We all have our fair share of fond memories that center around a store-bought pie, whether it’s heating up an Ellio’s slice after school, sharing a DiGiorno pepperoni frozen pizza with friends after a long night out or gathering for “french bread Fridays” as a family.
In fact, frozen pizza is so nostalgic, so common, so popular that approximately 203.13 million Americans ate frozen pizzas in 2020, based on U.S. Census data and Simmons National Consumer Survey (NHCS).
Walking down the aisle of the frozen food section can feel overwhelming as the number of pizza brands continue to grow, but don’t let store-bought pizza freeze you out. We’ve combed through piles of pizza stored on the shelf to bring you every frozen pizza brand in a mainstream grocery store.
Frozen Pizza Brand List
“The great thing about life, the most magnificent thing about being these sentient human beings, is that we have been given the power of choice.”
― Bryant McGill, Voice of Reason
We humans love choices because it makes us feel in control. When it comes to frozen pizza we have the ultimate choice, and with a mountain of options, things can get a little crazy in the frozen section. We’ve compiled the best and most specific information on all the frozen pizza brands out there to help make the choice a little easier. Discover your new favorite below.
Based on sales, Digiorno is the most well known frozen pizza on the market. In 2018, Digiorno was the top selling frozen pizza brand with nearly 232 million U.S. dollars in sales.
The company is currently owned by Nestle. DiGiorno pizzas are so popular that 8.84 million Americans consumed 5 DiGiorno pizzas in the last 30 days based on a survey by Statista. Digiorno first started selling an oven-ready, rising crust pizza in 1995. Before 1995, the company offered pastas and sauces starting in 1991. The company is known for the tagline, “It’s not delivery, it’s DiGiorno.”
Digiorno offers a variety of different types of frozen pizza crust styles such as rising crust, stuffed crust, hand-tossed style, original thin crust, crispy pan, and gluten-free options. Each type of pizza comes with many topping choices like cheese, pepperoni, deluxe and supreme. The company’s true claim to fame was the DiGiorno cheese stuffed crust pizza.
Red Baron is a popular pizza brand that first launched in 1976. The Red Baron frozen pizza brand is owned by Schwan’s Company and had $130.53 million in sales in 2018.
From 1979 through 2007, Red Baron Pizza was endorsed by the Red Baron Squadron, a USA civil aerobatic display team founded in 1979 at the Southwest Minnesota Regional Airport. The Red Barons were owned by Schwan’s Foods, and flew to promote the Red Baron pizza brand and raise money for children’s charities. In 2007, Schwans Foods decided to discontinue the Red Baron® Pizza Squadron and auctioned the planes and support equipment.
Red Baron Pizza offers a classic pie, deep dish, french bread-style and more. The Red Baron classic crust is the one to order right now.
Totino’s Party Pizza.
Totino’s is best known for their pizza rolls but that does not mean Totino’s Party Pizza is not a favorite among frozen pizza lovers. Totinos sold $83 million pizzas to consumers in 2018.
Totino’s started in 1951 as a family pizza parlor in Minneapolis, MN by Rose and Jim Totino. The company was eventually sold to Pilsbury and Rose became the first female Pillsbury corporate VP.
The company is now owned by General Mills. Totino’s frozen pizza comes in a variety of delicious toppings like cheese, pepperoni, supreme and more.
Jack’s frozen pizza is a well-known pizza brand that started in 1960. Jack’s is owned by Nestle and had $55.54 million in sales in 2018.
Jack’s was founded in the small town of Little Chute, Wisconsin. The man who started the company, Jack, had his pizza kitchen in the family garage and delivered the pizzas using the family car, a 1949 Plymouth with one bucket seat.
Today Jack’s is one of the most popular frozen pizzas on the market and offers a wide variety of toppings to choose from. Product variations include original style, rising crust and pizza fries, a product that is similar to garlic bread that customers can dip into marinara sauce. Jack’s also offers unique toppings like Chicken Supreme and Bacon Cheeseburger.
Jack’s highly recommends grilling their pizzas to cook them, rather than going the conventional route and using an oven. If you’re a newbie when it comes to grilling, check out these tips to ensure you are being safe!
Tombstone is a popular store-bought pizza brand that was founded in 1962. The company is owned by Nestle. In 2018, Tombstone sold $55.18 million worth of frozen pizzas.
Tombstone started in Medford, Wisconsin, by Pep Simek, Ron Simek, and two other individuals in 1962. The name came from The Tombstone Tap, a bar owned by the Simeks.
Today Tombstone original frozen pizza is now one of the most well known pizza brands in the United states. The brand offers delicious pizza styles such as Original Pepperoni, Half Pepperoni/Half Cheese, and Garlic Bread crust.
Freschetta frozen pizza is a well known brand that had $34.6 million in sales in 2018. It is owned by Schwan’s Company.
Freschetta emphasizes their pizza crust, that naturally rises, uses no chemical leaveners and is preservative-free. They also highlight the use of 100% real cheese, whole-vine ripened tomatoes in their sauce, and premium toppings.
Their staple products include the Naturally Rising Crust and Brick Oven Crust pizzas. However, they also have Gluten-Free, Whole Grain Crust options. Toppings for their pizzas include typical options like cheese, pepperoni and supreme. However, they do offer unique variations such as the Naturally Rising Crust Canadian Style Bacon & Pineapple Pizza.
California Pizza Kitchen Frozen Pizza.
California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) is a casual dining pizza restaurant chain, specializing in California-style pizza (that also sells frozen pizza). In 2018, California Pizza Kitchen frozen pizza had $33.81 million in sales, establishing it as one of the top selling frozen pizzas on the market.
The first CPK restaurant opened in Beverly Hills in 1985. It was founded by two former federal prosecutors Rick Rosenfield and Larry Flax. The company quickly expanded by opening over 250 locations worldwide, as well as offering a frozen version of their pizzas in grocery stores.
CPK frozen pizza comes in a variety of crusts including crispy thin, cauliflower, gluten free and organic. Available toppings and pizza styles include BBQ chicken, cheese, margherita, sicilian, uncured pepperoni and a white pie.
Tony’s Frozen Pizza.
Tony’s is a popular frozen pizza brand that first launched in 1960. Tony’s frozen pizza is owned by Schwan’s Company and had $23.1 million in sales in 2018. The company started in Salina, Kansas as a small pizzeria owned by Tony Paglia and his brother-in-law Dick Barlow.
Types of frozen pizza offered by Tony’s include pepperoni, cheese, supreme pizza and meat pizza. Tony’s frozen pizza is known for its light, crispy, crunchy crust.
Ellio’s is a supermarket staple that was named after the original owners. Elias Betzios, George Liolis and Manny Tzelios used the contraction of their names to form Ellio’s. Ellio’s swept the school cafeterias of the early 60’s off their feet and became an instant hit, particularly due to their rectangle shape which fit perfectly inside of lunchroom trays.
This frozen pizza brand was ideal for parents and kids because it was offered in rectangular slices rather than the whole pie. Featuring sections of 3 slices, they were easy to break apart and serve on their own rather than eating an entire pizza.
Ellio’s comes in six Original Crust styles and two Sicilian Style Crust styles, featuring every topping from plain cheese frozen pizza to the supreme topped with italian sausage, pepperoni, green peppers and onions.
When you think of French bread pizza, Stouffer’s is the absolute king. The frozen pizza brand is currently owned by Nestle but has deep roots in New York City where frozen dinners became all the rage in the 1950’s.
Abraham and Mahala Stouffer had a small dairy farm in Cleveland in the early 1920’s before heading to the big city to open a restaurant ten years later. By the time the 60’s came around, they needed to find a way for their restaurant to compete with tv dinners, so they debuted french bread pizzas.
These thick and crispy pizzas are baked on a loaf of French bread sliced lengthwise and topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and more. You can’t beat that crunchy bread.
Matriarch Celeste Lizio immigrated from Southern Italy to Chicago back in the 1930’s. She proceeded to open Mama Celeste pizzeria to make ends meet and the pizza became so popular, she eventually started selling them frozen. Business boomed in the age of frozen and tv dinners so she closed her restaurant and started selling frozen pizzas full time through the Midwest.
The personal pie comes in nine different flavor combinations featuring a crispy thin crust including original and zesty four cheese, classic crust pepperoni and italian sausage and even a vegetable with green peppers, red peppers, mushrooms, onions and black olives.
Home Run Inn.
Home Run Inn is Chicago style pizza that satisfies. Originally a red-hot Chicago pizzeria, this pie’s legacy paved the way for its frozen brand of the same name. This frozen pizza is a hybrid of deep-dish and Chicago-style thin-crust pizza which is a wild combination that packs a punch.
The crust is rich and buttery and topped with sweet and tangy tomato sauce, stretchy mozzarella. Other toppings include spicy uncured pepperoni, meat lovers with sausage, pepperoni and bacon, and a margherita with sausage.
The best packaging of the group goes to Screamin’ Sicilian with their loud and fun box that comes complete with a cut-out mustache. This newcomer has swept the shelves of our supermarkets, vying for space next to all our old school favorites in the freezer aisle.
The pizza is best known for its beyond fresh, whole ingredients, including a doughy crust that manages to be both crispy and foldable. The cheese comes in full slices of stretchy mozzarella and the pepperoni is applied generously, which is exactly what you’re looking for in a pie.
Screamin’ Sicilian has also released new flavors as of late which bring a fresh take to your freezer, including an orange chicken pizza made with whole milk mozzarella, white cheddar cheese, breaded chicken, fire-roasted red peppers, red onions, chopped broccoli and topped with chives and a sweet heat tangy orange sauce.
Distributed by Lucerne Foods and owned by Safeway, Open Nature is a force to be reckoned with in the frozen pizza aisle. It’s slogan is “Nature has nothing to hide; neither should your food,” and we feel pretty good about that endorsement.
Open Nature offers a sample four cheese pizza as well as unique flavor combinations like a Mediterranean Pizza topped with mozzarella, feta, roasted red peppers, spinach, mushrooms and red onions and a Roasted vegetable pizza made with red and yellow bell peppers, roasted red onions and broccoli.
Newman’s Own is the every man’s pizza with the slogan, “In Crust We Trust.” You can feel good about eating this frozen pizza brand along with all of Newman’s Own food products because 100% of the net profits and royalties are donated to Newman’s Own Foundation, which supports nonprofit organizations around the world.
With nine kinds of pizza there is something for any picky palate from original thin crust four cheese made with mozzarella, parmesan, asiago and cheddar to mushroom trio and harvest vegetables. Standouts here include the buffalo chicken pizza and the cheese with a cauliflower crust.
The famous Amy we all know and love is Amy Berliner. The company, Amy’s, which was founded in her name back in 1988 has been an organic food pioneer ever since, serving burritos, mac and cheese, pot pies and more to the masses. This trailblazing organic kitchen now sells more than 250 products in over 30 countries, including gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options.
Amy’s frozen pizzas feature hand-stretched dough crust and come in varieties like spinach and tomatoes, vegan margherita, roasted vegetable pizza and cheese trio pizza with a veggie crust. Not to be missed is the mushroom and olive pizza.
The one and only Wild Mike’s is wild about one thing… and that’s honest flavors. They handcrafts their pizzas with no artificial ingredients, including a signature zesty marinara sauce and buttery pizza dough made from scratch. Owned by the Piazza family in Oregon, Wild Mike’s has been in business for more than 50 years and beloved fans call themselves “pizza rebels.”
Featuring two different sizes, the super size is great for the family weighing in at 2 pounds while the fun size is the ultimate personal pie. Each pizza contains real cheese including parmesan straight from Italy. Spice packets come in each box including red pepper flakes and Italian seasonings like oregano, parsley and basil, which we love to see.
Founded by a German pharmacist in the late 1800’s with a fondness for baking powder, this Mount Laurel-based company has become an institution for baking mixes, cereals, yogurts, desserts and pizza.
Dr. Oetker’s Virtuoso pizza comes in flavors like classic crust pepperoni pesto, vegetables medley, seasoned chicken and signature spinach.
Cauliflower Crust Frozen Pizza Brands
For our gluten-free, gluten intolerant and gluten-fearing friends, cauliflower is the ideal alternative for an otherwise doughy crust. Whether it’s celiac disease or you’re just watching your carbs, cauliflower crust pizza can be just as delicious and, wait for it, guilt free! Cauliflowers are vegetables after all, right?
The cauliflower helps those of us with allergies and still produces a nice chewiness and structure, letting your pizza toppings serve as the star of the show.
America’s #1 cauliflower crust pizza is CAULIPOWER, and they’re on a mission to make pizza your favorite vegetable. Free from artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives, these frozen pizzas are naturally gluten-free, making them the crispiest, tastiest, better-for-you-iest pizza in the freezer aisle. Finally, you can have your pizza and eat it too.
Real Good Foods.
At 22g of protein and only 4g of net carbs per serving, Real Good Pizza Co. is made with grain-free ingredients including cauliflower, almonds and eggs. Topped with ingredients like pepperoni, natural mozzarella cheese and beyond meat, this frozen pizza is super convenient even on your busiest days.
Swap your old pizza dough out for a no-fuss crust with Green Giant cauliflower pizza crust, made with simple ingredients and freshly made to ensure there’s no prep work or clean up from making something from scratch. They offer a margherita with cauliflower crust that’s made with mozzarella, diced tomatoes, white cheddar and basil, and also have a pre-made cauliflower pizza crust where you can build your own pie.
Made with simple, fresh ingredients and always keto and gluten-free friendly, Cali’flour Foods is a frozen pizza brand that promises there will never be a dull bite. Toppings like uncured chicken pepperoni, classic cheese, artisan margherita and supreme veggie get the royal treatment atop a cauliflower crust. You can buy pre-made crusts here, too, to create your own masterpiece. We love the variety of pizza crust flavors including spicy jalapeno, sweet red pepper and a plant-based Italian crust.
In Conclusion, America Loves Frozen Pizza
In conclusion, there is no doubt that America loves frozen pizza. With tons of different brands, toppings, crust styles and unique flavor combinations to choose from, frozen pizza is one of the most fun foods to eat. Explore different pizza styles or find your new favorite toppings with these delicious and hidden gems.