Originally posted by Lindseyup67
Does anyone remember a frozen pizza back in the 70's-80's that was just like the Totinos pizza? I think it may have been Genos, or maybe it was Totinos, but it came with a little clear packet of spices that you dumped on it before you baked it! Delish!!!
Jeno's had the small packet of Italian seasonings. My dad worked for them when I was a kid, and we had a freezer full of Jeno's pizza. Some of the short-lived products included a pizza that came pre-sliced in a tray with individual compartments for the slices (how lazy to you have to be to get that?); a rectangular pizza that had a concrete-like crust; tiny little snack pizzas that came 12 to a tray, which were really good. Re: johno's post above, I believe Jeno's also made the pizzas sold under the Kraft label, we had a lot of those in the freezer also. The tray with the tiny holes was a nice touch.
Jeno's introduced a terrific deluxe pizza in the late '70s with a crispy, air-bubbly crust, but was then sued by Pillsbury, who claimed he'd stolen their crust recipe. Pillsbury -- which owns the Totino's brand -- ultimately bought out the Jeno's pizza empire.
Jeno's was founded by Jeno Paulucci, a Hibbing, MN native (like Bob Dylan) who first made his fortune with the procesed Chinese food brand Chun King. Still active in the frozen food business, his greatest contribution to American cuisine is, IMO, the pizza roll.