When McDonald’s Had Pizza

Comments 14 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Remember when McDonald’s used to have Pizza? It took about 12 minutes, was pretty cardboard-like in texture, and the novelty wore off pretty soon. Regardless, it was a pretty fun notion when it first came about.

A line of personal sized pizzas were sold in the early 90s. In Ontario, Nova Scotia, and British Columbia (c. 1992-1995) the pizza originally began as a family sized pizza that was brought out to the table by an employee and placed on a raised rack in the centre of the table. Later it was scaled down to a personal sized pizza when the larger version did not sell well. [wiki]

McDonald’s Pizza

The logo for the McDonald’s Pizza’s was the word pizza but the “Z’s” were two golden arches on a slant – hence the reason I always call it “Pimma” (which I believe my brother first started).

You can’t find many remnants of the McPizzas anymore, the big custom ovens have been shipped out and there’s barely a trace of evidence on the internets. I was only able to find an online petition calling for their return. John and I don’t eat at McDonald’s often – or at all, really – but whenever we’re in the mood to call Flying Wedge, we do enjoy us some good pimma.

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  1. DuaneThursday, April 19th, 2007 — 8:59pm PDT

    I used to work at McDics back in the day when they had pizza. It was great, and I actually liked them. They started with the 2for10 deal, then slowly raised it to 2for12 (which made it less appealing). The reason they stopped (so I was told) is that they simply weren’t making much money on them.

  2. JessThursday, April 19th, 2007 — 9:24pm PDT

    I absolutely called this stuff Pimma when I was little. I imagine the same marketing genius also came up with “McWraps.”

  3. FlashThursday, April 19th, 2007 — 10:16pm PDT

    I used to eat these for two reasons. First, it was finally something I’d eat on their menu. I lost my taste for McDonald’s hamburgers before I even got out of my teens, and about all you could convince me to eat there since are the fries or a chocolate shake. And health wise, at least with the pizza, I could imagine I was not doing my body so much damage when I ate it.

    Secondly, my family moved to BC when I was a little kid because we had bought the Abbotsford franchise of Tom’s House of Pizza. They were excellent pizzas back in that day, and we really didn’t eat restaurant pizza for a couple of years after we sold it because nothing tasted as good (and partially cause we were a little tired of pizza). The closest thing left in the area is Me & Ed’s. McDonald’s pizza was a far cry from it, of course; but they did use cornmeal to keep the bottoms from sticking to oven, just as we did, and that brought back a lot of memories. Funny that you’d eat a pizza just for the hint of cornmeal on the bottom.

    The thing I didn’t like about the pizzas… the introduction of the oven baked apple pies instead of the deep fried ones came about when those pizza ovens came into the restaurants, and unfortunately stayed when the ovens left. The old pies were hot with a crispy crust. The oven pies are horrible in comparison, and got even worse after the ovens left by tasting even more raw and doughy when they started oven baking them without an oven.

  4. BradleyFriday, April 20th, 2007 — 9:46pm PDT

    “there is nothing like a hot McWrap first thing in the morning” was one of my fave jokes

  5. gusgreeperSaturday, April 21st, 2007 — 11:52am PDT

    i worked at macdonalds when it had pizza.

  6. KevBoSunday, April 22nd, 2007 — 1:20pm PDT

    That was the only thing that I liked about McD’s. I havent eaten there for probably 8 years, but if they brought the pizza back I would be there in a second.

  7. wesThursday, April 26th, 2007 — 6:05pm PDT

    I totally remember those pizzas. I would always get them when me and my friends went to McD’s for lunch during highschool. The only problem was that by the time the pizza was ready and brought out to me, my friends would be done eating already. But I would love to them again. 🙂

  8. MarvinSaturday, April 28th, 2007 — 10:37pm PDT

    It was also available in Quebec. Wiki bad….

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  10. AlainaSunday, March 30th, 2008 — 3:05pm PDT

    Heya I dont remember the pizzas or pimmas lmao
    but my bf and his parents do but they think they are the only 1s that remember because they used to go when every they could for the pimmas

  11. nameTuesday, February 10th, 2009 — 10:47pm PST

    they had McPizzas in winnipeg too

  12. dkfuelSunday, August 23rd, 2009 — 1:15am PDT

    I used to eat pizza at the McDonald’s in Glendale, CA. It was the only one in the area that served it and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I ate it A LOT and can still remember exactly how it tastes. In fact, I probably ate it more than a human being should be allowed to — but now that it’s gone, I’m glad that I did.

    I crave it to this day…

  13. jpMonday, September 28th, 2009 — 3:28pm PDT

    Man, I miss McDonnalds Pimma so much. We used to always get one of these when we took long drives up to Prince George from Victoria. They were cheap and fantastic. Really, I’ve never been able to find anything like it, though Costco pizza comes somewhat close.

  14. Ben BibeauSunday, July 18th, 2010 — 6:32pm PDT

    If i remember well, they were good.

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