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Menu Moments: What To Eat At Planet Pizza

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.

Each day the pizza dough is made in their 8 stores, using a generational recipe from flour milled from Kansas spring wheat and a Hobart mixer. They also make their own pizza sauce.

You can definitely eat healthy at a pizzeria. Westport-based nutritionist Heather Bauer serves up her top picks below.

Heather’s Tips:

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.

Pizza Lovers

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.

Planet Pizza’s gluten-free option.

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).

Entree Salads

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.

Entrees

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).

Paying The Planet’s Price

I like Planet Pizza. Their slices are tasty and big. Service is fast and friendly. They support local organizations whenever they’re asked.

But — like a number of “06880” readers, who have emailed me about this — I’m calling BS on the chain’s recent policy shift.

According to notices and flyers, Planet Pizza now offers a “discount” to customers who pay by cash, rather than credit card.

The other day, I ordered a slice. The price was the usual: $4.25. I asked for my cash discount.

No, they said. The sign just meant I’d have to pay more if I used a credit card.

If the price is the same as before, it’s not a cash discount — despite what the sign says, in 3 places. It’s a credit card surcharge.

Offering a surcharge is illegal in Connecticut. A cash discount is fine. (Click here for the legalese.)

But a discount is “an amount or percentage deducted from the normal selling price of something.”

So if the price has not changed — and Planet Pizza’s pies, calzones and everything else are still listed as the same price as before — they’re not offering a discount.

They’re adding a surcharge.

I’ll keep ordering slices there. I’ll continue to pay cash.

But I won’t kid myself that I’m getting a “discount.”

And The Pizza Winners Are…

Over 1,700 pizza lovers cast votes during last month’s Great Westport Pizza Contest.

Sponsored by the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce, 14 restaurants competed in 7 categories.

When the votes were tallied, you chose:

  • Best slice: Westport Pizzeria
  • Best plain pizza: Westport Pizzeria
  • Best meat pizza: Joe’s Pizza
  • Best gluten-free pizza:  Joe’s Pizza
  • Best veggie pizza: Tutti’s Ristorante
  • Best delivered pizza:  Jordan’s Restaurant
  • Best personal pizza: Rizzuto’s Restaurant and Toscano Pizzeria (tie)
  • Honorable mention:  Romanacci Pizza Bar and Planet Pizza lost by only 2 votes in the “Best personal pizza” and “Best delivered pizza” categories, respectively.

Mel Mioli’s Westport Pizzeria may have moved to the Post Road, after 45 years on Main Street. But it’s still a Westport favorite.

The victors did not get any dough — just the satisfaction of coming out on top (and free publicity).

Any way you slice it, the Great Westport Pizza Contest was a winner.

March was Westport Pizza Month. That’s not just an idea — it was an official proclamation from 1st Selectman Jim Marpe (2nd from left). Joining him were (from left) Westport Chamber of Commerce director Matthew Mandell; Ira Bloom of event sponsors Bercham Moses, and Joe Canicatti, owner of double winner Joe’s Pizza.

 

One Small Step…

It’s not Italia.

It’s not even Bobby Q’s instant alfresco tables at this week’s Art About Town.

But Planet Pizza plopped a couple of tables on the Compo Shopping Center sidewalk earlier this month.

So if you like your slice or sausage parm served with a side of parked cars and foot traffic from CVS:  Mangia!