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Secret "Perfect Pizza Formula"

The formula: Dr Cheng explains 'd' is the constant volume of dough, and 't' is the constant volume of topping. 'r' is the radius of the pizza. The rest provides the correct ratio of base to topping for the optimum mouthful.

**Dr Eugenia Cheng said pizza lovers get more topping per bite in a smaller pizza but a more even spread of bites in a larger pizza**

**The mathematician, from the University of Sheffield, calculated a ratio to ensure maximum flavour of topping to base**
**She calculated the average bite taken from an 11in pizza has 10 per cent more topping than the average bite from a 14in pizza**

Dr. Cheng has found that the secret lies in proportions of the 14 inch pizza as it cooks just as evenly as the smaller version but the topping is spread over a larger area and goes close to the edge of the pizza.

The formula also reveals that while smaller pizzas have more topping per bite, for home cooks seeking lots of extras on their creations, there is a larger risk of their pizza having a soggy bottom.

I checked the Dr Cheng's formula out myself using the following numbers: t = 8 oz of toppings, d = 40 oz of dough, r = 16 for a 16 inch pizza.

The optimum mouthful came out to be 2.0148 oz. This sounds about right to me. Bon appetit which means enjoy your pizza.

If I went into a pizza place and saw a formula like this on the wall that was used to make the "perfect pizza" I would be sceptical. Yes I would want to see what the "perfect pizza" tasted like using this formula. You could have some fun and ask your favorite pizza chain what formula they use for the "perfect pizza". Don't ask the delivery driver this question because the next time he delivers your pizza he may get lost. :)

The mathematician came up with these formulas as she was asked by chain restaurant PizzaExpress to work out why its 14 inch Romana pizzas, which have a thinner and crispier base than the Classic 11 inch pizzas, are proving so popular.

PizzaExpress is a restaurant group with over 400 restaurants across the United Kingdom and 40 overseas in Europe.

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