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Feb 12, 2009 05:34 AM

Pizza per capita

CoastalGypsy joked in a Feb. 11 posting on Apizzo that the Westerly/Pawcatuck area had 59 pizzerias. I did a rough count and came up with 18, which in itself seems rather high for a year-round population of about 25,000. This comes to one pizza joint per approx. 1400 people.

Just curious, is this in line with other areas? (don't even get me started on donut shops!)

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  1. The national average is 1 pizzeria per 4350 population, so your area is 3 times the average. But pizza is more popular in the northeast. Overall, Americans eat about 100 acres of pizza each day.

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    1. re: Veggo

      i want my acre with clams and bacon on it.or maybe a chicago stuffed acre with broccoli,or maybe a lombardis acre with pepperoni and olives,its all so good.i cant decide!!!!

      1. re: im hungry

        100 acres of pizza daily is a scary visual. I think my summer camp was about 200 acres...I'm trying to picture half of bucolic Camp Wightman ("our dear summer home") covered in dough and toppings. ;) Kind of like a savory Candyland!

    2. There is some hard-core research happening here! I just checked and saw Westerly lists at least 15 pizza restaurants, Pawcatuck has 8 listed, Charlestown has 5.... so the results are far more frightening than expected (!) We should definitely not venture into donuts or chinese food...

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      1. re: coastalgypsy

        "We should definitely not venture into donuts or chinese food..."

        or the pathetic glop that passes for Chinese around here.

        1. re: Joltingjoey

          Please. I grew up thinking that "fried chicken fingers in brown sauce" was actual food that people ate in China. Enough said.