The Worst Pizzas in America
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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)
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)
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)
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'')
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'')
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'')
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'')
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
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.