How Big Is a Large Pizza? Here’s Your Answer In Detail

Pizza sizes can be quite a misnomer and what one vendor might mean by large is not what the next vendor means. So it is very much possible that you ordered a large pizza expecting something and getting something either larger or smaller than you expected. The big reason behind this that there is no standardization or policing in this regards in the pizza industry, Today, we will try our best to debunk these size issues.

Let us take a stroll down memory lane:

The general trend in the food industry is that size has been gradually decreasing. If you do not believe us just compare a Whopper burger from the 60s to one from the present. The reason behind this is that food manufacturing has become a lot more expensive.

Unlike the 60s, raw materials have become more expensive, more money has to be spent on advertising and marketing, even more, has to be spent in keeping up with health code norms as well. Even though the end products have become costlier, to keep the same profit margins, manufacturers had to reduce the size. Hence, what might have been sold under the moniker of ‘large’ would be sold today as a ‘jumbo’ or an ‘extra large’.

Is this cheating? Well, the pizza makers do have to make a living and somewhere, some corner has to be cut. We are complaining too much though as this does not compromise with the taste which we believe is the most important property of a pizza.

So, how large is a large pizza?

Pizzas being circular in nature are measured by their diameter in inches. Even though there is almost an infinite number of size variants sold under the category of large, we will look at two of the most common size variants out there: 16″ and 14″.

Pizza size chart

pizza size chart

As we had mentioned earlier, food items were larger in the past decades. Pizzas were no different and the large pizzas of old were 16 inches in diameter. To make it easier to understand, if you were to prepare a 16″ pizza, you would need 20 ounces of dough. On the other hand, a 14″ inch pizza would require 15 ounces of dough.

It becomes quite clear that even a 2″ reduction in the diameter reduces the crust by 5 ounces and therefore also reduces the number of toppings that can go on top of it. This is understandable as the reduction is taking place at the largest part of the pizza. Every inch packs in more material, the further it is from the center of the pizza.


Most large pizzas: 14″ with a 15oz crust
Older and standalone pizza shop large pizzas: 16″ with a 20oz crust