Toppers Tops the List of Most Popular Pizza Chains in Daily Meal Survey

California Pizza Kitchen and Giordano’s score runner-up positions, with Domino’s at No. 4.




The rapidly growing Toppers Pizza puts customer service and fresh ingredients at the forefront of its brand, according to the Daily Meal.

 

Chain pizza may take its share of knocks, but there’s no denying its popularity with the American people. Still, the most popular chains may not be the most famous ones. Toppers Pizza, with about 70 locations in 12 states and headquartered in Whitewater, Wisconsin, topped a new readers’-favorite survey by the Daily Meal, while California Pizza Kitchen and Chicago-based Giordano’s came in second and third, respectively.

The website released its fourth annual America’s 35 Favorite Pizza Chains list recently, noting that it’s strictly a popularity contest, not a commentary on quality (which the site covers separately in its annual 101 Best Pizzas in America survey). “We asked [readers] to vote only for chains that they’ve been to, of course, but also asked them to choose those they truly respect,” the Daily Meal states. “They were told to take into account the freshness and deliciousness of the product as well as the service, convenience, menu diversity, and overall experience. Some voted based on a loyalty to local chains, while others preferred the big guys.”

And make no mistake—the big guys fared pretty well. Domino’s claimed the No. 4 spot, while take-and-bake leader Papa Murphy’s came in at No. 5. Pizza Hut scored the No. 6 spot and Papa John’s made the list at No. 8.

California Pizza Kitchen

 

Toppers “rocketed to the top of the list this year thanks to a loyal following and the craveable Topperstix,” the article continues. “The brand has grown rapidly, doubling in size in just three years. Founded in 1993 by an industry veteran, Toppers puts customer service and fresh toppings at the forefront of its brand. A new format allows customers to interact with staff to see their pizzas get created. It’s a formula for success and loyalty.”

The article goes on to praise California Pizza Kitchen for its innovative artisan pies, including the Thai Chicken, Habanero Carnitas and California Club. As for Giordano’s, “its massive deep-dish pies are a Chicago must-eat.”

The Top 10 list looks like this:

1. Toppers Pizza
2. California Pizza Kitchen
3. Giordano’s Restaurant & Pizzeria
4. Domino’s Pizza
5. Papa Murphy’s
6. Pizza Hut
7. Gino’s East
8. Papa John’s
9. Uno Chicago Grill
10. Lou Malnati’s

Click here to see the full list.

 

SaveSave

Edit Module

Tell us what you think at or email.

Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Articles

New Jersey Pizzeria Draws Heavy Fire for Alleged “Anti-Cop” Slur on a Pizza Box

Owner Frank Mancini says in-house shorthand label was misread as “pigs.”

How to Create the Perfect Cheese Blend For a Flavor Your Customers Will Crave (With Video)

There are hundreds of delicious cheese combinations, and nearly every cheese can work to boost your pizza’s flavor profile.

Pizzas For the Khaleesi: Pizzeria Vetri Creates Pies Inspired by “Game of Thrones”

Cleverly named LTO specials include Baratheon’s Bane and the spicy-hot Dornishman’s Revenge.

The Spaghetti Cone: Is It Really Easier Than Eating From a Plate?

With this one-of-a-kind street-food, you don’t have to doodle with your noodles to get them into your mouth.

Researchers in Naples Are Struggling to Build a Robot That Can Make Pizza From Scratch

RoDyMan the pizza-bot has bendable arms, hands and fingers, but it can’t stretch dough without tearing it.

Chuck E. Cheese Is One Company That's Hiring Real People and Firing Robots

Animatronic band is nowhere to be seen at remodeled location in Stone Oak, Texas.

Mississippi Pizzeria Is One of Two Named to Bon Appetit’s List of 50 Best New Restaurants

Saint Leo in Oxford, Mississippi, made the cut, along with Washington, D.C.’s Timber Pizza Company

Facebook Algorithm Now Penalizes Businesses For Slow-Loading Website Links

Forty percent of website visitors will abandon your site after a three-second loading delay, the company notes.

This Deaf Domino’s Driver Delivered Customer’s Pizza On Foot After His Car Broke Down

GoFundMe campaign page describes Benjamin Houston as a “bright light” in a scary world.

Pizza Is the Official Food of One-Night Stands for Millennials

Yelp survey finds that if you’re not into pizza, your dream date is probably not into you.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags