Here are my pizza stats from Jan 2, 2012 to Jan 1, 2013. I’ve been keeping track using an app called Daytum, which lets you track, share and organize data. I used the program to limit my slice intake by giving myself a shocking visual of how much pizza I consume. I established a guideline of 15 slices per week and Daytum helped me keep stay generally within that limit. Why 15? Well, 16 slices would be a whole 2 pies but 15 is “Less than two whole pizzas.” It just makes me feel like less of an animal.
From the information I collected, it looks like I visited 144 different pizzerias throughout the year. The pizzerias I ate at most often were Lombardi’s, John’s of Bleecker and Keste. That makes sense because I hit those three quite a bit on tours. I visited pizzerias beginning with every single letter of the alphabet except for Q and X. My total for the year was at least (see notes below) 714 slices, so about 2 slices per day. That’s well within my 15 slice weekly limit! The popular statistic for pizza consumption in the US puts it at around 50 slices per person annually. Wimps.
But counting slices is a bit more complicated than you might think…
Q: What about tiny baby slices?
A: Smaller slices (ie 1/4 of a 12” pizza) are counted as half slices. That means I can eat an entire Neapolitan pizza and it only counts as 2 slices on my tracker.
Q: What about gigantic slices?
A: I count anything larger than a standard one-eighth-of-a-sixteen-inch-pie as a single slice.
Q: That doesn’t seem fair, does it?
A: You’re right, it isn’t fair. But am I to count a pizza as a different number of slices in the tracker just because they decide to cut it into four instead of eight? No way, Jose. Maybe I should count it by bites? Sounds like a pain in the rump.
Q: Any glitches with the program?
A: Yup. For some reason, Daytum keeps deleting records of my homemade pizza. I have an Item (pizzeria) called HOME and it keeps disappearing every time I enter it. Last night I ate about three homemade slices, which I would normally have counted as a single slice on the tracker but the record keeps deleting itself. Also, I went into my final day of tracking with 719 slices, thinking the one slice I ate at night would round it out to an even 720, but s
Sometime last year I started keeping track of how much pizza I was eating. It’s not part of a crazy cleansing diet or anything but I figured it might make sense to limit my intake so I don’t risk burning out. In 2009 alone I visited about 400 different pizzerias and ate over 1300 slices. Probably not the best idea, so now I try to stick to a maximum of 15 slices per week. I chose 15 because there are 16 slices in 2 whole pies, so 15 is less than 2 whole pies. It’s really just a psychological trick to make me think I’m not eating that much pizza.
Until recently, I’ve just been keeping a running tally in my head. That worked pretty well until my homeslice Nick from PizzaRules.com turned me on to Daytum, a sweet data tracking app/website. I use a free version that lets me plug in any data I want and organize it into neat charts and graphs. The data is all public in the free version but you can make it private by upgrading for a small fee.
The above chart shows a a blue graph, which is an enlarged version of the highlighted section of the smaller gray graph below. I only highlighted the last week because I track my slices on a Monday - Friday schedule. You can see a short list of pizzerias I visited with the number of slices consumed to the left. Looks like I ate at 8 pizzerias, logged in the data from each and gobbled 18 total slices. So much for that limit. Keep in mind that I physically enter 15 - 25 pizzerias per week with my New York Pizza Tours so I have to restrain myself all the time. It’s especially hard when I’m going out for extracurricular (ie non-tour) pizza. (5 slices at Speedy Romeo, 4 at Don Antonio, 4 at Roberta’s…. yikes!)
I’ll try to post a weekly slice graph every Monday!