Against Our Better Judgement, I Try Pizza By Cer Te’s “Salad Pizza”
Last Thursday, we mentioned Pizza by Cer Te just added “salad pizza” to their menu. Out of curiosity, I wandered over the next day to check out these freaks of nature healthy pizza alternatives. After all, Blondie had given their regular slices two thumbs way way up, so maybe – just maybe – their salad pizzas wouldn’t be as silly as they sound. Still, try as I might, I never understood why someone would consider a pizza place for low-fat options. For veggie-topped pizza, yes (maybe…) I can understand, but Pizza By Cer Te‘s new salad pizzas are pretty confusing. It’s salad…on a pizza. Can you really call it pizza when there’s no tomato sauce and no cheese at all? I try these abominations after the jump…
I ordered two of these 8” herb crusted salad pizzas – Classic Caesar and Roman Salad. The Roman Salad is pictured here. I was pretty impressed by the fact that each pizza crust is made-to-order before they toss on a mix of greens. The Roman Salad has tomato, red onion, tiny balls of mozzarella, arugula, romaine, and basil. The greens were fresh and crunchy – really satisfying if you’re looking for side salad performance. I even liked the tomato seed vinaigrette, which the guy behind the counter highly suggested. But was the tangy salad dressing enough to redeem the fact that I just paid $7.95 + tax for salad on a pizza crust? Hmm…maybe, if it was $6.95. Then again, salads are pretty pricey in these parts. Still, bummer.
Aside from the tender chicken pieces and thin cheese cracker-like croutons, which were flavorful and added texture, the Classic Caesar was pretty standard. Like I said, if you’re really craving pizza and can somehow trick yourself into eating a salad with pizza crust instead, then you are in for a treat. Otherwise, the salad pizza is hard to justify. Also, to add insult to injury, it’s impossible to cut with the environmentally-friendly biodegradable fork and knife that Pizza by Cer Te supplies. So you’ll have to eat your salad pizza like a gyro. But then it’s a gyro made with pizza crust.
Pizza by Cer Te, 132 East 56th (btw. Park+Lex) (212) 813-2020