Everyone loves pizza. At least, I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t. Most people also know that pizza is best when served at a local pizzeria. It also costs more that way and isn’t always convenient. But, when you’re ready for a pizza fix and you need it quick, a frozen pizza can be a good second choice. Among frozen pizza brands, both Tony’s and Red Baron are good choices and won’t break the bank.
I love pizza any way it’s served. I love pizza restaurants. I love making my own pizza. And I love eating frozen pizzas. I guess I might be called a pizzaholic, but I don’t mind. I’ve even visited Italy and eaten at many of the pizzerias there. But after all my sampling of pizza, I still like it pretty much no matter where it comes from or what it looks like. But that doesn’t mean I don’t prefer one type over another.
Tony’s pizza usually costs from $1.50 to $3.50, but can usually be found for around $2.00. I buy them because there’s a local grocery store that often has them on sale at six for $10, and there’s just not much beating that deal. Tony’s isn’t the cheapest frozen pizza you can get, but it’s probably the best taste and value for the price.
Red Baron pizza usually costs from $2.00 all the way up to $4.50, but is usually around $3.00 or $3.50. I also wait til a local grocery store has them on sale, either for $2.50 or even $2.00 each before I buy them. Generally, Red Baron’s is going to cost you more than Tony’s, but it’s also not the most expensive frozen pizza you could get and when you find it on sale, it doesn’t cost much more than Tony’s pizza.
Out of all the frozen pizza varieties that I’ve tried and enjoyed, there’s still just two that I keep coming back to: Mexican style supreme and regular supreme. I like the variety of those two, but out of the both of them, I enjoy Mexican style most. So, when I’m comparing brands of pizza, I often base my comparison on their Mexican Supreme pizza (and I’m sorely disappointed when they don’t offer one).
Tony’s Mexican Fiesta Pizza is very satisfying, there’s no doubt about it. But it’s not as satisfying, at least, not to your stomach. It’s about 7-8 ounces less than Red Baron’s Mexican Style Supreme Pizza, which equates to about half a pound of less food (this is a consistent comparison between most Tony’s and Red Baron pizzas, the Tony’s are smaller). In terms of size, that makes it about 2-3 inches less in diameter. Anytime you see a smaller pizza next to a bigger one, you know you want the bigger one; that’s just a general fact of eating pizza. Nonetheless, if you’re not exceptionally hungry, half of Tony’s Mexican Fiesta Pizza should be enough to satisfy you – just don’t look at it next to a Red Baron Pizza.
Either way, they both taste great. Both Red Baron and Tony’s Mexican pizzas have the standard compliment of “Mexican” toppings: monterrey jack and cheddar cheese, green and red bell peppers, onions and sausage.
But, there are several things that distinguishes them: Red Baron’s sausage is supposedly a special type of “Mexican” sausage. It’s not chorizo, but I do agree that it tastes differently and slightly better. Also, Red Baron adds olives (a very nice touch) and claims to have “taco sauce” for its pizza sauce. It’s not the same thing as Taco Bell (thankfully), but it’s a mix between regular pizza sauce and something with a little more flavor. They put enough of it on that Red Baron’s Mexican Style Supreme seems to be juicier or more moist overall.
In contrast, Tony’s Mexican Fiesta pizza seems a little dry. That may be in part because Tony’s Mexican Fiesta Pizza crust is different than their regular crusts. It’s made of some kind of corn meal, which kind of gives the impression of a tortilla or tostada. It’s just an impression though, it’s not a bizarre type of crust or anything and I think it adds to the Mexican flavor. Finally, Red Baron adds crushed tortilla chips to the top. I can’t tell that it adds too much, but it’s not a bad idea and maybe it’s their way of substituting for Tony’s different crust.
In the end, I buy both. Tony’s is cheaper and still tastes great, especially when I’m not starving. But, when I can get Red Baron’s on sale, I enjoy it as a slightly larger meal, it’s slightly more moist (which I appreciate) and I think their toppings are of slightly better quality and variety. I just love pizza and both of these are great, cheap and unique.