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A recent United States Department of Agriculture study estimated that one in eight Americans consume some form of
pizza on any given day. That number climbs to one in four for
males, when looking speciﬁcally at Americans age 12 to 19.
There's no escaping it: pizza is engrained in the American diet.
A study from Priceonomics shows that most pizza places
are concentrated in the Northeast, particularly Connecticut,
Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Jersey. Median prices
range from $7.25 to as much as $15, according to Priceonomics.
The neighborhood pizza place and the typical franchise have
much lower prices than artisanal wood-ﬁre pizzerias. Other
regional differences, like Chicago deep dish, lead to higher
prices as well. Cities with the most expensive cheese pizzas in
America are Buffalo, Nashville and San Francisco, according to
The state with the most restaurants serving pizza is
Connecticut, with 13.2 restaurants per capita, says the report,
citing Dataﬁniti. Smaller northeastern states with large Italian
populations dominate the list, including Massachusetts (11.7),
The pizzeria serves Neopolitan-style pizza made with Kansas ﬂour
Rhode Island (11.6) and New Jersey (9.6).
and baked in a wood-ﬁred oven made from 20,000 pounds of
limestone and French clay brick. Also on the menu are chicken
New York and Illinois, two states that are known for their distinct
wings, pastrami and grilled cheese sandwiches, light salads and
styles of pizza, are in the second tier of states, along with areas
bar snacks such as homemade mozzarella and pickles.
of the West, the Upper Midwest and Florida. States in the Deep
South have the fewest number of pizza places per capita.
Gatti's Pizza, based in Texas, is the descendent of the iconic
Mr. Gatti's family of pizza businesses. Mr. Gatti's ﬁrst opened its
Limestone Pizza, which opened in 2014 in Lawrence, Kansas,
doors as The Pizza Place in Stephenville, Texas, in 1964. Gatti's
is among the new breed of local pizzerias that focus on local
pizza is made with tomatoes that are fresh-packed four hours
ingredients and unique menu offerings. The shop's most
from harvest and steam-peeled. Dough is made fresh by hand
popular pizza is called The Farmer, topped with house-recipe
daily and allowed to rise twice. Pizza is prepared in a copper-
bacon, gruyere, one locally sourced fried egg and swiss chard.
tiled, stone-ﬁred rotary deck oven.
Bringing in local ingredients and baking from scratch is impor-
Pie Five Pizza Co. recently became the ﬁrst casual pizza chain
tant to the owners, who have deep roots in the Lawrence
to introduce a cauliﬂower pizza crust. The new crust is gluten-
free and contains 40 net carbohydrates, less than half of the
net carbohydrates in any of Pie Five's other crusts. "Cauliﬂower
Executive chef Rick Martin worked at Free State Brewing
is exploding in popularity due to its taste and amazing health
for 20 years, chef emeritus Charlie Rascoll was a founder of
beneﬁts," says Christina Coy, vice president of marketing for Pie
Wheatﬁelds Bakery, and head baker Mike Humphrey was the
Five. "We were inspired to incorporate this versatile veggie to
former head baker at Wheatﬁelds.
create a healthier crust that is still super delicious."
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