How Much Pizza Do I Need to Order?

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Whether you’re planning a movie night with the family or a party for a crowd, calculating how much pizza to order can feel a little confusing. Wondering how much pizza to order for 12 adults? What about how much pizza for 20 people and 10 kids? We’re here to walk you through a quick way to estimate just how much every guest needs to have a great time and a full stomach. And the good news is that even if you order too much, who can resist leftover pizza?

Ordering for Adults vs. Kids

A general rule of thumb is that adults will eat around 3 slices of pizza and children will eat around 2 slices when purchasing a standard pie. Increase that estimate to 4 slices per adult and 3 slices per child when ordering smaller sized pies or thin crust options. If you’re ordering for your own family, you can fine-tune that figure by considering household eating habits. Can your kids throw back slice after slice, or are they content with just one?

Ordering for a Crowd

If you’re ordering for a large group, you can do the math quickly by multiplying the total number of guests by 3/8. That’s because each slice of pizza takes up 1/8 of the pie, and adults tend to eat 3 slices per meal. If you get a fraction, just round up. It’s always better to have leftovers than to leave anyone hungry. Here’s a quick cheat sheet for larger parties:

  • 10 People = 4 Pizzas
  • 15 People = 6 Pizzas
  • 20 People = 8 Pizzas
  • 30 People = 12 Pizzas
  • 50 People = 19 Pizzas

Want to know more? Check out our catering options and private dining options!

Choosing Toppings

At Salerno’s, our menu offers something for everyone. If it’s possible, we recommend asking around to get a feel for everyone’s preferences and dietary restrictions. The three most popular toppings in the United States are pepperoni, sausage, and mushrooms – and it never hurts to order a plain cheese pizza for picky eaters. You can also order toppings on just half of the pizza to maximize your total toppings. We’re happy to work with you to find a solution that pleases all parties, so don’t hesitate to ask!

Eat Up with Salerno’s Pizza

You know how much pizza to order for your next event, so why not place your order today? Even if you end up with a bit extra, reheating pizza is easy. Order online in Bolingbrook, Chicago, Lyons, or Oak Park.

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