Second Annual Pizza Poll Shows Most Americans Would Choose Pizza If They Could Eat Only One Food

Sept. 27, 2018

The people have spoken! The top food Americans choose if they could only eat one food for the rest of their lives is PIZZA – for a second year in a row! The second annual nationwide survey conducted by The Harris Poll®* on behalf of California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) celebrates National Pizza Month this October by revealing a whole new set of fun facts all about pizza. This year’s survey, conducted online among 2,027 U.S. adults ages 18 and older, touches on everything from guilty pleasures to celebrity favorites to dating. 

California Pizza Kitchen’s 2018 Pizza Survey highlights include: 

  • Pizza reigns supreme: If Americans could only eat one food for the rest of their lives, pizza would be their top choice (21%). 
  • The best day of the week: The top food Americans choose as their favorite cheat day food is pizza (25%). 
  • Say goodbye to rosé, reality TV, and avocados?!: Nearly 9 in 10 Americans (86%) would be willing to give something up for a year in order to have free pizza whenever they want; among them, nearly half (45%) would be willing to sacrifice reality TV; 92% of millennials (ages 22-37) would be willing to give something up for a year in order to have free pizza whenever they want; among them, 43% would give up rosé wine and 36% would give up avocados. 
  • Going head-to-head with a new list of celebrities, “The Rock” still comes up on top: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is Americans’ top choice for the celebrity they would most want to share a slice of pizza with (18%), followed by Betty White (15%) and Ellen DeGeneres (11%); among millennials, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is also the preferred pizza partner (21%), followed by Chris Pratt (13%) and Ellen DeGeneres (12%).** 
  • Parents’ preferred pizza playdate pick: Overall, the celebrity mom and her children American parents would most want to have a “pizza playdate” with is a tie between P!nk (12%) and Jennifer Garner (12%); the top choice of millennial parents? Kim Kardashian West (15%)!*** 
  • Guys want to share a slice with the QB king while the gals choose the tennis queen herself: If Americans could share a pizza with any living sports legend, men’s top choice would be Tom Brady (12%), while women’s top choice is Serena Williams (15%). Among millennials overall, the top choice of living sports legend to share a pizza with is Serena Williams (14%).**** 
  • MUST love pizza: If they were online dating, more than 3 in 5 Americans (63%) would be likely to “swipe right” for someone who mentions pizza in their online dating profile, with men being more likely than women to do so (67% vs. 60%). 
  • Think again before picking up your fork and knife: 22% of Americans would not go on a second date with someone if they ate their pizza with a fork and knife on the first date; 32% of millennials agree. 
  • Ooh-la-la!: Nearly half of Americans (44%) believe that “Honey, let’s order pizza tonight’’ is one of the sexiest things your significant other could ever say; 60% of millennials agree. 
  • It’s official – pineapple is IN!: Only 36% of Americans believe pineapple on pizza should be illegal. 

For a full list of survey findings, please visit

“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 Jim Hyatt, CEO of CPK. “This year, we have an array of plans to honor everyone’s favorite food. From lighthearted and fun pizza stats, to a creative new pizza invented by our Pizza Chef of the Year, to our biggest sweepstakes yet, this National Pizza Month will offer something for everyone to enjoy.” 

In addition to releasing the results of its 2018 Pizza Survey, CPK will celebrate National Pizza Month and its industry-first Cauliflower Pizza Crust by kicking off its largest contest to-date, giving away up to $10,000 total in the “My Life. Powered by Cauliflower.” Sweepstakes. From Oct. 3-31, CPK guests can enter the sweepstakes by sharing how they would like their lives to be “Powered by Cauliflower.” Whether training for a marathon, planning Date Night, or catering for a Little League team, show us how you fuel your life deliciously, and healthfully, with cauliflower! Ten lucky winners will win up to $1,000 each to use toward their “Powered by Cauliflower” goals. Complete rules and regulations, including details on how to enter, are available at 

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*Survey Methodology: This survey was conducted online within the United States by The Harris Poll on behalf of California Pizza Kitchen from August 29-31, 2018 among 2,027 U.S. adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables and subgroup sample sizes, please contact 

**Options presented include: Ariana Grande, Beyoncé, Chris Pratt, Drake, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Ellen DeGeneres, Jimmy Fallon, Justin Bieber, Oprah Winfrey, and Selena Gomez 

***Options presented include: Beyoncé, Chrissy Teigen, Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Garner, Jessica Alba, Joanna Gaines, Kim Kardashian West, Kristen Bell, Nicole Richie, and P!nk 

****Options presented include: Alex “A-Rod” Rodriguez, Chloe Kim, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kobe Bryant, Ronda Rousey, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Stephen Curry, and Tom Brady 

About California Pizza Kitchen 

In 1985, California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) opened its first restaurant in Beverly Hills and introduced diners to innovative California-style pizza. With a passion for combining fresh, seasonal ingredients with flavor inspirations from around the world, today CPK is a global brand serving creative California cuisine in more than 250 restaurants in 13 countries and U.S. territories. From signature, hand-tossed pizzas and high-quality main plates to inventive better-for-you options, Lunch Duos, premium wines and hand-crafted beverages, CPK adds its imaginative twist to create a memorable casual dining experience. For more information, visit Connect with CPK on Twitter at @calpizzakitchen (#NEWCPK), Instagram at @californiapizzakitchen, and Facebook at Download the new CPK Rewards™ app for iOS and Android to earn rewards for dining creatively, pay by mobile, order online and more.