This is Highly Recommend, a column dedicated to what food people are obsessed with eating, drinking, and buying right now. Up next, Dawn Davis writes about Talia di Napoli frozen pizza.
I’m a fan of quality frozen pizza. What’s not to love? But there’s something especially fun about pulling one out of the oven and telling people it was made by master pizzaiolos in Italy a few days earlier. That’s what initially drew my attention to Talia di Napoli, which makes artisanal Neapolitan pizzas using high-quality, locally sourced ingredients, then flash-freezes them at extremely low temperatures to preserve freshness as they make their way from Europe to your kitchen.
After one bite of Talia di Napoli’s Margherita pizza—featuring a thin, crispy crust layered with fragrant tomato sauce and ultra-smooth mozzarella—I knew it was a cut above your average frozen pie. The pomodoro sauce, made with Italian tomatoes, bursts with flavor, and it also helps that the pizzas don’t include any preservatives, additives, or GMOs. My favorite is the Tartufina pizza, which pairs creamy fior di latte with grated black truffle and porcini mushrooms.
Since they only take 10 minutes to cook, Talia di Napoli has become my go-to whenever I need a meal in a pinch. We keep a stash of them in the office for when we don’t have time to go out for lunch or for those days when the Test Kitchen isn’t cooking up something delicious. They’re satisfying, but with a thin and yielding crust, they won’t completely fill you up—a great snack to put out while dinner party guests are having their apéritifs.
What I love most about Talia’s pizzas is that they’re sophisticated yet simple, and there’s an option for everyone, whether you’re vegetarian, lactose-free, or gluten-free. And of course there’s nothing more family-friendly than pizza, which means I can pull one out of the freezer whenever the kids tell me they’re hungry. (Pro tip: If you don’t tell them they’re eating mushrooms, they’ll just think the Tartufo is a really yummy cheese pizza.)