Thursday, December 30, 2010
Most expensive pizza: Margo's Pizzeria sets world record
VALETTA, Malta--Margo's Pizzeria, a gourmet pizzeria (owner Claude Camilleri, pizzaiolo Giovanni Staiano), is selling a pizza with white truffles and 24-carat gold leaf and buffalo mozzarella over a thin, traditional crust – for 2 382.66 U.S. dollars (€1,800) - setting the new world record for the Most expensive commercially available pizza.
Photo: Pizzaiolo Giovanni Staiano and restaurateur Claude Camilleri preparing the most expensive commercially available pizza in the world. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli (enlarge photo)
"We're trying to draw attention to the quality of the food. Having truffles on a pizza which is not the best pizza possible would be a travesty, a sin. And to put truffles on a Margo's pizza, you need to be confident that what you are creating is an exceptional masterpiece," Mr Camilleri said.
The World's Most Expensive Pizza has already been ordered twice by a local hotelier, who had to be persuaded not to have tomatoes on the pizza, as the acidity clashes with the taste of the truffles.
The Most expensive coomercially available pizza in the world is sold by the weight of the truffle – currently at €6,500 per kilo.
The chef says 50-100 grams of white truffle are placed on the pizza, so the experience can be shared by as many diners as possible.
The World's Most Expensive Pizza can only be ordered a week in advance, and the truffle is delivered via courier especially for the pizza. It is, however, available on the menu, as this is one of the prerequisites for it to be eligible for the Guinness world record.
The previous Guinness world record for the Most Expensive Pizza in The World was held by Gordon Ramsay's thin-crust, wood fire-baked pizza topped with onion purée, white truffle paste, fontina cheese, baby mozzarella, pancetta, cep mushrooms, freshly picked wild mizuna lettuce and fresh shavings of a rare Italian white truffle, which retailed at £100 on his Maze restaurant menu.
Despite the hefty price tag, Mr Camilleri claims the restaurant will not make any profit from the World's Most Expensive Pizza, and "even if we make money from that pizza, we are determined to give that money away. We get enough return from making that pizza through the exposure we get".
According to Guinness World Records, The longest pizza measured 1,010.28 m (3,314 ft 6.7 in) in length and was achieved by a team of chefs led by MAKRO Cash and Carry Polska S.A. (Poland) and Magillo restaurant (Poland), in Krakow, Poland.
Guinness World Records also recognized The largest pizza delivery, which was made by Papa John's who delivered 13,500 pizzas to the NASSCO Shipyard in San Diego, California, USA.
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Thursday, December 30, 2010