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[Photograph: Maggie Hoffman]

Call it the curse of the frozen vegetables. This pizza from Trader Joe's (does anyone else feel stupid saying Trader Giotto's? I just can't bring myself to do it...) is topped with mushrooms, tomatoes, red peppers, artichokes, asparagus, and black olives. And you can't taste a darn thing. The freezing process is cruel to veggies, and there may not be any way around it. (It's particularly sad in the case of the asparagus on this pie, which is stringy, mushy, and bland.) No matter how colorful and vitamin-packed they look, the frozen vegetables on this pizza blur together, adding a vague sweetness but nothing else. The only topping with any character is the salty black olives, but they're nothing fancy.

The sauce on this pie is tasty but very lightly applied, and the cheese has a good texture but could use a bit more richness and salt. The crust is well-flavored but dense and floury.

Sorry, vegetarians, this one isn't the answer to your pizza-topping dreams.

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