The golden era for pizza in America was beginning to take hold in the mid-1960s, when pizza shops opened in the suburbs and cities.
The industry’s boom was fueled by the rise of the American automobile.
With the advent of mass manufacturing, the number of brick-and-mortar stores and restaurants tripled in the decade after World War II.
But by the early 1970s, as the U.S. economy stagnated, pizza was starting to fade.
Pizza is no longer a staple in American homes and businesses, and Americans are starting to eat less pizza, which has become a less and less popular dish, and more pizza-based desserts like iced lattes and milkshakes.
In 2016, a Pew Research Center survey found that the share of Americans who eat pizza has dropped by 13 percentage points since the mid 1960s, with nearly half of the country now eating fewer than four slices a day.
The number of Americans eating fewer pizza also has fallen sharply, from 14 percent in 2013 to 6 percent in 2016.
In some cities, pizza restaurants have closed down.
In 2017, the city of Boston, where I grew up, lost two pizzerias.
And in New York, where my family and I grew in the ’70s and ’80s, two other pizzeria closed.
Pizza’s decline, coupled with rising health care costs and stagnant wages, has had a lasting impact on the pizza industry.
Pizza delivery has also become a more expensive proposition, leading to a decline in pizza restaurants in the cities where delivery has been made to.
Meanwhile, the popularity of iced iced teas, iced coffee, ices of choice and iced desserts has grown.
Some of these options are available at a few traditional pizza restaurants, but there are many other options.
The trend toward healthier, more natural pizza options has prompted pizza purveyors to explore other options like natural sauces, gluten-free options and fresh juices, which they believe are more palatable to the palates of diners.
“In terms of the pizza culture, it’s kind of hard to say that [pizza] has been on the decline for 20 years,” says David Siegel, an associate professor of marketing at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Siegel says pizza has become more and more affordable, but he cautions that the trend toward natural and healthful options has not yet reached the same degree of success.
“I think it’s a question of, ‘Is it a great food, is it a food that people really want to eat?'”
In a survey of 500 pizza delivery drivers, Siegel found that 61 percent of drivers are satisfied with their delivery experience, compared with just 20 percent who were dissatisfied.
Pizza purveyor and CEO of pizza chain Pizza Hut Joel Lombardi says that many of the customers who have stopped ordering pizza because of the health effects of artificial flavors, additives and sweeteners are choosing other options, like ices.
“They’re not going to go to a restaurant for the same thing,” Lombardi said.
“If you can make a healthier pizza, that’s a great choice for them.”
“Pizza is one of those great meals that can be enjoyed for a long time.
It’s not a snack or a snack-type meal,” he says.
“It’s a meal that has a lot of calories, so it’s definitely a healthy option for people who are looking to eat healthy.”
That said, he caution that while the health concerns surrounding artificial flavors and sweetener use may have faded, the food is still in its infancy and it is difficult to pinpoint exactly what is and is not healthy.
“You can’t just make an educated guess at what is going to be healthy,” he said.
While it is impossible to say definitively what is healthy and what isn’t, the science is clear that artificial flavors like menthol and other artificial sweeteners and flavorings like vanilla extract, vanilla extract extract, caramel and other synthetic and natural flavors are a health concern, Sayer says.
He points out that some of these artificial sweetener and flavor enhancers can increase the risk of heart disease and obesity, and those health concerns have increased as the use of artificial sweetening has increased.
Sayer points out there is a correlation between these chemicals and cancer, diabetes, and the metabolic syndrome, which is a risk factor for heart disease.
In addition, the chemicals and flavors can increase levels of certain chemicals in the blood, causing blood clots.
“So I think that’s one thing that’s very concerning about the use and exposure to artificial flavors is that there’s no science to support them,” Sayer said.
But he added that the chemicals are safe and have been proven to be safe.
“And I think the health benefits of eating pizza are a really strong argument that it’s safe,” Siegel