Unlike more traditional pizzas, where you run the risk of pulling all of the cheese and toppings off of your slice in one gigantic cheesy mass on the very first bite, the tomato pie places its emphasis on the tomatoes. That careful balance of crust, cheese, and tomato seems to be one of the trickiest to pull off. Succulent crushed tomatoes are placed front and center over a latticework of mozzarella cheese. The cheese bakes directly onto the thin crust, cooked at a high heat so that it crisps while remaining chewy, and preventing any of that dreaded topping slippage. The tomato sauce, a coarsely pureed mixture of delicious plum tomatoes and secret spices, is applied in heavy dollops, so that each bite is a little different. Marco, founder of the Original Palermo's, uses his original, hand-crafted, homemade, secret family recipes to create the perfect tomato pie.