Pizza and Calories

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St. Louis has more than 400 pizza restaurants. There are more than 40 Pizza Huts, Imo's, and Domino's, each. There is St. Louis thin style, Chicago deep dish and every crust in between. How to eat healthy and still have pizza.

Most people do not sit down to two or three Big Macs at a meal. But many people do eat several slices of pizza at a sitting. Most pizza companies base their nutritional goals on a single slice of pizza.

This is a calorie comparison on the leading pizza chains in the St. Louis area.

Calories

12” cheese original crust

1/8 of pizza (1 slice)

 

calories

fat (g)

sugar (g)

Imo's

-

-

-

Papa John's

210

8

3

Pizza Hut

220

8

3

Domino's Pizza

210

8

2

 

 

 

 

12” cheese thin crust

1/8 of pizza (1 slice)

 

calories

fat (g)

sugar (g)

Imo's

150

6.25

3

Papa John's

230

12

2

<Pizza Hut

190

8

4

<Domino's Pizza

150

9

1.5

 

 

 

 

12” cheese deep dish crust

1/8 of pizza (1 slice

 

calories

fat (g)

sugar (g)

Imo's

-

-

-

Papa John's

-

-

-

Pizza Hut

240

11

2

Domino's Pizza

260

12

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Imo's

Imo's does not provide nutritional information in their stores or online. When I asked a manager of one of their stores about a portion chart, he said, "We just eyeball it." He may be right. Imo's stores are all individually owned and operated (so are all of the Domino's in St. Louis, but they almost all use the same portion chart.)

 

Where then did I get the numbers for Imo's?

 

Imo's signature crust is made by the Roma's shell company. In the early 1990's Domino's discovered that St. Louisians love Imo's pizza. They did not care about quick delivery or great deals. Domino's decided to make a thin crust pizza for the St. Louis Market. At first Domino's purchased thin crust from Roma's shells, the same supplier as Imo's. Later, Domino's reverse engineered their own version.

<You can buy Roma's crusts, Imo's sauce and Imo's provel cheese at the super market. Below is the nutritional information from the main ingredients.

Imo's Pizza

 

 

 

 

 

 

portion size

 

calories

fat

sugar

crust

1/4

 of 1 shell

170

4.5

2

Sauce

1/4

 cup

30

0

4

cheese

1

oz

100

8

0

 

 

 

300

12.5

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Portions:

Imo's ingredients use 1/4 of a 12" pizza as one serving. I adjusted the brand comparison to 1/8 of a 12" pizza to line the portions up with the others. No, I do not have a good way to calculate 1/8 of a square cut pizza without finding my calculus book.

 


CiCi's

My children love CiCi's pizza buffet. Buffets are not COMPASS friendly. Here is a listing of selected CiCi's offerings.

Pizza

calories

fat (g)

12" Alfredo

120

3.5

12" Cheese (red sauce)

150

4

12" Ham and Pineapple

150

3.5

12" Ole

120

2.5

12" Spinach Alfredo

120

3.5

12" Mac n'Cheese

<170

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I did not bother with looking up the calories in CiCi's brownies or cinnamon rolls.

 


Links

Imo's Pizza

Pizza Hut Nutrition page download full menu nutrition as a PDF

Papa John's Nutrition page

Domino's Pizza Nutrition "Cal-O-Meter" The 12" calculates a serving as 1/4 of a 12" pizza instead of 1/8.

California Pizza Kitchens (PDF)

 

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