If you’re looking for the best frozen pepperoni pizza at the grocery store, you certainly have a lot of options. Apart from frozen cheese pizza, frozen pepperoni pizza occupies the most real estate in the frozen aisle—good news for fans of spicy meat, bad news for fans of spicy meat who also suffer from decision paralysis. Either way, you’ve come to the right place.
We recently taste tested nine frozen pepperoni pizzas to find the best. What were we looking for in a good pepperoni pizza? Lots of pepperoni, first and foremost (top quality pepperoni, too). We tasted some really good pies that, sadly, were too sparsely covered in pepperoni (get it together, Home Run Inn, aka one of the best frozen pizza brands). Pepperoni pizza should be meaty, spicy, and pleasantly oily—I want the threat of imminent heartburn to be palpable when I eat one of these things. From thin crust pepperoni pizza to deep dish pepperoni pizza, here are the best frozen pepperoni pizzas to pick up at the grocery store. And don’t forget the Tums.
- DiGiorno Rising Crust Pepperoni Pizza
It’s always been funny to me that DiGiorno’s tagline is “It’s Not Delivery, It’s DiGiorno.” Like, yes. Duh. No pizzeria on planet earth makes pizza like this—but that’s not a dig. Sort of like McDonald’s hamburgers or Taco Bell tacos, DiGiorno pizzas are their own thing altogether, especially the Rising Crust varieties. So puffy. So doughy. So unlike delivery pizza, but no less irresistible. Crust aside, I absolutely love the pepperoni DiGiorno uses. It’s super smoky and flavorful, while the sauce is nice and mild. It complements the pepperoni rather than competing with it. All in all, this is one of the best pepperoni pizzas, especially if you’re into a nice, puffy, totally un-pizza-like crust.
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- Motor City Pizza Co. Pepperoni
If you’ve perused our frozen pizza rankings in the past, you know we love Motor City Pizza Co.’s Detroit-style pies. They’re just so good—crispy around the edges, and soft and oily in the center. This pie is topped with a thick blanket of cheese with layers of pepperoni beneath it and on top of it. It’s also topped with a really healthy sprinkle of oregano, but not too much. (I don’t love a lot of oregano on pizza, and this wasn’t overpowering in my opinion.) It’s the best frozen deep dish pizza topped with pepperoni you can buy.
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- Red Baron Thin and Crispy
This was my personal favorite, and I really didn’t expect that. Red Baron pizza always seemed low-rent to me (sorry!), but I keep loving their pies (and loaves—their supreme French bread pizza was our favorite). If you like Domino’s thin crust pizzas, this is the best thin crust pepperoni pizza you can buy. It’s practically a dupe. The crust is super crackery, but it’s still buttery and indulgent. The sauce is savory and the pie is topped with plenty of pepperoni, which contribute a little bit of spice on the finish. I would buy this again in a heartbeat.
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- Screamin’ Sicilian Holy Pepperoni
When Screamin’ Sicilian makes a frozen pepperoni pizza, they do not f*** around. And we love that. There’s even a window in the pizza box so you can see how pepperoni-strewn this pie is—you can’t even see cheese, only pepperoni. In a previous ranking of the best frozen pizza, we said Screamin’ Sicilian tastes like arcade pizza, and that’s definitely not a bad thing. It’s nostalgic and harkens back to a time when you could eat whatever you wanted without shame or gastrointestinal retribution. All the same, this pie is stacked with peps, so, as I said earlier, don’t forget the Tums.
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