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Pizzas Big and Small

4 May, 2009
from flickr user kevitivity

from flickr user kevitivity

I haven’t done a random food feature in a while, and the burger entry I did back in February remains my most popular to this date. So I suppose it’s time to add another American favorite to the stable: pizza!

My Faves:

I’m a huge fan of local (Portland) chain Pizza Schmizza. All of the topping choices available are solid, but the Steak & Potato Pizza? Oh. My. God. It’s heaven on a circle of dough. You can get a whole pie for carry out, but they don’t deliver, which is fine since what I like best is to round up the fam and grab a slice and a salad for lunch.

pizzaschmizzalogoI’m also still in love with Stark Naked Pizza. For an independent pizza place, their prices are fantastic. More importantly, though. they’re pizzas are brilliant!

Big Pizzas

Searching around, I’m discovering that the internet is a little dodgy about the world’s largest pizza, so I’m going to have to take some license with the information and images I have and hope I’m not spreading horrible misinformation.

worlds_largest_pizzaThis picture is all over the net, but as for the where, when and how big…well, I can’t seem to uncover that imagination. At the same time, we learn that Iowa Falls, Iowa lays claim to the world’s largest pizza. The town came together to make the 129×92 ft monstrosity as a fundraiser for the local school district. But apparently nobody bothered to take a picture!

Oh well, we’ve got a picture of a huge pizza and a story of a huge pizza. I’m calling that good.

But what about the world’s longest pizza?

longest-pizzaA hotel in Shanghai boasts that honor. The pizza measures over 20 meters! And is that fresh basil I see? Yum! (image via junkfoodnews.net).

Expensive Pizzas

The world’s most expensive pizza, the “Pizza Royale 007” from chef Domenico Crolla

is densely packed with an assortment of some of the world’s most expensive food ingredients, such as lobster marinated in cognac, caviar soaked in champagne, sunblush tomato sauce, Scottish smoked salmon, venison medallions, prosciutto, and vintage balsamic vinegar. In addition to all these fine ingredients, it’s topped with a significant amount of edible 24-carat gold flakes.–from mostexpensive.net

Wow! That’s certainly a world of decadence baked into a pie.

Toppings

stuffed-pizza

Anymore, anything goes on a pizza. I’m a big fan of Thai and sweet and sour pizzas, but a good margherita pizza with fresh basil and big fat tomatoes absolutely hits the spot in the summertime.

Not sure of what to put on your pizza? Let astrology decide! I’m not 100% sold on the accuracy though:

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)
Chalk it up to their thrifty manner … some Capricorns enjoy no-frills pizza with just cheese. Yet most Caps will enjoy pizza with a selection of classic toppings, such as sausage, black olives and sliced tomatoes, and will find a way to make even the lowliest pizza impress. Gourmet pizzas with goat cheese, spinach and fresh herbs may also appeal. Long-established pizzerias delight this tradition-loving sign.

Plain cheese pizza? No, thank you! The wilder the better in my book. Although they’re dead to rights on the goat cheese.

Making Pizza at Home

from flickr user kevitivity

from flickr user kevitivity

Homemade pizza can be a simple or complex procedure. Grab some refrigerated dough and top it with some prepared sauce and fresh veggies. Easy! Make your own dough. Spend some time ahead roasting or caramelizing veggies or cooking meat for the topping.

My favorite at-home pizza:

1. Choose your favorite crust. I like a beer-based dough because there’s no waiting for it to rise. I also like to put a little whole-wheat flour into the dough.

2. Caramelize some onions and roast some garlic. You can do this up to a day or so in advance (or do a bunch on a weekend and store it in the freezer!).

3. Make a little balsamic reduction (plop some sugar into balsamic vinegar and simmer until it’s sticky). You can do this ahead of time, too.

3. Gather the remaining topppings and preheat the oven to 400:

  • goat cheese or bleu cheese
  • walnuts
  • olive oil
  • fresh or dried sage
  • roasted or pickled beets–if it’s wintertime.

4. flatten the pizza dough, top and toss in the oven for about 20-30 minutes (depending on how thick you’ve made the dough).

5. Enjoy!

What about you? Where’s the best pizza in your neighborhood? What’s your favorite topping combo?

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. Johann Scerri permalink
    9 August, 2009 04:59

    If someone can help we need some contacts of those who done the biggest pizza in the world.so we ask to do it once again in malta.

  2. abbie permalink
    11 November, 2009 01:59

    wouldent mind that for me supper

  3. 20 March, 2010 15:52

    yum

  4. Jason permalink
    4 August, 2012 23:44

    More info on that green pizza please!!! What is is!?

    • antonio permalink
      17 October, 2012 00:40

      Is a pizza with genovese sauce, mozzarella, shrimps and fresh tomatoes

  5. antonio permalink
    17 October, 2012 00:38

    The first photo is a margherita pizza baked n the biggest wood oven in the world and is made in a city close Naples in south Italy. I know this because im present at the event and after all people present eat a slice and is really good and they use only fresh ingredients.

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