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Friday, February 27, 2009

Corropolese (Norristown/Limerick) - Red Tomato Pie

Though, technically not a true "oven pizza", the Tomato Pie is a regional delicacy related to the Sicilian Pizza, holding court in Philadelphia, the Philly suburbs, Trenton, NJ, and New York.

The apperance is of a large sheet pie cut into squares (~3.5" x 3.5"). The top is a deep red sauce of thick crushed tomatoes (1/4") with scattered dusting of parmesan cheese. The thickness of the pie is about just shy of an inch. Tiny CO2 pockets can be seen along the side of the bread. - 3.5

The crust is a thick, bready, airy fluff of softness that's cooked to a light gold on the bottom. The bread is soft upon the bite, leading to a mild crunch towards the bottom of the bread. The texture is chewy with a doughy backbone and airy, toasted bottom. - 4

The sauce is of a sweet, sugary explosion of crushed red tomatoes and tomato paste mixed together with some aged parmesan adding a toasted nut flavor in the background of the mild acidic bite from the tomatoes. I'm a sucker for the sweet sauces. It's not everyone's cup, jar o' sauce but I've seen it win many more people over than the opposite. - 4.5

The cheese is a very mild subtlty in the Tomato Pie. However, they do offer a cheese top pie for the traditionalists. You'll just have to heat it up, if that's your thing, or eat it as is, like I do. Either way, it's a winner. As for this version...the cheese is so mild and is offered as a mere compliment to the standout sweet sauce. Personally, I'd like just a tad more on there to push me into sensory overload. - 4

Overall, this is an institution for people in the Norristown area. I first had this after I moved with my mother, & sister to Jeffersonville back in 1990. I was blown away with the amount of flavors coming from this treat. This is the one to beat, IMO (for SE PA, anyway). I can't say much for the NY, or NJ pies, as I've never had them. This one is one to seek out for the doughy bread and sauce. - 4

Total Score: 4/5

For other versions of this Northeastern U.S. specialty, check out Bake Meister, Conshohocken Bakery, Marchiano's Bakery, Pica's, and Tony Roni's.

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1 comment:

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