Inflation pushes up supermarket pizza prices in Czechia

On World Pizza Day, see where Czechia falls in a ranking of pizza inflation rates across the EU. Staff

Written by Staff Published on 09.02.2023 08:30:00 (updated on 09.02.2023) Reading time: 2 minutes

Just in time for World Pizza Day on Feb. 9, Eurostat, the statistical arm of the EU, has announced that pizza prices are significantly on the rise around the bloc.

Data for December 2022 shows that the price of store-bought pizza (and quiche) in the EU was, on average, 16 percent higher than in December 2021. For comparison, in December 2021, the price was, on average, only 2 percent higher than in December 2020. 

Among the EU countries, the highest increase in annual inflation for pizza and quiche was recorded in Hungary (up 46 percent in December 2022 compared with December 2021), followed by Lithuania (up 39) and Bulgaria (up 37).

Smaller increases were recorded in Luxembourg (7 percent), Italy (10 percent), and France (13 percent). Czechia fell just above the EU average, with the rate of inflation for pizza up by over 20 percent.

Fun facts about pizza in the Czech lands

  • The Italian boom arrived in Czechoslovakia in the 1960s thanks in part to the communist party whose left-leaning supporters were influenced by Italy. The first pizza was likely served at the Grand Hotel Pupp in Karlovy Vary around this time.
  • During the 1960s, recipes for Italian pizza began to appear in Czech cookbooks. Many called for vinegar to be added to the dough, no cheese, and a polenta crust. Source: Blesk

Eurostat's data reflects only pizza of the boxed variety, but a recent index mapped the cost of a chain cheese pizza across the globe.

In 2022, NetCredit sourced the price of a large cheese (Margherita) pizza from Domino’s and Pizza Hut in capitals and large cities of every country.

In Europe, Croatia had the cheapest Domino's pie while Finland was the spendiest. The Czech Republic was middle-of-the-road for Domino's (the U.S. chain opened in Brno in 2019) at USD 10.42 (CZK 232.50)

A similar pie at Pizza Hut in the Czech Republic recorded a price of USD 10.26 (CZK 227.36) also in the middle of the spectrum between the cheapest and most expensive. Currently, a whole cheese pizza at Pizza Hut, which has several locations across Prague, starts at CZK 199.

Our best tip for beating inflation when it comes to freezer-case pizza? Skip it entirely. Especially when it's easy to find delicious pies in Prague, a city with a thriving Italian community and restaurant scene.

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