Totino's Party Pizza Review

Think Twice

As with its cheese counterpart, tasters unleashed on this "thin and fake" "college garbage pizza" and most said they would pass on eating the super-cheap yet "terrible" pie again. And yet there remained two panel members with a soft spot for this product's familiar taste, although they rated it poorly.

Totino's Party Pizza was the biggest bargain of all the frozen pizza options our panel tried. The pepperoni version cost a mere $1 for a 10.2-ounce pie, which works out to a per-ounce price of just under 10 cents. Like the cheese-topped Totino's Party Pizza, the pepperoni ranked poorly, with all but two tasters saying they would "never" eat it again. Those holdouts, though, named it their favorite frozen pepperoni pizza. The pair gave it scores of 5 out of 5, calling it "thin," "fake," and "yummy." Their actions matched their words: This was the only pizza we tested that was eaten in its entirety. Granted, it was one of the smaller pies we served, but the cult followers of Totino's Party Pizza ($1 for 9.8 ounces, or 10 cents an ounce) seemingly couldn't get enough.

In general panelists found Totino's Party Pizza "thin and fake" with "grainy cheese." It also "didn't smell very good," they said. The pizza was "artificial" and "cheap tasting," with "strange tomato flavor" and "stale spices." One panelist summed up this pie as "college garbage pizza."

The pepperoni Totino's Party Pizza is far better reviewed online than its cheese counterpart, and the comments paint a familiar picture. The blogger behind the now-dormant Gigi Reviews, who has reviewed hundreds of foods, guiltily admits that although she can't defend any aspect of this cheap frozen pie, she also can't help but indulge and enjoy it for what it is. A Totino's Party Pizza review at Brand Eating also extolls this pizza, admitting that it may not be high-quality, but it's tasty. Another Yahoo Voices reviewer proclaims herself a convert to the pepperoni Totino's Party Pizza from a more expensive brand.

This strangely polarizing pie may have scored low enough to fall into our "don't bother" bucket, but given the wildly contradictory opinions among our panelists and online posters, it can't be completely ignored.

Gina Briles

Gina K. Briles writes family, household, and shopping-related product reviews. She is a displaced Jayhawk and a coffee addict living in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two small children, and Vizsla dog.

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