Seen those vacuum-packed pizzas that seem to have become all the rage of supermarket stockists in the past year or so?
There seems to be several suppliers providing them to all our regular supermarket haunts.
They certainly look nice with their sort-of fresh ingredients on display – they look much better, in fact, than your normal supermarket pizzas from the freezer, which we’d never consider buying.
We’ve tried a number of them by now.
Some have been OK.
Some – most – have been awful.
Even when the toppings have passed muster, the problem has been getting the pies crispy – despite following the cooking instructions scrupulously.
More like flaccid, limp, soggy.
This is our first road test of a N-Joy Gourmet Foods pizza.
As well as the advertised cheese and meat there’s olives and artichoke bits. Well actually, they’re more like artichoke shavings.
Get the oven real hot and into it goes our pizza.
After fives minutes or so the verdict is … hmmmm, certainly smells the business.
When it’s just about done, a big bubble has, um, bubbled up in the centre of the pie.
Out of the oven it comes to be sliced.
The spicy salami rather heavily dominates.
The goats cheese tastes good but it’s a bit overwhelmed and there’s only so much of it.
The olives and artichoke shavings are relegated to decoration status.
Happily, though, it has form and structure – it’s something approaching crispiness and a slice can be held in one hand rather than two.
This is the best of its ilk we’ve tried … so far.
Meanwhile, it’s fair to say that those pizza purists who start from scratch AND those more pragmatic folk who use store-bought bases or even pita bread really do have a point.