Lesley Kennedy

It’s as American as … Pizza Pie

zagat pizza survey


So how much do Americans love their pizza? Well, according to the first-ever pizza survey from restaurant guide Zagat, 83 percent of respondents say pizza is one of their favorite foods.




The survey also found that Americans chow down on pizza an average of 4.3 times per month, or about once a week (Had they interviewed us, the number might be much higher.)


And what do we like on our pizzas? When it comes to toppings, pepperoni is, well, tops, with 38 percent listing it as their fave. A (not-so-surprising) 34 percent say anchovies are just the worst.


As for pizza styles, Zagat says New York–style thin crust pies get the most kudos (38 percent), followed by brick oven (23 percent), Neopolitan (13 percent) and Chicago-style deep dish (8 percent). Clearly, more Americans need to take a trip to Giordano’s.


Then there’s the whole issue on just exactly how to eat your pizza. Since New York wins the style contest, we’re not surprised the fold-it-up-and-cram-it-in-your-mouth way of taking down a slice is a frequent go-to (at 38 percent), but most people just eat it flat (43 percent) and only 19 percent use a knife and fork. (See Giordano’s.)


In other pizza survey news, about half of Americans spice up their pies with red pepper flakes, 30 percent blot off extra grease (blasphemy!) and the average price for a slice is just $2.99, with an entire pie averaging $15.84.


Seriously, $3 for a slice of pizza pie? Now, that’s amore.




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