California Pizza Kitchen For One Sicilian Pizza

Pizza is a food that is typically shared, whether it be with your family while watching Brink reruns on the Disney Channel or with your friends watching Billy Madison after vaporizing a half pound of weed. It’s cheap, filling, and one of the few foods that you have to eat with your hands in order to not look like a douchebag. The folks at the Kraft Foods company, however, have turned eating pizza into a more fanciful singles affair.

They recently launched their “For One” pizzas for their DiGiorno and California Pizza Kitchen lines, individual-sized pies made for your hectic lifestyle. According to their PR release, “consumers now have a reason to look forward to eating alone.”

Seriously − what the fuck? Now, I don’t really think that the people at CPK want to turn Americans into a group of misanthropic zombies eating alone in a giant auditorium like some strange existentialist painting from soviet Russia, but you have to admit that it sounds a bit creepy.

I was thinking that if this pizza is good enough to make me not want to eat with my loved ones, it must taste like some divine combination of ambrosia and the first fifteen seconds of Fruit Stripe gum. The box certainly looks promising − with interesting ingredients such as fontina cheese and spicy ham. At a mere 5.5 ounces, however, I was worried that it would be the pizza equivalent of a cock-tease.

My fears were alleviated upon consumption. While it is on the small side, it is adequate for a substantial lunch if you have a side salad to go along with it. The crust is super thin and crispy, perfect for piling on the meat toppings that actually taste like quality Italian sausages. It shouldn’t be surprising that a meat product actually tastes like it’s supposed to, but my mind has been ruined by 19 years of emulsified chicken. The Italian herb and cheese seasoning is a tad bit strong, but separates the flavor from other boring pizzas.

The box says it’s microwaveable, but believe me: no pizza, no matter how many gray discs and grid-lined cartons they cram in the package, is anything other than crap from the microwave. Stick with a toaster oven and your patience will be rewarded.

At $3.29, it is a bit on the pricey side, but it is a nice treat for yourself after all of those years stocking up on Celeste and Jeno’s every time they go on sale for $.89. You know what I’m talking about. So if you enjoy a quality frozen pizza, go ahead and give this a try and look forward to eating alone for the rest of your life!

(Nutritional Facts – 1 pizza – 450 calories, 200 calories from fat, 22 grams of fat, 8 grams of saturated fat, 1 gram of trans fat, 35 mg of cholesterol, 820mg sodium, 42 grams of carbs, 2 grams of dietary fiber, 4 grams of sugar, 21 grams of protein, 10% Vitamin A, 0% Vitamin C, 30% Calcium, and 8% Iron)

Item: California Pizza Kitchen For One Sicilian Pizza
Price: FREE (retails for $3.29)
Purchased at: From the nice CPK PR peeps
Rating: 8 out of 10
Pros: Good quality meats compared to what you usually get in frozen pizzas. Thin crust is very crispy. Comes out perfectly after a few minutes in the toaster oven. You get to look forward to eating alone.
Cons: Pretty small, even for an individual pizza. Herb seasoning is a bit strong. Pricey for a frozen pizza. No pizza is ever microwaveable. Reruns of movies such as Brink and Smart House on the Disney Channel.

12 thoughts on “California Pizza Kitchen For One Sicilian Pizza

  1. Damn. That pizza actually looks good. I slightly regret telling the PR people to send you this and letting you review it. I guess I’ll just have to pay the $3.29 for it when it comes to a store here. Oh wait, that’s right. I live in Hawaii. I’m probably going to have to pay $4.99 for it. 🙂

  2. For a frozen pizza, it does look pretty good. I agree, microwavable pizzas never do come out right. I have no toaster oven, though, so I guess I’d have to fire up the large oven and waste electricity.

  3. CPK’s frozen stuff is pretty good, but putting a pizza in a microwave should be illegal. Yep, you microwave pizza eaters should share a cell with guys like Dahmer. It’s an atrocity!

  4. I thought I was the only one who got upset after the frist few seconds passed after fruit stripe gum. You end up chewing a whole pack to try to keep flavor in your mouth for more that 2 minutes.

  5. Marvo – Oh, boo hoo. Poor Marvo has to pay an extra dollar for pizza in exchange for living in paradise. Shame!

    Chuck – Believe me, a toaster or convection oven is the best investment you can make. If you love frozen food.

    nat – That’s the truth! Burnt, plastic cheese on the edges with a pool of barely-melted ice in the middle. Yuck, I say.

    luckinflux – I haven’t had it in years but I remember being very frustrated back in elementary school.

    Shannon – Indeed, but pricey. Though I did see it on sale for $2.39 at Albertsons.

    IE – Barbecue chicken is great too, but I’m not a big fan of the thai one with the peanuts.

    Jeremy – Nothing ruins a friendship faster than missing pizza.

    Erica O. – Oh yes, I have bad Disney movies scarred into my brain permanently. Lots of summers with nothing to do.

    Captain Needa – Some people have a little pride. Not me, but some people.

    Amanda – I eat alone almost every day too, so don’t feel bad. Unless you have started adopting and breeding cats to keep you company, that’s when you know you need a change.

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