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What a pizza delivers. (Cover Story).

You can serve it to kids or adults. You can serve it to vegetarians or the meat-and-potatoes crowd. You can order it with just cheese or pepperoni. You can order it with anything from potatoes, pineapple, or pears to barbecue chicken, garlic shrimp, roasted duck, or fried wontons. And you can accent it with flavors like peanut and sesame sauce, curry and chutney, or chilies and salsa.

You can order a thin crust, thick crust, stuffed crust, pan crust, or practically no crust. You can have it delivered to your door, and it serves more people for less money than virtually any other restaurant food.

It should come as no surprise that Americans order three billion pizza pies a year, largely from the more than 60,000 pizzerias that operate out of strip malls, food courts, and Main Streets.

The question is: How many of our clogged arteries do we owe to this enormously popular dish? And, more to the point: Is there any way to make pizza healthy?

If you don't want to cook or eat out, pizza is often the default. One out of every six restaurants in the U.S. is a pizzeria. Annual sales reach some $30 billion, rivaling only burger joints. And, in 1999, McDonald's purchased a pizza chain called Donatos. What does that tell you?

No one would dispute pizza's popularity, but when it comes to health, you often hear different stories. For many people, pizza is a lousy food, period. On the other hand, some dietitians claim that pizza is nutritious because it has components of each of the four basic food groups.

"You get your grain in the crust; you get tomato sauce, which can count as your vegetable; a cheese, which is your dairy; and protein in many toppings," Connie Diekman, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, explained to HealthScout News, an on-line consumer health site, in December 2000.

Never mind that almost all pizzas are loaded with salt, sometimes over a day's worth. Never mind that pizza is a minefield of saturated fat, and not just from the sausage, ground beef, and pepperoni. Most pizzas have enough cheese to make a cardiologist order that second Jaguar. And, for many people, pizza isn't pizza without cheese.

Playing the Numbers

If you take the time to contact the companies or check the Web sites, the nation's largest pizza sellers--Pizza Hut, Domino's, Little Caesars, and Papa John's--will tell you how much saturated fat, sodium, and other nutrients their pizzas contain. But are their numbers accurate? And what about smaller, sit-down chains like California Pizza Kitchen and Pizzeria Uno, which offer no numbers at all? To find out, we bought samples from big and not-so-big chains across the country and sent them to an independent laboratory for analysis (see "How We Got Our Numbers," p. 4).

The good news is that the numbers provided by the chains are pretty accurate (though in some cases, companies serve less pizza than they promise). The companies seem to have a good handle on what's between the crust and the mushrooms, especially considering that it's often an 18-year-old who's sprinkling on the shredded cheese and green peppers. The bad news is that they're sprinkling a lot more cheese than peppers.

Here's a rundown of what to expect from your next pizza. Our charts (starting on p. 6) include numbers for the 15 pizzas we analyzed (they're in bold) and company information for dozens of others. Just remember that what you get from a pizza depends on how much you eat.

What's a Serving?

One slice is rarely enough, especially when chains like Pizza Hut cut their large pies into slices that measure only 3 1/2 inches at their widest.

But how many slices is a typical serving? Since no one has good data, we used Pizza Hut's Personal Pan Cheese Pizza as a guide. It's meant to be eaten by one person, and it weighs roughly nine ounces. So, for each crust at each chain, we calculated the number of whole slices of cheese pizza that come closest to nine ounces.

That gave us a serving size of two to five slices, depending on the chain and the type of crust. In each case, it worked out to a quarter to a third of a large (14-inch) pizza per person. (A typical serving of pizza with topping weighs more than nine ounces, but we assumed that if you're a three-slice-eater, for example, you generally stick with three slices whether the pizza has toppings or not.)

Exceptions: For California Pizza Kitchen, we used an entire 14-ounce pizza as a single serving, because that's how it's usually served. And for Pizzeria Uno, we used half a pizza (19 ounces), because the company's Web site says that each regular pie serves two.

Obviously, no one serving size applies to everyone. So as you look through the chart, first check the serving (in parentheses following each pizza's name). That way, you can adjust the number of slices--and the fat, sat fat, etc.--to match what you eat.

Cheese

A plain cheese pizza is the basic, stripped-down model. But don't assume that it has the least amount of saturated fat. At Pizza Hut, for example, three slices of the Pan Cheese Pizza (Pan is the most popular crust) have 12 grams of sat fat--more than half a day's worth. That's in the same ball-park as three slices of Pan Pepperoni (13 grams) or Pan Ham (11 grams).

The same generally holds true at Domino's, Little Caesars, Papa John's, and most other chains. Just keep in mind that not all cheese pizzas are alike, even at the same chain.

Take Pizza Hut. You'll get 12 grams of sat fat in a serving of Pan or Personal Pan, 14 grams in Thin n' Crispy or Hand Tossed, 18 grams in The Big New Yorker, and 20 grams (a day's worth) in the Stuffed Crust. The last two will also give you 750+ calories and close to a day's worth of sodium.

Half-the-Cheese & No-Cheese

The simple solution to fatty pizzas: Order half the cheese. It's not on the menu, but any pizzeria should be happy to oblige, since it costs the kitchen less. Just make sure that the harried order-taker understands that you want half the usual cheese on all of your pizza, not the usual amount of cheese on only half of your pizza.

Don't expect precisely half the cheese, though. When we ordered "half-the-cheese" pizzas from Domino's, for example, we got anywhere from 25 percent to 75 percent less cheese than the chain's regular cheese pizza. Still, on average, that meant that a half-cheese serving had a third less sat fat. You probably won't even notice the difference in taste.

You can even try a pizza without any of the usual melted mozzarella. If the pizzeria offers Parmesan, order a cheeseless veggie or chicken pizza and ask to have some Parmesan sprinkled over the pie before it goes into the oven. At some restaurants, creativity replaces cheese. California Pizza Kitchen's Tricolore Salad Pizza is smothered with arugula, radicchio, red-leaf lettuce, diced tomatoes, shaved Parmesan, and a vinaigrette dressing. Bravissimo!

Extra Cheese

Who would ever guess that two slices of Domino's Hand Tossed Extra Cheese Pizza pose the same threat to your blood vessels as two slices of Hand Tossed Sausage or Pepperoni Pizza? The same is probably true at most other chains, though Domino's was the only company that gave us numbers for its extra-cheese pizza.

As if extra cheese on your pizza weren't enough, the experts at Pizza Hut have come up with a brilliant way to work more cheese into your pizza--Stuffed Crust. You need cheese stuffed into a pizza crust like you need reverse liposuction to force more fat under your skin.

Veggie

When you order a veggie pizza at chains like Pizza Hut or Papa John's, it typically comes with less cheese than a plain cheese pizza. It's a win-win: You get more flavor, more fiber, more phytochemicals, and less fat.

But beware: At other chains, like Domino's, you may get as much or more cheese on a veggie than on a regular cheese pizza. According to Domino's brochures, its Vegi Pizza has extra cheese. Our analyses turned up equal amounts in a Vegi and a Cheese, but you may not be so lucky.

Chicken

Chicken on a pizza may not be traditional, but it can be delicious ... and less fatty than most red-meat toppings. Only pizzas topped with ham or veggies fall into the same sat-fat range as chicken-topped pizzas. And if you order your chicken pizza with less cheese than usual, the chicken should help distract even die-hard cheese lovers.

A sign of chicken's potential: California Pizza Kitchen's two most popular pizzas are The Original BBQ Chicken and the Thai Chicken. The BBQ has only 170 calories and two grams of sat fat per slice (a sixth of a pizza). The problem is that no one eats one slice. California Pizza Kitchen serves an entire pizza as a single serving. Suddenly, you're talking 1,000 calories, 2,060 mg of sodium, and 32 grams of fat, 14 of them saturated. Tip: Split one of CPK's pizzas and an entree-size salad with your dining companion.

Ham

If you're not interested in a veggie or chicken pizza, ham may be your best bet. At most chains, it's the leanest of the red-meat toppings. At Pizza Hut, for example, you'll get less sat fat from the Personal Pan Ham, Thin n' Crispy Ham, Big New Yorker Ham, or Pan Ham Pizza than from a plain Cheese Pizza with each of those crusts. And at Domino's, ham adds less than 50 calories to a two-slice serving of Hand Tossed Cheese Pizza.

Pepperoni

Pepperoni is by far the most popular pizza topping. At Domino's, those thin spicy slices add an extra two grams of saturated fat and 420 milligrams of sodium to two slices of Hand Tossed Cheese Pizza. If you think that's a bargain, remember that every slice of the Hand Tossed Pepperoni is nearly the equivalent of a McDonald's Egg McMuffin.

Things are no better over at Pizza Hut. A three-slice serving of Pan Pepperoni Pizza--the most popular chain's most popular pizza--is not much different than a Quarter Pounder with Cheese. The damage: 690 calories, 1,620 mg of sodium, and 33 grams of fat, 13 of them saturated. Of course, the sat fat climbs as you go to three slices of Pan Pepperoni Lover's (19 grams) or two slices of Stuffed Crust Pepperoni Lover's (25 grams--what you'd get from two Quarter Pounders with Cheese).

Sausage

At Domino's, the sausage pizza has no more saturated fat than the pepperoni. But that's nothing to crow about. How many of the 600 calories in a two-slice serving of the chain's Hand Tossed Sausage Pizza are going to end up as a spare tire where you least need it? And how many of the ten grams of saturated fat will take up residence in your arteries?

At Pizza Hut, the Pan Italian Sausage Pizza is fattier than the Pan Pepperoni. And three slices of the Hand Tossed Italian Sausage approach the 1,000-calorie mark. They've also got more than a day's worth of saturated fat (22 grams) and sodium (2,480 mg). That's what happens when you layer a fatty meat over fatty cheese. You might as well polish off five Beef Soft Tacos at Taco Bell.

But even the Hand Tossed looks good compared to Pizza Hut's Big New Yorker Sausage Pizza. The Big NY manages to cram 1,140 calories, 3,240 mg of sodium, and 66 grams of fat (28 of them saturated) into two slices. That's not a serving of pizza--it's a T-bone steak dinner with salad and a baked potato sprinkled with a teaspoon of salt.

Beef

Add beef to your pizza at your own risk. At Domino's, the beef pizzas range from 11 grams of sat fat (for two slices of Hand Tossed) to 18 grams (for five squares of Thin Crust). Three slices of Pizza Hut's Hand Tossed or two slices of The Big New Yorker Beef hit 22 grams. Those numbers should come as no surprise. After all, we're talking ground beef, not sirloin steak. You also get ground beef and cheese on a Burger King Whopper with Cheese, but three slices of Pizza Hut's Pan Beef Pizza have an extra 120 calories and 500 mg of sodium.

Bacon or Pork

Domino's offers fatty bacon pizzas; Pizza Hut goes with fatty ground pork instead. The numbers on either should qualify you for a time-share at the cardiac care unit (make sure it has a functioning blood pressure gauge). At Pizza Hut, the Hand Tossed or Stuffed Crust Pork is as fatty as the Hand Tossed or Stuffed Crust Meat Lover's.

Combos

Pepperoni or sausage or ham or beef was enough to satisfy customers for decades ... until the pizza chains ratcheted up the stakes. Why stop with just one meat when you can drown a pizza in pepperoni, sausage, ham, bacon, beef, and pork toppings?

Domino's Meatzza, Little Caesars Meatsa, Papa John's All the Meats, Pizza Hut Meat Lover's or Super Supreme. Some of them can give you more than a day's saturated fat and sodium and 800-or-so calories. Talk about piling on.

You'd be smart to avoid the entire Pizza Hut "Lover's" line except the Veggie Lover's. "Our Lover's Line pizzas pack on more of your favorite toppings!" boasts Pizza Hut's menu. They pack it on, all right--just where you need it least.

But the Big Daddy of the combo pizzas is Pizzeria Uno's Chicago Classic--the worst pizza we found. It's "the pizza that made us famous," proclaims Pizzeria Uno. "Extra sausage, extra cheese, extra tomato, extra crisp crust, and extra delicious."

Extra you is more like it.

A "regular" pizza serves two, according to Pizzeria Uno's Web site. Two teenage football players, maybe. How many people can shovel 1,500 calories and 1 1/2 days' saturated fat into their mouths and still stay upright?

How We Got Our Numbers

We bought 15 popular kinds of pizza at 36 pizzerias in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. We made a composite out of six samples of each kind of pizza (for example, equal portions of two Pizza Hut Pan Pepperoni Pizzas from each of the three cities were mixed together). We analyzed each composite for calories, fat, saturated fat, trans fat, and sodium.

PIZZA STRATEGIES

* Pick the right toppings. Vegetables are lowest in calories and richest in nutrients. Chicken and ham are second best. Meat toppings vary from chain to chain, but in general, pepperoni is leaner than pork, sausage, and beef.

* Order a half-the-cheese or no-cheese pizza. Half the cheese works with almost any pizza. No-cheese works best with creative toppings like California Pizza Kitchen's Tricolore Salad Pizza. If the pizzeria offers Parmesan, order a cheese-less veggie or chicken pizza and ask to have some Parmesan sprinkled over the pie before it goes into the oven.

* Skip the hidden cheese. When you order a vegetable pizza, make sure it doesn't come with the extra cheese that some chains automatically add. And don,t forget: That's cheese in those stuffed crust pizzas too.

* Steer clear of multi-meat pizzas. With these extravagantly unhealthy pizzas, more clearly means much more. Watch out for names like Meat Lover's, Meatzza, All the Meats, and Super Supreme.

* Get it with a salad. You'll escape with far less damage if you don't have a pizza-only meal. If you're calling Little Casears, order a salad to go with your pizza and cut down on the number of slices you eat. At Pizza Hut and most of the other big delivery chains, you probably won't find anything green on the menu. So fill in by serving baby carrots or sliced red or green peppers or cucumbers with light ranch dressing. Or slice up some honeydew, cantaloupe, or watermelon.

* Don't take sides. Once you go beyond salad, pizzeria side dishes get pretty dicey. With few exceptions, you're in the land of Buffalo wings, bread sticks, and cheesy bread. Just what you need to go with pizza crust and cheese. Each piece of Double Cheesy Bread from Domino's, for example, means another 140 calories and two grams of saturated fat. A typical order has eight pieces. Bread sticks aren't as fatty, but they still run more than 100 calories apiece. Wings are 50 calories a pop. But that's for less than an ounce of chicken, so the wings--and the numbers--add up quickly, it's fruits and vegetables, not bread or fried chicken, that should round out a pizza meal.

The Pie Chart

These numbers show what you'd get if you ate a typical serving of each pizza. As you look through the chart, always check the serving size (in parentheses following each name) before any other numbers. That way, you can adjust the number of slices--and the calories, sat fat, etc.--to match what you eat.

The numbers used to compile the chart were provided by the pizza chains, except for the 15 kinds of pizza we had analyzed. Those are listed in bold.

Best Bites contain no more than six grams of saturated fat in a typical serving. Within each category, pizzas are ranked from best to worst--from least to most saturated fat, then total fat, calories, and sodium.
Pizza
(No. of slices and weight of a typical
serving from a large pizza)

 Total Fat
 Calories (grams)
Cheese

[check][check] Domino's Hand Tossed Cheese,
 with half the cheese
 (2 slices--7 oz.) 480 12
 Domino's Hand Tossed Cheese
 (2 slices--7 oz.) 500 14
 Little Caesars Deep Dish Cheese
 (4 squares--9 oz.) 560 20
 Papa John's Original Crust
 Cheese (2 slices--8 oz.) 560 20
 Little Caesars Round Cheese
 (3 slices--8 oz.) 600 18
 Domino's Thin Crust Cheese
 (5 squares--9 oz.) 640 28
 Domino's Deep Dish Cheese
 (2 slices--9 oz.) 680 30
 Pizza Hut Pan Cheese
 (3 slices--8 oz.) 630 27
 Pizza Hut Personal Pan Cheese
 (1 pizza--9 oz.) 630 28
 Papa John's Thin Crust Cheese
 (3 slices--10 oz.) 700 39
 Little Caesars Thin Crust
 Cheese (5 squares--10 oz.) 650 30
 Pizza Hut Thin n' Crispy Cheese
 (3 slices--8 oz.) 540 24
 Pizza Hut Hand Tossed Cheese
 (3 slices--10 oz.) 650 27
 Pizza Hut The Big New Yorker
 Cheese (2 slices--12 oz.) 760 34
 Pizza Hut Stuffed Crust Cheese
 (2 slices--11 oz.) 890 38

Extra Cheese

 Domino's Hand Tossed Extra
 Cheese (2 slices--8 oz.) 560 20
 Domino's Deep Dish Extra Cheese
 (2 slices) 740 35
 Domino's Thin Crust Extra
 Cheese (5 squares) 750 37

Veggie

[check][check] Pizza Hut Hand Tossed Veggie
 Lover's (3 slices--9 oz.) 550 14
[check][check] Papa John's Original Crust
 Garden Special
 (2 slices--11 oz.) 560 20
 Domino's Hand Tossed Vegi
 (2 slices--8 oz.) 520 16
 Pizza Hut Thin n' Crispy Veggie
 Lover's (3 slices--11 oz.) 510 18
 Little Caesars Round Veggie
 (3 slices--12 oz.) 570 21
 Pizza Hut Pan Veggie Lover's
 (3 slices--12 oz.) 720 33
 Papa John's Thin Crust Garden
 Special (3 slices--13 oz.) 680 36
 Pizza Hut The Big New Yorker
 Veggie Lover's
 (2 slices--24 oz.) 900 44
 Domino's Deep Dish Vegi
 (2 slices) 770 36
 Pizza Hut Stuffed Crust Veggie
 Lover's (2 slices--14 oz.) 840 34
 Domino's Thin Crust Vegi
 (5 squares) 780 38

Chicken

 Pizza Hut Thin n' Crispy
 Chicken Supreme
 (3 slices--11 oz.) 540 18
 Pizza Hut Hand Tossed Chicken
 Supreme (3 slices--12 oz.) 630 19
 Pizza Hut Pan Chicken Supreme
 (3 slices--12 oz.) 720 33
 California Pizza Kitchen
 Original BBQ Chicken
 (1 pizza--14 oz.) 1,000 32
 Pizza Hut Stuffed Crust Chicken
 Supreme (2 slices--13 oz.) 860 34

Ham

 Domino's Hand Tossed Ham
 (2 slices) 540 16
 Pizza Hut Personal Pan Ham
 (1 pizza--9 oz.) 580 23
 Pizza Hut Thin n' Crispy Ham
 (3 slices--8 oz.) 450 18
 Domino's Hand Tossed Hawaiian
 (2 slices) 620 22
 Domino's Deep Dish Ham
 (2 slices) 710 31
 Pizza Hut Pan Ham
 (3 slices--10 oz.) 720 33
 Pizza Hut The Big New Yorker
 Ham (2 slices--12 oz.) 680 26
 Domino's Thin Crust Ham
 (5 squares) 690 30
 Pizza Hut Hand Tossed Ham
 (3 slices--11 oz.) 710 27
 Domino's Deep Dish Hawaiian
 (2 slices) 780 36
 Domino's Thin Crust Hawaiian
 (5 squares) 810 38
 Pizza Hut Stuffed Crust Ham
 (2 slices--11 oz.) 810 44

Pepperoni

 Domino's Hand Tossed Pepperoni
 (2 slices--7 oz.) 560 20
 Papa John's Original Crust
 Pepperoni (2 slices--9 oz.) 600 24
 Little Caesars Deep Dish
 Pepperoni (4 squares--10 oz.) 640 28
 Pizza Hut Thin n' Crispy
 Pepperoni (3 slices--8 oz.) 510 24
 Little Caesars Round Pepperoni
 (3 slices--9 oz.) 600 24
 Pizza Hut Personal Pan
 Pepperoni (1 pizza--9 oz.) 620 28
 Pizza Hut Hand Tossed Pepperoni
 Lover's (3 slices--10 oz.) 680 30
 Pizza Hut Pan Pepperoni
 (3 slices--8 oz.) 690 33
 Pizza Hut The Big New Yorker
 Pepperoni (2 slices--12 oz.) 740 32
 Domino's Deep Dish Pepperoni
 (2 slices) 780 38
 Papa John's Thin Crust
 Pepperoni (3 slices--10 oz.) 800 48
 Pizza Hut Hand Tossed Pepperoni
 (3 slices--11 oz.) 760 35
 Pizza Hut Thin n' Crispy
 Pepperoni Lover's
 (3 slices--9 oz.) 690 36
 Domino's Thin Crust Pepperoni
 (5 squares) 800 42
 Pizza Hut Stuffed Crust
 Pepperoni (2 slices--12 oz.) 880 38
 Little Caesars Thin Crust
 Pepperoni (5 squares--11 oz.) 800 45
 Pizza Hut Pan Pepperoni Lover's
 (3 slices--12 oz.) 900 48
 Pizza Hut Stuffed Crust
 Pepperoni Lover's
 (2 slices--14 oz.) 1,050 52

Sausage

 Domino's Hand Tossed Italian
 Sausage (2 slices--8 oz.) 600 22
 Papa John's Original Crust
 Sausage (2 slices--10 oz.) 640 28
 Domino's Deep Dish Italian
 Sausage (2 slices) 790 38
 Pizza Hut Personal Pan Italian
 Sausage (1 pizza--10 oz.) 740 39
 Pizza Hut Pan Italian Sausage
 (3 slices--9 oz.) 750 39
 Domino's Thin Crust Italian
 Sausage (5 squares) 820 42
 Papa John's Thin Crust Sausage
 (3 slices--12 oz.) 850 51
 Pizza Hut Thin n' Crispy
 Italian Sausage
 (3 slices--10 oz.) 780 45
 Pizza Hut Stuffed Crust Italian
 Sausage (2 slices--11 oz.) 960 46
 Pizza Hut Hand Tossed Italian
 Sausage (3 slices--13 oz.) 930 49
 Pizza Hut The Big New Yorker
 Sausage (2 slices--16 oz.) 1,140 66

Beef

 Domino's Hand Tossed Beef
 (2 slices) 620 26
 Pizza Hut Personal Pan Beef
 (1 pizza--10 oz.) 710 35
 Domino's Deep Dish Beef
 (2 slices) 790 40
 Domino's Thin Crust Beef
 (5 squares) 820 44
 Pizza Hut Thin n' Crispy Beef
 (3 slices--10 oz.) 720 42
 Pizza Hut Pan Beef
 (3 slices--12 oz.) 900 48
 Pizza Hut Stuffed Crust Beef
 (2 slices--12 oz.) 930 44
 Pizza Hut Hand Tossed Beef
 (3 slices--13 oz.) 900 46
 Pizza Hut The Big New Yorker
 Beef (2 slices--15 oz.) 960 52

Bacon or Pork

 Domino's Hand Tossed Bacon
 (2 slices) 660 28
 Pizza Hut Personal Pan Pork
 (1 pizza--10 oz.) 700 34
 Pizza Hut Thin n' Crispy Pork
 (3 slices--10 oz.) 720 39
 Domino's Deep Dish Bacon
 (2 slices) 830 43
 Pizza Hut Pan Pork
 (3 slices--12 oz.) 870 45
 Pizza Hut Stuffed Crust Pork
 (2 slices--12 oz.) 920 42
 Pizza Hut Hand Tossed Pork
 (3 slices--13 oz.) 870 44
 Domino's Thin Crust Bacon
 (5 squares) 890 49
 Pizza Hut The Big New Yorker
 Pork (2 slices--15 oz.) 940 50

Meat-and-Veggie Combos

 Domino's Hand Tossed Deluxe
 (2 slices) 610 24
 Papa John's Original Crust The
 Works (2 slices--11 oz.) 680 30
 Little Caesars Round Supreme
 (3 slices--12 oz.) 690 30
 Domino's Hand Tossed
 Extravaganzza (2 slices) 700 30
 Domino's Hand Tossed America's
 Favorite (2 slices) 700 30
 Pizza Hut Hand Tossed Supreme
 (3 slices--12 oz.) 730 33
 Domino's Deep Dish Deluxe
 (2 slices) 790 38
 Pizza Hut Thin n' Crispy
 Supreme (3 slices--11 oz.) 690 36
 Pizza Hut Hand Tossed Super
 Supreme (3 slices--13 oz.) 790 38
 Pizza Hut Thin n' Crispy Super
 Supreme (3 slices--12 oz.) 750 42
 Pizza Hut Pan Supreme
 (3 slices--13 oz.) 870 45
 Pizza Hut Pan Super Supreme
 (3 slices--14 oz.) 930 48
 Domino's Thin Crust Deluxe
 (5 squares) 820 42
 Domino's Deep Dish America's
 Favorite (2 slices) 850 44
 Domino's Deep Dish
 Extravaganzza (2 slices) 870 45
 Pizza Hut The Big New Yorker
 Supreme (2 slices--16 oz.) 900 46
 Pizza Hut Stuffed Crust Supreme
 (2 slices--14 oz.) 970 46
 Domino's Thin Crust
 Extravaganzza (5 squares) 950 52
 Papa John's Thin Crust The
 Works (3 slices--15 oz.) 970 60
 Pizza Hut Stuffed Crust Super
 Supreme (2 slices--14 oz.) 1,010 50
 Domino's Thin Crust America's
 Favorite (5 squares) 930 51
 Pizzeria Uno Chicago Classic
 (1/2 pizza--19 oz.) 1,500 74

Meat Combos

 Little Caesars Round Meatsa
 (3 slices--11 oz.) 660 30
 Papa John's Original Crust All
 the Meats (2 slices--11 oz.) 780 38
 Domino's Hand Tossed Meatzza
 (2 slices) 760 34
 Pizza Hut Stuffed Crust Meat
 Lover's (2 slices--10 oz.) 830 42
 Pizza Hut Hand Tossed Meat
 Lover's (3 slices--12 oz.) 870 46
 Domino's Deep Dish Meatzza
 (2 slices) 910 49
 Pizza Hut Pan Meat Lover's,
 (3 slices--13 oz.) 990 57
 Pizza Hut Thin n' Crispy Meat
 Lover's (3 slices--11 oz.) 840 51
 Domino's Thin Crust Meatzza
 (5 squares) 1,030 59
 Papa John's Thin Crust All the
 Meats (3 slices--14 oz.) 1,180 78

Pizzeria Side Dishes

 Little Caesars Fat Free Italian
 Dressing (3 Tbs.) 25 0
 Little Caesars Tossed Side
 Salad (4 oz.) 50 1
 Papa John's Bread Sticks
 (8 sticks--16 oz.) 1,120 16
 Papa John's Garlic Sauce
 (2 Tbs.) 150 17
 Papa John's Cheese Sauce
 (2 Tbs.) 60 4
 Little Caesars Antipasto Salad
 (7 oz.) 130 7
 Little Caesars Crazy Bread
 (8 slices--10 oz.) 720 20
 Pizza Hut Bread Sticks
 (5 pieces--8 oz.) 650 20
 Domino's Breadsticks
 (8 pieces--10 oz.) 930 32
 Domino's Buffalo Hot Wings
 (12 wings--11 oz.) 540 29
 Pizza Hut Hot Buffalo Wings
 (10 wings--8 oz.) 530 30
 Pizza Hut Garlic Bread
 (5 pieces--7 oz.) 750 40
 Little Caesars Chicken Wings
 (10 wings--12 oz.) 500 40
 Domino's Double Cheesy Bread
 (8 pieces--12 oz.) 1,130 49
 Little Caesars Italian Cheese
 Bread (10 slices--15 oz.) 1,200 60
 Papa John's Cheese Sticks
 (7 sticks--15 oz.) 1,260 56

 Saturated Sodium
 Fat (milli-
 (grams) grams)
Cheese

[check][check] Domino's Hand Tossed Cheese,
 with half the cheese
 (2 slices--7 oz.) 5 800
 Domino's Hand Tossed Cheese
 (2 slices--7 oz.) 8 880
 Little Caesars Deep Dish Cheese
 (4 squares--9 oz.) 8 1,120
 Papa John's Original Crust
 Cheese (2 slices--8 oz.) 9 1,440
 Little Caesars Round Cheese
 (3 slices--8 oz.) 10 990
 Domino's Thin Crust Cheese
 (5 squares--9 oz.) 11 1,950
 Domino's Deep Dish Cheese
 (2 slices--9 oz.) 11 1,580
 Pizza Hut Pan Cheese
 (3 slices--8 oz.) 12 1,170
 Pizza Hut Personal Pan Cheese
 (1 pizza--9 oz.) 12 1,370
 Papa John's Thin Crust Cheese
 (3 slices--10 oz.) 12 1,490
 Little Caesars Thin Crust
 Cheese (5 squares--10 oz.) 13 1,600
 Pizza Hut Thin n' Crispy Cheese
 (3 slices--8 oz.) 14 1,620
 Pizza Hut Hand Tossed Cheese
 (3 slices--10 oz.) 14 1,770
 Pizza Hut The Big New Yorker
 Cheese (2 slices--12 oz.) 18 2,280
 Pizza Hut Stuffed Crust Cheese
 (2 slices--11 oz.) 20 2,180

Extra Cheese

 Domino's Hand Tossed Extra
 Cheese (2 slices--8 oz.) 10 1,340
 Domino's Deep Dish Extra Cheese
 (2 slices) 14 1,800
 Domino's Thin Crust Extra
 Cheese (5 squares) 16 2,230

Veggie

[check][check] Pizza Hut Hand Tossed Veggie
 Lover's (3 slices--9 oz.) 6 1,420
 Papa John's Original Crust
 Garden Special
 (2 slices--11 oz.) 6 1,420
 Domino's Hand Tossed Vegi
 (2 slices--8 oz.) 8 960
 Pizza Hut Thin n' Crispy Veggie
 Lover's (3 slices--11 oz.) 8 1,410
 Little Caesars Round Veggie
 (3 slices--12 oz.) 9 1,500
 Pizza Hut Pan Veggie Lover's
 (3 slices--12 oz.) 11 1,380
 Papa John's Thin Crust Garden
 Special (3 slices--13 oz.) 12 1,490
 Pizza Hut The Big New Yorker
 Veggie Lover's
 (2 slices--24 oz.) 12 2,680
 Domino's Deep Dish Vegi
 (2 slices) 14 1,860
 Pizza Hut Stuffed Crust Veggie
 Lover's (2 slices--14 oz.) 16 2,080
 Domino's Thin Crust Vegi
 (5 squares) 16 2,430

Chicken

 Pizza Hut Thin n' Crispy
 Chicken Supreme
 (3 slices--11 oz.) 10 1,680
 Pizza Hut Hand Tossed Chicken
 Supreme (3 slices--12 oz.) 10 1,170
 Pizza Hut Pan Chicken Supreme
 (3 slices--12 oz.) 11 1,590
 California Pizza Kitchen
 Original BBQ Chicken
 (1 pizza--14 oz.) 14 2,060
 Pizza Hut Stuffed Crust Chicken
 Supreme (2 slices--13 oz.) 16 2,220

Ham

 Domino's Hand Tossed Ham
 (2 slices) 7 1,380
 Pizza Hut Personal Pan Ham
 (1 pizza--9 oz.) 9 1,450
 Pizza Hut Thin n' Crispy Ham
 (3 slices--8 oz.) 10 1,650
 Domino's Hand Tossed Hawaiian
 (2 slices) 10 1,540
 Domino's Deep Dish Ham
 (2 slices) 11 1,870
 Pizza Hut Pan Ham
 (3 slices--10 oz.) 11 1,650
 Pizza Hut The Big New Yorker
 Ham (2 slices--12 oz.) 12 2,320
 Domino's Thin Crust Ham
 (5 squares) 12 2,440
 Pizza Hut Hand Tossed Ham
 (3 slices--11 oz.) 14 2,180
 Domino's Deep Dish Hawaiian
 (2 slices) 14 2,040
 Domino's Thin Crust Hawaiian
 (5 squares) 17 2,720
 Pizza Hut Stuffed Crust Ham
 (2 slices--11 oz.) 25 2,380

Pepperoni

 Domino's Hand Tossed Pepperoni
 (2 slices--7 oz.) 10 1,300
 Papa John's Original Crust
 Pepperoni (2 slices--9 oz.) 10 1,580
 Little Caesars Deep Dish
 Pepperoni (4 squares--10 oz.) 10 1,400
 Pizza Hut Thin n' Crispy
 Pepperoni (3 slices--8 oz.) 11 1,650
 Little Caesars Round Pepperoni
 (3 slices--9 oz.) 11 1,380
 Pizza Hut Personal Pan
 Pepperoni (1 pizza--9 oz.) 11 1,430
 Pizza Hut Hand Tossed Pepperoni
 Lover's (3 slices--10 oz.) 12 1,990
 Pizza Hut Pan Pepperoni
 (3 slices--8 oz.) 13 1,620
 Pizza Hut The Big New Yorker
 Pepperoni (2 slices--12 oz.) 14 2,300
 Domino's Deep Dish Pepperoni
 (2 slices) 14 1,940
 Papa John's Thin Crust
 Pepperoni (3 slices--10 oz.) 15 1,860
 Pizza Hut Hand Tossed Pepperoni
 (3 slices--11 oz.) 16 2,150
 Pizza Hut Thin n' Crispy
 Pepperoni Lover's
 (3 slices--9 oz.) 16 2,070
 Domino's Thin Crust Pepperoni
 (5 squares) 17 2,560
 Pizza Hut Stuffed Crust
 Pepperoni (2 slices--12 oz.) 18 2,230
 Little Caesars Thin Crust
 Pepperoni (5 squares--11 oz.) 18 2,100
 Pizza Hut Pan Pepperoni Lover's
 (3 slices--12 oz.) 19 2,070
 Pizza Hut Stuffed Crust
 Pepperoni Lover's
 (2 slices--14 oz.) 25 2,830

Sausage

 Domino's Hand Tossed Italian
 Sausage (2 slices--8 oz.) 10 1,120
 Papa John's Original Crust
 Sausage (2 slices--10 oz.) 10 1,760
 Domino's Deep Dish Italian
 Sausage (2 slices) 14 1,920
 Pizza Hut Personal Pan Italian
 Sausage (1 pizza--10 oz.) 14 1,640
 Pizza Hut Pan Italian Sausage
 (3 slices--9 oz.) 15 1,680
 Domino's Thin Crust Italian
 Sausage (5 squares) 17 2,520
 Papa John's Thin Crust Sausage
 (3 slices--12 oz.) 18 2,090
 Pizza Hut Thin n' Crispy
 Italian Sausage
 (3 slices--10 oz.) 19 2,190
 Pizza Hut Stuffed Crust Italian
 Sausage (2 slices--11 oz.) 21 2,330
 Pizza Hut Hand Tossed Italian
 Sausage (3 slices--13 oz.) 22 2,480
 Pizza Hut The Big New Yorker
 Sausage (2 slices--16 oz.) 28 3,240

Beef

 Domino's Hand Tossed Beef
 (2 slices) 11 1,380
 Pizza Hut Personal Pan Beef
 (1 pizza--10 oz.) 14 1,580
 Domino's Deep Dish Beef
 (2 slices) 15 1,880
 Domino's Thin Crust Beef
 (5 squares) 18 2,470
 Pizza Hut Thin n' Crispy Beef
 (3 slices--10 oz.) 19 2,040
 Pizza Hut Pan Beef
 (3 slices--12 oz.) 19 1,890
 Pizza Hut Stuffed Crust Beef
 (2 slices--12 oz.) 20 2,270
 Pizza Hut Hand Tossed Beef
 (3 slices--13 oz.) 22 2,400
 Pizza Hut The Big New Yorker
 Beef (2 slices--15 oz.) 22 2,760

Bacon or Pork

 Domino's Hand Tossed Bacon
 (2 slices) 11 1,500
 Pizza Hut Personal Pan Pork
 (1 pizza--10 oz.) 13 1,670
 Pizza Hut Thin n' Crispy Pork
 (3 slices--10 oz.) 16 2,220
 Domino's Deep Dish Bacon
 (2 slices) 16 2,000
 Pizza Hut Pan Pork
 (3 slices--12 oz.) 16 1,980
 Pizza Hut Stuffed Crust Pork
 (2 slices--12 oz.) 19 2,350
 Pizza Hut Hand Tossed Pork
 (3 slices--13 oz.) 19 2,500
 Domino's Thin Crust Bacon
 (5 squares) 19 2,660
 Pizza Hut The Big New Yorker
 Pork (2 slices--15 oz.) 20 2,940

Meat-and-Veggie Combos

 Domino's Hand Tossed Deluxe
 (2 slices) 10 1,440
 Papa John's Original Crust The
 Works (2 slices--11 oz.) 12 1,880
 Little Caesars Round Supreme
 (3 slices--12 oz.) 12 1,650
 Domino's Hand Tossed
 Extravaganzza (2 slices) 12 1,780
 Domino's Hand Tossed America's
 Favorite (2 slices) 13 1,660
 Pizza Hut Hand Tossed Supreme
 (3 slices--12 oz.) 14 1,990
 Domino's Deep Dish Deluxe
 (2 slices) 14 1,930
 Pizza Hut Thin n' Crispy
 Supreme (3 slices--11 oz.) 16 1,920
 Pizza Hut Hand Tossed Super
 Supreme (3 slices--13 oz.) 16 2,310
 Pizza Hut Thin n' Crispy Super
 Supreme (3 slices--12 oz.) 16 2,280
 Pizza Hut Pan Supreme
 (3 slices--13 oz.) 16 1,830
 Pizza Hut Pan Super Supreme
 (3 slices--14 oz.) 16 2,130
 Domino's Thin Crust Deluxe
 (5 squares) 17 2,540
 Domino's Deep Dish America's
 Favorite (2 slices) 17 2,160
 Domino's Deep Dish
 Extravaganzza (2 slices) 17 2,270
 Pizza Hut The Big New Yorker
 Supreme (2 slices--16 oz.) 20 2,700
 Pizza Hut Stuffed Crust Supreme
 (2 slices--14 oz.) 21 2,450
 Domino's Thin Crust
 Extravaganzza (5 squares) 21 3,120
 Papa John's Thin Crust The
 Works (3 slices--15 oz.) 21 2,610
 Pizza Hut Stuffed Crust Super
 Supreme (2 slices--14 oz.) 22 2,740
 Domino's Thin Crust America's
 Favorite (5 squares) 22 2,920
 Pizzeria Uno Chicago Classic
 (1/2 pizza--19 oz.) 30 2,940

Meat Combos

 Little Caesars Round Meatsa
 (3 slices--11 oz.) 12 1,710
 Papa John's Original Crust All
 the Meats (2 slices--11 oz.) 14 2,200
 Domino's Hand Tossed Meatzza
 (2 slices) 15 1,940
 Pizza Hut Stuffed Crust Meat
 Lover's (2 slices--10 oz.) 19 2,670
 Pizza Hut Hand Tossed Meat
 Lover's (3 slices--12 oz.) 19 2,450
 Domino's Deep Dish Meatzza
 (2 slices) 19 2,440
 Pizza Hut Pan Meat Lovers,
 (3 slices--13 oz.) 19 2,280
 Pizza Hut Thin n' Crispy Meat
 Lover's (3 slices--11 oz.) 22 2,490
 Domino's Thin Crust Meatzza
 (5 squares) 25 3,400
 Papa John's Thin Crust All the
 Meats (3 slices--14 oz.) 27 3,150

Pizzeria Side Dishes

 Little Caesars Fat Free Italian
 Dressing (3 Tbs.) 0 390
 Little Caesars Tossed Side
 Salad (4 oz.) 0 60
 Papa John's Bread Sticks
 (8 sticks--16 oz.) 0 2,080
 Papa John's Garlic Sauce
 (2 Tbs.) 2 230
 Papa John's Cheese Sauce
 (2 Tbs.) 3 230
 Little Caesars Antipasto Salad
 (7 oz.) 4 390
 Little Caesars Crazy Bread
 (8 slices--10 oz.) 4 960
 Pizza Hut Bread Sticks
 (5 pieces--8 oz.) 5 850
 Domino's Breadsticks
 (8 pieces--10 oz.) 6 1,220
 Domino's Buffalo Hot Wings
 (12 wings--11 oz.) 8 4,250
 Pizza Hut Hot Buffalo Wings
 (10 wings--8 oz.) 8 2,250
 Pizza Hut Garlic Bread
 (5 pieces--7 oz.) 8 1,200
 Little Caesars Chicken Wings
 (10 wings--12 oz.) 10 6,400
 Domino's Double Cheesy Bread
 (8 pieces--12 oz.) 16 1,460
 Little Caesars Italian Cheese
 Bread (10 slices--15 oz.) 20 2,400
 Papa John's Cheese Sticks
 (7 sticks--15 oz.) 21 2,660

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Notes: Numbers for pizzas in bold come from independent laboratory
analyses. Saturated fat numbers in italics include artery-clogging
trans fat. Weights not available for most Domino's pizzas.

Sources: Independent laboratory analyses and company information.

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