Thursday, May 1, 2014

Pizza Capers Flavourendum

I believe there are 3 types of people in the world; those who like simple pizzas, those who like gourmet pizzas, and those who only like pizzas at 3am in the morning. I fall in the middle-camp so was super-stoked to be offered the opportunity to try a few of the new pizzas on offer by Pizza Capers and vote in their Flavourendum to pick my favourite!

Three very different pizzas were up against each other in the taste test: Tuscan Pesto Chicken & Bacon, Reef & Beef and BBQ Bonanza.

First up to the stage, the Tuscan Pesto Chicken & Bacon. 

Tuscan Pesto Chicken & Bacon
With tender chicken and sizzling bacon pieces on a medium-thick base smeared with tomato sauce, accompanied by red onions, mushrooms, roasted tomatoes, garlic, mozzarella, Parmesan, fresh herbs and creamy pesto, it was a brilliant combination of flavours. It made me realise that after months of American pizza, Australian pizza is just that much better.

The next contender: Reef & Beef.

Reef & Beef
A fairly classic pairing often seen in pub meals but rarely seen on pizza, the Black Angus Beef, Cajun prawns, bacon, shallots, red onions, red capsicum, tomato sauce, mozzarella, lemon pepper, hollandaise and fresh lemon was quite good. Sizeable chunks of steak made an appearance alongside the sweet and spicy prawns. My only complaint was that the steak was on the dry side, but it was a good pizza nevertheless.

The final contender: BBQ Bonanza.

BBQ Bonanza
This is definitely a gourmet take on meat-lovers pizza. 100% Angus beef, sizzling rasher bacon, smoke cured pepperoni, leg ham, herbs, mozzarella and BBQ sauce is miles better than the not-quite-meat seen on many pizzas. For those who want more meat and more meat on pizza, then this is winner, but for someone like myself who prefers a more balanced meal, I did find it overpowering. Regardless, I did decide that the salty meats of varying textures, a hit of herbs to freshen up the slice, and sweet BBQ sauce is a decent offering.

All pizzas are available on a delicious gluten free base which I don't think is as delicious as a traditional base, but which is convenient for all you gluten-free folks out there.

As for the champion? Colleagues who I invited to sample the pizzas with me (what, you didn't think I ate three pizzas myself did you?) voted for the Reef & Beef but my favourite was the Tuscan Pesto Chicken & Bacon as I thought the flavours were more interesting and always like plenty of vegetables on a pizza. 

In a fairly crowded pizza delivery service market, Pizza Capers stands out with their interesting menu options and quality ingredients. Now if only they had a Melbourne city branch, and could change pizza offerings in America to be similarly delicious.

Thanks to Pizza Capers and Retail Food Group for this fun opportunity!