The recent pizza/wine cover story in the print edition raises this question:
The article says that Americans spend $32 Billion in pizza purchases at restaurants of all types annually. We have just over 300 million Americans. It works out to about $106 per person, per year, on pizza.

Do you spend more or less than $106 per person in your household annually on pizza at restaurants?
And, what do you spend on anchovies?
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I have three elementary school age kids. According to your stats, the average family of 5 would spend $530/yr. We would spend that easily as we have it a couple of times a month and then I just bought a bunch for my son's birthday party. We're probably a little over the average. My guess is college students and young families are the biggest buyers.
There is a Neapolitan pizza place we really like and eat there maybe once every other month. That pushes us over $109. Occasionally we will have pizza from another local place delivered, maybe once a month.

I buy fresh white anchovy or marinated Italian or Spanish anchovy several times a year. I probably spend about $30/year on anchovy not counting the times I order Caesar salad at restaurants.
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Originally posted by g-man:
0 on anchovies
but easily more then 100$ / year for pizza.



Pretty much same here...although since I do buy Casear dressing..I guess there's a few cents of anchovies there..LOL

With kids...hard to avoid pizza..although I personally try to avoid pizza with tomato based sauce as much as I can to avoid the after effects of heartburn.
I would say that we hit that $$. I order delivery (not a national chain) about once every two weeks, and it is $15-$25 depending on the order.

Then there are the pizza parlor trips after t-ball practice, and the birthday party, etc...

So, thinking about it, I bet we are a bit above the average. It is just too bad that my favorite pizza place is 25 minutes from home, and they don't deliver.... Frown
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Originally posted by Dom'n'Vin'sDad:
It is just too bad that my favorite pizza place is 25 minutes from home.... Frown

I'd love to have my favorite pizza place ONLY 25 minutes away! Frown

We order pizza about once every three months and they usually run upwards of $25 per pie even for the crap. I've found one place that made their dough from scratch and has a wood fired oven but it's still not on par with what I'm used to.
Our household easily spends more than that. With the busy schedules of everyone and the activities of the kids it’s too easy to stop in to one of the local shops for dinner or to pick up the phone for delivery. I would say that we have pizza on average about 2 to 3 times per month.

I buy anchovies to make spaghetti puttanesca.
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Originally posted by Altaholic:
Our household easily spends more than that. With the busy schedules of everyone and the activities of the kids it’s too easy to stop in to one of the local shops for dinner or to pick up the phone for delivery. I would say that we have pizza on average about 2 to 3 times per month.

Yup, I concur. With two teenagers in the house, I have to throw pizzas at them to save the wear and tear on the fridge door.
The only "chain" we buy from is Pappa Murphy's, so we can add our own ingredients if we want to and bake it ourselves.
Frozen, only California Pizza Kitchen. Not bad for what it is.
I actually prefer to buy pre-made dough from Trader Joes and do the rest myself with fresh ingredients. TJ's dough has just the right elasticity that can be difficult to achieve at home. So yeah, depending on my peckish, it can be a little pricier than normal.
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Originally posted by wine+art:
Well, yet again it seems many have an issue of WS that has yet to find my mailbox. Frown


We must be on the same delivery schedule, w+a......

As far as pizza budget, I probably spend a few hundred bucks annually between my own za needs and those of my houseguests. I think I might have spent $100+ in ingredients trying to figure out how to make a good pie in my own home, actually..... Still working on that program.

PH
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
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Originally posted by wine+art:
Well, yet again it seems many have an issue of WS that has yet to find my mailbox. Frown


We must be on the same delivery schedule, w+a......
Unbelievable, as I received the next issue yesterday.
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Originally posted by KSC02:
I saw this issue on the Newstand, in Montreal, a week ago!

Pass Roll Eyes

Like VT2IT, I couldn't believe the lackluster representation of Italian for 'pizza wines'.
Lost credibility on the spot. <empty suit razz>


If discussing traditional pizza with a tomato based sauce...maybe they don't want to pair acid with more acid! Big Grin
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Originally posted by Chilepepper:
If discussing traditional pizza with a tomato based sauce...maybe they don't want to pair acid with more acid! Big Grin

Possibe, but unlikely.

More realistic, I thought, was their decision to target a larger reader base by appealing to a more 'pedestrian' palate. Big Grin
Pizza is one of my favorite things to make at home. There are just so many variations; it never gets old for me. I used to make dough at home, but now I mostly buy freshly made dough from a local pizza place or like someone mentioned earlier, the dough at trader joes is actually pretty good for $1.

The wife and I are in LA a lot (work, laker-dodger games) and we often make time to swing by pizzeria mozza. I know it’s a trendy spot, but their pizza is absolutely phenomenal.

Favorite wine with a tomato based pizza is Barbera hands down. So simple, but so good!
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Originally posted by Dom'n'Vin'sDad:
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Originally posted by GlennK:
The wife and I are in LA a lot (work, laker-dodger games)


Too bad you couldn't be in LA for a good reason. Or are there any good reasons to be in LA?!?!?!?!?!? Razz
Hey, the 3rd through the 7th inning of dodger games are really exciting Wink
Some of my happiest memories as a kid was making pizza with my Italian great grandmother and grandmother at dinner time. It is so easy (you can even buy your dough,) and brings friends and family together for the event.

Last night I did a chicken-basil pesto, an artichoke, red onion and tapenade, pep/mushroom, and margherita pizza---all on the grill (usually I do it by oven).

So, to answer the question, I spend nothing on pizza places. I just buy the ingredients.

PS Having an herb garden helps immensely.
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Originally posted by vinoman7:
Interesting..... still waiting on my issue also. I tend to make my own pizza more than order out though.


Wow! Are you sure you haven't overlooked it. My July 30 issue (Tribute to Robert Mondavi) arrived the 20th.

As far as pizza spending, when we were a family with school age kids and two working parents, we went way over the average. Now that the kids have grown, my wife has taken a lining to Serious Pie and Via Tribunali, so we are still way over.

Zero $ to the anchovies.
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Originally posted by TBird:
i can go to italy a few times a year with the mileage earned from pizza purchases. difara's, lucali's, totonno's, franny's, lazarra's, artichoke, anthony's, lombardi's, grimaldi's, l&b...


My girfriend recently promised to take me on a pizza tour of her native brooklyn. Having no real authentic pizzaria's anywhere near me, I pretty much can't wait to go.
you pretty much will have one helluva good time, my friend. if you wanna post it, we'll join ya. difara's you can bring your own wine, not that it's the kind of place where ya really wanna. lucali's too.

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Originally posted by Hank Champagne:
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Originally posted by TBird:
i can go to italy a few times a year with the mileage earned from pizza purchases. difara's, lucali's, totonno's, franny's, lazarra's, artichoke, anthony's, lombardi's, grimaldi's, l&b...


My girfriend recently promised to take me on a pizza tour of her native brooklyn. Having no real authentic pizzaria's anywhere near me, I pretty much can't wait to go.

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