VILLA DELI, Colo.
— You’ll see a sign that reads “The best pizza in town” at a pizza place on a busy residential street, and you’re likely to get the impression that it’s a big-box pizzeria.
That’s because it is.
Pizza Express, in the city of Villa del Arco, is the largest chain in the state of Colorado, and it’s home to one of the most famous and popular pizza parlors in the country.
It’s the home of the classic pizza that’s so familiar to many Coloradoans that it has become a state staple, with thousands of pizzas made every year.
And it’s the place where you might spot a woman wearing a red velvet skirt and a red bow tie as she sips a doughnut.
But there’s a bigger story here.
A pizza restaurant is not just a place where people eat pizza.
It is a place that people eat, in order to create a community, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Colorado.
“This is about people.
It isn’t about pizza.
Pizza is about food,” said the study’s lead author, Andrew J. Bick, who studies community relations and food systems at CU-Boulder.
“It’s about social interaction, community building, and community empowerment.”
The study, published in the journal Social Forces, was led by Bick and the University’s College of Public Health.
They looked at how well pizza restaurants are performing in the communities they serve.
They also looked at other aspects of how the food industry operates in the United States.
They found that, as of 2010, the pizza industry had nearly $1.2 trillion in sales in the U.S., and that many of those restaurants were located in major metro areas.
“We know that people enjoy their pizza, and we want to understand why,” said Bick.
“What are the kinds of issues that are contributing to the decline of pizza restaurants?”
The researchers found that the pizza sector is facing a number of issues, such as the changing demographics of the U, and the rise of new food chains that offer cheaper and fresher food.
Pizza establishments are being replaced by fast-casual restaurants that offer fewer toppings and higher prices.
And the number of pizzerias has exploded.
The pizza industry is one of only a few that is growing faster than the rest of the country, said Bicks co-author, Dr. Sarah M. Lechner, a professor in the Department of Health, Nutrition and Public Health at CU.
The fast-food industry, for example, has grown rapidly in the past few decades, with an estimated $8.5 trillion in revenues in 2015.
In the last 10 years, the number and size of pizzeria has doubled.
And fast- casual restaurants are increasingly being opened in cities like Denver, Colorado, San Francisco and Portland, Oregon, said Lechners co-authors, Drs.
Sarah K. Hsu, of the University College of England and Robert M. Nye, a University of California-Davis School of Public Affairs.
The authors said this trend is not healthy for the industry.
“The fast- food industry has an enormous amount of power over the quality of our food, and our food is very important to our health,” said Le Chner.
“If we’re going to change the food system and address those challenges, then we need to address the problems of the food business itself.”
The researchers also found that pizza restaurants that cater primarily to millennials and college students are struggling financially.
“These students are not spending their money on their food, so we need better support from the pizza establishment,” said Mihaela T. Stojkovic, a researcher at CU and the study co-senior author.
Stajovic also pointed out that some pizza parls were closing due to higher-than-expected restaurant taxes.
“There are a number that have been operating in the suburbs and that’s a concern,” said Stojko.
“They have a lot of young people coming in.
It just doesn’t seem to make sense to have them pay so much tax.
We think there needs to be some additional support.”
The report also found a number similar to those found in Colorado, with pizza restaurants closing or changing locations, but the researchers found a lot more variation.
“You’re looking at restaurants that have never been in this town before, or they’ve been here for decades,” said Tanya Pappas, a CU professor of public health.
“In this study, we found pizza parltes that had been operating for decades that are now in new locations or they’re closing down.
That can be a problem.”
Lechning said the research was inspired by her experience working in the industry for 20 years as an executive assistant