Pizza reigns as Americans’ favorite food.
If we could only eat one food for the rest of our lives, pizza would be the choice, beating out steak, hamburgers, tacos and other picks.
That’s the finding of a survey out Thursday from California Pizza Kitchen, timed ahead of National Pizza Month, which kicks off Monday.
Pizza was the favorite food of 21 percent of those surveyed. Steak came in second (16 percent), followed by hamburgers (13 percent), tacos (11 percent), pasta (11 percent), salad (9 percent), sushi (6 percent), and macaroni and cheese (4 percent). The Harris Poll conducted the survey online for the restaurant chain from Aug. 29-31 among 2,027 U.S. adults.
Pizza also was the choice dish (25 percent) when it comes to indulging and straying from the usual diet, beating out ice cream or burger with fries (each got 18 percent), fried chicken (7 percent) and tacos (7 percent).
Of course, you might say, pizza would come out on top in a survey commissioned by a pizza chain. But the U.S. Department of Agriculture found in a study released in 2014that about 13 percent of the U.S. population consumed pizza on any given day.
Other slices from the new pizza survey:
• Celebrity you’d most want to have a pizza with: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The “Skyscraper” actor was the top choice, getting 18 percent in the survey, followed by Betty White (15%) and Ellen DeGeneres (11%).
• Favorite living sports legend to eat pizza with: Serena Williams or Tom Brady. Most women would want to share a pizza with the tennis star (15 percent), while men chose New England Patriots quarterback(12 percent). Williams was also the top overall choice among all millennials (14%).
• Celebrity mom you’d prefer to have a “pizza playdate” with: Pink and Jennifer Garner (tied, 12 percent). However, millennial parents preferred Kim Kardashian West (15%). They beat others including Beyoncé, Chrissy Teigen and Gwen Stefani.
• Pizza and passion. More than six in 10 (63 percent) would be likely to “swipe right” for someone who mentioned pizza in their online dating profile (if they were online dating), with men being more likely than women to do so (67 percent versus 60 percent).
• Eat with your hands. More than two in 10 (22 percent) would not go on a second date with someone if they ate pizza with a fork and knife on the first date. Even more millennials (32 percent) felt that way.
• Plenty like pineapple. Only about one-third (36 percent) think pineapple should not be allowed as a pizza ingredient.
“As the results of our second annual pizza survey show, pizza is a passion for many in a variety of ways – that is why National Pizza Month is something we look forward to celebrating each and every year,” said California Pizza Kitchen CEO Jim Hyatt said in a statement.
The Playa Vista, California-headquartered restaurant chain, with more than 250 locations, is also marking the month with a special Spicy Chorizo pizza on its menu beginning Tuesday.