Quoctrung Bui explains why you should always order the largest pizza:
The math of why bigger pizzas are such a good deal is simple: A pizza is a circle, and the area of a circle increases with the square of the radius. So, for example, a 16-inch pizza is actually four times as big as an 8-inch pizza. And when you look at thousands of pizza prices from around the U.S., you see that you almost always get a much, much better deal when you buy a bigger pizza.
Update from a reader:
As a real New Yorker, I feel it is important to share the information on the other reason to buy the largest pizza you can.
In “real” pizza places (not chains), they pre-make the dough ahead of time and save it out into dough-balls. When you order your pizza, the pizza maker stretches the dough into the appropriate size for the pan, puts the sauce, cheese and toppings on, and shoves it in the oven. What he does not do, is say, “hmmm, they have ordered a medium pizza as opposed to the standard large pizza, let me take a portion of this dough off of my dough ball.” What you actually get is a pizza with a tougher, thicker, less-good crust because the dough is the right amount for the standard size pizza. And the standard sized pizza is a large.
On an unrelated note, I just renewed today. I upped my renewal from the standard rate ($19.99) to one dollar for every year I have been alive ($42). I think this will be my go-to going forward. I was going to just renew, but I found out yesterday I am getting a promotion, so my good fortune is your good fortune.
Damn, now I am hungry for pizza for lunch.