Once people started folding up flat pizza, things got a little dicey (and we’re not talking about the cut of the veggies)... Is it a Calzone? A Stromboli? Can we still call it a pizza? We’ve never been ones to intentionally confuse. Nevertheless, we just couldn’t resist tossing our own marvelously misshapen version of pizza into the air. Behold, Trader Joe’s 5 Cheese Frusta.
The Frusta may have originated somewhere in southern Italy. Frusta—meaning, “whip” in Italian—is an elongated pizza crust that’s been spread with marinara and sprinkled with cheese before being pinched together at the middle and at both ends. Resembling a boat of sorts (honestly, we’re not sure about the ‘whip’ part!), it’s not a regular pizza to say the least. Neither is it a calzone, with its insides exposed on both ends. Our 5 Cheese Frusta is topped (filled?) with, you guessed it... FIVE kinds of cheese: Mozzarella, Emmenthaler, Edam, Provolone, and Rebekase. So cheesily pleasing.
It took some effort to find an Italian pizza manufacturer willing to make the Frusta for us. Even the one we found elected to shape it by hand, since there’s no machine quite capable of forming such peculiar pies. The lengths we go to!
To top it off, you won’t be shelling out too much dough (or even folding it) since each 6.5-ounce package is only $2.29—and comes pre-folded! Trader Joe’s 5 Cheese Frusta is a fun—albeit ambiguous—way to enjoy traditional pizza ingredients.