Making food go a long, long way took on a literal meaning in Naples this week when the largest ever pizza – measuring a massive 1854 metres in length – was made.
Baking a dish over a mile-long meant all hands were needed on deck. And even with 250 expert pizza chefs from across the globe lending a helping hand, it took them over six hours to make the giant local delicacy. When they had finished their work, the dish stretched all the way down the city’s famed seafront between Castel dell’Ovo and the US consulate. The Local newspaper reports that the pizza took 1600 kg of tomatoes, 2000 kg of flour and a similar amount of mozzarella cheese to make. Also added in were 200 litres of oil and 30 kg of basil.
The new pizza was a course and distance winner as it measured over 250m more than the old record set by chefs in Milan last year. What was remarkable about the Napoli bake was that it was done to perfection with local traditions observed using five specially-designed motorised wood-burning stoves. Alessandro Marinacci, of Naples’ Pizza Village, explained that it was “a point for our city,” because it is the home of pizza. The world’s first pizza was baked for Bourbon Queen Regina Margherita by local chef Rafaelle Esposito in 1889.
The organiser had planned the record bid last Sunday but inclement weather in the area forced the postponement of their attempt until mid-week. Once the record was officially recognized, the monster pizza was sliced up and distributed to a number of charities in the city who feed the poor and homeless. Earlier this year, Italy made a submission to have the traditional Neapolitan pizza recognized by Unesco’s cultural section.