Whether you grew up in the age of Thundercats or Ren & Stimpy, you probably had some favorite childhood food that was a fixture either at home or in your lunchbox.
One of the staples of my childhood was Ellio’s Pizza. My mom always made sure had several boxes in the freezer, and most of my friends had Ellio’s at their house too. Pizza was our go to snack after school, and on weekends.
I guess the blame for the popularity of pizza in the late 80’s/early 90’s was due to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. When the Turtles were at the height of their popularity, long before Michael Bay destroyed their legacy, pizza was THE thing for us kids to eat! I didn’t matter what kind of pizza you had, even if it was a frozen one.
But for me, Ellio’s was the most accessible pizza at the time. For those who have never heard of Ellio’s, here’s what you need to know: Ellio’s is a frozen pizza that (according to the box) comes with “9 slices” of pizza. But in reality, there are only 3 rectangular pizzas in a box, each divisible crosswise into three slices.
I always wondered how they got away with claiming the box had 9 slices of pizza, because I don’t think a tiny sliver of a pizza should count as a slice, but that’s just me.
Anywho, back in those days Ellio’s only sold cheese pizza, and that was just fine for me. Many years later I think they started selling pepperoni pizza and some other kinds of pizza, but I don’t remember ever trying those.
Sometime in the mid to late 1990’s, I stopped buying Ellio’s Pizza in favor of the similar rectangular Stop & Shop “9 slice” pizza. But now that I’m living in the south, I often crave some Ellio’s Pizza, but sadly nobody sells it down here. I think its only sold in the Northeast for some reason. Perhaps I should have Laneit rent a refrigerated truck and bring me some.