Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Red Baron "Pizza By The Slice"
But the concept of cooking pizza by the slice in the microwave intrigued me. I mean, it's pizza. How bad could it be? (Spoiler alert: really f**king bad.)
I unwrapped the plastic off a slice and read the directions. They seemed comically complex. You're supposed to cook it on the edge of the turntable for a bit, then move it to the center for some more cooking, then cook it in 15-second increments until it's done.
So I did that, and there was only one problem: the cheese at the edge of the slice was melting and turning into an oily mess while the cheese in the center of the slice was still frozen. I could not decide which I hate more - disintegrated cheese or frozen cheese - so, when I thought I'd found a good medium, I took it out, let it wait a minute (another of the Baron's demands) and took a bite.
I've eaten thousands of pizzas in my life, but here it is: the worst pizza I have ever had. The first week Elizabeth moved to California (from Brooklyn) we went to the L.A. Farmer's Market and I bought a slice of pizza that was a hideous-looking mess of oily cheese. She was astonished that people in L.A. would actually pay for something like that, and indeed it was at that point the worst pizza I had ever had.
But this was worse. The cheese was cold in the middle of the slice and scalding at the edges. But I would have forgiven that if it had been tasty. There was no flavor at all. Not the cheese, not the toppings, not even the crust. I've heard hundreds of people over the years claim that a crust "tasted like cardboard." But, although there are many pizzas I don't like, I have never experienced that. Until now. This crust tasted like an edible cardboard.
I would not call myself a pizza snob. There are quite a few people I know who refuse to eat any frozen pizza. There are lots of frozen pizzas that I love. But Red Baron's pizza by the slice is not one of them. It was only the second slice of my life that I refused to finish.
Posted by JustinM at 2:52 PM