Ellio’s vs Betzio’s

Old school cafeteria-style pan pizza, mmmm, nothing like it.  I haven’t had this in many years, probably since middle school but maybe high school.  My sister and I loved the commercial with the kid having his big brother prepare the pizza for him and having the cheese go “blub blub blub”.
I never heard of Betzio’s before but saw it at the market and felt it was perfect for a comparison.

Um…where to start?  This is not the pizza I remembered when I was a kid, and it’s definitely not the pizza shown on the box.  First, the perferations on the dough do not let the pizza break off to make a neat rectangle.  This shape  pictured above is what Ethan got after trying to snap off the perferations.
Second, the cheese – where is it?  The pizza is sparingly sprinkled with minimal cheese revealing a somewhat “zesty” sauce but it’s really like ketchup with too much herb.  Ethan said it wasn’t oregano though because he likes oregano, so I don’t know what it was.  The dough is bland and tasteless and so chewy that I just scraped off the cheese and sauce because I couldn’t deal with it.


Betzio’s had much better everything.  The cheese tasted better and there was more of it.  The sauce was milder but the dough was much more pleasant, light, soft (but not mushy) and crisp on the bottom.
Ethan said it really reminded him of pizza he got at school growing up and it was good in a comforting way.

Wrap up:
Definitely Betzio’s.  I just can’t believe how dissapointing Ellio’s was.  Did I like it before because I was kid or has it gone way downhill in the past 25 years?  It’s almost shameful to pass this off as pizza.
Anyway, at least we’ll always have the commercial. Blub blub blub.

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15 thoughts on “Ellio’s vs Betzio’s

  1. I can’t vote because I’ve never had Betzio’s, but reading your review makes me want some. In which market did you find it (he asked, crossing his fingers that it wasn’t Shaw’s…)

  2. When it comes to store brought pizza, I love Red Barron pizza. I never heard of Ellio or Betzio pizza.

  3. I used to have a weird obsession with cafeteria “pizza flips”. I’d love to find something similar in Wisconsin. Does anyone know where to buy some?

  4. The herb taste was probably fennel, it makes its way into a lot of “Italian” food. I think most companies go overboard on it.

  5. Ellio’s used to be much better in the past. Not sure if McCain might have made changes to it. The other one does look good and if it really is made by the person that started Ellio’s that would explain it. Wish i could try it but they don’t carry it in Puerto Rico. Actually they no longer carry Ellio’s

  6. I love Betzio’s Frozen Pizza, but can’t find it anywhere. I live in Northeast Phildelphia. Please tell me what supermarket sells it so I can get it as soon as possible. Please help I can’t stand Ellio’s and thats all they seem to sell.

  7. I love betzios. Apparently the betzios recipe was the original recipe of ellios! But then ellios was sold off to new owners who promptly changed the recipe. So the old owners of ellios began in 1993 producing betzios pizza using the original ellios recipe. Unfortunately i too cant find betzios in the supermarkets anymore. Nor can i find any website for the product. Betzios once had a website but that is long gone. I’m guessing they discontinued making betzios.

  8. BS ! Ellios was NOT Started by the same man as Betzios ! The reason Betzios is out of business is because Ellios caused it. Ellios uses ARTIFICIAL ingrediants that taste like crap. Betzios used REAL natural ingrediants. Betzios could not compete with cheap imitation dog shit that people eat.
    Anyway Betzios also supplied the public school systems their pizzas. No wonder I always love my schools pizza from elementary until high school, it was Betzios ! They were located in Queens New York or very close. And Betzios also supplied Pathmark and King Kullen brands their pizza. It was ALL BETZIOS !.
    So as it goes, ELLIOS PIZZA which is fake artificial crap – outsold Betzios and made Betzios go out of business in 2010. Betzios could NOT compete with a competitor that used CHEAPER ingredients to make their pizzas. And people today are so drugged up and stupid that they can’t tell the difference between good food and garbage. Even a dumb 8 year old should be able to see that Ellios cheese is just balls of cheese food that NEVER MELTS in the oven, just plastic crap. Ellios SUCKS !

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