Planet Pizza is a favorite spot, in this pizza-crazed town.
Founders Joe, Mike and Frank Rocco grew up in 1970s Bronx, as children of Italian immigrants.
You can definitely eat healthy at a pizzeria. Westport-based nutritionist Heather Bauer serves up her top picks below.
When looking at an Italian menu, check out the salads and entrees before ordering pizza.
Depending on your goal — weight loss or maintenance — you should determine the number of healthy carb servings per day.
Examples of healthy carbs include sweet potato, brown rice, sushi roll, beans, corn, peas, chickpeas and condiments that are sweet.
Many people lose weight with one healthy carb a day. Those trying to maintain their weight can build in an indulgence like pizza, and count that as their carb. Each slice of cheese pizza counts as 1 carb.
Planet Pizza is extremely accommodating to diet needs. They have amazing salads, and a special healthy section on their menu.
Planet Pizza has cauliflower pizza crust as an option. It is gluten- and dairy-free. With cauliflower crust, order salad pizza or regular cheese pizza, then add veggies of your choice.
If you choose 1 slice of cheese pizza, enjoy your 1 carb for the day. They do have gluten-free and thin crust whole wheat options. Add mushrooms, broccoli, tomatoes and peppers — all are great for veggies. Add a small garden salad with grilled chicken on the side if you go this route.
Salad pizza (cheeseless pizza topped with salad) is also good.
Avoid: Extra toppings such as pepperoni, meats and extra cheese. Also avoid eggplant parm and chicken parm (too much salt, fat, carbs and calories).
If you order a salad for a meal, choose the large size. There are tons of additional topping options, from avocado to hard-boiled eggs. You can add grilled chicken, grilled shrimp or grilled steak to any salad as well.
Goat cheese and portobello mushroom salad is a good vegetarian option.
For the Greek salad (choose feta or olives), add grilled chicken.
For the Compo salad, choose candied walnuts or cranberries. Both are sweet, so choose only one. Feta and goat cheese are lighter options than blue cheese. Add grilled shrimp or chicken.
The Healthy Special section on the menu includes
Grilled chicken with your choice of spinach, broccoli rabe or broccoli (you can request the veggies be steamed).
Chicken bruschetta: grilled chicken with marinated chopped tomatoes, onions and basil. (No bread, of course.)
Side dishes include broccoli rabe, broccoli or spinach (steamed our sauteed).