Home Made Pizza Reviewed
How is HomeMade Pizza in Hoboken?
For starters – I treated myself to a Breville “Smart Oven” 1800-watt convection toaster oven this year. I have to say, it’s one of the best “cooking” contraptions I’ve purchased. Cooks fast, evenly and is extremely well made. It’s so fast, it’s nearly microwave speed – but with crunch and real heat – not jiggling molecules and radiation. Recommended for any apartment in Hoboken.
With that gleaming product spotlight out of the way – I wanted to try baking a pie from the new HomeMade Pizza Co. (213 Washington St.) in my wonder device.
Baking fresh pizza sounds simple, but it’s a bit more than you think
The ordering process at HomeMade Pizza Co. is simple. Pick your size, the ingredients, and pay. They’ll even give you a clear bag to carry your concoction home (so much for privacy – everyone was nosy and looked in my bag. You should be able to opt-out, and get a opaque bag or even – gasp! A pizza box?)
You pre-heat your oven – and begin the “unwrapping” process. Be advised, that this isn’t like a frozen pizza, where you just pop it in the oven.
The pizza is raw. And floppy. They advise against putting it on a cookie sheet, but rather provide you with some of that parchment paper to cook it on. Very difficult to manage, and you need to utilize the cardboard disc they give you in order to “slide” this paper/pizza arrangement into the oven. Takes steady hands.
Now the Breville convection oven cooks 12″ pizzas just fine. Just not very easy with the flailing paper in the way. Was a relatively un-fulfilling task. So it’s likely that you’re better off with a smaller pie, or a regular oven.
I put the pizza on the center rack, and as it was cooking, the raw pizza began resembling a pretty tasty looking pie. My ingredients were smoked bacon, onion, jalapeno and cilantro. As the pie neared completion, excitement built and my mouth was watering.
However, I made the mistake of cooking on the center rack. The top of the pie was wonderful. The bottom? Undercooked and not browned at all. It is what it is. Cool. Cut. And prepare to eat.
First verdict on taste & overall experience
I ate the whole damn thing (because it was both breakfast & lunch – I’m allowed). The pizza was “OK” at best. Partially because of the learning curve. But the flavor, while edible and satisfying enough, left a bit to be desired. All you’ll be thinking is “nothing beats a pie from a real pizzeria.” And you’ll ask yourself if it’s worth another try.
- A unique experience. Might be fun for families & kids. Better than Facebook and Xbox.
- Order to your liking.
- Fresh ingredients.
- Expensive. My pie was close to $15. A similar frozen pie is about 1/3rd that cost.
- A bit of a hassle. Parchment paper, shrink-wrap, floppy dough and cardboard don’t necessarily bring enjoyment to my life.
- Lacking oomph. Uninspired flavor.
Still to be determined:
- A second try armed with knowledge learned from the first try (better oven arrangement, smaller pizza).
- More traditional ingredients (pepperoni, like normal people eat?)
But wait, there is one surprise bonus: Ice Cream!
As I was checking out – I asked the cashier about this ice cream cooler they had in the back. Apparently, the ice cream is made for HomeMade Pizza Co., and the recipe is some kind of super-double-secret. She gave me a “seasonal” flavor at no charge: Chocolate Cherry Swirl. WOW. That is some excellent ice cream – and WILL DEFINITELY be back to try that more than once to see if it’s the real deal.
Has anyone fallen in love with HomeMade Pizza Co.? If so, why?