Friday, November 13, 2020

Trader Joe's Organic Tomato Mozzarella Piccolo (little) Pizza

"It's an authentic Italian pizza, constructed on naturally fermented dough in a wood burning oven in the food loving region of Bologna."

That's what it reads on the box and my memory drifts back to a rainy afternoon in youth that I once spent in the "food loving region of Bologna." 

Wanna know where I ate lunch? 

McDonald's. 

(And it would not be the last McDonald's meal of the trip.) 

When they say that youth is wasted on the young, this is exactly what they're talking about. 

Anyway, you know my thoughts on Trader Joe's. I love the place. Rarely do I purchase an item I do not like. Even more rare that it is one of their pizzas. 

So I happily tried this one. 

Charmingly, the box instructs you to "cook and serve" - in case you have never before had a frozen pizza and are struggling with the concept - so I cooked it and served it (to myself). 

It's small, but then again it says so right there in the name, so I can't complain. If you have an appetite smaller than mine (odds are, you do) you could probably eat this with a salad for a meal. I would need more. 

I suppose it would be somewhat elegant to cook a couple of these and serve them with wine at a cocktail party, though as I write these words in November of 2020, I would not recommend doing that anytime soon.

The dough is rather dense, resembling stale breadsticks more than great pizza dough. The cheese and sauce are a pleasant combination but there is not enough of it. The tomatoes are inoffensive. This may sound like damning with faint praise, but remember, I do not like tomatoes so this is actually quite a compliment. 

This wasn't bad; it just wasn't particularly good. I'm not sure why Trader Joe's felt the need to create this one. I wish they would have tried something a little more adventurous. 

I do not plan to get this again for myself. However, I hope to one day do my aforementioned idea of serving these with some wine to guests. 

THE RATING: 🍕🍕🍕

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