As someone whose job it is to write rankings and lists now and then, I am telling you, it’s kind of a thankless task. I could write any iteration of any list of any product, and about 74% of commenters reading the list would say, “You missed my own personal favorite spot that only I know about,” or, “Your choice is trash, my choice is best” (by the way, you’re always wrong). Man, do people get stirred up. If your career leads you into ranking things on the internet, please make sure you have a therapist handy.
Lucas Kwan Peterson at the L.A. Times, whose work we’ve praised before, has just released a frozen pizza power ranking, having tried and ranked 27 (!!!) frozen pizzas. That sounds like a terrible task, and I say this as someone who loves frozen pizza. Conducting a taste test of different varieties of something you love will destroy your relationship with it. I see you, Lucas. Thank you for your service. But...
Hnnnnggghhhh, oh no. The transformation is happening. I’m becoming...one of those guys. Shit!
“Lucas, you forgot my favorite one! Where’s the goddamn Home Run Inn pizza?!” Home Run Inn is indeed my favorite frozen pizza brand, hands down—many others agree—but it wasn’t on this list. Maybe they don’t have it in Los Angeles. I don’t know. But as a fellow food writer, I’ll give the Times the benefit of the doubt. Screamin’ Sicilian’s Holy Pepperoni made it to the top of the list (hard pass for Dennis; every Screamin’ Sicilian pizza I’ve ever had wasn’t great), followed by Newman’s Own, and something called Ionian Awakening by American Flatbread, which probably should have just won entirely based off the name. Take a bite of the Ionian Awakening and suddenly an “Eat, Pray, Love” tattoo has shown up across your back.
And of course, people (me) love racing to the bottom to see which brands took a fat dump. The Worst in Show ribbons go to Tony’s, Celeste, and something called The Alpha Pizza (which sounds like it belongs to a fraternity). So, my friends, I’d like you to comb over the list yourselves and duke out your favorite brands in the comments while I go pop this Home Run Inn frozen pizza in the oven for lunch.