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Do you like pizza? Are you going to pay extra for it?


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Pizza is an exquisite dish of Italian origin comprising of a usually round, smoothed base of raised wheat-based mixture finished off with tomatoes, cheddar, and regularly different fixings such as anchovies, mushrooms, onions, olives, pineapple, meat and so on which is then cooked at a high temperature, generally in an oven.


Americans eat approximately 100 acres of pizza a day or about 350 slices per second.October is called as the US national pizza month. Over 5 billion pizzas are sold worldwide each year. Kids ages 3 to 11 prefer pizza over all other food groups for lunch and dinner.

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Do you like pizza? Are you going to pay extra for it?


How to avoid paying extra for your pizza?

After finding a different way to cut up pizzas over lunch hour at work, we at the Cuemath HQ decided to think about our finances. Putting aside the fact that it was only the middle of the month. 

The pizza we ordered and the pizza we ate did cost us a lot of money. We started thinking about our choices. 

Why did we order 2 medium pizzas, instead of a large one that all of us could share? 

If we look at it from a spending perspective, the 2 medium pizzas actually cost us more than 1 large pizza. When we calculated the price differences between the two, it was a whopping Rs. 305 (excluding taxes)!

You may argue that 2 medium pizzas have more pizza in quantity compared to that of 1 large pizza.

But that’s something that pizza places everywhere want you to think. 

Still don’t believe me? Let’s look at the sizes and their areas. A large size pizza is of 14 inches. Whereas a medium sized pizza (the one we ordered) comes at 10 inches. 

Now you may say- ‘Yes, but you ordered two 10 inches medium pizzas, which is clearly more than one 14 inches pizza.’

But the math behind it says otherwise. 

We all remember (I wish I did), the formula to calculate the area of a circle as: A=πr

So, if we compare the areas of the two pizzas, we get: 

Example 1



For the medium pizza (10 inches), the Area will be = 22/7x(10/2)2 

                                                                              = 78.5 sq. inches 

And we had two of it, so the total area is = 2×78.5 sq. inches

= 157 sq. inches of pizza
Example 2



For the large pizza (14 inches), the Area will be = 22/7x (14/2)

= 154 sq. inches of pizza

So mathematically, by ordering two medium pizzas (10 inches), you’re actually paying an excess of Rs. 305 for just 3 extra sq. inches. 

2 Medium pizzas < 1 Large pizza

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Randomly eating pizza in India is the epitome of 'taking one for the team'. India is not a country known for great pizza, although it is a nation that has become fond of bready, cheesy, flat round things that they call pizza.

Does paying extra money for pizza make any sense?

No right.

Cuemath children learn how to apply math in their day to day life, even in the things they do or the things they buy. The next time you order a pizza for yourself or for your family, make sure to do a little math.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What does Pizza mean?

A dish made typically of flattened bread dough spread with a savory mixture usually including tomatoes and cheese and often other toppings and baked. — called also pizza pie.

Is pizza good for health?

And it isn't healthy. Depending on the type of crust, the amount of cheese and the toppings used, pizza can rank anywhere from nutritionally decent to a diet disaster. Even healthy pizzas deliver a good amount of sodium from tomato sauce and cheese, so if you are watching your salt intake, you should eat with caution.

How to make pizza?

1.Take the dough out and roll it into a circle.

2.Puff out the edge of the dough so the crust is thicker at the edge.

3.Pre-heat oven to 250-260 degrees C.

4.Put on the pizza sauce, cheese, and toppings.

5.Put the pizza on the pizza stone in the oven.

6.Bake for 30 minutes or until pizza is crispy and golden brown.

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