Friday, January 31, 2020

Screamin' Sicilian Mambo Italiano

If you spend as much time reading about food online as I do (there is a 99.99% chance that you do not), you will inevitably come across food items that are just too cute by half. Sir Kensington's Gourmet Scooping Ketchup is a perfect example. Trader Joe's line of Asian foods that they label as "Trader Ming's" is perhaps another.

Enter Screamin' Sicilian. "Premium Frozen Pizza and Stromboli," they cheerfully dub themselves, bestowing their products with names like "Bessie's Revenge" for their all-cheese pie, or "Mother of Meat" (you can use your imagination to guess the toppings on that one).

Following that logic, the pizza topped with pepperoni, meatballs and mozzarella is not surprisingly named the "Mambo Italiano."

But here's the thing: I don't care how silly the product packaging is or how silly the marketing campaigns are, as long as the food tastes good. (The aforementioned Sir Kensington's is one of my top 10 favorite ketchups - and yes, I have such a list.)

The retail price on Screamin' Sicilian pizzas is usually $10, which is just too high for frozen pizza. However, they are one of those items that are perpetually on sale at every supermarket. I paid $6.99 for this one.

The box includes a mustache you can detach and, presumably, wear. I guess this is made for kids. Or hipsters.

While the pizza is by no means thick crust, it is noticeably thicker than you normally find with frozen pizza. The box calls it "medium crust" which seems like a vague and lazy description, but one that is nonetheless apt.

I actually have tried this pizza before, almost five years ago. Back then, the pepperoni were roughly chopped up pieces that were thicker. Now, they are the same slices you find on most frozen pizzas. That was disappointing. 

The meatballs, however, are the best meatballs I have ever tasted on a frozen pizza. No others have even been remotely comparable to these.

So overall this was a good pizza. BUT...

This was my pizza five years ago. It was better then. It was a four-star pizza.

This one?


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