There is a constant in life that never seems to fail you. Whatever happens, you know that it will always come. I'm talking about pizza night. Every family has their own version of pizza night as a way to unwind from the week and take a break. In University, a bunch of us started a pizza night tradition where every Thursday night we would stop by our favourite pizza place on the way home, pick up enough pizza for everyone, and walk to someone's house to eat dinner and watch The Office. Yes, that was when The Office was on prime time television. Now, we are not all living in the same city, so we have to go a little farther to share those moments. That's why I went to Cochrane, Ontario for the Labour Day weekend to visit one friend with whom I used to share those pizza night memories.
We drove about 8 hours from Ottawa, Ontario to Cochrane, Ontario, which is located northeast of Timmins and south of Moosanee. It was the farthest north in Ontario I have ever been. Before that I would say Barrie or Parry Sound was as north as I had traveled in Ontario, so this was my first real experience of northern Ontario. One of the main attractions in Cochrane is the Polar Bear Habitat and Conservation Village. The polar bears Ganuck and Inukshuk were brought there from the Toronto Zoo and live in the habitat where you can see them swim around and play at feeding times throughout the day. As you can tell by the hype around the habitat and the main sign in the town, polar bears are kind of a big deal in Cochrane.
With driving there on the Saturday and leaving on the Monday, we only really had one full day in Cochrane. We had a great time catching up with old friends and seeing all the neat things about their life up there. Our lovely host even cooked us a moose roast for dinner. Then it was back in the car for another 8 hours. Thankfully I had some good books, snacks and my Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Colouring book in between assisting navigating duties.
A few years ago, we were sharing pizza from the cheapest pizza deal in town (I'm pretty sure it was something ridiculous like 4 pizzas for $25) and now we are all traveling, starting families and living an "adult" life. Growing up, pizza night used to be every Friday night and my parents would put a Delissio pizza on and I would watch TGIF shows on ABC. Who doesn't have fond memories of watching Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Boy Meets World on a Friday night? No matter what was going on--in both situations--we always knew there was pizza night.
Delissio gave me a chance to try their new Delission Rustico pizzas to liven up pizza nights. There are other nights besides pizza nights in some households. Maybe there's taco night, fajita night, sandwich night or even BBQ night. Whatever it is, Delissio wants to put the excitement back into those nights you need something easy and tasty for dinner by combining pizza and BBQ night.
Did you know you could cook Delissio pizzas on the BBQ? All you do is turn on the BBQ, wait for it to heat up, place the pizza directly on the grill and close the lid. Half way through cooking rotate the pizza slightly and then after about 15 minutes, take it off the grill. Sometimes you get the BBQ blues and get sick of eating grilled meats. This is a great way to beat BBQ boredom. Unfortunately, the weekend I was going to try cooking the Delissio Rustico pizza on the grill it rained the entire weekend. Then we discovered some technical issues with the BBQ, so I couldn't try this cooking method this time.
I cooked the pizza in the oven on a pizza stone for optimal crispiness. I forgot how quick and easy it is to throw a frozen pizza in the oven for dinner. Open a bottle of wine, put together a quick side salad and you are all ready to go for pizza night. My favourite wine this summer has been Avelada Vinho Verde. As well as being affordable, it is refreshing, light and slightly spritzy. It is my wine of choice for sitting on patios, BBQing and summer nights.
I have to admit, I hadn't bought a Delissio pizza in awhile. Sometimes I like making my own pizza and the times I have bought frozen ones I tried other brands. Delissio seems to have changed since the frozen pizzas I remember. They are no longer packed with sodium with enormous cardboard-tasting crusts. In fact, Delissio has reduced the sodium and calories of their frozen pizzas. The new Rustico pizzas have 200 calories per 1/4 pizza with about 480mg of sodium. They taste a little more like Ristorante pizzas with the thinner crusts and smaller size. The Delissio Rustico Pizzas come in a variety of flavours, including Funghi, Pollo Tuscano and Spinaci Fresca.
I tried the Delissio Rustico Margherita pizza with tomatoes, mozzarella and basil. I thought the taste was all there--not too salty tasting--and the crust and cheese crisped up well. The Rustico pizzas are definitely an improvement over the old Delissio pizzas, and I didn't have to pick off any of the vegetables I didn't like. I would also add a bunch more toppings next time. Adding your own toppings or creating new toppings is another way to liven up pizza night. No matter how much things change or how much the pizza changes, I can always look forward to pizza night.
Disclosure: I received free product samples from Delissio for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own based on my own experiences.