Pizza: The Ultimate Comfort Food – Here's Why We Can't Get Enough!

We all know why people love to eat pizza - it's delicious! Especially for our Westside Pizza customers, who enjoy the freshest, most flavorful pizzas. But there's more to pizza than just taste. In fact, there is some truly fascinating science and benefits that can explain why pizza is so universally loved.

Why Do People Love to Eat Pizza?

It may seem like a rhetorical question, but it's one we find ourselves asking again and again at Westside Pizza. Fellow pizza enthusiast Jeffery Miller at The Washington Post shared,

"Humans are drawn to foods that are fatty, sweet, rich and complex. Pizza has all of these components. Cheese is fatty, meat toppings tend to be rich and the sauce is sweet. Pizza toppings are also packed with a compound called glutamate, which can be found in the tomatoes, cheese, pepperoni and sausage. When glutamate hits our tongues, it tells our brains to get excited — and to crave more of it. This compound actually causes our mouths to water in anticipation of the next bite.”

So while we don't necessarily need science to explain why we as humans love pizza, the science is truly interesting. So let's cut to the cheese and take a deep-dish dive into what makes pizza so popular!

Pizza Can Cause a Real, Good-Feeling Chemical (Dopamine) in Our Brains

Pizza is a beloved food that brings us joy, and now it turns out that we have science to thank for it! Eating pizza can cause a real good-feeling chemical, dopamine, to be released in our brains. This chemical helps us feel pleasure and reward when eating delicious food like pizza. The combination of the doughy crust, melty cheese, savory sauce, and your favorite toppings create a taste sensation that triggers our bodies' natural reward system. So next time you dig into your favorite slice, remember to thank pizza for the good feelings!

Pizza is Customizable

Pizza is undoubtedly the ultimate customizable food! You can top your pizza with whatever you like, from classic pepperoni and cheese to exotic vegetables, fresh herbs, and daring spices. Westside Pizza takes customization to the next level by offering an incredible selection of traditional and unusual toppings. Create a unique flavor combination that reflects your personal tastes and preferences - the options are endless! There's no other food quite like it that offers complete freedom when it comes to putting together your own dish. With so much variety, pizza night will never be boring again!

Pizza is a Great Way to Help You (or a Picky Eater) Eat More Vegetables

Pizza is a delicious and nutritious way to get your daily veggies! Not only is it packed with flavorful ingredients like cheese, meats, and herbs, but you can also easily sneak in some extra vegetables. Whether it's loading up on fresh tomatoes or adding mushrooms, bell peppers, olives, or other veggies of choice - pizza is a great way to help even the pickiest eaters enjoy their veggies. So if you're looking for a fun way to get more nutrition into your meals, why not give pizza a try?

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One Pizza Can Be Eaten Over Several Different Meals, Making it Great For a Tight Budget

Pizza is an amazing food that doesn't just have to be eaten in one sitting! Eating pizza over several meals is a wonderful way to get creative with your cuisine while being frugal with your budget. One slice of pizza can become an easy breakfast, lunch, or dinner option.

One pizza can easily feed several people, allowing everyone to chow down and split the cost. Talk about an ideal solution for those looking to get more bang for their buck!

Pizza is an Affordable Meal That Includes Carbs, Salt, Sugar, Proteins, Vitamins, Etc.

Pizza is an affordable meal that is surprisingly diverse in terms of nutrition. It contains a combination of carbohydrates, proteins, salt, sugar, and even vitamins and minerals. And while some pizzas may be higher in sodium or fat than others, they can still be nutritious when prepared with the right ingredients and eaten in moderation.

Pizza is Quick and Very Convenient

Pizza is the ultimate convenience food – it's quick, tasty, and always satisfying. With its speedy turnover time, ordering pizza can be the ideal solution when time is of the essence. Whether on the go or stuck at home with no energy to cook, a delicious pizza can be ready in no time.

Pizza is Easy and Fun to Eat

Pizza is a fabulous food that everyone loves! Not only is it delicious and easy to eat, but it's also incredibly versatile. You can dress it up with all sorts of toppings, fold it in half for an awesome calzone, or even cut out slices and turn them into fun shapes like stars or smiley faces. You can get creative and make pizza unique while enjoying the flavors you love.

Depending on Your Order, Pizza Can Sometimes Be a Healthier Alternative to Fast Food if You Need a Quick Meal

Pizza can be a great alternative to fast food if you're looking for a quick and healthy meal! You can get a tasty and balanced meal full of protein, carbohydrates, and vegetables with just two slices of pizza. Plus, it's much lower in calories than many fast food items like burgers and burritos. So next time you need something quick and delicious, order a pizza to get the nutrition you need without compromising your diet!

Pizza Tastes Great!

Pizza is truly one of the greatest indulgences! Every bite is an explosion of flavor and texture, with just the right amount of cheese, sauce, and toppings to satisfy every craving. Whether you're a fan of pepperoni, mushrooms, or pineapple-ham topping combinations, there's a pizza out there that will make your taste buds dance with delight. So let's raise a slice to pizza - it's one of life's greatest culinary delights!

Beyond the Slices - Fascinating Facts You Never Knew About Your Favorite Food!

We love sharing all the awesome fun facts about pizza with our customers at Westside Pizza!

Did you know that when your pizza starts to brown and bubble in the oven, it’s due to a special chemical reaction called the Maillard reaction? Named after French chemist Louis-Camille Maillard, this reaction gives pizza its unique flavor, aroma, and color. The Maillard reaction is a combination of two molecules from protein-rich foods, such as cheese and pepperoni, mixing with sugars. This process causes the pepperoni slices to curl slightly and the cheese to become golden brown and bubbly! Understanding this complex chemical process can help us appreciate why we love pizza so much more!

Need more fun facts about pizza? We've got even more on our blog!

Not only do we have all these fun facts, but we also have the Death by Pizza Challenge at our locations across the country. Prizes vary depending on the location, so check with your local Westside Pizza for more details.

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Indulge in Delicious, Freshly Made Pizza - Order Now from Westside Pizza!

Looking for a pizza place that satisfies your cravings and leaves you wanting more? Look no further than Westside Pizza! Our dough is made fresh daily from the highest quality ingredients, ensuring that every bite is something special. But that's not all - we also offer a wide variety of delicious options to choose from, including chicken wings, calzones, pastas, salads, stix, and desserts.

Don't miss out on our amazing deals and local specials, allowing you to get more pizza for your money when you choose Westside Pizza. Whether you prefer delivery or pick-up options, or want to dine in with us, we've got you covered.

So what are you waiting for? Find a Westside Pizza location near you and experience the deliciousness we have to offer. It's time to treat yourself to some tasty goodness at Westside Pizza!