Saturday, February 13, 2016

The National Pizza Index: What’s the average price of an American pie?


The great debate over where to find the best pizza may never end (even though it’s definitely a classic New York slice), but at least now you can rest easy knowing how the price of pizza compares across the country.

Eater compiled pricing data for a basic Margherita pizza (tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and basil) from every VPN-certified (Verace Pizza Napoletana) pizzerias throughout the continental U.S. to see where the cheapest pies can be found. According to their findings, these precious pies can range from $8.90 to $16 depending on your location.

To be VPN-certified means the pizzeria has received a stamp of approval from the Delegation of the Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana. In order to be VPN-certified, a pizzeria must meet an extensive list of requirements that include a wood-burning oven, proper ingredients, and even proper technique for dough preparation–simply spinning dough in the air doesn’t cut it.

Kentucky claims the lowest cost pie at $8.90, while New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and the California Bay Area are all tied at the top with $16 pizzas. The average price for a VPN pie in the U.S. clocks in at $13.21.

To find your nearest VPN-certified pizzeria, check this list and see the average prices by city and region below. The closest listed shops to Philadelphia are Massimo's in Robbinsville and Hamilton, N.J.

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Ashleigh Schmitz
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