Weight Watchers Smart Ones: Thin Crust Cheese Pizza

I know that microwaveable frozen pizza is bad… especially the “light” varieties. But Reviews of Pizza is no pizza snob! There will be no discrimination based on quality, since real life circumstances dictate that we can’t be eating gourmet pizza everyday.

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Should a pizza described as “crispy-thin” bend like this?

The box promises “a blend of reduced fat cheeses with a tangy tomato sauce on a crispy-thin crust”. Since the Lean Cuisine frozen pizza I reviewed recently was far too doughy, I found the “crispy-thin” description tantalizing. This could be the answer to the dough woes!

When I took it out of the box, I was a little disappointed. There’s just not much to it because it is SSsssooooo flat! Honestly the box is twice as thick as it should be to contain food that’s thinner than my iPhone 5. After microwaving, I had planned to cut it in half but then decided it was unnecessary because there was so little substance.

As for the “crispy-thin” crust… uhhh, well, I would say the result tastes like a steamed cracker. Tangy tomato sauce? Well, if you consider tomato paste tangy you’re in luck!


BAR: the art of pizza

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Is there a basil shortage I didn’t know about?

After going to New Haven’s City Wide Open Studios and hearing an amazing artist sing a song about pizza, heading to a pizza place was mandatory! BAR was not too far away and it was early enough for it not to be overcrowded on a Saturday night.

My friend and I decided to be purists and ordered a regular red sauce with mozzarella, adding only basil. I truly believe pizza should be reviewed in its truest form as the addition of toppings can mask a poor quality basic pizza.

When our baking sheet arrived, it was looking delicious! But where was the basil? I mean, there were a few pieces on it, but just not enough. Some pieces (they do not cut actual slices) didn’t have any. Do you need to order double basil? That seems kind of ridiculous.

Aside from the missing basil, the pizza was delicious. I’ve decided that the minimal crust is really just a vehicle for delivering cheese, and whatever toppings you’ve ordered. I would called it a hint of crust, in fact! This is probably why the pizza is served on the baking sheet, because otherwise it would fall apart. The cheese is high quality so I’m fine with their approach.

I do love the pizza at BAR, but as mentioned earlier it’s often crowded so I don’t go here too often. Parking can also be a challenge.