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How Many Pizza Restaurants Are There in the US?

There are currently over 100,000 pizzerias in the United States, according to Restaurantji.

The geography of pizzerias in America is very diverse - there is not a single state with more than 9% of all pizzerias. California has 8,9%, followed by Texas (7,5%), New York (6,5%), and Florida with 6,1% closing the leaderboard. On the other side, you'll have the hardest time eating pizza in Alaska, Vermont, and Wyoming - those states combined have just 0,7% of all pizza restaurants.

Pizza is a very affordable dish - more than 3/4 of all restaurants (85,165 or 77,6%) are in the $-$$ price range. And only 53 fall into the category of expensive establishments with a $$$$ average price tag.

The most popular pizzerias are Domino's Pizza, Pizza Hut, Little Caesars, and Papa John's. They have a combined total of 34,558 locations in the US. That's 65% of all chain pizzerias, or more than a quarter (27,7%) of all pizzerias overall.

But don't let their popularity fool you - we analyzed millions of reviews and found that the average rating of independent local pizza restaurants is a cut above chain pizzerias (4,07 vs. 3,2 out of 5).

7 Most Popular Regional Pizza Styles

Neapolitan Pizza

The original Neapolitan pizza comes from Naples, Italy and has just a few fresh ingredients: dough, tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, and olive oil. It must have more sauce than cheese, resulting in a very wet center, so it's served unsliced as a personal 10-12 inch pizza. Strict guidelines from the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana dictate the ingredients and cooking method of baking at 800°F-900°F for 90 seconds in a wood-fired oven. This creates the signature puffy, charred outer crust. Variations don't qualify as true Neapolitan style.

Sicilian Pizza

The original Sicilian pizza called sfincione has a thick, fluffy bread base topped with a simple tomato sauce made with onions, herbs and anchovies, plus breadcrumbs instead of cheese. When Sicilian immigrants brought it to America, mozzarella was often added. For New York-style Sicilian pizza, the same spongy dough is pressed into an oiled square pan and topped with tomato sauce and mozzarella. The bottom gets crispy and charred while the middle stays soft and doughy. Authentic versions don't use mozzarella since sheep/goat milk is more common in Sicily.

New York Pizza

New York is considered the birthplace of American pizza restaurants, with Gennaro Lombardi opening the first licensed pizzeria in 1905. New York-style pizza has large, floppy slices that are wide and pliable. The crust is thin but not as thin as Neapolitan pizza. An important feature is the ability to fold the slice to eat on-the-go. The oversized slices, around 9-10 inches long, have a crispy bite but stay chewy from the high-gluten flour used. The sauce usually contains herbs, while the cheese is aged low-moisture mozzarella. New York pizzas are traditionally cooked in coal-fired ovens.

New Haven Pizza

At first glance, New Haven pizza looks similar to New York style - circular, thin crust and large. But the slices are smaller and the shape is irregular from longer dough fermentation. Like Neapolitan pizza, it has a signature charred crust from being cooked in scorching coal-fired brick ovens. A famous example is the tangy tomato pie from Sally's Apizza, loved by Frank Sinatra. The sauce is made from a proprietary tomato-herb blend with no cheese. The longer fermentation gives the crust a distinct chewy texture and nuanced flavor.

Detroit Pizza

Born in 1946, Detroit-style pizza was originally baked in rectangular steel pans meant for auto parts. The thick, fluffy crust gets a crispy, buttery caramelized edge from the pan's cast iron-like qualities. It's basically a cross between Sicilian and deep dish, with cheese spread from edge-to-edge under the sauce to ensure a crispy crust. Classic toppings are pepperoni and brick cheese. You can still get these iconic rectangular pies at the original Buddy's restaurant or Loui's in Hazel Park, which has a vintage 1970s vibe.

Chicago Pizza

When people say "Chicago-style", they usually mean the famous deep dish pizza with a buttery, yellow crust made from wheat flour and corn oil or butter. The dough is pressed into a deep pan and topped in reverse order - first cheese to prevent burning, then toppings like meat and veggies, and finally a robust tomato sauceLayer. It takes around an hour to bake. Some prefer the cracker-thin, square-cut tavern-style pizzas that are common in Chicago. Fillings are added to the dough in a pan, with cheese and sauce on top for a lightly-fried crunchy edge.

California Pizza

California pizza broke the rules by featuring fresh, innovative toppings representing the state's diverse bounty of produce. It started in 1982 at Spago in Los Angeles with a smoked salmon, red onion and dill crème fraîche pizza. Chains like California Pizza Kitchen popularized unique flavor combinations like barbecue chicken, avocado carpaccio, and mixed toppings like pear, walnut and blue cheese. The crust is often similar to Neapolitan style - thin and hand-tossed - but the generous toppings are where California pies get creative and over-the-top.

Most Popular Dishes in Pizza Restaurants in the US and Canada

Restaurantji collected millions of restaurant reviews from all of the Pizza restaurants across the US and Canada to find out, which particular pizzas are mostly loved by North Americans.

Pepperoni Pizza

Pepperoni is the most popular choice of topping, and analysis by Restaurantji only proves this. About 251.7 million pounds of this flavorful, meaty topping is eaten annually in the U.S. on pizzas. More than 36 percent of the pizzas ordered at restaurants around the U.S. have pepperoni as a topping. Its tasty slightly smoky and spicy flavor makes it easy to understand why so many people love it. Surprisingly, pepperoni wasn't created in Italy - it was invented by Italian immigrants in New York City in the early 1900s. Pepperoni became a go-to topping when pizza chains like Pizza Hut and Domino's opened, since it was inexpensive and traveled well. Common ingredients are a pizza crust, tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and thinly sliced pepperoni.

Some of the most praised restaurants serving Pepperoni Pizza, according to Restaurantji:

V Pizza & Tap Room - Lake Buena Vista in Orlando, FL

Empire Pizza Italian New York style Bellville in Bellville, TX

Noble Roman's Craft Pizza & Pub in Carmel, IN

Meat Lovers Pizza

This hearty pizza is topped with a variety of different meats like pepperoni, sausage, ham, and bacon. It's popular with customers who want a protein-rich meal and love the flavor of meats. Some versions may also include vegetables like onions, peppers and mushrooms, though the focus is on the meats. Key ingredients are pizza crust, tomato sauce, cheese, and assorted cooked/cured meat toppings.

Try this type of pizza at some of these places:

Chitalian in Houston, TX

Goodfellas Pizza Pasta Vino in The Colony, TX

Glory Days Pizza in Shawnee, KS

Supreme Pizza

In the US, a supreme pizza usually contains traditional toppings like pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, onions, and peppers. However, in Italy, the term "supreme" isn't used and topping combinations vary by region. Supreme pizzas appeal to many because of the variety of flavors - from savory meats to sweet pineapple. The exact origins are unclear but some believe it started with Italian-Americans customizing pizzas, or with the rise of pizza chains creating new topping combos in the 1960s. Typical ingredients are crust, sauce, cheese, plus an assortment of vegetable and meat toppings.

Restaurantji users recommend these restaurants:

Pizzeria of Gatlinburg in Gatlinburg, TN

MANGONI Italian Market Pizza in Winter Garden, FL

La Roma Pizza in Tulsa, OK

Lasagna

An Italian favorite, lasagna is surprisingly one of the most popular non-pizza dishes at many pizzerias in the US. It's a comforting baked casserole with layers of wide noodles, cheese, meat sauce, and more cheese. Though strongly associated with Italy today, lasagna did not actually originate there. It may have evolved from ancient Greek laganon noodles layered with toppings and eaten with a stick. The key ingredients in modern lasagna are wide flat noodles, ricotta and mozzarella cheeses, ground meat sauce, and tomato or bechamel sauce.

Try these restaurants’ lasagna (better do it 29th July, on a National Lasagna Day):

Amici Trattoria Italian in Miramar, FL

Fazoli's in St Charles, MO

Filippi's Pizza Grotto Temecula in Temecula, CA

Margherita Pizza

The simple yet iconic Margherita pizza was created in Naples with just a few quality ingredients: yeasted dough stretched into a round, San Marzano tomatoes, fresh buffalo mozzarella, basil, and olive oil. One legend traces its 1889 creation to honoring Queen Margherita with colors of the Italian flag: red (tomatoes), white (mozzarella), and green (basil). However, similar pizzas likely existed before that in Naples. The key ingredients are a simple bread dough base, fresh tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, and olive oil.

Restaurantji suggests to try Margherita pizza here:

Cugino Forno Clemmons in Clemmons, NC

Forno Napoli Pizza & Italian Kitchen in Buffalo, NY

Pizzeria La Rosa in New Rochelle, NY

The First Pizza Restaurant in The United States

Lombardi's – Est. 1905 (New York City) started out as a small grocery store on the corner of two streets in 1897. Lombardi's changed food history forever when the owner, Gennaro Lombardi, decided to start making pizzas in 1905. Lombardi's moved locations in 1984, but still uses the same type of coal oven to bake crusts that are blackened on the bottom with a yeasty, soft inside, topped with tomato sauce made from fresh basil.

About 350 Slices of Pizza Are Eaten Every Second in The US

Americans eat an average of 350 pizza slices every second. That equals about 100 acres of pizza every day and 21,000 slices per minute. That's a huge amount of pizza.

93% of Americans Order Pizza At Least Once A Month

Pizza is more than just America's favorite comforting food. It has become a regular part of our diet. More than 93% of Americans order pizza at least once every month. This means pizza makes up an important part of what Americans eat regularly. And it's probably the most delicious part of the diet too.

Pizza Is a Super Bowl Dish

The American Pizza Community says that around 12.5 million pizzas are ordered, baked, and delivered to football fans on Super Bowl Sunday. Domino's revealed they sell more than 11 million slices on just that one day. The most popular pizza topping for Super Bowl orders is pepperoni.

Studies show that 61% of people consider pizza a "must-have" food for Super Bowl parties. It's estimated that over $230 million is spent on frozen and deli pizzas in just the two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl game.

The Largest Pizza in The World

Pizza Hut teamed up with a famous YouTuber named Airrack to make the world's largest pizza. The giant pizza was 14,000 square feet in size! It was made using huge amounts of dough, pizza sauce, cheese, and pepperoni. Guinness World Records was there to officially declare it the largest pizza ever made, beating the previous record set in 2012.

Airrack wanted to make this colossal pizza for two reasons: 1) To celebrate getting 10 million followers on YouTube, and 2) To make up for a disappointing 8th birthday party from his childhood where the birthday pizza did not get delivered.

Pizza Hut helped sponsor and create this pizza. It took 48 hours of non-stop work by Pizza Hut workers and Airrack's friends at a convention center. The finished pie had 68,000 slices, all of which were donated to charities in Los Angeles.

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