Donia, I had to write and thank you and your family for a great trip down memory lane for me! This pizza was AWESOME! I can still remember how it tasted – I must have eaten hundreds of them growing up. My grandmother would make them for me after school. Too Cool! Thanks, and my best to your family!
Welcome aboard! yep–I grew up on John’s pizza here in NJ–it was my favorite for lunch or for a snack. RIP John’s–it was always in our family’s freezer. My sister & I would usually try to sneak eating some of the little squares of cheese before my mom or grandmother put it in the oven. I can almost taste it now[:p]
Hi Everyone, When I ran across these messages about John’s Frozen Pizza I had to laugh. My name is Donia Pizza and I am the Granddaughter of Anthony J. Pizza and my Dad, Donald Pizza was the president and my Uncle Richard Pizza was the vice president (Yes that is really our last name). I can’t believe that people still remember John’s frozen pizza. My Grandpa stared out in the refrigeration/freezer business and did come up with the idea for frozen pizza through that business, unfortunately he did not get credit for this because I don’t believe he patent it. He, as everyone has stated, sold the business in the 80’s and was a consultant for the new company briefly but the pizza was never the same. A.J. Pizza passed away in 1990 and the pizza is no longer available. I have a lot of fond memories of the plant on Joe Orr Road in Chicago Heights and eating A LOT of frozen pizza growing up with my Grandpa’s picture on the corner of the box, thanks for taking me on a trip down memory lane.
Man–John’s was my favorite pizza growing up–can almost taste it now. How come succeeding comapnies always have to mess up a good thing?[:(!]
I KNOW WHEN I WAS GROWING UP IN THE CHICAGO SUBURBS WE ALWAYS HAD JOHNS FROM JEWEL FOOD STORES BUT IT DISSAPEARED IN THE EARLY 80’S THERE
My dad was a warehouse supervisor for John`s Pizza in the late 60s. I, as a baby, was part of the Johns Pizza promo ad`s. From what my dad has told me, Anthony J Pizza was the originator of the frozen pizza. They were bought out, I believe in the 80s by Jeno`s, for roughly $15 million. I could be wrong, but that is the story that I was told. Hope this helps with your search =)
I know Mama Celeste was an early frozen pizza, friend of mine was a food scientist at the time (1968) and their company was developing the recipe for it in the frozen form. Seems to me I test tasted a lot of pizza then, she was always sending samples over to my company for my coworkers to taste test.
John’s pizza was the best frozen pizza. I have also been looking for it. Bought by Tony’s? That stinks–Tony’s is too much like jenos used to be. It’s a shame when a company buys a product line, only to discontinue it & gain shelf space. RIP Johns!
Johns frozen pizza was made by the Anthony J pizza company in Chicago Heights, IL. (I worked there right out of high school).
The company closed in the early to mid 80s and, I believe, that they sold the "Johns" name to Tony’s frozen pizza.
I’m not sure that I really beleive it, but, they claimed to be the first frozen pizza on the market back in the late 50s or early 60s.
Side note….. The name of the man that owned the company was Pizza! Anthony John Pizza.
Howdy. I just joined. I have been on a mission to try and find John’s frozen pizza sold in the 70’s and maybe 80’s I know in the Midwest. I can’t recall who made it. I noticed a 12-25-04 question from lilbuddypizza on this but did not see an answer. Does anyone know who made this or if available anywhere? Thanks.
Johns Frozen Pizza
Well this is a stale forum I guess, but I was just thinking back on “John’s” and this is where the search took me!. I used to have these every day back in central NJ. The ones we get now are just not the same…
Interesting about the last name “Pizza”
I’ll keep this thread going. I never realized this was made in Chicago Heights until we drove by the factory and saw the banner hanging on the building. My mom keep a box in the freezer. Friday was the 1 day for my brother and I to watch TV and have a pizza.
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