Records made to be topped

Some peo­ple just have to get them­selves a slice of the ac­tion

Isis Town and Country - - LIFE / EASY EATING -

WHETHER it be the ooz­ing cheese, pil­lowy bases or per­fect top­pings, there is some­thing about pizza that has the taste­buds of mil­lions world­wide sali­vat­ing. Oc­to­ber marks World Pizza Month and is a cue to raise a slice to one of the world’s most pop­u­lar foods. To cel­e­brate, here are some of the piz­zas that achieved Guin­ness World Record ti­tles.

1. Long­est pizza

Not sur­pris­ingly, the birth­place of pizza was where the record for the long­est pizza was achieved, in Naples, Italy. The record was achieved on May 18 this year by the Napoli Pizza Vil­lage which cre­ated a pizza mea­sur­ing 1853.88 me­tres. The pizza ran from the US Con­sulate (Repub­blica Square) to Cas­tel dell’Ovo along the pic­turesque bay of the Carac­ci­olo’s seafront af­ter 250 proud masters of tra­di­tional Neapoli­tan pizza gath­ered from all over the world for the record at­tempt. The recipe for suc­cess was 2000kg of flour, 1600kg of toma­toes, 2000kg of fior di latte cheese and 200 litres of olive oil. Five wood-fired portable ovens were spe­cially cre­ated for the event. Each oven, con­trolled by about 25 peo­ple, had four open­ings, two for the pizza to en­ter in and out and the other two for the wood sup­ply.

2. Largest pizza

Again, the masters of pizza, the Ital­ians, take out an­other pizza-re­lated record but this time for the largest pizza. It was achieved on De­cem­ber 13, 2012 in Rome. Dovilio Nardi, An­drea Man­noc­chi, Marco Nardi, Mat­teo Nardi and Mat­teo Gian­notte from NIP­food at Fiera Roma cre­ated the largest pizza with a sur­face area of 1261.65sq m.

3. Largest pizza base spun in two min­utes

Pizza base spin­ning is a skill best left to the pro­fes­sion­als, un­less of course you like the thrill of a chal­lenge. For Tony Gemignani of the US, this is a skill he has in spades. Tony achieved the Guin­ness World Records ti­tle for the largest pizza base spun in two min­utes on April 20, 2006, when he spun 500g of dough to form a pizza base 84.33cm wide.

4. High­est al­ti­tude pizza de­liv­ery on land

Pizza Hut Africa took the con­cept of pizza de­liv­ery to new heights. They worked with Yum! Brands (USA) to de­liver pizza to the sum­mit of Mount Kil­i­man­jaro in Tan­za­nia be­tween May 5-8 this year. The record-breaking de­liv­ery was un­der­taken to mark the launch of Tan­za­nia’s first Pizza Hut.

5. Most piz­zas made in 24 hours

This last Guin­ness World Records ti­tle was set much closer to home with the Domino’s Pizza Bund­aberg team mak­ing 7539 piz­zas in 24 hours. The record at­tempt be­gan on June 16 at 9am and con­cluded on June 17 at 12.30am, when the team was awarded a Guin­ness World Records ti­tle. All piz­zas were from the Domino’s menu and were or­dered by the pub­lic. Domino’s flew in its finest staff from around Aus­tralia and New Zealand for the at­tempt.

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

THAT MEA­SURES UP: The record for long­est pizza was achieved on May 18 by the Napoli Pizza Vil­lage.

SPUN OUT: Tony Gemignani spun the largest pizza base in two min­utes when he spun 500g of dough to form a pizza base mea­sur­ing 84.33cm wide.

EX­TRA LARGE: The largest pizza with a sur­face area of 1261.65sq m was cre­ated in Italy in 2012.

HIGH ACHIEVER: Pizza Hut Africa de­liv­ered pizza to the sum­mit of Mount Kil­i­man­jaro in Tan­za­nia in May this year.

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