The first sign that something may be wrong is when the Calories, Protein, and Carbs have a larger font size than the actual type of pizza and ingredients. Palermo’s Primo Thin let’s you know that you can eat a third of this pizza and only ingest 290 calories. This might be good news to some people, but the question I was left with is “Who would want to eat a third of this pizza?”
The directions call for baking on the middle rack in a 450 degree oven for 13-15 minutes. I preheated my oven an popped the frozen pizza in and set the timer for 13 minutes. After checking on the pizza and seeing it was limp and pale, I set the timer for another two minutes. When the timer went off the pizza crust was still limp and the toppings looked pale. I closed the oven door and set the timer for another five minutes and crossed my fingers. After the timer went off I attempted to remove the pizza from my oven. This was no simple task. The crust had somehow sunk between the wires of the rack and was sticking. I had to use a couple of spatulas to extricate the pizza from the oven. Bits of crust and cheese clung to the rack of my previously clean oven. Not a good way to start.
The Primo Thin DOES have a thin crust. The flavor of the crust is a cross between a no salt saltine cracker and white bread. It was also limp. A thin crust pizza should be crisp and it should add flavor to the pizza. Palermo’s has accomplished removing all flavor from the crust and producing a crust that can remain limp after baking in a 450 degree oven for 20 minutes.
The box states the sauce is “zesty”. If by zesty Palermo’s means tastes like cooked tomatoes, then they have accomplished their goal. The sauce on my pizza was neither piquant nor savory. I can not stress enough that the sauce tastes like common store bought tomatoes that have been blanched. The sauce is without zest.
The Primo Thin is also thin on the Italian sausage they claim is an ingredient on the pizza. As I ate the pizza I almost forgot that there was supposed to be Italian sausage on it. The pieces are tiny and the flavor is overpowered by the chunks of tomato that are sprinkle on top of the pizza.
Keeping with the theme of this pizza, the five cheeses (part skim mozzarella, provolone, Parmesan, Romano and Asiago) have little to no flavor.
Overall the Palermo’s Primo Thin Italian Sausage pizza is disappointing. I can not recommend it. There are better frozen pizzas out there.