So I take this stuff seriously, too. I've lived in the Trenton area for 11 years now, and have eaten at Wildflowers many times, sampling their "tomato pie" many times. Good pizza, not great. A bit too thick and doughy to be considered a true, thin tomato pie. Nice crust, I agree, but without the yeasty character and charred surfaces found in almost all tomato pies except perhaps the version at Pete's Steak House.
I'd say that is an accurate description and good comparison of Wildflowers. I'm also catching on
now to what so many consider a "true tomato pie" and Wildflowers may not quite fit into that
category due to the crust being a tad thick and a bit soft/doughy compared to Delorenzo's. My
first Tomato Pie at Wildflowers was fantastic, with a evenly golden crisp outer crust that was still
pliable but not doughy. It had very thin crust overall and evenly golden brown on the bottom too.
The distribution of sauce & cheese toppings were onpar with Delorenzo's and I was quite impressed.
HOWEVER, just the other day, my second Tomato Pie at Wildflowers was a quite a bit different.
Instead of that golden brown crisp crust, it was a bit underdone and doughy. The toppings had
way more cheese than sauce, giving it a whitish appearance. The little bits of sauce tasted
fantastic but I felt cheated by not having enough sauce. I'm thinking now that they may have
a quality control problem becasue they are not consistant. Who knows, it could boil down to which
individual is cooking that day. I'll give them another try and see what happens. It was still a great
tomato pie but not like that frist one I had.
A similar thing occured at Pete's Steak House where my first Tomato Pie was burned
black on most of the bottom surface. The toppings were so tastey, I decided to give them
another try and the second time they served up a perfect one.
I must also mention that the first Wildflower Tomato Pie I had was a medium size and the second
one was a large. I'm discovering that quality degrades a bit with most pizza when you order
a large compared to a medium. With a large pie I almost always wind up wit too much outer
crust and it also seems that it's not cooked as well or as evenly browned.
Bottom line, consistency is everything. People get used to a certain thing and they
tell others about it and if the same product is not delivered it can harm the product's
reputatoin. That's one thing I hear time and time again about Delorenzo's,
is that they have consistency. I applaud them for that.
Thanks for your feed back on Wildflowers!
I appreciate your expertise and opinions on Tomato Pies.