Tony's Crispy Crust Review

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Immediately upon seeing this pepperoni pizza in our blind test, a taster remarked that it "looks like Totino's, but with less cheese." Tony's Crispy Crust boasted a pocket-change price of $1.19, although it's smaller than a Totino's pie, at 7.12 ounces, so the cost breaks down to about 17 cents per ounce.

Panelists commented on the "crumbly cheese," saying there "wasn't much of it." Some took the view that the "sauce was the only redeeming value," while others criticized the pizza for "strange tomato flavor" and pepperoni that was virtually "nonexistent." All one panelist could taste was "bread and salt."

Much like the pepperoni pizza from Totino's, Tony's Crispy Crust ($1.19 for 7.12 ounces, or 17 cents an ounce) tested poorly overall. It received an average score 2.6 out of 5, only slightly higher than Totino's. The same two testers who confessed their love for Totino's, despite the pizza's artificial qualities, said they would eat Tony's Crispy Crust again. The only difference was that no one claimed this inexpensive pie as a particular favorite, as they did with Totino's.

Online reviews similarly seem to indicate that Tony's Crispy Crust is essentially a second-rate Totino's. A reviewer on the blog Burgers, Dogs, & Pizza, Oh My! mentions many of the same artificial qualities that our panelists said Totino's possessed. In this case, however, there was no strange attraction to the resulting taste, and the blogger was left wondering how to dispose of the other Tony's pies he purchased.

On the other hand, a Yahoo Voices reviewer enjoyed Tony's Crispy Crust and expressed surprise at how much cheese and pepperoni it offered for the less-than-a-dollar price she paid at the store.

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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