Naked Pizza, New York

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At Skidmore there is a notorious ordeal business students must go through: MB 107. It’s the introductory class and it sort of weeds out those who aren’t serious about taking business classes. You get grouped with 4 or 5 other students, are assigned two upper-class-men coaches, and you work on one huge project all semester (in addition to the class). It’s really fun if you get a good group and I loved the course, but it’s a huge time-suck and you have to get pretty involved. I liked it enough to coach twice. The first time I coached, our assignment was to increase operating income by something like $5 million in 5 years for Papa John’s. My group of cute little freshmen decided to acquire Naked Pizza, so I learned a lot about that company even though I’d never tried their product.

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When I moved to New York City, I obviously wanted to try the pizza I’d learned so much about. Naked Pizza markets itself as a healthy alternative to other pizza chains. They claim: “Our pizza is simply an honest diversity of all-natural, whole food ingredients that taste better and are better for you. Our crust is made from an Ancestral Blend® of 10 grains plus prebiotic agave fiber and probiotics (healthful bacteria like the ones found in yogurt for balance and digestive health) bound by water and made by hand. The grains we use include oats, brown rice, buckwheat, quinoa, amaranth, teff, spelt, tapioca, and two kinds of wheat. This diversity of grains, fiber and probiotics are the main reason for that satisfying feeling after eating Naked Pizza, contributing a slow, sustained release of energy without the crash from eating other single grain, highly processed pizzas.”

They have gluten-free options as well, which is great.

Basically their promise of a delicious and healthy alternative to usually greasy pizza is appealing (although when ordering pizza it’s not like I’m trying to be healthy anyways). I agree that whole-grain is better than bleached flour and that fiber and probiotics are a plus. However, the above pizza I bought for lunch (which looks big here, but is their smallest option, 10 inches) was about $16! That is a rip-off, no matter how healthy. Yes, the price depends on which toppings you choose (I had artichoke hearts, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, sausage and feta cheese) but the toppings are all pretty pricey. Even adding just some chopped red onion is an extra dollar. If I was a millionaire, maybe I’d frequent Naked Pizza; in reality, I’ll probably not eat here regularly. That being said, the pizza was delicious (I’m a fan of whole-grain/wheat flavor) and filling, and I definitely didn’t get that heavy feeling and subsequent energy crash that usually follows a regular NYC slice of pizza. My only complaint other than the high price is that there wasn’t really enough cheese.

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