Pizza Price Calculator: Are You Getting the Best Deal?

There are so many options when it comes to ordering pizza, how do you know if you’re getting the best deal? Don’t worry, we’ve done the math for you.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville Pizza Week ends Sunday, so you have a few more days to fill your passports and bellies. On our side, we solve a problem that you didn’t even know you had:


How many times have you found yourself in this situation: you order pizzas to feed the family, and you don’t know whether to take a few small pizzas or a medium one? Or two mediums rather than one large? Or go for the real win and get the extra-large? Turns out there’s a good answer here, and we’re giving you the ways to save literally DOLLARS every year.

Don’t panic, but don’t spoil it either. Over the course of a year, you could save enough money to buy ANOTHER PIZZA.

To solve this puzzle, we use advanced math technology that you learned in college. A pizza, you see, is a flat circle. So, we can take the total cost of the pizza (C) and the width of the pizza in inches (W), and plug it into this formula here:

This will tell you how much you are paying per square inch of pizza.

Spoiler alert: more is (almost) always better.

A small pizza is usually 8 inches in diameter. When you plug that into the top half of the formula above, you find that you get about 50.3 square inches of pizza. A stand, on the other hand, is often closer to 12 inches, which is more than 113 square inches. That’s almost twice as much pizza. Ask yourself: when was the last time you paid twice as much for a medium pizza as for a small one?

It evolves from there. A large 14 inch pizza will yield 154 square inches of deliciousness. And an extra-large, at 18 inches, will give you a whopping 254 square inches (more than FIVE TIMES more than a small one).

Keep calm and put away your TI-83 calculator, sir. Our scientists and researchers have developed our new, exclusive, WHAS 11 ON YOUR SIDE PIZZA PRICE CALCULATOR (patent pending) to help you guess.

Next time you’re queuing, just fill in the cost of the pie you want, along with its size, in our little form above. He’ll then tell you how much you’re paying per square inch, and you can walk out of that restaurant a savings champion.

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Eleanor C. William