange 0.79
Eagle Boys Hawaiian Deep Pan Chain 978 4.9 2.2 552 orange orange orange 1.1
Eagle Boys Steak & Prawn Mid Base Chain 860 4.5 2.3 421 orange orange orange 1.73
Eagle Boys Steak & Prawn Thin Crust Chain 854 4.5 2.3 419 orange orange orange 1.73
Eagle Boys Firecracker Deep Pan Chain 959 5.1 2.4 505 orange orange orange 1.57
Black & Gold Supreme Frozen 907 4.9 2.6 330 orange orange orange 0.79
Eagle Boys Hawaiian Mid Base Chain 882 5.2 2.6 548 orange orange orange 1.1
Eagle Boys Hawaiian Thin Crust Chain 876 5.2 2.6 548 orange orange orange 1.1
Mama Mia Ham & Pineapple (Aldi) Frozen 869 4.9 2.6 601 orange orange red 0.57
Mama Mia Meatlovers (Aldi) Frozen 948 5.4 2.6 674 orange orange red 0.6
Domino's Vegorama Deep Pan Chain 953 8 2.7 446 orange orange orange 1.45
Eagle Boys Firecracker Mid Base Chain 861 5.5 2.7 493 orange orange orange 1.57
Eagle Boys Firecracker Thin Crust Chain 854 5.5 2.7 492 orange orange orange 1.57
Home Brand Hawaiian Frozen 1010 5.8 2.7 340 orange orange orange 0.65
Woolworths Deliexpress No. 2 Meat Feast Chilled 903 6.5 2.7 600 orange orange red 1.37
Domino's Capriciosa Deep Pan Chain 1000 8.6 2.8 534 orange orange orange 1.5
Domino's Chicken Monaco Deep Pan Chain 883 6.6 2.8 382 orange orange orange 1.77
Eagle Boys Vegie Delight Deep Pan Chain 1220 5.9 2.8 521 orange orange orange 1.1
Black & Gold Margherita Frozen 962 6.4 2.9 494 orange orange orange 0.87
Domino's Chilli Prawn Deep Pan Chain 1030 7.1 2.9 349 orange orange orange 2.15
Eagle Boys Natures Garden Deep Pan Chain 1060 6.2 2.9 471 orange orange orange 1.57
Crust Healthier Choice Bruschetta Chain 1140 7.8 3 180 orange orange orange 4.69
Domino's The Godfather Deep Pan Chain 1030 9.6 3 531 orange orange orange 1.46
Fresh Approach BBQ Meatlovers (Aldi) Chilled 934 6.1 3 350 orange orange orange 1.11
Papa Guiseppe's Tasty Balance BBQ Meat Feast Frozen 1050 9.9 3 325 orange orange orange 1.18
Domino's Fire Breather Deep Pan Chain 913 7.3 3.1 598 orange orange orange 1.73
Domino's Vegorama Classic Crust Chain 913 8.5 3.1 451 orange orange orange 1.73
Eagle Boys Cheese & Ham Deep Pan Chain 1100 6.4 3.1 628 orange orange red 1.28
Pizzavita Hawaiian Gluten Free Frozen 1060 7.8 3.1 346 orange orange orange 2.81
Woolworths Deliexpress No. 1 Hawaiian Chilled 837 6.2 3.1 500 orange orange orange 1.36
Woolworths Deliexpress No. 4 Supreme Chilled 832 7.1 3.1 540 orange orange orange 1.31
Domino's Capriciosa Classic Crust Chain 968 9.4 3.2 558 orange orange orange 1.8
Domino's Chicken Monaco Classic Crust Chain 834 7 3.2 388 orange orange orange 2.09
Dr Oetker Ristorante Funghi Frozen 980 12.3 3.2 50 orange orange green 1.78
Eagle Boys Aussie Bacon & Egg Deep Pan Chain 1070 7.1 3.2 578 orange orange orange 1.13
Remano Supreme (Aldi) Frozen 796 5.3 3.2 307 orange orange orange 0.82
Woolworths Deliexpress No. 3 Chicken & Bacon Chilled 824 6.7 3.2 540 orange orange orange 0.85
Domino's The Lot Deep Pan Chain 932 8.3 3.3 484 orange orange orange 1.66
Dr Oetker Ristorante Spinaci Frozen 920 11.6 3.3 490 orange orange orange 1.66
Eagle Boys Smokehouse Deep Pan Chain 1130 7.7 3.3 599 orange orange orange 1.7
McCain Supreme Frozen 908 6.7 3.3 390 orange orange orange 1.25
Domino's Chilli Prawn Classic Crust Chain 1010 7.7 3.4 349 orange orange orange 2.64
Domino's The Godfather Classic Crust Chain 1010 10.5 3.4 554 orange orange orange 1.75
Dr Oetker Ristorante Tonno Frozen 1096 14.4 3.4 520 orange orange orange 1.94
Eagle Boys BBQ Chicken & Bacon Deep Pan Chain 1100 7.9 3.4 623 orange orange red 1.59
Eagle Boys Chicken Club Deep Pan Chain 1030 7.9 3.4 568 orange orange orange 1.7
Eagle Boys Natures Garden Mid Base Chain 971 6.8 3.4 451 orange orange orange 1.57
Eagle Boys Natures Garden Thin Crust Chain 965 6.8 3.4 449 orange orange orange 1.57
Eagle Boys Tuscan Deep Pan Chain 999 7.6 3.4 539 orange orange orange 1.59
Eagle Boys Vegie Delight Mid Base Chain 1150 6.6 3.4 508 orange orange orange 1.1
McCain Ham & Pineapple Frozen 949 7 3.4 390 orange orange orange 1.25
Papa Guiseppi's Hawaiian Frozen 935 7.3 3.4 335 orange orange orange 1.13
Domino's Chicken Italiano Deep Pan Chain 956 8.9 3.5 472 orange orange orange 1.68
Domino's Supreme Deep Pan Chain 952 8 3.5 519 orange orange orange 1.38
Eagle Boys Vegie Delight Thin Crust Chain 1140 6.6 3.5 507 orange orange orange 1.1
McCain Cheese & Bacon Frozen 951 7 3.5 430 orange orange orange 1.26
McCain Garlic Frozen 955 7.7 3.5 176 orange orange orange 1.63
Pizza Hut Veggie Supreme Deep Pan Chain 966 8.2 3.5 317 orange orange orange 1.13
Woolworths Gourmet Chargrilled Eggplant & Fetta Thin & Crispy Chilled 879 7.4 3.5 570 orange orange orange 2.31
Domino's Aussie Bacon Rasher Deep Pan Chain 990 8.7 3.6 544 orange orange orange 1.38
Domino's Chicken Monaco Thin n' Crispy Chain 848 7 3.6 398 orange orange orange 2.15
Domino's Fire Breather Classic Crust Chain 871 7.8 3.6 642 orange orange red 2.04
Domino's Garlic Prawn Deep Pan Chain 977 7.9 3.6 349 orange orange orange 1.9
Domino's Smoky Streaky Bacon with Mushroom Deep Pan Chain 1030 10.2 3.6 525 orange orange orange 1.79
Eagle Boys Cheese & Ham Mid Base Chain 1020 7 3.6 640 orange orange red 1.28
Eagle Boys Margarita Deep Pan Chain 1130 6.8 3.6 487 orange orange orange 1.24
Eagle Boys Super Supremo Deep Pan Chain 1043 8.2 3.6 610 orange orange red 1.28
Remano Ham & Pineapple (Aldi) Frozen 833 5.8 3.6 296 orange orange orange 0.82
Pizza Hut Chicken Italiano Deep Pan Chain 964 9.4 3.7 520 orange orange orange 1.6
Chicken Italiano Thin 'n' Crispy Chain 827 6.7 3.7 473 orange orange orange 2.1
Domino's Chicken Italiano Classic Crust Chain 927 9.6 3.7 444 orange orange orange 2.04
Eagle Boys Aussie Bacon & Egg Mid Base Chain 991 7.8 3.7 579 orange orange orange 1.13
Eagle Boys Cheese & Ham Thin Crust Chain 1010 7 3.7 641 orange orange red 1.28
McCain BBQ Meatlovers Frozen 944 6.8 3.7 419 orange orange orange 1.25
Domino's Chicken & Feta Deep Pan Chain 1040 9.3 3.8 437 orange orange orange 1.99
Domino's The Lot Classic Crust Chain 895 9 3.8 507 orange orange orange 1.94
Domino's Vegorama Thin n' Crispy Chain 937 8.9 3.8 497 orange orange orange 1.78
Eagle Boys Aussie Bacon & Egg Thin Crust Chain 985 7.9 3.8 579 orange orange orange 1.13
Papa Guiseppe's BBQ Chicken Frozen 960 7.9 3.8 435 orange orange orange 1.13
Pizza Hut BBQ Chicken Lovers Perfecto Chain 988 7.2 3.8 691 orange orange red 1.62
Pizza Hut Chicken Italiano Classic Crust Chain 915 9.4 3.9 494 orange orange orange 1.93
Domino's 7 Meats Deep Pan Chain 1090 10.1 3.9 664 orange orange red 1.77
Domino's Chilli Prawn Thin n' Crispy Chain 1030 7.7 3.9 361 orange orange orange 2.73
Eagle Boys BBQ Chicken & Bacon Mid Base Chain 1030 8.7 3.9 632 orange orange red 1.59
Eagle Boys BBQ Chicken & Bacon Thin Crust Chain 1030 8.8 3.9 633 orange orange red 1.59
Eagle Boys Carnivore Deep Pan Chain 1150 9.1 3.9 689 orange orange red 1.46
Eagle Boys Chicken Club Mid Base Chain 957 8.6 3.9 568 orange orange orange 1.7
Eagle Boys Chicken Club Thin Crust Chain 952 8.7 3.9 568 orange orange orange 1.7
Eagle Boys Smokehouse Mid Base Chain 1060 8.6 3.9 605 orange orange red 1.7
Eagle Boys Smokehouse Thin Crust Chain 1060 8.7 3.9 605 orange orange red 1.7
Eagle Boys Tuscan Mid Base Chain 920 8.3 3.9 534 orange orange orange 1.59
Pizzavita Supreme Gluten Free Frozen 1110 10 3.9 467 orange orange orange 2.65
Domino's BBQ Chicken & Bacon Deep Pan Chain 1050 9.6 4 574 orange orange orange 1.75
Domino's Capriciosa Thin n' Crispy Chain 995 9.7 4 610 orange orange red 1.88
Domino's Chicken Pesto Deep Pan Chain 1010 10.3 4 410 orange orange orange 1.75
Domino's Fire Breather Thin n' Crispy Chain 886 7.8 4 660 orange orange red 2.09
Domino's Supreme Classic Crust Chain 914 8.6 4 538 orange orange orange 1.66
Eagle Boys Cheeselovers Deep Pan Chain 1240 7.5 4 550 orange orange orange 1.5
Eagle Boys Tuscan Thin Crust Chain 915 8.4 4 534 orange orange orange 1.59
IGA Bellini Meat Lovers Frozen 963 7.1 4 445 orange orange orange 1.08
McCain Meatlovers Frozen 951 7.9 4 460 orange orange orange 1.25
Pizza Hut BBQ Chicken Lovers Deep Pan Chain 1069 9.4 4 503 orange orange orange 1.38
Pizza Hut Veggie Supreme Perfecto Chain 917 7 4 405 orange orange orange 1.33
Casa Barelli Chorizo Crispy (Aldi) Frozen 918 9.1 4.1 550 orange orange orange 1.82
Domino's Chicken Italiano Thin n' Crispy Chain 943 9.6 4.1 456 orange orange orange 2.09
Domino's Garlic Prawn Classic Crust Chain 943 8.5 4.1 348 orange orange orange 2.27
Domino's Smoky Streaky Bacon with Mushroom Classic Crust Chain 1000 11.2 4.1 558 orange orange orange 2.12
Pizza Hut Classic Hawaiian Perfecto Chain 978 7.6 4.1 567 orange orange orange 1.34
Coles Smart Buy Supreme Frozen 1000 6.3 4.2 410 orange orange orange 0.65
Domino's Aussie Bacon Rasher Classic Crust Chain 960 9.3 4.2 568 orange orange orange 1.64
Domino's The Godfather Thin n' Crispy Chain 1030 11 4.2 604 orange orange red 1.83
Domino's The Lot Thin n' Crispy Chain 910 9 4.2 521 orange orange orange 2.02
Eagle Boys BBQ Meatlovers Deep Pan Chain 1180 9.3 4.2 724 orange orange red 1.11
Eagle Boys Super Supremo Mid Base Chain 969 8.9 4.2 617 orange orange red 1.28
Eagle Boys Super Supremo Thin Crust Chain 936 9 4.2 617 orange orange red 1.28
Pizza Hut Veggie Supreme Thin 'n Crispy Chain 923 7.3 4.2 486 orange orange orange 1.58
Coles Smart Buy Hawaiian Frozen 975 6.6 4.3 415 orange orange orange 0.65
Eagle Boys Margarita Mid Base Chain 1060 7.6 4.3 481 orange orange orange 1.24
Eagle Boys Margarita Thin Crust Chain 1050 7.7 4.3 480 orange orange orange 1.24
Eagle Boys The Med Deep Pan Chain 1210 9.4 4.3 665 orange orange red 1.64
Woolworths Gourmet Spannish Style Chorizo & Oloves Thin & Crispy Chilled 968 9.2 4.3 640 orange orange red 2.09
Domino's Smoky Streaky Bacon with Meatballs Deep Pan Chain 1030 10.1 4.4 567 orange orange orange 1.66
McCain Supreme Thick Crust Frozen 940 7.6 4.4 300 orange orange orange 1.08
Pizza Hut Classic Hawaiian Deep Pan Chain 1031 9.7 4.4 586 orange orange orange 1.13
Pizza Hut Super Supreme Deep Pan Chain 1010 10.3 4.4 490 orange orange orange 1.06
Domino's 7 Meats Classic Crust Chain 1080 11.1 4.5 721 orange orange red 2.09
Domino's Chicken & Feta Classic Crust Chain 1020 10.3 4.5 455 orange orange orange 2.41
Domino's Creamy Chicken & Cherry Tomato Deep Pan Chain 1050 10.6 4.5 481 orange orange orange 1.81
Domino's Smoky Streaky Bacon with Mushroom Thin n' Crispy Chain 1020 11.3 4.5 574 orange orange orange 2.21
Eagle Boys Carnivore Mid Base Chain 1090 10.1 4.5 709 orange orange red 1.46
McCain Perfection House Special Frozen 978 10 4.5 460 orange orange orange 1.63
McCain Three Cheese & Pesto Thin Crust Frozen 987 9 4.5 290 orange orange orange 1.55
Pizza Hut BBQ Chicken Lovers Thin 'n Crispy Chain 1056 8.5 4.5 735 orange orange red 1.86
Pizza Hut Super Supreme Perfecto Chain 973 8.9 4.5 678 orange orange red 1.21
Coles Supreme Thin Crust Chilled 942 8.4 4.6 500 orange orange orange 1.38
Domino's BBQ Chicken & Bacon Classic Crust Chain 1030 10.6 4.6 614 orange orange red 2.07
Domino's Chicken Pesto Classic Crust Chain 988 11.4 4.6 421 orange orange orange 2.07
Eagle Boys Carnivore Thin Crust Chain 1090 10.2 4.6 711 orange orange red 1.46
McCain Calabrese Thin Crust Frozen 1090 11.5 4.6 490 orange orange orange 1.55
Domino's Garlic Prawn Thin n' Crispy Chain 989 9.4 4.7 355 orange orange orange 2.3
Domino's Supreme Thin n' Crispy Chain 937 8.9 4.7 584 orange orange orange 1.7
Dr Oetker Ristorante Mozzarella Frozen 1101 13.5 4.7 480 orange orange orange 1.94
Domino's Creamy Chicken & Cherry Tomato Classic Crust Chain 940 10.7 4.8 461 orange orange orange 1.94
Domino's Double Bacon Cheeseburger Deep Pan Chain 1160 11.9 4.8 721 orange orange red 1.38
Domino's Italian Meat Deep Pan Chain 1090 11.6 4.8 671 orange orange red 1.65
Eagle Boys Cheeselovers Mid Base Chain 1180 8.6 4.8 545 orange orange orange 1.5
Fresh Approach Calabrese (Aldi) Chilled 969 8.6 4.8 395 orange orange orange 1.38
Pizza Hut BBQ Meatlovers Perfecto Chain 1122 9.6 4.8 804 orange orange red 1.36
Domino's Italian Meat Classic Crust Chain 1040 11.4 4.9 696 orange orange red 2.07
Eagle Boys BBQ Meatlovers Mid Base Chain 1120 10.4 4.9 753 orange orange red 1.11
Eagle Boys BBQ Meatlovers Thin Crust Chain 1110 10.5 4.9 753 orange orange red 1.11
Eagle Boys Cheeselovers Thin Crust Chain 1170 8.7 4.9 545 orange orange orange 1.5
Coles Hawaiian Thin Crust Chilled 948 8.2 5 410 orange red orange 1.4
Domino's 7 Meats Thin n' Crispy Chain 1110 11.2 5 742 orange red red 2.15
Domino's BBQ Chicken & Bacon Thin n' Crispy Chain 1050 10.6 5 632 orange red red 2.12
Domino's Chicken & Feta Thin n' Crispy Chain 1040 10.3 5 469 orange red orange 2.48
Eagle Boys The Med Mid Base Chain 1150 10.7 5 684 orange red red 1.64
McCain Speciale Thin Crust Frozen 1050 11 5 450 orange red orange 1.55
Domino's Smoky Streaky Bacon with Meatballs Classic Crust Chain 1010 11.1 5.1 604 orange red red 1.94
Eagle Boys The Med Thin Crust Chain 1150 10.7 5.1 685 orange red red 1.64
Pizza Hut BBQ Meatlovers Deep Pan Chain 1148 12.1 5.1 643 orange red red 1.1
Domino's Chicken Pesto Thin n' Crispy Chain 1070 11.6 5.2 459 orange red orange 2.12
Pizza Hut Pepperoni Lovers Perfecto Chain 1210 10.7 5.2 689 orange red red 1.55
Pizza Hut Super Supreme Thin 'n Crispy Chain 1016 10 5.2 693 orange red red 1.4
Domino's Meatosaurus Classic Crust Chain 1130 11.4 5.3 735 orange red red 1.78
Pizza Hut Classic Hawaiian Thin 'n Crispy Chain 1022 9.3 5.3 675 orange red red 1.66
Pizza Hut Veggie Supreme Stuffed Crust Chain 933 8.8 5.3 471 orange red orange 1.68
Coles BBQ Meat Lovers Thin Crust Chilled 1012 9.7 5.4 545 orange red orange 1.37
Domino's Italian Meat Thin n' Crispy Chain 1080 12.2 5.4 741 orange red red 2.07
Coles Stonebaked Calabrese & Fetta Chilled 925 11.9 5.5 622 orange red red 2.57
Domino's Double Bacon Cheeseburger Classic Crust Chain 1160 13.1 5.5 777 orange red red 1.64
Domino's Smoky Streaky Bacon with Meatballs Thin n' Crispy Chain 1030 11.1 5.5 620 orange red red 1.99
Papa Guiseppe's Supremo Frozen 1020 9.6 5.5 410 orange red orange 1.11
Coles Pepperoni Thin Crust Chilled 1107 10.2 5.7 470 orange red orange 1.68
Domino's Creamy Chicken & Cherry Tomato Thin 'n Crispy Chain 1050 11.8 5.8 520 orange red orange 2.21
Eagle Boys Pepperoni Deep Pan Chain 1290 13.4 5.8 812 orange red red 1.4
Pizza Hut BBQ Meatlovers Thin 'n Crispy Chain 1186 11.1 5.9 890 orange red red 1.6
Pizza Hut Pepperoni Lovers Deep Pan Chain 1220 13.2 5.9 518 orange red orange 1.27
Domino's Spinach & Feta Classic Crust Chain 1070 11.5 6 519 orange red orange 2.41
Pizza Hut BBQ Chicken Lovers Stuffed Crust Chain 1038 10.2 6 599 orange red orange 1.92
Pizza Hut Classic Hawaiian Stuffed Crust Chain 1017 9.9 6 580 orange red orange 1.7
Domino's Aussie Bacon Rasher Puff Chain 1040 13.1 6.1 599 orange red orange 2.18
Domino's Meatosaurus Thin n' Crispy Chain 1160 11.9 6.1 792 orange red red 1.83
Domino's Double Bacon Cheeseburger Thin n' Crispy Chain 1190 13.6 6.3 830 orange red red 1.68
Pizza Hut Cheese Lovers Deep Pan Chain 1196 12.5 6.4 420 orange red orange 1.17
Domino's Spinach & Feta Thin n' Crispy Chain 1090 11.6 6.6 536 orange red orange 2.48
McCain Margherita Frozen 1131 10 6.6 350 orange red orange 1.25
Domino's Chicken Monaco Puff Chain 995 13.1 6.7 405 orange red orange 2.61
Domino's Vegorama Puff Chain 1080 14.8 6.8 442 orange red orange 2.27
Eagle Boys Pepperoni Mid Base Chain 1250 15.2 6.8 853 orange red red 1.4
Eagle Boys Pepperoni Thin Crust Chain 1250 15.3 6.8 855 orange red red 1.4
Domino's Fire Breather Puff Chain 1030 13.8 7 663 orange red red 2.54
Domino's Capriciosa Puff Chain 1150 15.9 7.1 550 orange red orange 2.41
Domino's Chicken Italiano Puff Chain 1090 15.6 7.1 462 orange red orange 2.54
Domino's The Lot Puff Chain 1050 14.7 7.1 525 orange red orange 2.45
Pizza Hut Super Supreme Stuffed Crust Chain 1018 11.3 7.1 656 orange red red 1.56
Domino's The Godfather Puff Chain 1180 16.9 7.2 546 orange red orange 2.3
Pizza Hut BBQ Meatlovers Stuffed Crust Chain 1150 12.3 7.2 727 orange red red 1.66
Pizza Hut Cheese Lovers Perfecto Chain 1153 11.6 7.3 421 orange red orange 1.38
Domino's Chicken Pesto Puff Chain 1100 16 7.6 447 orange red orange 2.57
Domino's Aussie Bacon Rasher Puff Chain 1120 15.3 7.7 560 orange red orange 2.18
Domino's Smoky Streaky Bacon with Mushroom Puff Chain 1170 17.5 7.7 579 orange red orange 2.68
Domino's Chilli Prawn Puff Chain 1210 15.4 7.9 371 orange red orange 3.3
Pizza Hut Pepperoni Lovers Thin 'n Crispy Chain 1359 15.2 7.9 831 orange red red 1.99
Domino's 7 Meats Puff Chain 1220 17.2 8 778 orange red red 2.83
Domino's Garlic Prawn Puff Chain 1120 15.1 8 366 orange red orange 2.83
Domino's Supreme Puff Chain 1110 15.1 8 501 orange red orange 2.27
Domino's BBQ Chicken & Bacon Puff Chain 1190 16.6 8.1 635 orange red red 2.57
Pizza Hut Cheese Lovers Thin 'n Crispy Chain 1259 13.1 8.3 643 orange red red 1.68
Domino's Italian Meat Puff Chain 1200 17.4 8.4 714 orange red red 2.57
Pizza Hut Cheese Lovers Stuffed Crust Chain 1173 13.2 8.4 581 orange red orange 1.74
Pizza Hut Pepperoni Lovers Stuffed Crust Chain 1240 14.7 8.4 761 orange red red 1.92
Domino's Chicken & Feta Puff Chain 1210 17.3 8.5 473 orange red orange 2.96
Domino's Smoky Streaky Bacon with Meatballs Puff Chain 1200 17.3 8.6 625 orange red red 2.51
Domino's Creamy Chicken & Cherry Tomato Puff Chain 1190 18 8.9 525 orange red orange 2.68
Domino's Double Bacon Cheeseburger Puff Chain 1320 19.1 9.1 773 orange red red 2.15
Domino's Meatosaurus Puff Chain 1310 17.9 9.1 730 orange red red 2.34
Domino's Spinach & Feta Puff Chain 1260 18.5 10 533 orange red orange 2.96

Table notes

(A) Heart Foundation tick.

Nutrients per 100g. For pizzas from the big chains, these are from information on their websites; for supermarket pizzas the data are from nutrition information panels on the packaging.

Price per 100g. These are based on prices we paid in Sydney in February 2010. For chain pizzas we used only pick-up prices and didn't factor in the cost of delivery.

If you only want cheap fuel and don’t care about poor flavour and quality, the supermarket generic brands of frozen pizza are about half the price of most others. The other more expensive brands of frozen pizza are just not worth the extra money.

Pizzas from the takeaway chains taste better and are still relatively cheap; most people would be satisfied by half a pizza costing less than $5. Domino’s Good Choice range, however, are much more expensive at $7.95 for a pizza that’s only just big enough for one person.

Chilled pizzas are not significantly cheaper than takeaways, and, with the exception of Aldi’s Fresh Approach Calabrese, don’t taste as good – but you can keep them in the fridge for a few days, so they can be more convenient, and cheaper than ordering a pizza from a chain if you pay extra to have it delivered.

For best value and taste, try making your own pizza by following our CHOICE Champion Pizza recipe. The tasters scored this pizza well above any of the bought ones, and it only costs about $3.40 for one pizza.

Champion pizza recipe

Ingredients (makes two pizzas)

  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 7g sachet dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon caster sugar 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Topping

Pizza sauce

  • 1 tin chopped tomato
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 garlic clove crushed
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

Topping suggestions

  • 3/4 cup Mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 1 slice prosciutto
  • Bocochinni cheese
  • 5 button mushrooms sliced
  • 1 tomato sliced (don’t include tomato if freezing)
  • 2 Basil leaves torn
  • 4 anchovy fillets

Method (using mixer)

Preheat Oven 240°C, Oven mode- base element and fan or fan-forced.

1. Combine 3/4 cup warm water, yeast, sugar and salt in a jug. Whisk with a fork to dissolve. Cover with plastic wrap. Set aside in a warm place for 5 minutes or until bubbles appear on the surface.

2. Sift flour into a mixing bowl. Add yeast mixture and oil. Using the "dough hook" on the mixer, mix on a low speed to form the dough. Once all ingredients are combined, increase speed and knead for three minutes or until elastic. Place dough in a lightly greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Stand in a warm place for 25 to 30 minutes or until dough has doubled in size.

3. Use your fist to punch dough down. Knead on a lightly floured surface until smooth.

4. Roll out dough to the desired shape and size and place on a 34cm pizza tray. Spread evenly with 1/2 cup pizza sauce, add your favourite toppings and sprinkle with grated cheese.

5. Place on bottom shelf, cook for 10 – 15 mins or until base is crisp and topping golden brown.

Our experts awarded this easy homemade pizza a score of 80%, well above any of the bought pizzas (and without knowing it was homemade).
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