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25 May, 2009

Palermo Hearth Italia Pizza The Messina (Spinach and Goat Cheese)

Posted by: Meg Ewen



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USER SUBMITTED REVIEW

Place directly on oven rack, cook 400 degrees for 11-17 min. I used a pizza pan to cook mine on.

I have a special surprise for you all on my weekly pizza night. Tonight I am going to have, what I consider the BEST frozen pizza out there…Palermos! I love their Buffalo Chicken pizza, but I don’t eat Palermos very often because it is not as healthly as Amy’s or Kashi, but hey, ya gotta live a little once in a while. Plus I biked 40 miles today, so I need to replenish my calories :)

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As you can see from the picture, this pizza has a good layer of spinach and the white round things are the goat cheese. Now I don’t like goat cheese, it’s got a very strong aftertaste, so we’ll see if this ruins it. Sprinkled liberally on top is parmesan cheese. There doesn’t appear to be any sauce at all, just a layer of mozzarella cheese.

The parmesan cheese is the predominate smell, with a little spinach thrown in.
Now, how does it taste? My first bite was directly into a chunk of goat cheese…very salty and not as strong “goaty” as I was expecting, which is a good thing. It was also very creamy, almost like cream cheese texture. The crust was buttery and slight crispy even though this was not a thin crust. it could be related to the fact that I cooked this on a pizza pan, not directly on the oven rack. The spinach was subtle and the underlying mozzarella cheese didn’t even register on my taste buds, but instead added the base that normally the sauce would provide. There was a blast of parmesan cheese in every bite to add a little zing.

Overall, the lack of sauce didn’t affect taste, but without sauce, the pizza was pretty dry. If it weren’t for the goat cheese, this would have been a pretty boring pizza. A little disappointing for the “best frozen pizza”, don’t you think? Luckily, Palermo has tons of variety, both crust wise and topping wise, so I can make it my mission to try as many as I can. But I won’t be buying this particular one again.

Nutritional Info:
Serving Size: 1/3 Pizza (131g)
Servings Per Container: 3
Calories: 360
Calories from Fat: 120
Total Fat: 13g
Saturated Fat: 6g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 30mg
Sodium: 860mg
Total Carbs: 43g
Dietary Fiber: 2g
Sugars: 1g
Protein: 18g

Price: $5.00

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