It's one pizza, but it's also four pizzas, if you really think about it.
Thanks to a global population of over seven billion people, all of whom are more connected than ever before, it’s easy to accept the old adage that there’s nothing new under the sun: Everything has been tried before. Still, sometimes something comes along that seems so obvious it’s surprising we don’t see it far more often. To wit, Little Caesars is testing a pizza in Tulsa, Oklahoma, called the Quattro Italian that features four different toppings, each placed in a different quarter of the pie.
Though most pizza chains will gladly offer you a pie broken down by halves, pizzas broken down by the quarter are a bit more of a pizza anomaly. They exist: With a simple Google search, you can find examples of independent pizza shops offering different sets of toppings on each quarter from Ruckersville, Virginia, to Ocean Shores, Washington, and ostensibly everywhere in between. Domino’s even offers a Quattro Camembert Mille-Feuille pizza, which is served with four sets of toppings…in Japan. Still, breaking a pizza down into fours certainly isn’t so commonplace that Domino’s is offering the option when ordering pizzas online.
In Little Caesars' case, the Quattro Italian’s four different topping combinations are bruschetta, sausage & pepperoni, pepperoni, and sausage & bruschetta, according to Brand Eating. Yes, a little back-of-the-envelope math reveals that this is basically just three half-toppings with the third one laid down perpendicular to the other two to create four different flavor combinations: It’s not four distinct groups of toppings laid out in four separate quarters. In that regard, diehard “topping by the quarter” fanatics (if such people exist) may consider this “Quattro” to be a bit of blasphemy.
But for those who have been living in darkness when it comes to the sheer idea of requesting pizzas be divided into quadrants, any sort of quartered pie is an eye-opener. Suddenly you realize that any time you’ve made a topping compromise because you ran out of space, maybe you simply weren’t pushing your knowledge of fractions and geometry far enough.
It’ll be interesting to see how this test goes for Little Caesars. Are four separate toppings on one single pizza more than a large national pizza chain can handle? Or could this spark a revolution? And what about a pizza divided by eighths?! Maybe that’s also happening in Japan? Or maybe it’s the future.