Authors: Jeanette Torres
(NEW YORK) -- Restaurant guide Zagat has come out with its first Pizza Survey to get an idea of the pizza-eating habits of Americans.
Not surprisingly, 83 percent of the respondents told Zagat that pizza is among their favorite foods, with Americans enjoying it on an average of about once a week.
Meanwhile, pepperoni was picked as the top topping by 38 percent in the Zagat survey, while anchovies came in last, with 38 percent openly disdaining them.
Tastes for different pizza styles vary around the country but here’s one shocker: in Chicago, home of the deep-dish pizza, the number one kind of pie natives enjoy most is New York style thin crust. Thirty-eight percent picked this variety, with brick oven pizza coming in second at 23 percent. Only 8 percent of Chicagoans enjoy their city’s deep-dish pizza the most.
As for how people eat their pizza slices, Zagat found that 43 percent like it flat, 39 percent will fold it before eating and 19 percent cut their slice with a knife and fork. The favorite free extra turns out to be pepper flakes, with about one in two pizza lovers covering their slice with the condiment. Meanwhile, 30 percent of Americans admit blotting some of the grease off their pizza.
Price-wise, the average cost of a pizza slice in the U.S. is $2.99, but it will run you $3.24 on the West Coast, while folks in the Northeast only spend $2.72 -- the lowest price in the country. The average cost of a large cheese pizza nationally is $15.84, according to Zagat.
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