Dr. Oetker Ristorante Calzone Speciale

PIZZAS have long been one the biggest snack food delicacies. However, more recently, the UK has seen a slight growth in the desire and options of turning the Pizza into a Calzone.

For those who haven’t tried a Calzone or were perhaps put off the by Italian name that gives nothing away, it’s basically a folded Pizza and probably something that everyone has ‘created’ in one form or another. Despite having various Calzone options available in differing restaurants, there aren’t many Calzone options in the supermarkets. But that looks like it’s set to change, beginning with one of the most iconic Pizza brands and their flagship creation.

Dr. Oetker’s Ristorante Speciale is one of the best selling Pizzas and it’s now available as a Calzone. The same Salami, Ham and Mushrooms are now sandwiched in the normal thin crust. The Calzone is topped with more Tomato Sauce and Cheese to add a bit more flavour to them. Unfortunately, the toppings don’t have as much taste than their original Pizza as it’s competing with more dough. If you’re a fan of the original then you’ll like this Calzone version as it is something different with the same taste.

Although it’s keeping with tradition, Calzones don’t seem to be that creative or filled with too many differing ingredients. It is the way the Italians prefer it but as we’ve been spoilt by the Pizza chains and whopping take-out Pizzas with ever more creative flavours, it tastes a little boring. The other negative with Calzones is that you can sometimes feel that you are being short-changed. At the time of print, you can buy the Calzone for the same price as the Pizza, but the Calzone is only 290g whilst the Pizza is 330g. It may only be 40g but it does mean that you are getting less for your money. It is a lot less calorific though, so if want the taste of a Pizza without the calories then this Calzone would be a good option. It’s a nice start to bringing Calzones into the supermarket world and hopefully other brands will follow suite and expand the industry.

Price: £1.50 (ASDA & Tesco)

Calories: 762 (per Calzone)

Would We Buy Again (/5): 2

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