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Whether you’re looking to fuel a socially distanced tailgate party or elevate your usual weekend Netflix binge, you don’t have to settle for the underwhelming pies in your grocery store freezer case. With a little bit of expert planning, you can order a frozen pizza in advance that’s even better than delivery (and definitely better than national chain pizza).
Plus, these pies won’t show up cold (well, they will, but intentionally), and each of these pizzas are near-legendary in their respective home cities, which makes ordering them any day of the year a great idea. Below, a guide to the best frozen pizzas you can order online and stick in your own oven, whatever the occasion.
The famously chewy crust and perfectly melted cheese—all from your oven in just five minutes—make us wonder what kind of witchcraft is going on over there at the Roberta’s HQ in New York’s Bushwick neighborhood, where this no-frills pizzeria has been feeding hungry hipsters for the last decade. What time of day is it? Doesn’t matter, there’s definitely still a line for a table after all these years. If you can’t get Fresh Direct, order on Goldbelly. Buy Now
This thin crust pie from Table 87, the definitive home of the coal-fired slice, is the best you can get without actually making a trip to the iconic Brooklyn spot on Atlantic Avenue. Just pop this Margherita pizza in the oven for seven to nine minutes—way faster than delivery. And so much more delicious. If Fresh Direct doesn’t deliver near you, get it on Goldbelly. Buy Now
Feed the whole crew with these heavy pies that have been legendary in Chicago ever since Lou’s opened in 1971. (There’s now 52 locations in the area.) Nowhere else can you get this kind of flavor magic—flaky buttery crust loaded with gooey cheese and slathered in tomato sauce. Choose from a wide variety of toppings (definitely put a spinach in your order) and know that near Valentine’s Day you can even order heart-shaped versions. Awwww.Buy Now
It would be unfair to mention Lou Malnati’s and not Gino’s East, another Chi-town fave with graffitied walls that have been around since the ’60s. (Why do locals like one over the other? It’s hard to say; it’s like asking a Chicagoan why they like the Cubs over the Sox. You’re just kinda born liking one over the other.) We’d advise going for the Meaty Legend, which is loaded with pepperoni, Italian sausage, Canadian bacon, and more bacon; the full size 11-inch version is currently sold out, but you can get a three-pack of more petite 9-inch pies so no worries. Buy Now
This go-to from the Lou (that’s Midwestern speak for St. Louis) has a cracker-thin crust that comes with tons of different topping options: buffalo chicken, hamburger, deluxe (pepper, onions, mushrooms, sausage, and bacon), and all the options in-between. Just make sure when you take it out of the oven you cut it into squares, which is exactly how they do it in the Lou. Buy Now
The dense dough of this rectangular pie is stacked with pepperoni, ham, applewood smoked bacon, and Italian sausage—so literally every meat imaginable. The Detroit delicacy gets a caramelized crust when the cheese warms up in the oven, and the result is worth writing a Motown ditty about. Buy Now
You fancy, huh? These pizzas (if that’s what you want to call them) are made with puff pastry, which add a buttery goodness to the veggie version, and make you look like you really know what you’re doing in the kitchen. Buy Now
This Old Forge, Pennsylvania darling has a thick airy crust that comes two ways: choose from the traditional red, or keep it clean with just cheese, rosemary, and olive oil. Buy Now
These gluten-free cauliflower crust pizzas are top-rated on Amazon and provide a lighter alternative that still pack the same punch as your favorite local slice shop. This 4-pack comes with one cheese, one margherita, one veggie, and two crusts for a DIY option. Buy Now
Whether you grew up eating Amy’s pizza snacks or simply love the taste of supermarket frozen pizza, Amy’s knows how to please. The organic company makes frozen pizza seem like a treat, like this margherita pie that’s flecked with mozzarella, parmesan, and torn basil. Buy Now