Americans spend approximately $1.55 billion a day dining out.”
58 percent of respondents to a recent PizzaToday.com operator survey say pizza accounts for 70 percent, or more, of their food sales.
91 percent of restaurants in the U.S. have fewer than 50 employees, according to the National Restaurant Association.
New Mexico has 346 pizzerias.
The Wedge Pizzeria / Victoria’s New York Pizzeria / Manville Pizza & Restaurant
The Wedge Pizzeria
517 S. Riverside Drive
Iowa City, IA 52240
www.thewedgepizza.comPizza by the slice is a way of life here. This is a no-frills pizza joint with a simple menu: pizza, salads, lasagna, calzones and breadsticks. The specialty pizzas steal the show with options like Thai peanut sauce, bean and garlic sauce, white cheddar and barbecue shrimp. Okay, maybe there are a few frills. But they hit the right spot!
Victoria’s New York Pizzeria
3605 Balboa Street
San Francisco, CA 94121
www.victoriaspizza.com San Francisco is adorned with great restaurants. Victoria’s makes a name for itself in the city’s Richmond District with pizza-by-the-slice and whole pies in fi ve different sizes: 12-, 14-, 16-, 18- and 24-inches in diameter. The 24-inch “family size” pizza is actually equal to four of the 12-inch pies — but it’s not four-times the price. In fact, it’s a real value at $22 for a cheese or $25 for a one-topping. Speaking of toppings, Victoria’s doesn’t go overboard with the offerings. There are 23 options for customers, ranging from spinach and ricotta to chorizo.
Manville Pizza & Restaurant
31 South Main Street
Manville, NJ 08835
www.manvillepizzanj.com When you’ve been in business for 40 years, you’re doing something right. Manville Pizza & Restaurant has succeeded through four decades by serving a full Italian and pizza menu with everything from appetizers to steak sandwiches and dinner platters. The pizza is traditional and simple with the usual suspects for toppings. The gourmet pizzas offer interest, especially the Fried Calamari Pizza. Priced at $22.50, this pie teams what Manville does best — pizza — with a popular Italian starter. Lastly, Manville recently added online ordering, proving that even an old establishment can roll with the new world order.