LOS ANGELES—The possibilities for pizza are endless. Crusts can be thick and chewy, thin and crispy, or filled with varieties of cheese that stretch tantalizingly. Sauces run the gamut from marinara to pesto to creamy white, and some prefer no sauce at all. Toppings can be virtually anything we can think of—even fruits, though of course, the verdict is still out on whether pineapple belongs on pizza.
Then there are the trends, such as pizza with cauliflower crust; Nutella pizzas with broiled marshmallows on top; crusts filled with sweet potato mousse as per the South Korean custom; and breakfast pizzas, with a half-baked egg nestled amongst the cheese and bacon.
But here is a pizza we haven’t come across before in the U.S.: the longest pizza in the world. On Saturday, June 10, hundreds of people will gather in an attempt to capture the title of World’s Longest Pizza in the Guinness Book of World Records. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, located about 45 minutes northeast of downtown Los Angeles.
Currently, a 6,561-foot pizza made in Italy in 2016 holds the record for longest pizza in the world. In June, the Longest Pizza team will attempt to break the record by creating a 7,000-foot pizza, consisting of 8,000 pounds of dough, 5,600 pounds of sauce, and 3,600 pounds of cheese. The total weight of the pizza is expected to be 17,200 pounds.
The challenge was initially accepted by pizza equiptment company PizzaOvens.com. Italforni Authentic Italian Ovens, Orlando Foods distributors, Scaffold Works, SoCal Gas, and TFX Non-Stick are among the many sponsors supporting the event. The ambitious team looking to set a new record includes top pizza experts Tony Gemignani, Giulio Adriani, Tom Lemann, John Arena, Fred Mortati, Massimo Balacchi, and Jimmy DeSisto, according to a press release on the Longest Pizza website.
The team plans to drape a single, long pizza on tables that will span most of the Auto Club Speedway. Volunteers will prepare and stretch dough, spread sauce, and sprinkle toppings over the nonstop pie, and three finishing gas conveyor ovens will be rolled over the length of the pizza.
The event is free and open to the public, and food and entertainment will be provided to attendees. All of the proceeds and food will go to local homeless shelters and food banks. Officials from the Guinness Book of World Records will be present to monitor the pizza-making process.
“Breaking records is a big part of anyone’s spiritual journey,” said Fash Asvadi, director at PizzaOvens.com and Italforni USA Ovens in the press release. “Facing challenges and pushing the envelope makes us better beings. With all the fun involved with a project like this and the fact that in this process we are sharing something with others less fortunate, it is not a surprise that the attempt has been received with true enthusiasm at every level.”
For more information, please visit www.longestpizza.com.