People are testing their “pizza knowledge”

NEW YORK ( – How well do you know ‘za? At least two out of three Americans consider themselves “pizza experts.” A survey of 2,000 American adult pizza lovers reveals that 79% say they can even tell the best places to grab a slice in the city where they live.

More than nine in 10 (94%) ate pizza just in the past month after completing the survey. Almost three-quarters of respondents (72%) love pizza so much they could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner without ever getting bored. Almost half (47%) think it’s perfect for tomorrow’s leftovers.

While nearly two-thirds think eating pizza is good for lunch (63%) and dinner (62%), 44% add that eating for breakfast is absolutely fine. Commissioned by Donatos and led by OnePollthe study found that 64% do not enjoy pizza as often as they would like, with some blaming their health.

From junk food to healthy food?

Sixty-two percent think pizza is a “junk food,” and nearly half (48%) think it’s not healthy enough for their diet. However, 72% would be “thrilled” if the pizza was healthier to eat, while two in three would order more if the toppings were healthier.

With a third of respondents (36%) saying they are “meat lovers” and 23% “vegetable lovers” when it comes to the famous dish, there are possible solutions on the horizon to make pizza healthier. A majority of both groups would be willing to try plant-based meat fillings – including 73% meat lovers and 81% vegetable lovers.

Three out of four meat lovers would eat more plant-based meats overall if they “taste like the original”.

“If we’ve learned anything in the past 60 years of pizza-making, it’s that people have very strong opinions about their favorite ways to enjoy this iconic American staple,” says Carol Pasquariello, vice-president. senior president of marketing at Donatos, in a statement. “But while people may have their favorite toppings, as a pizza brand, we’re excited to see how open people are to trying new things — like a plant-based pepperoni — or finding ways to to make their pizza just a little healthier.”

What would Americans do for a free pizza?


the love for pizza goes a long way 37% of Americans say they would be willing to have all of next year’s movies spoiled for free pizza for a year. Almost as many (33%) would be willing to shave all body hair, eyebrows included. The country’s pizza habit runs so deep that respondents could even identify which toppings should always (or never) appear on their pies.

most beloved toppings include pepperoni (42%), sausage (39%) and onions (37%). Meanwhile, the most despised toppings are anchovies (35%), pineapple (32%) and jalapenos (27%). Pineapple is a major topic of debate: while a third think it doesn’t belong on pizza, 44% insist it does.

Pizza lovers also like to debate how to eat their slices. While a quarter (28%) eat it the traditional way (tip first), 18% prefer to go for the crust first, 17% fold it in half and 14% sandwich two slices together. Eight percent eat pizza with a knife and fork.

More than half of respondents (57%) admit they judge others based on where they order their pies.

“As we like to say, ‘New year, new pizza!’ said Pasquariello. “We know it’s hard for people to give up the things they love – like pizza – especially at the start of a new year. But with new options, including plant-based toppings and a cauliflower crust, pizza no longer needs to be on the chopping block when it comes to eating better in the new year.

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