Order the Largest Pizza You Can

From Quoctrung Bui and Planet Money comes this fun chart explaining why ordering the larger pizza is worth it:

This makes sense to me only because even if I’m not that hungry one of my favorite things is cold pizza the next day straight out of the fridge.

This doesn’t quite work at the movie theater, where they’re like, “You can get the larger size for just 50 cents more!” because I’m not going to be in the mood for stale popcorn later, or will ever be in the mood to drink a gallon of Diet Coke.

Hah, um, did anyone else get pizza last night after reading about the guy who eats nothing but pizza?

Update:: “The Price Of A Pizza In 237 U.S. Neighborhoods,” which is super interesting.


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cawcawphony (#2,990)

Yup. Bought a cheese pizza on the way home. But I don’t feel as great and energetic as that guy, even though I did put fresh tomatoes on it!

aetataureate (#1,310)

All you gotta do is some area-calculating on the pizza sizes and prices to know the largest one is the best one. Whatever they’re doing here is silly.

Allison (#4,509)

@aetataureate I have done the math on whether it made more sense to order two mediums or a large and a small while broke in college. They give you the diameter! so I was sitting there going ok, a 16″ is 64pi of pizza…” etc.

And yeah, the marginal cost of a large vs. a medium is usually totally worth it.

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)

Yup, had a frozen pizza…

cryptolect (#1,135)

My fave thing to do with leftover pizza is to cut it up in small pieces, mix with an egg or two and fry it up. It’s like a combination of pizza and French toast! So satisfying.

readyornot (#816)

Yeah, whether or not you can save leftovers is definitely relevant to this decision. But also: quality is not consistent among the sizes! The number of soggy centers of crusts on large pizzas is a travesty, I say.

Dude, I did not make the connection, but I had a desperate craving for pizza yesterday. Went ahead and made my polenta-kale-mushroom thing, though, which was pretty tasty.

lemonadefish (#3,296)

@readyornot Yes, sometimes it’s worth paying more for a better crust ratio…

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