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Joisey
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RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2005/09/08 08:51:26
quote:
Originally posted by PaulBPool

Hey Joisey, thanks for the heads up! I haven't had a frozen pizza in a long time - and I guess I might have been tempted to try a Tree Tavern again, since they used to be good. I remember the cheese was actually long shavings, kinda like you'd find in a real pizza shop. Sorry to hear it's gone the "McCain/Elio's" way....


Hey Paul--I just got an email from the man who now owns Tree Tavern, Michael Ryan. He said TT has gone back to the original recipe after a few years of making it "differently".

Now I HAVE to try it again! Keeping my fingers crossed!
Joisey
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RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2005/09/15 13:52:51
Nope! it wasn't like the old tree Tavern. It's actually like an Ellios round pizza (now Betzio's & Shop Rite's own store brand). i can get the Sr for 2.99, so save the extra buck instead of buying TT. Disappointing!
PaulBPool
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RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2005/09/15 14:07:16
Sorry to hear that it turned into a tease Joisey! I wonder if maybe you caught an "old" one still on the store shelves? I bet I can tell you if it's "original" just from looking at it, those old TT pizzas had a very distinctive look when you opened up the box! Maybe I'll shell out the $3.99 and try one this weekend
Joisey
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RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2005/09/15 15:47:57
Save the cash! The owner of the Co said they changed back to the "orignal recipe" several years ago, & it def wasn't that old. Like I said , not a bad frozen pie, but not the TT I knew so well!
Pizzafiend
Junior Burger
RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2005/09/15 19:19:23
The best frozen pizza is and most people will freak out about this Jewel food store pizza(owned buy American stores and/or Albertsons) and a close second Homerun inn pizza who has a exclusive contract with Walmart and Sams club.
Joisey
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RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2005/09/16 10:29:02
How about Celentano's frozen pizza? They used to have break apart slices (kind of like Buitoni's slices), and also a medium, square pie in it's own tray in which to bake it--great sauce.
PaulBPool
Cheeseburger
RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2005/09/16 11:06:17
Boy, now we're talking GOOG pizza - Celentano's! I remember it well, a rectangle that was pre-scored at the factory, and yes, it came in a cardboard baking tray that helped crisp the bottom! But best of all, the cheese on the pie was excellent - kind of a small grate mozzarella! I used to eat that stuff pretty regularly when I was working late hours, and it always was good. Celentano's other frozen entrees are pretty good as well, the manicotti is tasty and has plenty of cheese in it.
I don't know if they still make the pizza, but man, they should!
tfrielin
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RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2005/09/16 11:14:55
quote:
Originally posted by Joisey

How about Celentano's frozen pizza? They used to have break apart slices (kind of like Buitoni's slices), and also a medium, square pie in it's own tray in which to bake it--great sauce.


Was Celentano's pizza around in the 1970s? The name sounds familiar and it may be the frozen pizza I'm remembering that was our staple back then.

Its distinctive charcteristic was sausage that was shaped into tiny squares. And lots of peppers on it too. Round pizza and packaged in cellophane shrink wrap.

If I'm not remembering correctly, does anyone remember the frozen pizza I'm describing. This would have been in Birmingham, AL.


Sandy Eggo
Cheeseburger
RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2005/09/16 11:39:43
Is Wolfgang Puck frozen pizza still out there. It was a little pricier but good quality with a smokey oven cooked flavor.
Dmoc18
Junior Burger
RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2005/09/16 13:30:25
I said it before and I'll say it again...The Buitoni frozen toaster pizza was without a doubt the best!! They were so great just stick them in the toaster and take a bite...the center would be slightly cold so then you'd retoast and then burn your mouth! When McCain took them over mid 80's soon after they disappeared. :(
Joisey
Cheeseburger
RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2005/09/16 16:10:35
I didn't know Mc Cain took them over--they screw all the good stuff up! Look what happened to Ellios! Damn--I can almost taste a toaster pizza now!
Dmoc18
Junior Burger
RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2005/09/16 17:17:59
I know those were the best...and so funny I made my kids an Ellios before and when they sat down to eat I figured I'd taste a piece. So I said I must be starving because this is tasting pretty good. My daughter said she must be starving too because it was good. Maybe they have been reading our comments and changed a thing or two. But oh how I'd love a toaster pizza. Just goes to show you don't know what you got till its gone!
lilbuddypizza
Junior Burger
RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2005/09/25 02:19:44
quote:
Originally posted by Joisey

I didn't know Mc Cain took them over--they screw all the good stuff up! Look what happened to Ellios! Damn--I can almost taste a toaster pizza now!

Were those toaster pizzas round? I seem to remember a commercial in the 70's that featured a little kid and a chimp. Something about how easy it was to make.
pgoat
Junior Burger
RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2005/10/13 08:46:14
great thread!

Growing up in NYC, I remember Tree Tavern (yuck!), Ellios (definitely better in the old days), McCain (in my teens and twenties - good late night food when the diner was closed on the way home) and my faves were the Buitoni mouth burners....How many after school snacks I had THOSE for - watching mind numbing cartoons and Godzilla flicks on the ABC Ch. 7 afternoon movie.....

here's an obscure one - does anyone rememeber a prduct called "Chizza"? Not sure if the speelaing is right but it was a play on Cheese + Pizza.....I've tried Googling it and came up empty. Also asked my older sister who has a poor memory, and others who grew up in the rergion, and apparently I am alone on this one.....

It was sold briefly ca/ 1970-73 (maybe only 6 mos or so) - it was a full size pie (not sure if round or square), boxed for the freezer. It was a 'white' pie (no tomaoto sauce) with a few different cheeses and lots of herbs/spices. I remember liking but not loving it, probably due to the heavy seasoning (not the best way to this little boy's heart!).



Anybody?
Joisey
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RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2005/10/13 09:48:19
hmm--I do seem to remember that. It wasn't out too long, was it? Can't believ you didn't like the Orig tree tavern--was a great pie!
pgoat
Junior Burger
RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2005/10/13 20:48:08
well, the fact that I liked the Butoni toaster pizzas shows my sense of 'taste'!
Dmoc18
Junior Burger
RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2005/10/14 10:47:50
quote:
Originally posted by pgoat

well, the fact that I liked the Butoni toaster pizzas shows my sense of 'taste'!


HEY!! I liked the toaster pizzas! They were pretty darn good for something that pops out of a toaster. I mean how many things have been out since or before that you put in a toaster and have the whole meal? Toast, English Muffin, Pop Tart, PIZZA!!!

I miss them!
clambo
Junior Burger
RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2005/10/16 22:15:39
Back in the early '60's, in the Boston area, there was a "kit" pizza called Original Crispy Pizza. It consisted of a frozen dough shell, a packet of sauce, and a packet of cheese. They were one of the major sponsors of Arnie "Woo-Woo" Ginsburg's Night Train show on WMEX, and I can still remember the jingle (delivered in a fakey Italian accent):
"Spread-a da sauce,
sprinkle da cheese.
Quick ta bake and
Sure ta please".
I Googled the name out of curiosity; turns out the company still exists (in Lincoln, RI, as well as other locations), and they specialize in pizza and pizza-related products for school cafeterias. With a pedigree like theirs, the sky's the limit.
phatphil
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RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2005/10/22 15:56:59
how about john frozen pizzas 3 to a box from jewel or dominicks always had them
morcy
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RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2005/11/09 10:57:50
quote:
Originally posted by twodales

How about John's pizza? Our high school (Chicago 'burbs) served them and grilled cheese sandwiches. That's how I survived high school. Oh, and the shakes which were the pre-cursors to Wendy's Frosty.


Oh my gosh, John's pizzas were the best. I'm originally from Chicago...where did you go to high school?
Cyrus
Junior Burger
RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2005/11/27 00:16:11
quote:
Originally posted by pgoat

great thread!

Growing up in NYC, I remember Tree Tavern (yuck!), Ellios (definitely better in the old days), McCain (in my teens and twenties - good late night food when the diner was closed on the way home) and my faves were the Buitoni mouth burners....How many after school snacks I had THOSE for - watching mind numbing cartoons and Godzilla flicks on the ABC Ch. 7 afternoon movie.....

here's an obscure one - does anyone rememeber a prduct called "Chizza"? Not sure if the speelaing is right but it was a play on Cheese + Pizza.....I've tried Googling it and came up empty. Also asked my older sister who has a poor memory, and others who grew up in the rergion, and apparently I am alone on this one.....

It was sold briefly ca/ 1970-73 (maybe only 6 mos or so) - it was a full size pie (not sure if round or square), boxed for the freezer. It was a 'white' pie (no tomaoto sauce) with a few different cheeses and lots of herbs/spices. I remember liking but not loving it, probably due to the heavy seasoning (not the best way to this little boy's heart!).



Anybody?
Cyrus
Junior Burger
RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2005/11/27 00:18:30
quote:
Originally posted by pgoat

great thread!

Growing up in NYC, I remember Tree Tavern (yuck!), Ellios (definitely better in the old days), McCain (in my teens and twenties - good late night food when the diner was closed on the way home) and my faves were the Buitoni mouth burners....How many after school snacks I had THOSE for - watching mind numbing cartoons and Godzilla flicks on the ABC Ch. 7 afternoon movie.....

here's an obscure one - does anyone rememeber a prduct called "Chizza"? Not sure if the speelaing is right but it was a play on Cheese + Pizza.....I've tried Googling it and came up empty. Also asked my older sister who has a poor memory, and others who grew up in the rergion, and apparently I am alone on this one.....

It was sold briefly ca/ 1970-73 (maybe only 6 mos or so) - it was a full size pie (not sure if round or square), boxed for the freezer. It was a 'white' pie (no tomaoto sauce) with a few different cheeses and lots of herbs/spices. I remember liking but not loving it, probably due to the heavy seasoning (not the best way to this little boy's heart!).



Anybody?
Cyrus
Junior Burger
RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2005/11/27 00:22:33
Yes, I remember Chizza, it was made by Roman Products. My dad and uncle started the business. I'm amazed that any one remembers it, only sold for about a year in 1972. It was actually like the quatro formaggio pizzas today. A little ahead of it's time. Thanks for jogging my memory. I was in charge of store demos while I was in college.
Joisey
Cheeseburger
RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2005/11/29 17:27:22
quote:
Originally posted by Cyrus

Yes, I remember Chizza, it was made by Roman Products. My dad and uncle started the business. I'm amazed that any one remembers it, only sold for about a year in 1972. It was actually like the quatro formaggio pizzas today. A little ahead of it's time. Thanks for jogging my memory. I was in charge of store demos while I was in college.


Cyrus--veyr cool. I loved the Roman products. Whatever happened to the company? BTW--Chizza was great!
backfrmIraq
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RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2005/12/30 11:52:01
Totino's is still the deal heere in Mobile....growing up in Pittsburgh my mom used to make a box pizza, probably Chef Boy-Ar-Dee on a cookie sheet and the pizza was square....she didn't own a pizza cutter so she used a pair of scissors to cut the pieces....I don't remember it being any good....just a Friday nite feed the kids something before her and my father went out to eat...finally in like 1970 or so a local pizza joint opened, Fox's Pizza Den in Irwin PA....no delivery, the pizza was thin, greasy and placed in those flimsy grey cardboard pizza box that the top would deflect down onto the pizza top when you carried it and more often than not, the center cheese was stuck to the top....
Joisey
Cheeseburger
RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2006/03/13 08:47:58
For those remembering Roman Frozen Pizza, I found something that tastes (from what I remember 30 + yrs ago) similar to it. it's Acme Extra Cheese frozen pizza. Can't say it's exact, but tastes pretty close.
twodales
Cheeseburger
RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2006/04/18 21:12:34
In the Chicago area, I remember John's pizza. (It was frozen and I only remember the small, individual size.) Who knows if it was actually very good (by today's standards) but I remember liking them as a kid. It was before there were a hundred brands in the freezer case. Maybe it was only in Chicago?
twodales
Cheeseburger
RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2006/04/18 21:15:53
quote:
Originally posted by morcy

quote:
Originally posted by twodales

How about John's pizza? Our high school (Chicago 'burbs) served them and grilled cheese sandwiches. That's how I survived high school. Oh, and the shakes which were the pre-cursors to Wendy's Frosty.


Oh my gosh, John's pizzas were the best. I'm originally from Chicago...where did you go to high school?
twodales
Cheeseburger
RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2006/04/18 21:18:41
That is exactly how I survived at my Chicago suburban high school too. Grilled cheese, John's pizza and the Wendy's type shake!
quote:
Originally posted by twodales

quote:
Originally posted by morcy

quote:
Originally posted by twodales

How about John's pizza? Our high school (Chicago 'burbs) served them and grilled cheese sandwiches. That's how I survived high school. Oh, and the shakes which were the pre-cursors to Wendy's Frosty.


Oh my gosh, John's pizzas were the best. I'm originally from Chicago...where did you go to high school?

LindaW
Cheeseburger
RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2006/04/19 09:47:37
ok...I remember TT pizza too....raised on LI back in the late 70's..my mother used to buy it and then doctor it up with extra Olive Oil...cheese and herbs....before baking it...so I can't say how bad the original was...but her version wasn't bad...back then...frozen pizza was very limited...and it satisfied a craving when needed...can't compare to to the ones at the pizzeria...but then again...neither can a delivered pizza compare with one right out of the oven...c'mon...once it is in the box and put in the insulated bag...it starts to steam...totally changes the characteristics of good pizza...but that's IMHO.

Dmoc18
Junior Burger
RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2006/04/19 10:26:57
I totally agree with the change of taste once it is delivered. It absolutely never tastes the same as when you sit in the pizzeria and eat it. One pizzeria by my home, known for not being the best but it get's good business because it's one block from the school, their pizza tastes exactly like the frozen toaster pizza. I go there sometimes just for that taste.

btw...I tasted ellios with pepperoni recently...NOT BAD.
lilbuddypizza
Junior Burger
RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2006/04/25 14:50:08
Does anyone remember a pizza-type spread, in a small can? I believe LIBBY'S made it, and it was as small as an Underwood Deviled Ham can. They had sausage, cheese, and maybe 2 more flavors. I recall spreading it on toast(it was a thick sauce with ingredients) and putting it under the broiler for a short time. I also remember that it was VERY flavorful and zesty.
tfrielin
Cheeseburger
RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2006/04/25 15:01:27

Does anyone out there remember Holloway House frozen pizza from the early to mid '60s?

This is an apparently long gone, long forgotten frozen pizza we had briefly in Birmingham, AL back then. We got it at the Eastwood Mall Winn Dixie, or perhaps at the Hills grocery store that preceded WD in that same Mall location, across from the Mall Theatre.

It came in a box and all I remember was the Sausage variety. The sausages were sort of round shaped thick things. More hamburger-ery in flavor than pepperoni or proper Italian Sausage as I recall. Very distinctive. But good frozen pizza.

I don't think it lasted very long and I may be the only person who remembers this brand today. Have no idea if it was local or a regional company, or if it was national, but would love to know.

Does anyone else remember Holloway House Pizza?
PamF
Junior Burger
RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2006/05/02 19:09:56
quote:
Originally posted by jeepguy

When Home Run Inn pizzas first hit local grocery stores in Chicago, they were packaged in a foil tin with a clear plastic lid. Crust was SOOOO much better then. Now machine made.


I worked in a grocery store at the time. I used to love when the guy would deliver them to the store and they weren't even frozen yet! They were good. They used to make them in the basement of the restaurant back then. It was quite an operation. The family lived behind the restaurant for years and years. I remember when it was a bar with pizza pick ups!
PrattDavid
Junior Burger
RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2006/05/15 10:23:22
I loved the fact that Mom would wrap 2 in tin foil and they'd still be warm at lunch time at school! I would trade one for half of a sandwich. None of the other kids ever had them, so they would clamor for the chance to trade with me. The burning of the roof of the mouth on the first bite is dead-on. I would always think it was a strand of mozzarella filling, but I would wait for the swelling to go down, and continue my enjoyment!

quote:
Originally posted by Ouisch

I used to LOVE Buitoni's toaster pizzas when I was a kid! They were completely crust-enclosed, with all the filling on the inside. You always burned the roof of your mouth with the first bite, but they were delicious.
Joisey
Cheeseburger
RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2006/07/20 15:16:54
Yep--they were great. Too bad someone never bought the rights to put them out after Buitoni went under.
GCD1962
Hamburger
RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2006/09/13 22:50:29
Only one that really tasted like pizza was Tree Tavern
FuwaFuwaUsagi
Junior Burger
RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2006/09/30 03:53:04
In the greater Chicago land there was a fantastic (better than any pizzaria deep dish I have ever had)deep dish frozen pizza tht was a bit pricey but oh so worth it...Biago's Superossa Pizza. The deep dish spinach was awesome as was the sausage. Still one of the pizzas I ever ate. Sadly they have not been available in 5 years :(

FuwaFuwaUsagi
sgtrn
Junior Burger
RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2007/01/05 16:21:18
I am so glad that you guys remember Buitoni Instant Pizza !! It was the best !!! I grew up on that stuff. I actually contacted Buitoni a few months ago to see if they were still making them. Do you know that they told me that they never made them.....the kid must've been too young to remember them :)
Maybe we should start a petition to bring them back !!!
David_NYC
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2007/01/05 20:33:23
The Buitoni Food Products Corporation of South Hackensack, NJ was always owned by Buitoni of Italy. Nestle bought that company. I find it funny that the kid from Nestle said they never made them. Well, Buitoni even got two patents on them - 3,615,678 and 3,615,679. You can see photocopies at Google Patents.

There is enough detail in those patents (long expired) for anyone to make them today.
Big Sausage
Cheeseburger
RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2007/01/05 20:45:53
For you Chicago folks, Didn't Ron Santo have a small individual pizza they use to sell at the ball park and local supermarkets / I remember someone buying him out but can't remember who the corporation was.
Joisey
Cheeseburger
RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2007/01/06 14:47:10
quote:
Originally posted by David_NYC

The Buitoni Food Products Corporation of South Hackensack, NJ was always owned by Buitoni of Italy. Nestle bought that company. I find it funny that the kid from Nestle said they never made them. Well, Buitoni even got two patents on them - 3,615,678 and 3,615,679. You can see photocopies at Google Patents.

There is enough detail in those patents (long expired) for anyone to make them today.


Hmm--maybe someone reading these posts will do it? I can only hope!
kayteedee
Junior Burger
RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2007/01/06 16:02:22
quote:
Originally posted by PaulBPool

I remember Tree Tavern, and yes, it's still around; one that isn't though, the one I used to eat all the time, was called "Roman". I'm not sure if it was a NY local or not, but I used to love it! It was four smallish pizzas in a box, each one maybe 6" in diameter, and as a growing male teen, I would eat a box of four at a time. They had a typically cardboardish crust, decent sauce, but had a LOT of cheese on them. I would load them up with oregano, red pepper flakes, salt and black pepper and oh boy were they good!


Had--and loved--both Tree Tavern and Roman pizzas in southern CT in the '60s and '70s. Trader Joe's 4-cheese pizza (thin crust!) reminds me of Tree Tavern--it's not perfect, but its close!
porkbeaks
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2007/01/07 19:55:29
Better than "school-pizza"?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmmUWX-GsIM&mode=related&search=
eggsactley
Cheeseburger
RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2007/01/13 17:40:02
Celentano's was the brand my Mom always bought. I do remember Butoni having a funny commercial, a stern looking well dressed Italian man with a message for the children of America..."if you want me to like you, buy my pizza"
Joisey
Cheeseburger
RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2007/01/16 10:50:38
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyACp2MnSWI

anyone remember this commercial?
chriscubva
Cheeseburger
RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2007/01/20 03:40:41
quote:
Originally posted by lilbuddypizza

Does anyone remember a pizza-type spread, in a small can? I believe LIBBY'S made it, and it was as small as an Underwood Deviled Ham can. They had sausage, cheese, and maybe 2 more flavors. I recall spreading it on toast(it was a thick sauce with ingredients) and putting it under the broiler for a short time. I also remember that it was VERY flavorful and zesty.


I remember that !! It actually wasn't bad on toasted bread. For a 10 year old anyway.
db1105
Cheeseburger
RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2007/01/21 18:03:22
I miss those toaster pizzas too.
Rando
Cheeseburger
RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2007/08/31 15:53:36
I remember totino's and Fox DeLuxe. the crust on those was suprisingly good.
David_NYC
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2007/08/31 16:48:33
Rando,
Totino's is still sold, though is no longer in all the supermakrets in my area. WalMart sells them in all the stores around here, not just the Supercenters.
http://www.pillsbury.com/view/pizza/totinos.aspx
http://www.generalmills.com/corporate/brands/brand.aspx?catID=76

The General Mills site even has a product locator.
Rando
Cheeseburger
RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2007/08/31 17:46:21
a little web research shows that Fox DeLuxe pizza is still being made by Frozen Specialties, Inc in Archbold, Ohio.
adm22
Junior Burger
RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2007/09/03 01:13:58
Johns pizza made its way into central IL. They were around in the 70s. I never liked them much. I much prefered Armatos ones. Armatos disappeared sometime in the mid 1980s. I recall finding a bunch of those in an out of town grocery store I had never been to before a year after they disappeared from all the places I frequented. I bought them. But they had been in the freezer a long time and had freezer burn.

A couple years ago discovered a frozen pizza only to be found in the Quad Cities. They are called Mama Boso and are all hand made. Need to pick through them when you are buying them. Seen a few packages where the crust is mutnat crust and is folded over the edge fo the cardboard. I also bought one that had a small hole in the crust in the middle. The toppings dripped through the hole and made a big mess in my oven.
Pdasilva0324
Junior Burger
RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2007/09/27 10:26:54
I remember commercials for "Celeste" pizza in he early to mid 1980s. It disappeared then and hadn't seen it in years..then about 4-5 years ago it reappeared. I also remember Ellio's pizza.
Lindseyup67
Cheeseburger
RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2007/09/27 12:04:58
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!!!
KOK
Cheeseburger
RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2007/09/27 12:15:05
quote:
Originally posted by johno
1) Hungry-Man from Swanson. This had a weird sour-and-sweet taste, and when I wanted one, I wanted one. It was about 9x12, 1/2" thick crust, some weird sauce and cheese. The cheese was like thin slices of cheese before baking. It lived up to its name. Pete Rose did a TV commercial for this, I wish I had a tape of it, he said/mumbled something like "The only things I hate are striking out and skimpy pizzas." They had a mail-in offer for a "Hungry Man" pizza cutter, and I still have it and use it. It'll outlast me--and to remind me forever, it has the original "Hungry-Man" logo on the blade.

2) Chef Boy-Ar-Dee frozen pizza. I remember a yellow box (cheese) and a red box (pepperoni?). Thin lousy crust, Boy-Ar-Dee sauce, and about the smallest amount of cheese they could get away with. But it was cheap and OK for that.

3) Kraft Frozen Pizza. Blue Box. This came on a very thin, non-reusable, aluminum pan with holes in it. Middle thickness crust, great cheese, mediocre sauce.

I wish, oh how I wish, all three would be brought back. Hungry-Man the most.
I remember the pizza and the Pete Rose commercial I think he said "you know what gets my goat?", but he definitely said "striking out and skimpy pizzas"

Thanks for a memory and a smile!

Kevin
Dave in DC
Junior Burger
RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2007/10/04 17:27:50
quote:
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.
RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2007/10/05 15:56:18
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Originally posted by Dave in DCJeno's was founded by Jeno Paulucci, a Hibbing, MN native (like Bob Dylan)
So was his real name Jeno Zimmerman?

Brad
SublimeTwilight
Junior Burger
RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2007/10/15 17:10:10
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Originally posted by Kristi S.

Do you remember back in the 80s, I think it was Pepperidge Farm maybe,that came out with "Croissant Pizza"....Ewwwwww.....Needless to say it didn't last long...

And that's a shame, b/c PF hardly ever strikes out with their products...



Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh yes. I miss that croissant pizza. It was my most favorite!
jolt12
Junior Burger
RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2008/01/24 16:08:54
Well, I'm jones'ing for Buitoni Toaster Pizza and Google leads me here. Yes yes and yes on all the comments---burnt mouth, frozen insides and charred outsides. I don't know if anyone has commented on the fact that they weren't really....good. But not only were they a part of my childhood (early-mid 60's) but when one day I found them in a supermarket as an adult some 20 years ago and brought them home, after I downed the first two I ended up killing the box (all 6) in the same sitting. There wasn't much about them that one would find in nature and here in NYC I'm no stranger to seriously good pizza. But damn, I dug them. I would make short work of a box right now. I always assumed that there was somewhere in the USA that still sold them---that their disappearance was a regional thing so it saddens me to see them on the list of extinct species.
leethebard
Sirloin
RE: Defunct Major Brand Frozen Pizzas I Remember 2008/01/24 16:31:05
I remember Tree Tavern Pizza in the 60's...not good pizza...but good frozen pizza. I don't think it's around anymore,either.
leethebard
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