You Won’t Believe How Many Calories Are in One Slice of New York City Pizza

This is one piece of information you probably don’t want to know
New York Slice

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A New York slice may be unhealthy, but it is a thing of beauty. 

When it comes to calories, we tend to write off pizza. We know that it’s covered in cheese and is certainly unhealthy, but it’s so good that we tell ourselves that a serving or two can’t be too bad for us. If we were to seek the truth, we may never want to eat a slice again. And who can live without ever eating a slice of pizza again?

Well, today’s the day we burst your bubble. Because New York pizzerias don’t need to make their calorie information public, we went to the nearest chain restaurant facsimile, Sbarro, whose slices of New York-style pizza rival authentic New York slices in size. A slice of Sbarro cheese pizza contains 410 calories, 14 grams of fat, eight grams of saturated fat, and 790 milligrams of cholesterol. A pepperoni slice contains 480 calories, 20 grams of fat, nine grams of saturated fat, and 980 milligrams of sodium.


Pizza in New York varies wildly in terms of size; some dollar slices (which are closer to the standard Sbarro size) skew toward the small side, while other pizzas contain twice the amount of cheese because the cook has a heavy hand. We recommend you err on the safe side and assume that it’s got well over 400 calories, somewhere around 20 grams of fat, and a whole lot of sodium. But even if you’re concerned about the fat and calorie content, don’t you dare take that cheese off!