20081117-99-cent-pizza.jpgA cheap slice to stave off hunger used to be a given. That all changed earlier this year with the skyrocketing price of flour and cheese. But, but ...

Now, not only is the cost of a 50-pound bag of flour half the $36 it cost nine months ago, mozzarella cheese is down 15% from its summer high, and fuel prices, which affect nearly everything, are way down.

Yet most business owners have a million excuses for sticking with menu markups made when wholesale prices were sky high.

Here's how Sal's on Court St. in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, explains its $3 slice, on a note taped to the wall: "Due to increase in price of floor and cheese and all other items."

Our hero in this story from the Daily News is Abu Nasser of 99¢ Fresh Pizza near Grand Central:

... He knows other pizza makers charge up to three times more than he does for slices. He disapproves. "They are hurting the customers," he said.

99ยข Fresh Pizza

151 East 43rd Street, New York NY 10017 (b/n Third and Lexington avenues; map) 212-922-0257

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