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It’s easy to take pizza for granted. It’s your go-to when you need an easy meal at home or for an office event. But don’t forget that a good pie can be elevated to gourmet cooking with the right combination of crust, sauce, cheese, toppings. It’s one of the most popular items to order, and we have the pizza statistics to prove it. Here are the most popular types of pizza and catering options from around the country.
The 10 Most Popular Types of Pizza
1. Cheese Pizza
It should be no shocker that a classic is the statistical favorite. Cheese pizza is one of the most popular choices. It will always be a simple, unadorned masterpiece on its own.
2. Veggie Pizza
When you want to jazz up your cheese pizza with color and texture, veggies are the perfect topping. And you’re only limited by your imagination. Everything from peppers and mushrooms, to eggplant and onions make for an exciting and tasty veggie pizza.
3. Pepperoni Pizza
There’s a reason this is one of the most popular types of pizza. Who doesn’t love biting into a crispy, salty round of pepperoni?
4. Meat Pizza
If pepperoni just isn’t enough, and you’re looking for a pie with a bit more heft, a meat pizza is a perfect and popular choice. Pile on ground beef and sausage for a hearty meal.
5. Margherita Pizza
Deceptively simple, the Margherita pizza is made with basil, fresh mozzarella, and tomatoes. There’s a reason it’s an Italian staple and one of the most popular types of pizza in the country.
6. BBQ Chicken Pizza
If you love BBQ chicken and you love pizza, why not put them together? This has long been a cult favorite of sports fans and college kids. The chicken slathered over the top of a pie gives it a tangy, sweet flavor that can’t be beaten.
7. Hawaiian Pizza
Pineapple might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think pizza. But add in some ham and it creates an unexpectedly solid sweet and salty combination for this type of pizza.
8. Buffalo Pizza
Who says your pizza has to be strictly tomato-sauce based? Branch out with some buffalo sauce on your pie. All its spicy, salty, buttery goodness is a natural pairing for pizza.
9. Supreme Pizza
When you can’t decide which toppings to get, it’s time for the supreme pizza. The “supreme” refers to the litany of toppings that come scattered on these pies, from sausage to vegetables to pepperoni. And it’s the combination of the flavors that really makes it sing.
10. The Works Pizza
And when the supreme just isn’t enough, you’re ready for the works. It’s a step up in heartiness from the supreme. The “works” usually involves a wide variety of veggie toppings including onions, olives, and mushrooms, plus bacon and pepperoni.
Where to Order the Best Pizza
Now that you know what’s cooking in the world of pizza, it’s time to place your order. While you can get pizza just about anywhere, some cities just do it better than others. These are the 10 most pizza-obsessed cities by the number of pies ordered.
- Boston, MA
- Philadelphia, PA
- Washington, DC
- Dallas, TX
- New York, NY
- Atlanta, GA
- Chicago, IL
- San Jose, CA
- San Francisco, CA
- Raleigh, NC
The list of the most popular pizza types has spoken. So for the best pies around, here are 10 pizza caterers in these cities and beyond you need to check out.
If you’re looking for organic, sustainable ingredients, Ecco Pizzeria is for you. The crust is even made with whole wheat. This is a solid Boston favorite.
For pies for a big crowd, there’s none better than Couch Tomato Catering. This long-standing Philly operation mixes classics like cheese and pepperoni with new favorites like buffalo chicken. Try the Florentine, for a delightful mix of spinach and cheese.
Angie’s New York Pizza brings the classic thin and crispy New York slice to D.C. If you’re a veggie lover, try the Garden Veggie Pizza, loaded with black and green olives, mushrooms, and onions.
Palio’s Pizza Café offers a lengthy list of gourmet pies with artisanal ingredients and clever names. The Nutty Chicken is topped with roasted cashews, chicken, mushroom, and spinach. And the Mean Green is made with Alfredo, pesto, spinach, bacon, feta, mozzarella.
Have you ever had a pizza topped with Kalamata olives and sun-dried tomatoes? Or have you tried rosemary potatoes and garlic, or even pesto and shrimp on your pizza? Pizza Capri dares to go there. These quirky, tasty combos are the highlights of this Chicago institution.
Pizza Guys just do pizza right. The pies are simple, yet classic. And if you’re looking for the freshest mozzarella around, you’ve found it right here. Quality is the name of the game at Pizza Guys.
Oz Pizza knows California flavors. They specialize in thin-crust pies with California-inspired toppings like figs, baby arugula, and pesto. Even if the combos are local, the flavors transcend to please no matter where you’re from.
There are so many different pizzas at California Pizza Kitchen, no wonder it’s a favorite all over the country. But if you’re looking for one of the most popular types of pizza, try the Original BBQ Chicken Pizza. It’s made with smoked gouda, red onions, cilantro, and a tangy BBQ sauce that you won’t forget.
The Mellow Mushroom serves up all your classic pies, but with flair. The BBQ Chicken comes with bacon, cheddar, and caramelized onion. The Mighty Meaty includes both ham andbacon, along with ground beef, sausage, and pepperoni. Or try the Magical Mystery Tour, a pesto-based pie with spinach, mushroom, feta, and jalapenos.
Verdugo Pizza is family owned, and it shows. They hand-toss every pie to order. And you can choose from crowd-pleasing options like Margherita and Pesto Chicken.
Do you have a favorite pizza style or caterer that didn’t make it onto our list?