Pizza by the slice

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Pizza by the slice in a pizza box for take-out

Pizza by the slice is a fast food purveyed by pizzeria restaurants and food stands as prepared slices of pizza.[1] It is a common dish and street food in various areas of the world. Some restaurants and pizza stands only sell pizza by the slice, while others sell both slices and whole pizzas. The jumbo slice is a large-sized slice of New York-style pizza that is a prominent food in Washington, D.C. Pizza al taglio is a variety of pizza that originated in Rome, Italy and is typically purveyed by the slice and sold by weight.


Some pizzerias provide pizza by the slice and whole pizza pies, and some only provide pizza by the slice.[1] Pizza by the slice is typically pre-cooked and pre-sliced, and is sometimes kept warm under heat lamps.[1][2] Upon ordering, slices are sometimes re-heated in a pizza oven before being served. Selling pizza by the slice sometimes enables restaurants to realize increased profits, because the slice format allows for quick lunchtime service compared to customers having to order and wait for a whole pizza that is prepared from scratch.[1] The price of pizza slices is also typically significantly less than the cost of a whole pie.[1]

Pizza by the slice is prevalent in the United States,[1] and significant consumer demand exists for the product in the U.S.[2] Many pizzerias in New York City (NYC) purvey New York-style pizza by the slice,[3] and some also provide Sicilian pizza by the slice.[4][5] There are over 1,000 pizzerias and "slice shops" in NYC,[6] and many purvey both whole pies and slices.[3] In NYC, New York-style pizza is most commonly ordered by consumers as pizza by the slice.[3] Pizza is a common street food in NYC,[7] and some pizzerias compete, vying to provide "best" slice in the city.[8]

The dish is common in some areas of the Balkans, such as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia and Slovenia.[9] In Bulgaria, it is a common street food that is purveyed by street vendors and street pizza booths.[9][10]

Pizza by the slice is also manufactured as a frozen food, and is sometimes packaged in individual serving portions.[11] One example is the Red Baron "by the slice" brand, which is a microwaveable product manufactured by Schwan's Company.[11][12]

Jumbo slice[edit]

The jumbo slice is a large slice of New York-style pizza that is often purveyed by the slice.[13] It is a prominent food in Washington, D.C., and is sometimes consumed as a late-night snack by neighborhood residents when area bars close.[13][14] A few Washington, D.C., pizzerias specialize in the jumbo slice as their main offering.[15]

Pizza al taglio[edit]

Pizza al taglio is an Italian pizza variety of rectangular pizza that is sold by the slice, typically by weight.[16][17] The dish originated from and is common in Rome, Italy, and is purveyed in many areas of the world in contemporary times.[18][19][20] The dough for Pizza al taglio is sometimes cooked ahead of time, allowing for a timely preparation of the final product, whereby sauce and various toppings are added and the pizza is then cooked.[21]

In popular culture[edit]

Pizza by the slice was one of the main focuses in The Simpsons episode Go Big or Go Homer.

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  14. ^ Nelson, E. (2016). The Beltway Bible: A Totally Serious A-Z Guide to Our No-Good, Corrupt, Incompetent, Terrible, Depressing, and Sometimes Hilarious Government. St. Martin's Press. p. 203. ISBN 978-1-250-09925-9. Retrieved January 1, 2018.
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