Deseret News

There are a lot of different restaurants people can get pizza from. You can get it delivered, buy a cooked pizza at the store, or buy a pizza and cook it later at home. But which is the least expensive? Here's a guide to buying pizza.

Deseret News analysis
Deseret News

The analysis used Salt Lake City as an example, which has at least one of these restaurants about every five miles. The analysis assumes gas costs $3.57 a gallon and the consumer's vehicle gets 22 mpg.

Driving about five miles with that kind of gas mileage will cost an additional $0.81 in gas. If the vehicle gets better gas mileage, it will cost less than that. Pizzas consumer go pick up, will have that cost added on.

Cooking costs
Laura Seitz, Deseret News

With take and bake pizzas from places like Costco, consumers have to drive to the store to get it, but they also have to cook the pizza in an oven at home.

The typical cost for cooking the pizza is about 10 cents for 30 minutes (the approximate time it takes to heat up an oven and cook the pizza).

Little Caesars
Brian Nicholson, Deseret News

Total Cost-$6.55

Price per inch-$0.47

Pizza size-14 inches

Costco (cooked)
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Total cost-$10.76

Price per inch-$0.60

Pizza size-18 inches

Costco (take and bake)
PAUL SAKUMA, AP

Total cost-$10.86

Price per inch-$0.60

Pizza size-18 inches

5 Buck Pizza (carryout)
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Total cost-$10.51

Price per inch-$0.75

Pizza size-14 inches

Papa Murphy's
Papa Murphy's Pizza

Total cost-$10.53

Price per inch-$0.75

Pizza size-14 inches

Pizza Hut (carryout)
Michael Brandy, Deseret News

Total cost-$11.60

Price per inch-$0.83

Pizza size-14 inches

5 Buck Pizza (delivery)
5 Buck Pizza.com

Total cost-$11.70

Price per inch-$0.84

Delivery fee-$2.00

Pizza size-14 inches

Pizza Hut (delivery)
FABRICE COFFRINI, AP

Total cost-$12.94

Price per inch-$0.92

Delivery fee-$2.00

Pizza size-14 inches

Papa John's (carryout)
Patti Longmire, AP

Total cost-$13.75

Price per inch-$0.98

Pizza size-14 inches

Papa John's (delivery)
PATTI LONGMIRE, AP

Total cost-$14.29

Price per inch-$1.02

Delivery fee-$1.25

Pizza size-14 inches

Domino's Pizza (carryout)
PAUL SANCYA, AP

Total cost-$14.82

Price per inch-$1.06

Pizza size-14 inches

Domino's Pizza (delivery)
TONY GIBERSON, AP

Total cost-$16.01

Price per inch-$1.14

Delivery fee-$2.00

Pizza size-14 inches