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Friday, February 27, 2009

Franzone's (Bridgeport/Plymouth Meeting) - Pizza w/ extra sauce

The appearance is of a large, thin crusted, 16" round pie with a layer of crimson red sauce, melted, fresh mozzarella cheese, scattered basil leaves infused into the sauce, with dark golden, toasted edges along the crust. The bottom is a rich, golden brown. A few yeast bubbles show along the edges of the crust. - 4.5

The crust is a very thin, flat body with a nice crispy, golden brown bottom. With the extra sauce, the crust gets weighed down a bit half way from the center towards the crust, so it will either require 1 of 3 eating methods to tackle the pie...1.)Fork & knife. 2.)The two handed hold. 3.)The foldover aka The taco. You'll only need to use one of the aforementioned method for the bottom portion of the pie. After that, the crust is strong enough to hold up all the goodness that awaits. As you get closer to the crust, it gets crispier, and crunchier with a tasty, mildly fruity sweet dough. - 4

The sauce is a sweet basil sauce with a heavy handed dose of the delicious Italian basilico herb taking control of the sugary tomato base. In my opinion, it's addictive. This sauce goes great with the crispy crust, and the melted cheese. I've found that people either love it, or hate it b/c of the sauce. They take it up just enough to the edge of the crust where you've got enough room to take a handful and grab the pie like a man. Take one guess where I stand with this sauce. - 5

The cheese is of fresh cut, part skim mozzarella cheese. I've been told by others that they also use a touch of cheddar in this mix but I'm not tasting any cheddar. I know of another pizzeria that does do the aforementioned mix but they are over in East Norriton. This cheese is a milky sweet mozzarella that is scattered throughout the pie in all the right spots. There's just enough chewiness to contradict the crispiness of the bread. - 4.5

Overall, this pie is one of my favorites in the region. It's a pie that's heated in a very hot oven to create a crispy, crackly, Neopolitan style pie with a slightly doughy crust that retains softness in the very middle but crispiness on the outside. The sweet sauce really makes it, so if you like sweet basil, tomato sauces, you'll probably like it as much, if not more, than your favorite. - 4.5

Total Score: 4.5/5

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