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Frozen Pizza: Red Fork Thin & Crispy Margherita

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[Photographs: Maggie Hoffman]

I picked up this Red Fork pizza from the Whole Foods freezer case and, upon opening the package, felt quite optimistic. The mozzarella looked, well, real. Fresh, even. With all the claims of all-natural ingredients on the box, I thought we might have found a winner.

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After a trip to the Serious Eats–Slice HQ toaster oven, the flat crust got pretty crisp. There wasn't much rise or tenderness, but the crust's flavor was fine.

What ruined this pie for me was the salt. The sauce tasted only of salt, with a little oregano and garlic, but the saltiness overpowered any tomato flavor that was present. Though we could see little chunks of tomatoes scattered across the pie, we could barely taste them.

The mozzarella was a redeeming factor: it was sweet and had a good creamy texture, but the balance of this pie was way, way off. I can only imagine what would happen if you piled on salty toppings.

Should we give Red Fork's other pizzas a try?

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