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Remember Toast-R Pizza?

Tabetai yo Feb 13, 2007 11:58 AM

Not sure if I have the name right--they were flat, disc shaped "pies" with pizza filling inside, that fit into your toaster, came frozen. Kind of like round Pop Tarts. Amy's makes a nice organic one when you can find it, but I have had no success tracking down the original. Always burned my mouth. Anyone seen these recently?

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    drewbot Sep 14, 2012 05:22 PM

    I remember these!!! Buitoni Toaster pizzas. We had them all the time. They would burn on the outside, split open and get sauce all over the toaster, burn the skin off the roofs of our mouths and WE LOVED THEM!! My dad would tell our mom not to buy them because they had rat hairs in them. We didn't care, we knew he just didn't want to hear us fighting over them. My brother was chasing my sister around for the last one and she had to get stitches after running through a storm door trying to save it. Her hand missed the handle and went through the glass. Good times. Now I just gotta find me some PDQ, and my after school snack will be all ready.

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      silvereagle2061 Sep 19, 2011 02:01 PM

      I was thinking of a campaign to bring this back. I will create a campaign page on Facebook and would love for as many as you as possible to become members and write in to Buitoni in order to make our wishes known. Anyone interested may contact me at rdambeck@yahoo.com and lets band together to bring this back. There is no reason not to make this. Hot Pockets and Pizza Bites burn the roof of your mouth just as much as these things did. If we can get a hold of the original creators of the toaster Pizzas that would be fantastic. I think this will work. Lets bring back this treat from our childhood.

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      1. re: silvereagle2061
        steve h. Sep 19, 2011 02:16 PM

        So many mouths to burn, so little time.
        Best of luck on your initiative.Maybe track Frank, Jr. and see where that leads you.

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        donnadnyc Feb 26, 2011 03:40 PM


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          markslady Jan 21, 2011 05:25 PM

          The trick was to prick the middle with a fork so that they would cook evenly. The best part was the crispiness of the crust. I would break off a piece and scoop out the inside.

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            FoodFuser Jan 21, 2011 08:56 PM

            I suppose that the beauty of good toaster pizza
            has been usurped in this next generation by the ease of Hot Pockets.

            But those laminated metal foils
            that give microwave its broil

            Are nothing compared to the radiantly charred crust
            developed on a disc of Buitoni in the toaster.

          2. FoodFuser Dec 24, 2010 10:07 PM

            They were shaped like a disk, like a thick English Muffin
            filled with maters and meat and some cheese.

            These were days before microwaves
            so the toaster set rules
            of the kind of comestible snacks we could have.

            Red hot wires of tungsten
            lined ithe sides of the toaster
            and hummed red as they heated our snack.

            Best success for good crust and a hot melted center
            was had if you pulsed and you "Doubled down".

            Meaning, first run was sent down in those deep toaster jaws
            just to give it a bit of a char and a thaw.

            Then after two minutes suspended atop those resting jawtops
            (And this was the toughest wait when you were a kid)
            you slid down the lever and sent it back in there
            to take the tight heating from those strongly strung tungstens.

            They emerged with a ring
            as a pretty good thing
            that had to be rested a minute
            before devouring.

            Yes, they were branded as pizzas from Buitoni
            and whoever imagined they'd get swamped by the tool of the microwave.

            I'll give kudos, as oldster
            to the tungsten-lined toaster
            to crank out those disk-ed Buitonis.

            I still hear aroma and ring of those things.


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              dlundin Dec 20, 2010 04:40 PM

              I remember they were called Toasterinos. They came in pizza and sloppy joe flavors. Nostalgia. Yes, charred on the outside, still frozen in the middle. Delicious.

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                irishnyc Dec 24, 2010 12:01 PM

                I think that's probably a different product. Toast-R-Pizzas were the product name that a lot of us remember.

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                  dlundin Jan 21, 2011 08:19 PM

                  This is what I remember. http://www.flickr.com/photos/29884868...

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                    JonL Jan 22, 2011 10:10 AM

                    The product of my recollections is definitely Buitoni but I totally don't know that Ned Flanders name "Tosterinos". Nor did I ever know a meat version of the product. But that most certainly has the look of the old Buitoni Toaster Pizza.
                    It's amazing that here I am living in Brooklyn with some of the world's best pizza available to me yet I would still buy a box of these turkeys in an instant and eat them all in one sitting. Gah!

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                etr67uh Sep 9, 2008 01:03 AM

                I contacted Buitoni last year and asked them about these pizzas. They said they no longer make them, and would not bring them back. They don't fit in with the scheme of their products these days, what a shame!

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                  monavano Sep 19, 2011 02:27 PM

                  Probably due to complaints of 3rd degree burns on the roofs of mouths! Anything hot and stuffed like that is dangerous.

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                  Shayna Madel Nov 15, 2007 06:07 AM

                  Does anyone remember a jingle that may have been something like

                  Toaster pizza --yeah yeah
                  Pizza pizza --yeah yeah

                  or am I just imagining things?

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                    sugaree Nov 13, 2007 08:14 PM

                    Oh my god!!! I remember those from when i was a kid! I loved those things...i have been trying to find them on-line because they are NOWHERE TO BE FOUND in stores...i was beginning to think i was the only one who knew about them!! Pleeeeeese let me know if you ever find them!!!!

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                      libgirl2 Nov 14, 2007 03:51 PM

                      I just remembered them too! They tasted weird. But I ate them anyway.

                    2. sivyaleah May 28, 2007 10:06 AM

                      We lived off of these in our house growing up. And yes, for some reason there was always a lump of frozen sauce in the middle, no matter how burnt the outside was from toasting. Such junk, no resemblence to pizza in any way, shape, flavor, or form but we loved them anyway.

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                        veganish May 28, 2007 10:49 AM

                        Don't Hot Pockets have similar mouth-incinerating qualities?

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                          sivyaleah May 28, 2007 01:56 PM

                          Don't know - not a childhood thing for me, I'm 48 and they weren't around then. I've never eaten one of those.

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                        irishnyc May 28, 2007 09:07 AM

                        Validation! I've posted about these here a few times over the years and no one ever knew what I was talking about! I loved them so.

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                          JonL Jan 24, 2008 12:34 PM

                          Validation here too. I've mentioned them a couple of times---in the context of 'guilty pleasures'. I just googled Buitoni Toaster Pizza because of a sudden and inexplicable jones for them. Not only did I love them as a kid, burnt mouth, frozen innards and all, but years later as an adult I found them in a store and totally gorged on them (a bunch of years ago). I ate them a box (6 pieces, I think?) at a time.
                          They were pretty awful and god himself wouldn't recognize many of the ingredients but damn I sure could go for some now. From some web research it would seem that they are sadly no more.

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                          Luckypup4 May 28, 2007 08:55 AM

                          I have also been looking for the toaster pizzas. I believe they were made by Butoni.

                          1. steve h. Feb 17, 2007 07:05 PM

                            not sure why the toaster pizza thing failed but i'm guessing consistancy (shell, cheese, filling) may have had something to do with it. frank jr. was a good man who earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees (food science) at rutgers. i heard a rumor that he and his dad set up a company and were doing quite well.

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                              steve h. Dec 24, 2010 12:38 PM

                              correction: frank jr. did his undergraduate work at Delaware Valley. Graduate work was at Rutgers.

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                              Tabetai yo Feb 17, 2007 06:44 PM

                              true, yet still I yearn for them...maybe that's why they disappeared, shredded roof-of-mouth lawsuits swamped them?

                              1. jfood Feb 17, 2007 11:45 AM

                                Had my mouth washed out with soap the first time i ate these in the 60's. I was twelve years old, took one bite that scorched the roof of my mouth and shouted a slew of obsenities. My mother grab a bar of soap and punished me for the obsenities. The soap helped with the burns, though.

                                NEVER AGAIN

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                                  steve h. Feb 17, 2007 11:56 AM

                                  lol! i feel your pain. the sauce could be like lava if you didn't let the little death discs cool off. frank and i ditched the toaster route and used the oven so we could regulate internal temp and crispiness better.

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                                    FAL Feb 17, 2007 04:11 PM

                                    How many people burnt the roof of there mouths?

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                                      jfood Feb 17, 2007 05:32 PM

                                      The number of people who burnt the roof of their mouth is equal to the number of people who tried this product.

                                2. steve h. Feb 17, 2007 11:33 AM

                                  FAL is right, Buitoni marketed these little gems in the '60s. Frank Tangel was the brains behind the pizzas. His son, Frank jr., was a buddy of mine and we used to gorge ourselves on 'em.

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                                    FAL Feb 17, 2007 04:07 PM

                                    DO they still make them . I would love to get a box .Ask Frank JR

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                                    Tabetai yo Feb 15, 2007 08:51 AM

                                    I remember the shreds of "cheese" and the cold middles as well--all part of the inexplicable allure. Gino's rings a bell with me too. Maybe I can use that to do more internet searching.

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                                    1. re: Tabetai yo
                                      FAL Feb 15, 2007 03:12 PM

                                      Wasn't it Butoni toaster pizza.

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                                        PrincessBakesALot Feb 17, 2007 05:12 PM

                                        Gino's made Pizza Rolls, nasty little things we ued to call "cigar butts".

                                      2. MeffaBabe Feb 15, 2007 04:27 AM

                                        I loved those as a kid and have longed for them for many years now. Somehow the name Ginos comes to my mind when I think of them. I remember the pieces of shredded cheese mixed in the sauce (mostly orange in color!). I loved them and would love to find the orginal ones from my childhood just to see if they are as good as I thought they were as a kid.

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                                          writergirl Feb 14, 2007 08:30 PM

                                          This is one of those things that we wanted SOOOO badly when we were kids, and oddly our parents wouldn't buy them for us (go figure.) Just proves mom did know best!

                                          1. BeeZee Feb 14, 2007 04:47 PM

                                            Ha, I definitely ate those as a kid and I remembered that they rarely heated evenly, the center was usually cold...
                                            Also try Guiltless Gourmet frozen pockets/wraps, they are pretty good if you nuke to defrost then crisp up a bit in the toaster oven (put on foil, they sometimes leak).

                                            1. coll Feb 14, 2007 03:17 AM

                                              Hot Pockets makes something like this, full size or mini, if that helps. Matlaw makes a great "pizza roll", but more like an egg roll. They probably take longer to cook than the one you're talking about though.

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                                                Emme Feb 14, 2007 08:34 PM

                                                The Hot Pockets one actually ain't bad for frozen convenience food fare!

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                                                  piccola Feb 15, 2007 09:00 AM

                                                  Ditto the Lean Pockets. The 4 cheese ones (the only vegetarian kind I can find) are pretty darn tasty.

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                                                FAL Feb 14, 2007 03:00 AM

                                                I used to have them as an after school snack. I haven't seen them in years. Probably cause of law suits people buring the roofs of their mouths (LOL)

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