The food industry analytics firm CHD Expert says pizzas popularity in the U.S. has never been stronger. The firm adds that independent pizzerias currently make up 13% of total non-chain restaurants. reports the Chicago-based data supplier says that “Pizzeria” and “Italian—Pizza & Pasta” Menu Types combined make up 14% of the total US restaurant landscape. CHD Expert’s data shows there are more than 68,000 restaurants with the Pizzeria menu type in the US, accounting for 10% of the total US restaurant landscape. It is the second most popular menu type in the U.S. behind Varied Menu.

For more detailed information on the popularity of independent pizzerias in this country, read on. 

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