Review: Newman’s Own Thin & Crispy Pizza

| September 1, 2010 | 132 Comments

This is a sponsored review by BlogHer and Newman’s Own.

Can frozen pizza be enjoyable? Recently, I was asked to review Newman’s Own Thin & Crispy Pizza. Since this is a product that I could consider buying anyway, I agreed. What did I (and the kids) think?


Where do I begin? Finding the pizza at the store was easy — especially since my local supermarket was having a sale on it. ($5.49, down from $6.99) I went with two that I thought the kids would enjoy: the Newman’s Own Margherita Thin & Crispy Pizza and the Newman’s Own Roasted Garlic & Chicken Thin & Crispy Pizza. There are several other varieties available as well. These pizzas are being stocked by many major grocery stores these days.

The kids eyed the boxed as I got the pizzas ready for baking. The boxes feature vivid pictures of the pizzas, which strangely look pretty similar to the finished product (how often does that happen?!?). Despite my repeated explanations that we’d all try both pizzas, the kids insisted on deciding which variety they wanted to try more. Whatever floats their boat, I suppose. In the end, they both agreed the Margherita was their top pick.

So, into the oven the pizzas went. Actually, they went into separate ovens, but I digress. Ten minutes later plus three minutes for cooling, we tried the pizzas. Thank goodness for my pizza paddle — I am not sure how I would have gotten these off the oven racks without it.


Now, the important part, how were the pizzas? The tomatoes on the Margherita pizza taste fresh … they have the consistency of fresh tomatoes that have been baked (a total good thing!) and the cheese is just right. These pizzas cook fast and cool fast, so it is a great fast option for lunch or dinner (pair it with a big green salad for a full meal).

Also, one thing I am always conscious of is the ingredients in a product. What I love about Newman’s Own products, including this one, is that the ingredients are all familiar. The thin crust means less calories overall as well, and these pizzas have no transfats (thank goodness!).

Oh, and I have been asked to deliver this important message: All profits to charity. Newman’s Own Foundation continues Paul Newman’s commitment to donate all profits to charity. Over $300 million has been given to thousands of charities since 1982.


Of course, there is always a downside, right? Look, this is frozen pizza. It’s not takeout. It’s not pretending to be takeout. It’s more like a flatbread pizza, and is comparable to Trader Joe’s flatbreads. The serving size (one pizza feeds three people) is a little questionable though … I think, given the size, a more realistic estimate is that one pizza will feed two people. But perhaps with a generous salad you could comfortably feed three with one pizza. Perhaps.

In terms of flavor, the cheese sauce on the Roasted Garlic & Chicken pizza was a little off-putting — Will and I didn’t like it. Paige gobbled that one up though. So, it could be a preference thing.

So, what’s the verdict? The kids and I really liked the Margherita pizza. It’s likely that I will purchase a few of these to keep in the freezer for days when I just don’t have time to whip up lunch. Paige enjoyed the Roasted Garlic & Chicken too, but Will and I weren’t fans of that one so we probably won’t buy that one again.

I noticed there is a Roasted Vegetable version (so says one of the boxes), so I would love to give that variety a try in the future.

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Disclosure: I was compensated for this review. However the opinions put forth in this review are honest, truthful and unswayed by the compensation.

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Sarah Walker Caron is a writer, editor and recipe developer who loves to create delicious recipes the whole family can enjoy together. Her work has appeared in countless publications including iVillage, BELLA NYC Magazine, Yum for Kids magazine and more. She lives in Maine with her two food-loving kids.

Comments (132)

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  1. carmen says:

    i absolutely must have mushrooms on my pizza. preferably, alongside other veggies (fresh tomatoes, bell peppers, red onion, broccoli).

  2. barbi says:

    My favorite toppings are tomatoes, mushrooms, onions and sausage. love margarita pizzas.

  3. Robin says:

    Any pizza goes from good to great with fresh basil, so that’s my favorite topping!

  4. cooknbooknbeadn says:

    Some carmelized onions, good quality sausage, and I am a happy women.

  5. jan says:


  6. Terri L says:


  7. Rebecca says:

    I enjoy chicken and broccoli on my pizza.

  8. Well the cheese is a must. Extra cheese is even better. Aside from the cheese, I think mushrooms.

  9. Judy says:

    My favorite topping would be ham.

  10. Christy says:

    My favorite pizza toppings are canadian bacon and pineapple.

  11. Terri Dell says:

    I love olives on pizza

  12. Ann F says:

    I like onions and peppers on my pizza.

  13. Susan @ Mad For Mexican Food says:

    Mushrooms, mushrooms and more mushrooms!

  14. Chad says:

    Pepperoni is my favorite. :)

  15. Joy Bennett says:

    My favorite topping is spinach.

  16. Margaret Smith says:

    I love Pepperoni.
    Thanks so much.

  17. Pat B says:


  18. Shelley Johnson says:

    My favorite pizza topping is cheese and tomatoes!

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  19. Stephanie V. says:

    tvollowitz at aol dot com

  20. Jenn S. says:

    My very favorite pizza topping is mushrooms.

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  21. Annette D says:

    My favorite topping for pizza is black olives!

  22. Rebecca Graham says:

    I like black olives, mushrooms, and pepperoni.

  23. Tari L. says:

    I like black olives and jalapeno peppers.

  24. EMMA L HORTON says:


  25. Heather S says:

    I love pepperoni and mushroom

  26. Melissa says:

    Pineapple and ham yummm

  27. Cindy says:

    My favorite toppings are onions and hot peppers!

  28. Deedles says:

    I love sausage, peppers and onions on my pizza.

  29. Sue says:

    Roasted red peppers. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  30. Monique Rizzo says:

    I like Feta!
    Thanks for the chance!!

  31. Tarah says:

    I’m always up for onions!

  32. Lori Hart says:

    I love veggies. I even use broccoli on my pizza. But my favorite are mushrooms. Or for something spicy, jalapenos!

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  33. Ellie Wright says:

    My favorite pizza is spinach and cheese.

  34. Meagan says:


  35. elizabeth p says:

    I love chicken and bacon.

  36. Linda Lansford says:

    Italian Sausage Pizza

  37. tracy davis says:


  38. Cynthia C says:

    I like grilled eggplant and cheese.

  39. M.A. says:

    Fresh tomatoes, sliced, always do it for me!

  40. Megan Ferrick says:

    Woo-Hoo – this looks awesome, can’t wait to try it. Great post!

  41. Diane R. says:

    Sausage and roasted red peppers.

  42. Suzanne K says:

    My very favorite pizza topping (besides wanting EVERYTHING) is probably sausage

  43. Kam A says:

    Green olives!

  44. Deborah Wellenstein says:

    I love mushrooms on my pizza. Thanks!

  45. Lori says:

    my favorite is the cheese and extra cheese!

  46. Alicia says:

    Pepperoni, salami, black olives, red onions

    Thanks for the giveaway >^..^<

  47. Susan C says:

    I love spicy sausage!
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  48. Patricia says:

    My favorite topping is Pepperoni.

  49. robert says:

    My favorite is black olives.

  50. Elizabeth N. says:


  51. Christine says:


  52. Debbie C says:

    My favorite is pepperoni.

  53. CATHARINE R says:

    My fave topping is mushrooms.

  54. shel says:

    I love pepperoni, onion, green peppers and banana peppers…guaranteed to give me heartburn.

  55. my favorite toppings are spinach and mushroom

  56. dorothy l says:


  57. Daniel M says:

    pepperoni has always been my fav

  58. rebecca says:

    It’s usually Pepperoni.

  59. Carol G says:

    My favorites are pepperoni, black olives and extra cheese.

  60. AuraR says:

    mushroom for sure!

  61. Sarah says:

    I love bacon and onion

  62. Tammy Darling says:


  63. Aisling says:

    Extra cheese, bacon, sausage, ground beef, onions, green peppers and mushrooms.

  64. Dave says:

    My favorite pizza topping is cheese and pepperoni. Thank you for the delicious give-away.

  65. judith says:

    Okay, I’m going to stir this up…my favorite topping is fresh tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. So, so good!

  66. Diane Baum says:

    My favorite topping is fresh veggies and the more the better-tomatoes, onions, mushroom…

  67. Jill L says:

    I love lots of cheeses on my pizza.

  68. Happi Shopr says:

    I love pepperoni, pineapple and green bell peppers.

  69. MamaKat says:

    I’m pretty boring, I guess. My favorite pizza is a plain cheese pizza.

  70. mickeyfan says:

    ToppingS: beef, bacon and black olive!

  71. Jennifer M says:

    I like green peppers.

  72. Elenna says:

    I love Hot Italian Sausage
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  73. Leona P says:

    peperoni and hamberger

  74. Lynne T says:

    My favorite topping is sausage.

  75. Valeen N says:

    I love sausage on my pizza! Yum!

  76. Jill Myrick says:

    My very favorite pizza topping is mushrooms. The more of them there are the better the pizza.


  77. shawna says:

    I love mushrooms on my pizza.

  78. Paula Hafner says:

    I like Pineapple and Ham.

  79. njh says:

    My favorite pizza topping is mushrooms.

  80. Kathlean Owens says:

    The best pizza topping EVER is Cheese!

  81. Trisha Dowling says:

    i love fresh mushrooms on pizza!

  82. Drew says:

    My very favorite topping is Italian Sausage and Green Peppers
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  83. Kerrie Mayans says:

    I love black olives on pizza.

  84. Pauline M says:

    I love having chicken on my pizza!

  85. Lisa G. says:

    I love ham and pineapple with lots of onions.
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  86. Lisa G. says:

    I Tweeted this giveaway.
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  87. Amy Delong says:

    my favorite is black olives!

  88. 216amyc says:

    All time favorite pizza topping is banana peppers!

  89. Nadine L says:

    I love to put calamata olives, artichoke, tomato, onion and feta on my pizza

  90. Joanne Schultz says:

    I love pepperoni on my pizza! If it costs the same for all toppings as for one topping, I would get everything but anchovies on it!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  91. AB Smith says:

    i like just plain cheese when given the choice!

  92. Sarah L says:

    Mine is anchovies. Thanks for the contest.

  93. loni says:

    I love bacon and green olives!~

  94. Deb K says:

    My favorite pizza topping is Pepperoni!

  95. Rose Alexis says:

    Banana peppers are my favorite pizza topping.

  96. Miranda Ward says:

    I like cheese, banana peppers, and Lots of onions!

  97. Chrystal J. says:

    My favorite pizza topping is pepperoni.

  98. nancy says:

    My very favorite topping is pepperoni

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  99. dddiva says:

    Cheese and crushed red peppers

  100. Barbara Long says:

    My very favorite pizza topping is sausage.

  101. Chrysa says:

    I love peppers and onions on mine!

  102. melissa says:

    pepperoni is my favorite topping.

  103. Charity S. says:

    Pepperoni and extra cheese.

  104. Sand says:

    I love sausage and peppers.

  105. Justine says:

    My very fave pizza topping is pepperoni!

  106. joni says:

    Pineapple and feta cheese.

  107. JayGee says:

    Mushrooms and onions.

  108. Kathy OBrien says:

    Pepperoni, for sure

  109. Jane George says:

    I love cheese and chopped onion.

  110. missannmcd says:

    I like a pepperoni and bacon combo. For Newman’s Own, I prefer the supreme. Thanks for the giveaway!

  111. Steph says:


  112. mmm, white pizza w garlic, spinach, bacon, chicken, and red onion. yum!

  113. Alicia says:

    Sausage Mushroom and Green Pepper!

  114. Annalise says:

    Love green chili on my pizza. Lived in Santa Fe New Mexico for a while. Chili’s are a way of life there.

  115. Ron says:

    Thin and tasteless, like eating cardboard.

  116. LeslieB says:

    If I must pick one it is onions. My favorite toppings would be onions, black olives and tomatoes. Yum!!

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