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The Worst Pizzas in America

Updated on March 17, 2013

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Somewhere between the brick ovens of Italy and the delivery cars of America something went horribly wrong. The traditional pizza, made with just bread, cheese and tomatoes, is now tricked out with inflated crusts, four-cheese toppings, and a surplus of pepperoni, all of which contribute to its quadrupled caloric count. And man, do we love it. With 69,000 pizza joints scattered across the U.S., we easily devour 350 slices per second a day. That's enough to cover 75 football fields!

The Worst Frozen Pizza

Tombstone Original Pepperoni (1/4 pizza)

390 calories

20 g fat (8 g saturated fat)

880 mg sodium

The thick layer of cheese and pepperoni shoots their slices up to nearly 20 percent of your daily calories per serving.

The Worst Cici Pizza

2 Slices Cheese Pizza (To-Go)

446 calories

15 g fat (11 g saturated fat)

1,075 mg sodium

Don't assume the barest slice is the best for you. Here, the cheese pie has nearly three times the amount of saturated fat as busier versions like the Ole, a spicy, beef-laden ode to Mexico.

The Worst Chuck E. Cheese Pizza

All Meat Combo Pizza (2 small slices)

454 calories

18 g fat (6 g saturated fat)

1,090 mg sodium

Unlike most big pizza chains, Chuck E. Cheese's has no thin crust option, which leaves you with the standard calorie- and carb-heavy slices. Stick to the cheese, vegetable, and Hawaiian pizzas. Cap the slice count at two to a kid. If they're still hungry, help them build a cool salad from the bar.

The Worst Pizza Hut Pizza

2 Slices Supreme Pan Pizza (12'')

620 calories

32 g fat (12 g saturated fat)

1,440 mg sodium

Just four pieces of pepperoni add 108 calories to your slice. Cut major calories by ordering your next pie with thin crust and ham and pineapple-they add a meager 12 calories and virtually no fat to a slice.

The Worst Dominos Pizza

2 Slices Ultimate Deep Dish ExtravaganZZa Feast (12'')

620 calories

34 g fat (12 g saturated fat)

1,680 mg sodium

As a general rule, avoid all oversized crusts at all pizza chains. Domino's Crunchy Thin Crust cheese pizza is one of the lowest-calorie pies in America, which makes a good foundation for a decent dinner. As far as topping go, stick to ham, pineapple, and pure veggies.

The Worst Little Caesar Pizza

2 Slices Deep Dish Pepperoni Pizza (14'')

720 calories

32 g fat (12 g saturated fat)

1,220 mg sodium

Like Chuck E. Cheese, Little Caesar's doesn't offer a thin-crust option, which automatically puts them at a caloric disadvantage. At least Chuck E. Cheese makes up for it with a salad bar. The Caesar might suffice in a pinch, but if you've got time, seek out a better option up the road. No other options? Just be sure to close the box after two slices.

The Worst Papa Johns Pizza

2 Slices Pan Crust Cheese Pizza (12'')

760 calories

30 g fat (14 g saturated fat)

1,960 mg sodium

Pan crust has 12 more grams of carbs and 4.5 more grams of saturated fat per slice than Original. But the best crust options at PJ's are thin or wheat. Papa John's is the only pizza franchise to offer a whole-wheat crust, thus providing a viable, fiber-rich option to those pizza lovers the country over.

The Worst Personal Pizza

DiGiorno for One Garlic Bread Crust Supreme Pizza

850 calories

44 g fat (15 g saturated fat, 3.5 g trans fats)

1,450 mg sodium

The bloated crust and the greasy toppings will saddle you with 60 percent of your day's sodium, 75 percent of your day's saturated fat, and nearly twice the amount of trans fats you should take in daily.

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      AnnaleeBlysse 5 years ago

      My niece's husband just got a job working for one of those yuppy style pizza joints that puts fresh veggies on with the fresh cheese. People really fall for that as a healthy alternative. I'd be just as happy with a $5 pizza from Little Caesars and a bag of baby carrots. ;)

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      i guess the worst is the best in the taste but bad for the health. just take the example of pork rinds. i could die for it and really die if i overdo it. thank you for sharing your insights about healthy foods and what is not.

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      tinamahan 5 years ago

      I definitely agree about the Tombstone pizza! Thank you for sharing this information. Happy Weekend!

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      There are definitely more bad pizzas than good pizzas. Good idea for a lens.

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      ha ha thats funny the worst pizza, I can tell you some stories of pizza that tasted like cardboard, now I just make my own pizza from scratch at home

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      Fcuk Hub 5 years ago

      another great lens :) Today I've got luck.