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Freshie Faves: Pizzeria-Style Pizza

My family always keeps a couple of pizzas in the freezer, for those nights when nobody has much energy to cook and we’re too hungry to wait an hour for the pizza delivery guy to show up.

Good news if your family is like mine: We’ve recently added a few new pizza brands to our lineup, so you can mix it up a bit.

Our new varieties give you pizzeria-style quality in the convenience of your home – in less time, with no more work than turning on the oven.

Home Run Inn: True Chicago-style pizza, with a thin but slightly chewy crust that tastes like you pulled it out of a real pizza oven. Saucy, cheesy and filling, too. Home Run Inn started out as a neighborhood joint more than 80 years ago, branched into pizza in the 1940s, and it’s still run by the Perrino family, descendants of the founders. We like the uncured pepperoni, but there’s also sausage and a sausage-pepperoni blend.

Red Fork: These are pizzas for grownups, with sophisticated flavor combinations. You won’t miss the traditional red sauce on the Bianca pizza, with chunks of mushrooms, diced onions, intense kalamata olives, mozzarella on a thin layer of garlic-spiked ricotta sauce. There’s also a chicken-and-smoked gouda pie, and a more basic margherita, with Roma tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. Like Home Run Inn, the crust is really good on these – crisp on the edges, just a little chewy, and flavorful, not like the cardboardy texture you may remember from the frozen pizzas you ate as a kid.

FRESH chef-prepared: These aren’t actually frozen – they’re fresh-made in our kitchens by our chefs – but they are too good not to mention. Our chefs have been hard at work, coming up with new varieties to join old favorites like our sliced-meatball and four-cheese pies. We recently introduced two winners: Smoked chicken, with goat cheese and spinach, and BBQ brisket, with cheddar cheese and jalapenos. Like all our chef-made pizzas, they’re on our own house-made crust, and available to take home and bake from the grab-and-go case. (Smart tip: Try them on Wednesdays and Thursdays, when you can pick up a pizza for just $9.99.)