Pizza is basically the most perfect food on the planet. If you saw this post yesterday, you would probably agree that it even makes a pretty great date. But if you thought that we had already reached peak pizza consumption, you'd be wrong. So very wrong.
According to a trend report by Technomic, Inc., Americans are actually eating more pizza now than we have in the past four years.
In terms of specifics, Food Industry News reported that we're eating pizza four times a month now compared to 3.4 times a month in 2014. But it's not all pepperoni and cheese: Interestingly, the study revealed that now 40 percent of diners are concerned with the uniqueness of toppings on their pizza, compared to 32 percent in 2014. People want options!
Also, to the shock of exactly no one, consumers are increasingly concerned about the nutritional content of their pizza pies. The report said that the information was important to 32 percent this year, as compared to the 25 percent finding in the 2014 study. Who knows, maybe cauliflower crust pizza will fight its way into stardom.
Personally, I'm very curious if social media has anything to do with pizza's rising popularity. Pizza is photogenic for sure (cheese! Sauce! Bread!), and everyone knows that the only food worth eating is food that you can share on Instagram, right? I'd also really like to know how the popularity of other foods compare to pizza. Where do tacos, french fries, and rainbow food all fall in this great food popularity contest?
→ Read more: Pizza Somehow Even More Popular Than Before from Food & Wine