The wonders of a $1.68 Roma frozen pizza
Don't judge a food by its price
It was a day like any other. I was strolling through my local Walmart, eyes peeled for any opportunity to try something new. The potential was high to find something good, but the same was true for something disgusting. My senses took me to the frozen food aisle, a wild west of sorts for interesting and wacky experiences for the palate. As I was nearing the end of the aisle, I saw it, perched high inside one of the freezers like a sword waiting for the right knight to come along and pull it from its stone. That thing was a $1.68 Roma Supreme frozen pizza.
Now initially, a $1.68 frozen pizza might sound like one of the most unappetizing things one could put in or near their mouth. And indeed the cardboard-like appearance of what I assumed to be the crust gave me that same idea. But I'm a connoisseur for all things weird so I closed my eyes, then opened them again when I realized I might miss the oven if I kept them closed.
The original toppings were cheese, sauce, ten slices of pepperoni, green and red peppers, onions, and some very anemic-looking "Italian sausage." We decided it needed a few more things so we sprinkled on some bacon bits, mushrooms, and a copious amount of hope.
After around 10 minutes at 450° F, the pizza came out looking pretty decent! It smelled like pizza and even looked like it from the right angle. After cutting it into slices, it was time for the first bite. The thin crust was good and the toppings were actually flavorful, especially the pepperoni which had a kick to it. Once you got to the edge, the crust became nice and crispy to end the slice off with a crunch. The one thing I would complain about is that the cheese felt largely absent. The paper proudly announced that it was "Made with Real Cheese" but I'm not sure entirely sure about that. It felt more like some indescribable barrier between the toppings and the crust.
So what have we learned here today? Well, we've learned that a sub-$2 pizza is better than expected. I liked it so much that the next time I went to Walmart, I bought another one! My dad is also a big fan of the flavor it packs at such a low price and we'll definitely get more whenever we're in a Walmart again. The Roma website also advertises a number of different flavors so I'll be on the lookout for those as well.
If you end up trying it for yourself, be sure to let me know what you think of it! Are there any cheap, frozen foods you've tried that turned out to be good? Let me know in the comments below!