Ladies and gentlemen, gather around and behold the ultimate culinary marvel, the biggest pizza in the world!
They say, "It takes a village." Well, imagine a pizza so large that it could feed a village. It's a sight to behold. So grab your parmesan and pepper flake shakers and get ready to enter the realm of extreme pizza indulgence, where size matters and pizza reigns supreme.
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Pizza, from Where Art Thou?
A Slice of History
They say pizza is an ancient art form, with its earliest incarnations stretching back to civilizations like Ancient Greece and Egypt. But it wasn't until 18th-century Naples that people discovered what we now recognize as modern-day pizza.
Pizza was a cheap food for those searching for something budget-friendly. It was usually made from tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and olive oil before being popped into wood-fired ovens by street vendors. Today, this deliciously simple combination has become one of Italy's most iconic exports.
Pizza grew in popularity and spread to other parts of Italy and eventually to the United States. Finally, Italian immigrants brought pizza to America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, which became a popular food in Italian-American communities.
Pizza has become a beloved food worldwide, with countless variations in toppings, crusts, and styles. However, the origins of pizza as we know it today can be traced back to the mid-20th century United States, with the rise of pizza chains such as Pizza Hut and Domino's. This marked the beginning of pizza's ascent to becoming a mainstream food in America, which would eventually spread globally.
Are You Ready for the Biggest Pizza in the World?
(Do you have enough napkins? Enough beer? Enough hands?)
One individual who took pizza to new heights (quite literally) is Airrack, a YouTuber from Brazil. He recently set a Guinness World Record for creating the world's largest pizza, a feat he accomplished on a ranch in Goiânia. Airrack made a pizza that was 43,055 square feet using an apparatus he constructed. This was a significant achievement, as it surpassed the previous record held by Italy, about 15,300 square feet.
Preparing and executing such an enormous undertaking required significant planning and resources. Airrack and his team needed three trucks and multiple helpers to transport all the ingredients to the site. No doubt, it was the heaviest pizza, too!
The ingredients included 6,270 pounds of flour, 224 gallons of tomato sauce, and 3,880 pounds of cheese, among other things. In total, it took them six days to layer all the ingredients onto the giant pizza, significantly longer than the few hours it takes to make a homemade 18-inch pizza.
After completion, the pizza was cut into pieces and sold to raise money for charities.
How did it taste? We don't know, but one thing is for sure, success always tastes good, as does breaking world records.
The Long, Longer, Longest Pizza
Here's proof that pizza makers go to great lengths
On June 10, 2017, a jaw-dropping pizza masterpiece spanning 6,333 feet 3.60 inches came to life in Fontana, California, thanks to the collaborative efforts of Pizzaovens.com, Venice Bakery, and various merchants.
Can you imagine 17,700 pounds of dough, 5,000 pounds of tomato sauce, and 3,900 pounds of mozzarella cheese? That's what it took to make this pizza the longest ever.
The pizza creation process, supervised by a dedicated team of over 100 individuals, took a total of 54 hours, with 40 hours of preparation and 14 hours of baking in several stages.
True to the spirit of sharing, all remaining slices of this extraordinary pizza were donated to local charities and spread enjoyment to the Fontana community.
The Largest (and Possibly Most Heartwarming) Pizza Delivery
Picture this: it's July 4th, 2012, and thousands of United States Armed Forces personnel stationed in Kandahar Airfield, Bagram Airbase, and Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, crave a taste of home. That's when Pizzas 4 Patriots swooped in to save the day with the biggest pizza delivery ever seen!
According to the Guinness World Records, Pizzas 4 Patriots delivered a whopping 30,000 pizzas to the troops overseas.
That's a lot of dough. Literally. And we wonder how much dough it might have taken to leave the driver a tip!
But of course, no tips were necessary. Instead, the 12-inch pizzas, made by Great Kitchens, Inc. in Illinois, were packed up and sent on their way with the help of DHL Express, starting on June 21st, 2012.
But the pizzas' journey didn't end there. Once the pizzas arrived in Afghanistan, the United States Armed Forces took over, transporting them around the country and even into Kuwait. The goal was to give the brave servicemen and servicewomen a "slice of home" on their nation's Independence Day.
It's heartwarming to think about how something as simple as a pizza can make such a big difference in someone's day, especially for those who are sacrificing so much for our country. Here's to Pizzas 4 Patriots for their incredible effort and to all the troops who continue to serve our nation with honor and courage.
The biggest pizza in the world is a true testament to the power of this beloved dish. So, the next time you're feeling hungry for a slice, remember that somewhere out there, there's a pizza that could feed an entire army.
And while you may not be able to tackle the world's biggest pizza, there's no harm in ordering an extra-large pizza for yourself.
So, cheers to pizza, the food that always brings a smile to our faces and (at the risk of sounding cheesy) a warm, gooey feeling to our hearts.