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Old 12-04-2018, 10:05 AM
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"Cafeteria school lunch" pizza from the 80's. Can an individual get this anywhere?

People of a certain age know what I'm talking about. The rectangular pizza slices, with a somewhat spongy thin crust (which invariably soaked up the grease), cheese, and pepperoni in "chunks", not circles.

I don't care if you find it revolting, I LOVED it and have a huge hankering for it.

Based off discussions with the kids, school pizza is a lot more more like "regular" pizza now. Thanks, Obama (j/k).

Does this still exist? If so, who sells it, and will they sell it to private individuals in non-bulk quantities?

And before you say "No, but here's a recipe from..." you have to have personally tried it and can confirm unequivocally that it is an EXACT match.

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Old 12-04-2018, 10:15 AM
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In NC, in elementary school in the 80s we had a really interesting cafeteria pizza. I think the crust was some sort of a roll dough. The sauce was a spaghetti sauce (very little herbs/spices) with ground beef in it. The cheese was a yellow cheese, somewhere between cheddar and american. Sounds disgusting but I loved it. Never seen anything like it again.

In middle school (early 90s) we had the pizza you describe, which I also loved. It had much more of a proper pizza sauce and normal pizza cheese. Little cubes of pepperoni on top, or else sausage which was terrible IMO. For some reason the pepperoni slices were sort of a truncated right triangle shape but the sausage slices were left in a plain rectangle. We used to roll up the pizza into a fat jelly roll shape, which was very satisfying to bite into.

I would expect that this pizza was provided by a huge corporate supplier such as Sysco.

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Old 12-04-2018, 10:21 AM
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According to the experts at Public School Rectangle Pizza the pizza of your youth is gone. The people who make school pizza today, rectangle or not, are forced to ruin the pizza with things like whole grain flour and healthy sauces / toppings. You can apparently buy cases of "school pizza" from Gordon Food Service or Sysco, but they will disappoint.
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Old 12-04-2018, 10:35 AM
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According to the experts at Public School Rectangle Pizza the pizza of your youth is gone. The people who make school pizza today, rectangle or not, are forced to ruin the pizza with things like whole grain flour and healthy sauces / toppings. You can apparently buy cases of "school pizza" from Gordon Food Service or Sysco, but they will disappoint.
What? NO! Okay, looks I'll need to to join that facebook group. Surely someone on there has made one of the unhealthy variety. I will be shocked if they were able to "perfect" the crust, but one can hope.
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Old 12-04-2018, 10:43 AM
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This recipe is for a 'pourable' pizza crust using the old USDA school cafeteria recipe. It might get you part of the way there.


Now I want to open a business called "Old School Pizza" with this pizza as one of the offerings.

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Old 12-04-2018, 10:47 AM
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You might find this article interesting:

https://www.bonappetit.com/entertain...-investigation

It purports to link to the Actual Recipe, but of course I haven't tried it myself.

For my money the closest easily available approximation is Ellio's frozen pizza.
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Now I want to open a business called "Old School Pizza" with this pizza as one of the offerings.
If you do this and can really pull it off, you can shut up and take my money!
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Old 12-04-2018, 10:51 AM
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I'm of a certain age, and it was universally hated. The ONLY reason anyone ate it was that the only choices were take it or leave it. Even if it had tasted good, just the shape was enough to disqualify it from being decent pizza.
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You might find this article interesting:

https://www.bonappetit.com/entertain...-investigation

It purports to link to the Actual Recipe, but of course I haven't tried it myself.

For my money the closest easily available approximation is Ellio's frozen pizza.
Thanks.

As for the Ellios, their "Italian Sausage & Pepperoni Pizza" certainly LOOKS quite a bit like it, if only they didn't "ruin it" with the sausage. Their actual pepperoni pizza uses the dumb circle kind.

I'll give it a shot anyway.
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Old 12-04-2018, 10:57 AM
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I ate that pizza daily at lunch all three years of high school in the mid-70s. Oh, the memories. Usually accompanied by a box of chocolate milk, and either a Cherry Hostess fruit pie or one of those absolutely wonderful "fudge drop" desserts.
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I would be curious to see how the following would work out:

1. Preheat oven to 400
2. On bottom rack, place sheet pan with water in it (possibly let warm several minutes?)
3. On top rack, place Red Baron frozen pizza
4. Bake until cheese is melted

I feel like the Red Baron crust might be about right if you keep it wet enough.

We don't have Ellio's in my area, although it looks interesting.
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I'm of a certain age, and it was universally hated. The ONLY reason anyone ate it was that the only choices were take it or leave it. Even if it had tasted good, just the shape was enough to disqualify it from being decent pizza.
Did your school prohibit sack lunches?
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I think it's worth noting that childhood memories ain't always what they're cracked up to be.

As a child, I used to think Chuck-E-Cheese had an awesome pizza. As an adult, I think it's absolutely horrible.
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According to the experts at Public School Rectangle Pizza the pizza of your youth is gone.
I'm shocked that apparently thousands of people have fond memories of that horrible stuff.
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This sounds similar to sicilian pizza.

https://nikolispizza.com/wp-content/.../06/sicily.jpg
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It was similar to Sicilian pizza, in that it was rectangular slices.
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Old 12-04-2018, 11:13 AM
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This sounds similar to sicilian pizza.

https://nikolispizza.com/wp-content/.../06/sicily.jpg
Oh I'm sure it's much worse than that. It's much more than the shape. This stuff is a cult classic so bad it's good, kind of like The Room.

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Old 12-04-2018, 11:24 AM
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For my money the closest easily available approximation is Ellio's frozen pizza.
OMG, I had Ellio's as a client a few years ago. I agree, while it may not be spot-on to that old school pizza, it's pretty close.
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I'm shocked that apparently thousands of people have fond memories of that horrible stuff.
If you think that's bad, I actually have some fond memories of elementary school itself.
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It's round but I recall the pizza at 7-Eleven as being close in taste. Haven't had any in quite a while.
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At my school, the lunch menu always called it "Tony's pizza". So I thought it was a local brand but Google tells me it was a nationwide rectangular school pizza supplier. And apparently, according to Garak, you can get it on Amazon. I haven't tried it, so no clue if it stands up to our collective memories, or if they've de-fattened it and whole-wheated it up beyond recognition.

And I have lots of fond memories of very subpar foods from childhood. About once a year I buy some Spaghetti-Os to remind myself what it tastes like and why I don't eat it regularly. But after 12 months or so I start thinking "man when I was five, that stuff was so good". Rinse and repeat.
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I haven't tried it, so no clue if it stands up to our collective memories, or if they've de-fattened it and whole-wheated it up beyond recognition.
Given that the product name, itself, says "Whole Grain," I have to imagine that it's not as nutritionally bereft as the stuff from the past, particularly if it's been re-formulated to fit modern school-lunch nutritional standards.
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Old 12-04-2018, 01:15 PM
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I'm of a certain age, and it was universally hated. The ONLY reason anyone ate it was that the only choices were take it or leave it. Even if it had tasted good, just the shape was enough to disqualify it from being decent pizza.
There are some pizzerias that sell rectangular pizzas sliced up into squares as "party pizza" but they were not top-drawer pizzas.

I'm guessing MRE pizza would be pretty close to a school lunch pizza but they're awfully pricy. The troops are enthusiastic but after the infamous Four Fingers of Death, anything would taste good.
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In the freezer section you will find pkgs of personal size pizzas. I think they come in 4 packs. Usually on the cheap side. Nasty enough to qualify as lunch lady pizza. Walmart won't have them. Grocery stores only. Look at the pick-5 for $20, deals. That's where they'll be.
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Old 12-04-2018, 01:20 PM
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IIRC, pizza was served on Fridays at my school.

I always thought it was very subpar compared to the pizza we would occasionally eat at home (delivery or frozen from the grocery store). I ate it because that's what we got and I was hungry.

The cheese always freaked me out. It looked kind of greyish in color and somewhat transparent.
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Old 12-04-2018, 01:27 PM
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I'm guessing MRE pizza would be pretty close to a school lunch pizza but they're awfully pricy.
Hmmm, given the warning* on the bottom of that page, it just might come close!

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There are some pizzerias that sell rectangular pizzas sliced up into squares as "party pizza" but they were not top-drawer pizzas.

I'm guessing MRE pizza would be pretty close to a school lunch pizza but they're awfully pricy. The troops are enthusiastic but after the infamous Four Fingers of Death, anything would taste good.
There are plenty of delicious square-sliced pizzas out there, from Italian ones to regional American ones. Anyone who puts down pizza based on its shape should really know better.

Huh. I had no idea my school cafeteria pizza of the 80s was so widely known. The kind I remember was also rectangular, as if cooked in a sheet pan. I also remember the crust being generously sprinkled with corn meal on the bottom. The crust itself wasn’t particularly rigid and crispy, nor was it soft and undercooked. It had a bite to it, but also some flop. Not super doughy or bready, either. Definitely a couple of different textures, with a ver light crunch on the outside, and a more pliable and even wet dough in the inside where it hits the sauce. The sauce I remember being straightforward, but spiked with oregano. I don’t remember pepperoni, but only chunks of sausage or plain cheese (hey, it’s Chicago, . We’re not really a pepperoni town. You’ll find it, of course, but Chicago’s favored pizza meat is chunks of bulk Italian sausage. Not the sliced kind you get out East.).

I don’t have many other memories of it, other than the closest I remember tasting that pizza again was a Sicilian slice somewhere out in Boston.

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I have a cousin that actually thinks those disgusting barf filled crap logs that was known TACO SNACKS are the greatest thing ever and has wished they still made them


im told that "Cuban pizza" tastes like school pizza


although I don't think they do it anymore but around here the student body voted in pizza huts in lot of the hs ….
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There are plenty of delicious square-sliced pizzas out there, from Italian ones to regional American ones. Anyone who puts down pizza based on its shape should really know better.

Huh. I had no idea my school cafeteria pizza of the 80s was so widely known. The kind I remember was also rectangular, as if cooked in a sheet pan. I also remember the crust being generously sprinkled with corn meal on the bottom. The crust itself wasnít particularly rigid and crispy, nor was it soft and undercooked. It had a bite to it, but also some flop. Not super doughy or bready, either. Definitely a couple of different textures, with a ver light crunch on the outside, and a more pliable and even wet dough in the inside where it hits the sauce. The sauce I remember being straightforward, but spiked with oregano. I donít remember pepperoni, but only chunks of sausage or plain cheese (hey, itís Chicago, . Weíre not really a pepperoni town. Youíll find it, of course, but Chicagoís favored pizza meat is chunks of bulk Italian sausage. Not the sliced kind you get out East.).

I donít have many other memories of it, other than the closest I remember tasting that pizza again was a Sicilian slice somewhere out in Boston.
I'm pretty sure public school rectangle pizza was gub'mint issued and fairly ubiquitous. I've also heard there is great yearning for old school government cheese.
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In the freezer section you will find pkgs of personal size pizzas. I think they come in 4 packs. Usually on the cheap side. Nasty enough to qualify as lunch lady pizza. Walmart won't have them. Grocery stores only. Look at the pick-5 for $20, deals. That's where they'll be.
Have you looked in Wal-Mart?

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Great-Val...Count/47314791
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To my recollection, this is what it looked like, exactly.
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I'm pretty sure public school rectangle pizza was gub'mint issued and fairly ubiquitous. I've also heard there is great yearning for old school government cheese.
I was in a parochial school, so I don't know if we got our pizza from the same suppliers as public schools. Our lunch came in two separate compartments, both of the same size: about maybe somewhere around 5"x8". The hot part of the lunch was in a foil tray of that size, the cold part (usually a fruit cup and something else, I'm forgetting what, in a a plastic tray. I remember pudding, jello, and things of that nature, but maybe we got that in lieu of the fruit cup.) The hot part was sealed with aluminum foil on the top; the cold part had plastic wrap (think of a Lunchables type of tray.) I don't know if this was what was universal in public schools, too. And we had the choice of chocolate or white milk to go with it. As I remember, every single hot lunch student in my class except one got the chocolate milk (and the one who didn't, didn't because he had a chocolate allergy.) Good times. I remember enjoying all the hot lunches, from the tacos to the salisbury steaks to the fish and peas to the pizzas to the corn dogs.

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I'll second Ellios. Most Supermarkets also have a store brand that is sold in precut square pizzas just like the Lunch Lady used to make.
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You want Elio's Pizza.
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I'm shocked that apparently thousands of people have fond memories of that horrible stuff.
I remember my mom complaining how bad my breath smelled every day the school served that vile stuff.

Hurt my widdle feewings, it did.
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I agree that you can find something very similar in the freezer aisle at your local grocery store. Look for cheap single-serving frozen pizzas like Elios, Red Baron, probably Totinos...nothing self-rising, nothing round, nothing deep dish.

I remember some years ago when I was eating on a budget there was some kind of extremely cheap frozen food brand with offerings for $1. It was in a light blue box. Their pizza was exactly like school pizza. I'll be damned if I can recall, now.
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I remember some years ago when I was eating on a budget there was some kind of extremely cheap frozen food brand with offerings for $1. It was in a light blue box. Their pizza was exactly like school pizza. I'll be damned if I can recall, now.
When I was a college student, home for the summer, and still had a crazy-fast teenager metabolism (which meant that I ate like a horse), my mom would buy these super-cheap frozen pizzas. I think that the brand name was Fox or Fox's -- I remember the box being blue, and that they were really pretty pathetic excuses for pizzas (though that didn't stop me from eating them!)

On edit: I see that there's something still out there called Fox DeLuxe, which isn't a blue box, but may be the same brand. They're still super cheap ($0.79 from a grocery distributor).

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Come to think of it...if you look for pizza in the "frozen dinners" section as opposed to the "frozen pizza" section, you'll find what you're looking for. Terrible pizza made by companies that make frozen stuff, not necessarily pizza.
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This is not the school pizza you remember, this pizza is completely disgusting... DO NOT BUY!!!!!
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The one and only review of this product reads thusly:
Yeah, this one certainly looks like it, but no way the old school pizza was "whole grain".

No reviews, and I really don't feel like buying NINETY SIX to find out. What do they think they are, Costco?
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That's not the thing I am talking about. The one I mean will be 4 shrink wrapped and generic branded pizzas. In pepperoni or cheese flavors. The pepperoni has a red tint to it.
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pepperoni in "chunks", not circles.
Given other people's memories in this thread, this pepperoni style had to have been a regional (or local?) thing.
In my SoCal school district in the 1980s the pepperoni on the pizza came in little grease-filled cups. Also, our crust was spongy but fairly thick -- like focaccia in texture, but closer to Wonder Bread in flavor.
It's interesting how memorable elementary school pizza is for so many of us. I also remember the little milk cartons -- the struggle to open them, yes, but particularly the texture you felt on your lips drinking from them.



Total tangent, but there's a pizza place near me that offers ground pepperoni on pizzas. It is an experience: very salty and pleasingly spicy. Eating a slice is like getting slapped in the face repeatedly by a sock full of pulverized pepperoni.
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IIRC, pizza was served on Fridays at my school.

I always thought it was very subpar compared to the pizza we would occasionally eat at home (delivery or frozen from the grocery store). I ate it because that's what we got and I was hungry.

The cheese always freaked me out. It looked kind of greyish in color and somewhat transparent.
Always fish on Fridays here. Pizza was Weds or something. My kids' schools have been serving Donatos for several years.
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The instant I saw the thread title, it all came flooding back to me; the shape, the texture, the flavor - everything. Funny how that happens.

We always got sausage pizza, not pepperoni. I think it's more of a Chicago thing. Each slice had exactly five chunks of sausage: one at each corner and one in the center. Man, I loved that shit. I'd like to pretend I'd find it disgusting now, but I bet I'd still love it just as much.
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Always fish on Fridays here. Pizza was Weds or something.
I went to a Catholic high school -- the hot lunch was always fish on Fridays for us, as well (even when it wasn't Lent). I think that our pizza day was Wednesday, too.
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This Catholic school boy never got the cool lunch pizza, but that pic looks like Totino's PARTY! Pizza.
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I would expect that the specific dish was a standardized recipe that you can get off the Internet (probably posted somewhere in this thread), but the real aspect of doing it proper would be to have the same ingredient sourcing and cooking methods.

For cooking, I suspect that they're making large trays of the stuff in ovens designed to accept stacks of large trays for baking. Somewhat difficult to recreate, though probably you can get something close.

More difficult would be sourcing ingredients. The government tends to try and pick up second-hand ingredients in bulk - off-cuts, ugly produce, etc. I'd venture to guess that the reason the pepperoni were square is because they were receiving the sausage in sheets rather than as "sausage", so they were cutting out squares rather than slicing off circles? I'd expect that low-grade sausage sheets are something, like government cheese, that you can only get within the government, and it will probably vary locally - they're aiming for a dollar value not a specific mix of meats, fats, animal species, etc. In counties with lots of cows, you probably end up with cow sausage, and in a county with a lot of pigs, you'll get pig sausage at school.

If you really want to recreate the experience, basically, try to look for ways to source in bulk the worst possible variant of everything.
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I was not a fan of the regular school pizza, but if it was Tostado day, I usually couldn't stop at just one. Tostados, if you're sadly unfamiliar, were basically the same thing as rectangular school pizza, but were hexagonal and had taco seasoning and were AKA Mexican pizza.

I would pay good money for an endless supply of those and the shitty white rice that was served using ice cream scoops and retained that same perfect dome shape on your tray. That is still the standard that my ideal rice is measured by, and i have yet to encounter it's equal.

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Old 12-04-2018, 06:24 PM
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Hmm, while we did have that pizza occasionally, we much more often had one with a orangier cheese that was hexagonal. I preferred it. I didn't love either, though, and don't want to eat them now.

I will say, though, that I was in high school when our school menu changed considerably - I think I was told the school/county had to quit picking their own suppliers, then. We may have switched to the rectangular pizza then - not sure.

Did any other schools have the peanut butter sandwiches and vegetable soup combo?

Cheap pizza I miss is frozen Jeno's "Crisp & Tasty". Totino's is not the same (crust very different), despite being owned by same company for a while (no idea if always or only at end of Jeno's reign).

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