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# Pizza sliced in squares

You know when they slice pizza into those little squares rather than big triangles?  How do you count that?  i have been trying to guestimate, but I think I am probably way off.
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Hmm I think you're talking about Sicilian pizza.... which is actually worse for you than regular pizza slices, lol... more carb and cheese heavy.
Measure the square pizza diagonally. Let's say it's 8 inches across. Estimate the total calories of a 8 inch circular pizza. Since a square has covers more surface area than a circle of the same length across, I would estimate the square pizza to have additional pizza equal to one additional slice.

So if an 8 inch circular pizza has  slices at 200 cals each, it would have 1600 cals for the entire pizza. Therefore, a square pizza at 8 inches diagonally would have 1600 cals + 1 200 cal slice = 1800 cals.

Take the 1800 and measure how much of the square pizza you ate. If you ate 1/3 of the square, you would have consumed 600 cals.

Just an estimate!
I know what you're talking about-party pizzas! Usually the pizza itself is bigger, and it's a rectangle, and then they cut it in squares. I read that the average square is about 250 cals for pepperoni & cheese. Hope that helps!
Original Post by cellophane_star:

Measure the square pizza diagonally. Let's say it's 8 inches across. Estimate the total calories of a 8 inch circular pizza. Since a square has covers more surface area than a circle of the same length across, I would estimate the square pizza to have additional pizza equal to one additional slice.

So if an 8 inch circular pizza has  slices at 200 cals each, it would have 1600 cals for the entire pizza. Therefore, a square pizza at 8 inches diagonally would have 1600 cals + 1 200 cal slice = 1800 cals.

Take the 1800 and measure how much of the square pizza you ate. If you ate 1/3 of the square, you would have consumed 600 cals.

Just an estimate!

Okay lol here's where I come off as a TOTAL geek ....

Actually, the total are of an 8" circle has more area than the 8" diagonal square... the circle would be ~ 50.27 square inches and the square would be 32 square inches.

So the square is about 64% of the calories of the circle...   so if the circle pizza is 1600 cals, then the square is 1024 calories (IF they are the same size).

But most square pizzas (IE Sicilian pizzas, as I said earlier) have a larger area and their diagonal line is longer than a typical pizza's diameter.  I'm not sure if you are talking about this or a frozen/party/Ellios type though.

Just incase you mean a "regular" pizza, not deep dish and is circular not square, that is cut into squares (this is how the pizza place I go to does it) is around 150 per square with cheese, veggies, and ham for a 14" pizza.  I just average some of the local chains and got around 2400 calories in a whole pizza (granted no pepperoni, sausage, just veggies and ham) and this is a normal layer of cheese (can see a small amount of sauce in place through the cheese so add more calories if cheese is a thicker layer).  There are usually 16 squares in a 14", hense 150 each square (the 12" pizza usually only has 12 squares, but each square ends up around the same).

Any who, I would log 4 slices as 600 calories (as someone else suggested).
haha... I was getting mathy but I didn't actually calculate the areas! I was thinking that an 8" circle would fit inside an 8" square and you would still have the extra corners of the square visible, therefore, the square is larger :)
BTW, it has been a while since I have had to take any math (and calculas was forgotten before I finished the exam) but the area of an 8" circle is around 50.27 (half of the diameter squared times pie), but not sure where you came of with 32....an 8" square pizza has a base of 8" inches so the area would be 64...or did the short bus leave without me again today!

*runs away hoping to still catch it*
The square doesn't have an 8" base. It's 8 inches on the diagonal in the example. If you're measuring the diagonal of course the corners won't poke out the edge of the circle because you're measuring from one corner to the opposite corner the same as the diameter of the circle.

It's not a sicillian pizza... it's a plain old round pizza with cheese 12" thin crust that just happens to be cut into little squres rather than triangle pieces.  Our pizza place in town cuts all the thin crust pizzas that way.

Hi! We go to a pizza place that has a thin crust pizza also cut that way, if you google 'Donatos nutrition', it will give you calories, carbs, fat, etc on the type of pizza you get. They have a chicken veggie pizza to die for! Hope this helps!

Aha! I knew there had to be to be calorie counters besides me who were math geeks :) I've been known to do all kinds of crazy calculations with food...I feel so much better about myself now.

Anyway, I generally count the number of squares that make up the one round pizza (the triangles on the edges I usually count as 1/2 a slice..unscientific perhaps, but I figure if I'm eating pizza then I'm already giving myself a little wiggle room). A medium pizza usually has 8 wedges so I think, 8 * #cals per wedge, divided by #squares in the pizza. Hope this makes sense! And enjoy the pizza :)

I don't know if this is what you are talking about or not, but me being from St. Louis  -  where we have "st. louis style" pizza I automatically think of a thin crust cut into squares... Try searching for that, i've logged it before.

If its thick pizza, you can event try searching google for the calorie content.

are you talking about the Papa Johns type pizza?

Nutritional Information for Cheese Pizza Size 10"

Serving Size - 1 slice (107g)

Order Size 1/6 of an order

Calories per Serving - 180

Calories From Fat - 50

Total Fat (% DV*) - 6g (9%)

Saturated Fat (% DV*) - 1.5g (8%)

Trans Fat - 0g

Cholesterol (% DV*) - 10mg (3%)

Sodium (% DV*) 430mg (18%); Carbohydrates (% DV*) 25g (8%); Dietary Fiber (% DV*) 1g (4%); Sugar 3g; Protein 7g; Vitamin A (% DV*) 4%; Vitamin C (% DV*)4%; Calcium (% DV*) 8%; Iron (% DV*) (8%);

Usually when they cut it into square slices you get about 2.5 pieces to a triangle slice.

Hope this helps...

Holy frick. Just reading these replies makes me realize we have a problem. Measuring the pizza? Seriously? Dot get me wrong, I actually weigh my food and log it. This made me realize that I am actually more obsessed with food than before my diet. When you are going to a party or going to have a good time, put this evil app of guilt away and just enjoy your time with your friends. :) just get back on track the next day.
Original Post by kdcinnamon:

Holy frick. Just reading these replies makes me realize we have a problem. Measuring the pizza? Seriously? Dot get me wrong, I actually weigh my food and log it. This made me realize that I am actually more obsessed with food than before my diet. When you are going to a party or going to have a good time, put this evil app of guilt away and just enjoy your time with your friends. :) just get back on track the next day.

I laughed! I can't believe I took the time to write such a detailed reply to this 6 years ago! Since then, so much has changed so I share your outlook :)

I'm surprised that no one started the argument about how pizza's should never be cut into squares and that it doesn't taste good that way.

...simple just don't eat the pizza.
Square pizza is amazing! Haven't you been to Arni's before?
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