Trader Joe’s: Pizza Parlanno
I’ve been like a human guinea pig since Trader Joe’s opened up in close by Edgewater, NJ. Over 100 products tried in the last few weeks alone! Nuts, salads, cheeses, vegetables, fruits, juices, breads, soups, and beyond.
While they’re supposed to be an overall healthy store, with many organic products, free-range meat and dairy choices, no preservatives, etc., I find myself eating many of their more junky items too, like frozen pizzas, tacos and others. However, seeing I’m the “busy professional”, I am frequently in need of a quick, easy-to-prepare meal.
Today’s snack is the Pizza Parlanno ($3.99). I’m a huge fan of pizza, even if it’s the sub-standard frozen variety. And as you’ll see in the weeks to come, their frozen pizzas are overall top-notch compared to most brands.
See the full review after the jump.
The Pizza Parlanno is a round (about 12″) pizza with Italian sausage, uncured pepperoni (both nitrate free), roasted peppers and onions.
It cooked nearly exactly as it looked on the box. I was bummed to discover it didn’t come with the garnishment, but I survived.
Taste: While not bursting with award-winning flavor that makes me cry with happiness, the Parlanno was still excellent for a frozen pie. Crust was a smidge on the dry and bland side, and the sausage did somewhat resemble typical frozen pizza sausage, but the rest was above par.
At a bit over 1000 calories for the whole pie (it took two days to fully consume), it’s not as gut-busting as other brands, such as Freschetta or Digiorno’s.
A good value, and better for those that are health-conscious. Pizza Parlanno is most certainly not my favorite of the “Trader Giotto’s” line of pies (there are some that are just plain amazing), I’ll still pick one up from time to time.
Stay tuned for more product reviews coming in the near future!
See the entire list of reviewed Trader Joe’s products here (as it grows in time).