The Best Size Pizza to ALWAYS Order

When it's pizza night and you want the most food for your money, always order a large pie--even if you're eating alone.

NPR reporter Quoctrung Bui did the math so you don't have to. Bui analyzed 74,476 pizza prices from 3,678 pizza restaurants nationwide to find out how the price of pizza changes with the size of the pie.

The bottom line, according to NPR:

  • One 16-inch pizza has about the same area as one and one-third 14-inch pizzas or four 8-inch pizzas.

  • It may seem like a 16-inch pizza is twice as large as an 8-inch pizza, but it's actually four times as big!

Here's the fun part for anyone who enjoys a math puzzle: Since a pizza is a circle, the area increases with the square of the radius. And that is why a larger pizza is a better bargain.

The dollars and cents: A 16-inch pizza costs, on average, $16.59. To get the same amount of food buying 8-inch pizzas, you would have to buy four pizzas, which will run you $33, on average. That's pretty much double the price of a 16-inch pizza.

No need to blow your diet and eat the entire large pizza pie. Remember, leftover pizza is great for lunch!

--From the Editors at Netscape

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