The pros: Monteli Organic Pizza Crusts are organic, frozen, reasonably sized for 1-2 people per pizza, delicious too.
The cons: This is way over packaged with plastic. Mine weren’t frozen flat so adorning this pizza was slightly more challenging.
The verdict: If there is anything that I can honestly say that has never, ever, not even once gone bad in my refrigerator it’s pizza. It never gets pushed to the back. It never goes undiscovered until it’s too late. It never turns a color it is not supposed to be. It is consumed in less than 3 days of its creation.
Now, Trader Joe’s has a new organic pizza crust waiting to be discovered. It’s just not branded as a Trader Joe’s product. It’s in the freezer with the other frozen pizza items.
Now, if I have had any complaints about Trader Joe’s pizza, it tends to be about the crust of the pizza. They all suffer from the same problem: a lack of salt. A good pizza crust should be flour, water, yeast, and salt. Otherwise, let’s face a stark reality: flour just doesn’t taste that good.
No matter how many toppings you look to put on a pizza, if the crust is bland, it just takes away from the rest of the pizza.
I can honestly say I’ve gotten through a large number of Trader Joe’s pizzas, but this non Trader Joe’s branded pizza was a standout. The hardest part was getting my electric oven to get up to 420F.
After than I was just 10 minutes shy of pizza glory. Now, for whatever reason my pizzas weren’t frozen flat. The day I picked this up, they were all not flat. Not a big deal or deal breaker. I just makes adorning this was toppings a bit more interesting.
I used Trader Joe’s Bruschetta and Quadro Formaggio to top my pizza. The jarred Burschetta made it just a touch more rustic and chunky in terms of sauce. In about 7 minutes I had a beautiful plain pizza. I gave it a bit of a rest before slicing it up. Yes, you’ll get four nice sized slices. I had plans on having two.
I ended up eating the whole thing. Like the entire thing. It was so very good.
The taste of the crust was on point. It had little indentations to prevent bubbling. It was crisp right off of the pizza stone. It had a nice thickness. It wasn’t thin crust, but not thick either. It was just really well done in terms of flavor too.
The outer crust was crisp, but was not like a cracker either. It held up well to toppings. Overall, this was one of my favorite crusts that I’ve encountered so far. For $3.29 it's reasonably priced for an organic item that you get 2 crusts from.
Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:
The bag of Monteli Organic Pizza Crusts:
The nutritional information:
How to prepare:
After being cooked you get:
Would I buy this again? Yes, I would buy Monteli Organic Pizza Crusts again. They were easy and tasted on point.
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I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your blog. With each trip to Trader Joe's, I've always made certain to try something new. Your blog makes my choice on something new so much easier! I tried this crust last week and it was so yummy! It will definitely make it into my cart on a weekly basis now! Thanks!
Hey Krista! Thank you so much. Your words made my day. I also really appreciate you stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Your thoughts and opinions are always welcome here, so don't be shy. Hope you will stop by again!
Absolutely the best crust ever!
Much agreed! Thanks for taking the time to stop by Vicki!
I get these at the grocery outlet in cali and they are absolutely delish! didnt know tjs sold them
Hey MJ! Yup TJs sells them. I'm not sure how prices compare out in Cali but I agree they are absolutely delicious!
Can I cook the pizza if the crust defrosted?
Hey Cariol! I don't see why you couldn't. To be honest, by the time my electric oven warms up these are defrosted anyways. You should be fine. Let me know how it turns out!
I'm sorry but I don't agree with your comment that pizza's/pizza crusts don't have enough sodium. The reason I don't eat pizzas is for the very reason that they have enough sodium to choke a horse, not a good thing for those of us who have suffered from kidney stones. I've tried the "Montieli's" pizza crusts from Trader Joe's and though the sodium content was higher than I would prefer, I thought they were great with my own toppings.
Hey Ed! Point well taken on the medical aspect of your comment. I eat things purely on taste. I'm glad you stopped by and shared. And yes, I loved these pizza crusts too and have bought them qute a few times since writing the review. Thanks for taking the time to stop by and share!
i really LIKE THE MONTELI ORGANIC VEGETABLE FROZEN PZZA, I DISCOVERED THEM ABUT A MONTH AGO, HAVE HAD ABOUT 6 SO FAR, THE ONE TODAY..HAD ABOUT 3-4 INCHES OF BURBT BLACK CRUST..IT
William Schoeninger says
I love these crusts- but I forgot where I bought them. Where do you buy the organic pizza crusts? Thanks!
These came from Trader Joe's
Sunil Gaur says
no longer available from trader joes. can anyone tell me where I can buy these from?
Hi Sunil! You might want to check a different grocery store. I believe you might be able to get them at whole foods. But I'd call your local store and double check. I hope that helps!
Karen P Weingartner says
As of last week, Monteli Organic pizzas crusts (2 to a bag) has
disappeared off TJ's frozen pizza compartments! It may be that TJs has
eliminated the Monteli brand and put another bag on the shelves
that is rebranded as TJ's pizza crust (made in Italy). I was very
disappointed, and the picture of the crust does not resemble the
Monteli crust. Won't buy the substitute at TJs.
Hey Karen! I haven't found anything comparable lately either. These were an absolute homerun in my household.