The Pizza Olympics:
Largest pizza base spun in two minutes? A yard.
Highest pizza toss? Over 20 feet.
All in 2006. Big year for pizza.
The world record for BIGGEST pizza has been held for 22 years by a supermarket in South Africa. The pie was 122 feet in diameter and weighed in at 26,883 POUNDS: that’s twelve tons of pizza!
The world’s most expensive pizza cost an incredible $3,000.00. Must be a lot of dough for your buck. Or edible gold. No really.
Current pizza-eating champions:
Patrick Bertoletti set the record for 16” pies, wolfing down 47 slices in 10 minutes at the Battle of the Big Apple World Pizza Eating Championship in 2008.
Richard LeFevre holds the record for 24″ pizza, eating 7 1/2 Extra Large Bacci Pizza Slices in 15 minutes in 2005.
A Brief History of Pizza
Pizza has a long and storied history on a global level. The exact origin is lost to time, but we do know that as far back as AD 79 in Pompeii, people were baking and enjoying pizza: archeologists have found street stands and kitchens preserved in the volcanic ash.
Italian immigrants brought pizza to America with them in the 19th and 20th century. The first New York pizzeria was opened in 1905 by Gennaro Lombardi, a Neapolitan immigrant who sold pizza pies from his grocery store. More than a century later, New York is still considered one of the best places in the world to get yourself a slice.
One of the world’s largest and most successful pizza chains, Pizza Hut, was started by college students. The Zuckerburgs of Pizza were the Carney brothers, Frank and Dan. Today Pizza Hut has stores in 94 countries around the world, and international Huts serve pizzas with toppings that include veal in Spain, potatoes in Japan, and clams in Thailand. We’ll take just pepperoni, thanks!
Pizza related contests:
Pizza Hut “Hut. Hut. Hut.” Contest, live on Zooppa now, deadline is December 31st, 2013! Enter today!