What to Eat at Little Caesars: Healthy Menu Choices and Nutrition Facts

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If the words “pizza, pizza!” conjure an image of a pizza-toting man in a toga, you’ve probably been to Little Caesars. Known for its low prices and “Hot-N-Ready” carry-out pies, Little Caesars provides its diners with convenience and speedy service. But you may wonder whether pizza in a flash (and not much else on the menu) is compatible with a balanced diet.

Little Caesars has yet to launch a “light” menu, as many other fast-food chains have done. But by selecting appropriate portion sizes, you can enjoy a few slices now and then.

What Experts Say

"Little Caesars offers a variety of pizzas and crust options, but almost all menu items are high in calories, saturated fat, and sodium. If you're eating this pizza, it’s best to do so in moderation and stick to plain pizza without high-calorie toppings and dipping sauces. Instead, add vegetables for added nutrition and fiber and opt for a side salad."
Barbie Cervoni, MS, RD, CDCES, CDN

Navigating the Menu

Little Caesars' menu is primarily a straightforward selection of ready-made pizzas, ranging from thin crust to deep dish, with a variety of toppings. A few extras like wings and breads round out the menu. To make your order healthier, consider adding veggie toppings, pairing your pizza with a salad, and opting out of high-calorie desserts, dressings, and dips. You can view Little Caesars nutrition facts online or in-store.

What to Order & Avoid at Little Caesars
 Most Nutritious Options Least Nutritious Options
Cheese pizza (Large ExtraMostBestest Pizza) Stuffed crust pepperoni pizza (Large ExtraMostBestest Pizza)
Hula Hawaiian (Large Specialty Pizza)  3-Meat Treat (Large Specialty Pizza)
Cheese pizza (Large Classic Pizza) Italian sausage pizza (Large Classic Pizza)
Cheese pizza (Deep! Deep! Dish Pizza) Five Meat Feast (Deep! Deep! Dish pizza)
Crazy Bread (Sides) Pepperoni Cheese Bread (Sides)
Oven Roasted Caesar Wings (Caesar Wings) Garlic Parmesan Caesar Wings (Caesar Wings) 
Cheezy Jalapeño Sauce (Caesar Dips) Butter Garlic Sauce (Caesar Dips)
Fresh Mushrooms (Toppings) Sausage (Toppings) 

Most Nutritious Option

For the most nutritious meal at Little Caesars, order the large classic cheese pizza. With simple toppings, it's the healthiest pizza option at the restaurant.

Large ExtraMostBestest Pizzas

Little Caesars' ExtraMostBestest Hot-N-Ready pizzas are touted as the chain’s best value. Topped with either pepperoni, cheese, or sausage, these pies claim to have the most ingredients for the best price. Nutrition facts are provided for one slice (1/8 of a pizza).

✓ Cheese Pizza

Given the choice between sausage, pepperoni, or cheese, choose cheese for the fewest calories and fat. One serving of the ExtraMostBestest cheese pizza contains 284 calories, 11g fat, 6g saturated fat, 32g carbohydrates, 15g protein, and 560mg sodium.

✗ Sausage Pizza

Of the three ExtraMostBestest options, the sausage pizza comes in with the poorest nutrition, with 333 calories, 16g fat, 7g saturated fat, 32g carbohydrates, 16g protein, and 703mg sodium per serving.

Large Specialty Pizzas

Beyond the typical sausage and pepperoni, Little Caesars offers a handful of specialty pizzas as well. These include the 3 Meat Treat, 5 Meat Feast, veggie, ultimate supreme, Pepperoni Cheeser!Cheeser!, and a Hula Hawaiian option.

✓ Hula Hawaiian

Surprisingly, the veggie pizza isn’t the best choice in this category. Instead, the Hula Hawaiian pizza comes in with as the winner with the least calories and fat: 272 calories, 9g fat, 4g saturated fat, 34g carbohydrates, 15g protein, and 689mg sodium.

✗ 3 Meat Treat

For a healthier meal, avoid the 3 Meat Treat pizza. Its 446 calories, 17g fat, 7g saturated fat, 32g carbohydrates, 16g protein, and 776mg sodium per serving are higher than the other options in this menu category. If you're craving a meat-based pizza, consider the ultimate supreme instead, or a meaty classic pizza.

Large Classic Pizzas

The large classic pizzas are also known as the Hot-N-Ready, and these are Little Caesars' calling card: a convenient grab-and-go meal that feeds a crowd. The classic menu category offers four topping choices: pepperoni, cheese, sausage, and seasoned beef. Compared to the ExtraMostBestest pizzas, these pizzas have fewer calories, fat, and sodium.

✓ Cheese Pizza

Simple cheese pizza wins again as the most nutritious large classic pizza, with 243 calories, 8g fat, 4g saturated fat, 31g carbohydrates, 12g protein, and 460mg sodium. Even without meat, one slice, or 1/8th of the pizza, still provides a sizable 12g of protein.

✗ Italian Sausage Pizza

The Italian sausage pizza has the highest amount of calories, fat, and sodium in this category. At 284 calories, 11g fat, 5g saturated fat, 32g carbohydrates, 17g protein, and 560mg sodium, you may want to skip this one.

Deep! Deep! Dish Pizza

Though Little Caesars may be known for its signature thin crust, there’s something for deep dish fans, too. The Deep! Deep! dish features a thicker, Detroit-style crust for a heartier base. You’ll want to watch out for added calories and fat here, however. Due to the extra dough and additional toppings, these are among the chain’s least nutritious menu items.

✓ Cheese Deep! Deep! Dish Pizza

The Veggie Deep! Deep! dish pizza may seem like a frontrunner in this section of the menu, but cheese pizza once again comes in with the best nutrient profile. A serving of cheese Deep! Deep! contains 312 calories, 11g fat, 5g saturated fat, 40g carbohydrates, 15g protein, and 521mg sodium.

✗ 5 Meat Feast Deep! Deep! Dish Pizza

The 5 Meat Feast Deep! Deep! is one to steer clear of. Its 438 calories, 22g fat, 9g saturated fat, 40g carbohydrates, 21g protein, and 1,011mg sodium per serving make it the highest calorie, highest carb, and highest sodium pizza on Little Caesars' entire menu.

Sides

Add-ons like cheesy bread and pepperoni cheese bread fall under the sides menu. While these extras may be tasty, most don’t offer good nutrition. It may be best to consider items like pepperoni cheese bread their own meal–or skip them altogether.

✓ Crazy Bread

For healthy dining, a little Crazy Bread isn’t such a crazy idea! One of these breadsticks has just 100 calories, 3g fat, 0.5g saturated fat, 16g carbohydrates, 3g protein, and 161mg sodium.

✗ Pepperoni Cheese Bread

A family-size order of pepperoni cheese bread (10 breadsticks) provides 1520 calories, 71g fat, 27g saturated fat, 155g carbs, 66g protein, and 2840mg sodium. Instead, opt for the Italian cheese bread for fewer calories and less sodium.

Caesar Wings

Like many other pizza joints, Little Caesars offers wings alongside its pies. Four flavor varieties of chicken wings are a lower-calorie choice than two or more slices of pizza. Still, an order of wings has high amounts of fat, saturated fat, and sodium.

✓ Oven Roasted Caesar Wings

Among the chicken wing choices, oven roasted is the way to go. An order of 8 wings contains 510 total calories, 35g fat, 9g saturated fat, 3g carbs, 47g protein, and 1740mg sodium. The Buffalo wings offer a nearly identical nutrition profile, except they are much higher in sodium (3600mg per order).

✗ Garlic Parmesan Caesar Wings

Little Caesars garlic parmesan wings provide 670 calories, 51g fat, 13g saturated fat, 5g carbs, 49g protein, and 2510mg sodium per 8-wing serving. The BBQ flavor can be a healthier option—it comes in at 620 calories, 35g fat, 9g saturated fat, 32g carbohydrates, 48g protein, and 2300mg sodium.

Caesar Dips

To go with your wings, cheesy bread, or even pizza, you can choose from any of four dipping sauces. These add flavor, but also significantly increase calories, fat, and sodium. 

✓ Cheezy Jalapeño

If dipping is your thing, opt for the cheezy jalapeño sauce, at 210 calories, 21g fat, 3.5g saturated fat, 3g carbohydrates, 1g protein, and 460mg sodium per container. Some locations offer a cheddar cheese sauce, which is a lower-fat and lower-calorie, but higher-sodium, option. It provides 110 calories, 8g fat, 2.5g saturated fat, 7g carbohydrates, 4g protein, and 770mg sodium per container.

✗ Butter Garlic Flavor

Take a pass on the butter garlic sauce. Its 370 calories, 42g fat, 8g saturated fat, 0g carbohydrates, 0g protein, and 330mg sodium add up fast. Instead, consider ordering the cheddar cheese sauce for 110 calories, 8g fat, 2.5g saturated fat, 7g carbohydrates, 0g protein, and 770mg sodium.

Toppings

When it comes to pizza, toppings are the spice of life. Little Caesars offers 14 ingredients for sprinkling atop your pie, including meats, vegetables, and a solo fruit (pineapple).

✓ Fresh Mushrooms

Fresh mushrooms may be an acquired taste, but they’re the healthiest extra to add to your pizza at 35 calories, 0.5g fat, 0g saturated fat, 5g carbohydrates, 5g protein, and 10mg sodium for enough to cover the whole pie.

✗ Sausage

To keep calories and fat to a minimum, ditch the sausage topping, which comes with 430 calories, 38g fat, 13g saturated fat, 2g carbohydrates, 19g protein, and 1180mg sodium per pizza. When looking for a meat topping, choose the smoky ham instead. It adds 140 calories, 4.5g fat, 0g saturated fat, 3g carbohydrates, 26g protein, and 1830mg sodium.

Diet-Specific Options

The Little Caesars menu doesn't cater much to special dietary needs. Vegetarians should be able to find meat-free options, and there are a few lower-carb choices on the menu. But those with diet specifications like gluten-free, low-sodium, low-FODMAP, and low-fat will have a harder time finding appropriate options.

Gluten-Free

Little Caesars doesn’t offer gluten-free pizza crust, so there are not too many options for people with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Consider the oven-roasted wings for a nutritious choice.

  • Oven-roasted wings
  • Buffalo wings
  • BBQ wings
  • Garlic parmesan wings
  • Crazy Sauce
  • All Caesar Dips

Low-Carb

Thanks to its pizza-heavy menu (starring carb-laden crusts), Little Caesars has only a few lower-carb items. Most pizza slices provide a minimum of 30 carbs per slice, so a small portion may fit within your goals. But oven-roasted wings offer a larger portion size and far more protein.

  • Oven-roasted wings (3g carbs per 8 wings)
  • Buffalo wings (3g carbs per 8 wings)
  • Garlic parmesan wings (5g carbs per 8 wings)

Low-FODMAP

Little Caesars doesn’t have much to offer for those on a low-FODMAP diet, especially since its pizza crust contains wheat, and all pizzas have cheese. Again, the oven-roasted wings are a good go-to meal if you're on a low-FODMAP diet.

Diabetes-Friendly

People with diabetes can mix and match some of Little Caesars menu items to create a healthier meal. Pile lots of veggies on a thin-crust cheese pizza for the best diabetes-friendly Little Caesars pizza.

  • Thin-crust cheese pizza topped with vegetables
  • Oven-roasted wings
  • Buffalo wings 

Low-Fat

Pizza isn’t exactly synonymous with low-fat. People who need to keep fat to a minimum will have to be selective at Little Caesars. Stick to a low-fat diet by skipping the pizza and ordering Crazy Bread for 22g fat.

  • Large classic cheese pizza (8g fat per slice)
  • Crazy Bread (22g per order)
  • Oven-roasted wings (4.5g per wing)
  • Buffalo wings (4.5g per wing)
  • BBQ wings (4.5g per wing)

Vegetarian

Vegetarians shouldn’t have difficulty eating at Little Caesars. The chain’s vegetarian selections include:

  • Planteroni pizza with plant-based pepperoni
  • Large classic cheese pizza
  • ExtraMostBestest thin-crust cheese pizza
  • Vegetable toppings like mushrooms, olives, peppers, and onions

The best choice here? The chain's new Planteroni pizza with plant-based pepperoni.

Vegan

At Little Caesars, both the crust and tomato sauce are free of animal products. People following a vegan diet can order:

  • Any pizza without cheese
  • Toppings like mushrooms, olives, peppers, and onions

While you won’t be able to get a customized pizza for immediate carry-out, a little patience should yield a vegan pie you can eat.

Food Allergies and Safety

Dining at Little Caesars will be difficult for people with allergies to wheat, milk, and soy. Little Caesars provides a listing of which menu items contain these allergens (as well as eggs) on their website, but other “top eight” allergens like peanuts are not listed. All Little Caesars ready-made pizzas contain wheat, milk, and soy—if you know you are allergic to these ingredients, it’s best to refrain from ordering pizza.

When in doubt about cross-contamination in other menu items, ask a store manager about cooking processes in their restaurant. 

A Word From Verywell

When you need pizza fast for a party or quick dinner, Little Caesars makes a convenient choice. But the chain doesn’t offer much variety in terms of nutritious meal options. To make a healthier meal, add veggie toppings to your pizza. Or consider making pepperoni cheese bread a meal in itself, rather than an addition to pizza. Since the pizzas come as entire pies, rather than individual slices, it’s also smart to watch your portion sizes.

While Little Caesars definitely isn’t a health food hub, it's good to remember that almost all foods can be enjoyed in moderation. A few slices of “pizza, pizza” can make a tasty celebratory treat or occasional dinner on the go.

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