Friday, 14 January 2011
I L-O-V-E food. If you know me, then you know I’m talking about what I’m going to eat, what I want to eat, or what I’m eating - all the time. Yesterday I was reading an article about “National Pizza Month” which is held in October, and all these random facts about pizza. What grabbed my attention was a pizza they were featuring that looked so good I could have eaten it right off the page, and because the price tag is a pretty hefty one (for a pizza) this is as close as I will ever get to that pie, at least for the time being. (I’ll get to the price and the pizza in one second)
I decided after reading the article to find out what other expensive pizza’s there are in the world, and I even came across one that left me speechless.
This is the pizza that I mentioned earlier. My first thought was what the heck could be in this pizza that would make it $ 250. Yeah that’s right $250-not 2.50 or $25. It’s definitely not the pepperonis that jack up the price. The pizza is topped with white truffle pasta, Italian onion puree, buffalo mozzarella, fontina cheese, cep mushrooms, fresh herbs, pancetta, and white truffle shavings that are added to the pie when it comes to your table.
If you ever in London and have the urge to splurge go to Maze Restaurant owned by Hell’s Kitchen chef himself Gordon Ramsey. I know I would!
This next pizza hails from my hometown - New York City, and it comes with a $1000 price tag. This 12 inch pizza served at Nino Bellisima in Midtown is topped with six different types of caviar, and lobster tail. I personally am not too big of a fan of caviar, but I am curious about how it tastes on a pizza. I do however like the taste of lobster. With that said and with this steep price I’d go in and order a slice of it.
A pizza fit for a King, and James bond of course, this pizza was made right around the same time Casino Royale was released in 2006. Scottish Chef Domenic Crolla came was the brain behind this pizza that is sprinkled with edible 24-carat gold shavings and topped with champagne-soaked caviar and lobster marinated in 100 year old cognac. (You had me at cognac- forget the gold) The pizza also comes topped with Scottish smoked salmon and medallions of venison. The pizza was created to raise funds for the Fred Hollows Foundation, which aims to prevent curable blindness in developing countries. It was auctioned off on eBay and bought by a man for $4,200. An Italian lawyer won the eBay bid for the pizza for his wife for a Valentine's Day gift, and the chef flew to the winners’ hometown of Rome to prepare the pizza. I’m always down to spend a little cash for a good cause, and I’m sure that man’s wife was happy all year long.
And for my grand finale I pull out of my magic hat the most expensive pizza in the world. Found only at restaurant Luis XIII, in Salerno, Italy. This 8 inch pizza pie is made three entire days beforehand in order to give the dough time to rest before even being made into pizza.
It is topped with traditional mozzarella di bufala, lobster from Cilento and Norway, and dusted with pink Australian salt (Pink Salt?) The cost of this pizza you ask? Drum roll please…USD $12,000! That pizza will never touch these lips at that price. I know- never say never, but as much as I love pizza there is way more that I can do with $12,000, like buy a lot of pizza from Rays in the Village. However, if someone was to buy it for me, who am I to turn down free pizza?
All this talking about pizza has made me hungry. I wonder what are you supposed to drink with pizzas like these? A regular pale ale or PBR definitely wouldn’t suffice.
Do you think these pizzas are too over-the top with their ingredients? What would be toppings you would like to see on a pizza that you don’t see every day?