Guinness World Record: Naples Chefs Make World’s Longest Pizza

Stretched 1.5 miles across the seafront between the U.S. consulate and the Castel dell’Ovo in Naples (Sunday, May 15th 2016), was the World’s Longest Pizza. Over the course of 11 hours, 250 chefs worked in shifts of 100 to construct the 6,082 foot Margherita style pizza.

To build this delicious Neapolitan behemoth, it took

  • 4,400 pounds of flour
  • 3,500 pounds of tomatoes
  • 4,400 pounds of cheese
  • 52 gallons of olive oil

Take THAT, Pinterest!

The record breaking pizza in Naples surpasses the former one that was made just less than a year ago in Milan, where 250 pizza-makers met to make a pizza that was less than a mile long (1.6 km). However, the world’s longest pizza shouldn’t be confused with the World’s LARGEST Pizza, which covered 2 soccer fields in Rome.

All ingredients were locally sourced from the Campania region, which Guinness has dubbed “The Home of Pizza”.

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Once the record was officially confirmed by Guinness, spectators and chefs were welcome to grab themselves a slice. All leftovers were donated to those in need.

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If you are a frequenter to MichaelPiff dot Com, then you know we have quite the affinity for pizza. Check out last year’s #PizzaChallenge list, which will be updated to 60 Chicago-Area pizza places by this Summer.

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#NationalGrilledCheeseDay: Send Me Your Grilled Cheese Pics

If there’s one thing I make as well as anyone, it’s a damn good grilled cheese sandwich.

I imagine you make a mean one as well, or have a line on tasty item from somewhere and I’d love for you to send a pic of it my way for a #FoodPornParty.

Send your Grilled Cheese photo my way via Facebook or Twitter and I will include it here, giving you a shoutout as well.

For reference, and strong recommendations for you to pick a sandwich up today…

The Fat Shallot

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Follow them on Twitter and to see where they are next

 

Cheesie’s Pub & Grub (and truck)

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For info on their restaurants and trucks, follow on Twitter.

 

Jack’s Fork in the Road

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See where they are next on Twitter

 

Toasty Cheese

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If you’re in the Northwest Chicago suburbs, you’ll want to check and see where they are at on Twitter.

 

Chicago White Sox

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From last year’s U.S. Cellular Field menu: bacon, guacamole grilled cheese. See what’s on this year’s docket here. 

 

From Facebook

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Be sure to submit your Grilled Cheese pics on Facebook and Twitter. Then check back to see your photo included here!

Ballpark Foodie: Hot Doug’s and Portillo’s Join Cubs at Spring Training

Whether you’re visiting Arizona for some Cactus League Spring Training baseball or a midwestern transplant just living in the area, you’ll get to taste some real Chicago delicacies at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ. During their 15-game home exhibition schedule, the Chicago Cubs will feature sausages from Hot Doug’s and Italian beef from Portillo’s at their concessions like they do at Wrigley Field.

As many ‘encased meats’ enthusiasts know, Hot Doug’s owner Doug Sohn closed his fine Avondale gourmet sausage establishment back in 2014. However, Sohn has frequently brought Hot Doug’s back in pop-ups, on top of pizzas at Piece, and at a stand in the Wrigley Field bleachers.

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At Sloan Park, Hot Doug’s will rotate different selections that reflect the “favorites” from Wrigley. Up first starting Friday, will be the spicy polish and jalapeno-cheddar sausages that are named after Champ Summers and Steve Trachsel. The selections will change after every 5 games, so there will be 3 different pairings during Spring Training.

The Cubs’ newer Arizona facility has featured Italian beef in the past, but this time they have teamed up with Portillo’s because c’mon…it’s Portillo’s.

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There are two Portillo’s restaurants in Arizona already, Tempe and Scottsdale, and that reflects the Chicagoan presence living in the area. Now residence and tourists can get some more of a taste of Chicago while watching Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber jack home runs out of the desert.

If you attend Spring Training this year, please share your ballpark food porn pics with us on Facebook and Twitter!

The Piffcast! Episode 1 – The Super Bowl One

The Piffcast is back…rebooted!

With “The ’85 Bears” 30 For 30 debuting this week, we talked to Mark Grote from 670 The Score about following the team as a fan and their legacy in football history.

We also get you prepared for the weekend with the commercials to look forward to, the halftime show, prop bets and more going into Super Bowl 50. Listen for how to win the first Piffcast giveaway too!

Listen and react on Facebook or Twitter

 

Chicago Restaurant Week 2016: The Full List of Participants

It’s actually 2 weeks (January 22nd – February 4th, 2016), but who’s complaining?

For 14 days, 350+ restaurants in downtown Chicago and the suburbs participate in the annual event with great deals and prix fixe menus starting at $22 for lunch, then $33 and/or $44 for dinner (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity).

Below you can navigate the full list of participants in alphabetical order, with websites and menus included. Whatever you have a taste for, it’s probably on the list.

[A-F] [G-L] [M-R] [S-Z]

And please do share your pics from Chicago Restaurant Week with us on Facebook and Twitter!

Chicago Restaurant Week Spots (A-F)

 

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Italian
Loop
 
 
American
Magnificent Mile
 
 
American
South Loop
 
 
Italian
West Town
 
 
Italian
Hyde Park
 
 
Italian
Loop
 
 
American
West Town
 
 
American Contemporary
Loop
 
 
American
Magnificent Mile
 
 
 
American Contemporary
River North
 
 
Japanese/Sushi
Lakeview
 
 
American Contemporary
Andersonville
 
 
American
Lincoln Park
 
 
Japanese/Sushi
West Town
 
 
Latin
Lakeview
 
 
GastroTavern/Pub
Northwest Suburbs
 
 
American
West Suburbs
 
 
American
Loop
 
 
Mediterranean
West Loop
 
 
Italian
River North
 
 
Italian
Lincoln Park
 
 
Wine Bar
Lakeview
 
 
Italian
West Loop
 
 
Latin
West Loop
 
 
Italian
Magnificent Mile
 
 
Latin
West Suburbs
 
 
Mexican
Lakeview
 
 
American Contemporary
Streeterville
 
 
American Contemporary
River North
 
 
American
Bucktown/Wicker Park
 
 
 
Asian Fusion
West Loop
 
 
Steakhouse
River North
 
 
 
Southern
Andersonville
 
 
French
Lincoln Square/Ravenswood
 
 
French
River North
 
 
French
Gold Coast
 
 
French
Gold Coast
 
 
American
West Loop
 
 
American Contemporary
River North
 
 
French
Lincoln Park
 
 
American Contemporary
River North
 
 
German
River North
 
 
American
Lincoln Park
 
 
American Contemporary
River North
 
 
American Contemporary
Irving Park
 
 
American
Bucktown/Wicker Park
 
 
BBQ/Ribs
River North
 
GastroTavern/Pub
River North
 
 
Spanish/Tapas
Lincoln Park
 
 
 
Italian
Magnificent Mile
 
 
Mexican
River North
 
 
Steakhouse
West Suburbs
 
 
Steakhouse
Streeterville
 
 
American
O’Hare
 
 
Italian
Gold Coast
 
 
Latin
West Loop
 
 
 
Seafood
Loop
 
 
Italian
Lakeview
 
 
GastroTavern/Pub
West Loop
 
 
American Contemporary
Loop
 
 
French
Little Italy/University Village
 
 
French
Lincoln Park
 
 
Seafood
South Loop
 
 
BBQ/Ribs
Gold Coast
 
 
Soul Food
West Loop
 
 
American
Bucktown/Wicker Park
 
 
Steakhouse
South Loop
 
 
American Contemporary
Magnificent Mile
 
 
BBQ/Ribs
Southwest Suburbs
 
 
BBQ/Ribs
West Suburbs
 
 
Seafood
Loop
 
 
Mediterranean
West Loop
 
 
Italian
River North
 
 
French
Loop
 
 
Italian
River North
 
 
Italian
Streeterville
 
 
Pizza
Bridgeport
 
 
Pizza
Gold Coast
 
 
American
Gold Coast
 
 
 
Italian
River North
 
 
American
Gold Coast
 
 
Steakhouse
River North
 
 
American
West Town
 
 
 
International Fusion
Lincoln Park
 
 
 
 
Seafood
River North
 
 
American
West Loop
 
 
Steakhouse
Gold Coast
 
 
Italian
River North
 
 
American Contemporary
Bridgeport
 
 
American
Lincoln Park
 
 
American
Lincoln Park
 
 
Seafood
Streeterville
 
 
 
Spanish/Tapas
West Suburbs
 
 
Bakery/Café/Deli/Diner
Dunning
 
 
Asian Fusion
West Loop
 
 
Wine Bar
River North
 
 
Japanese/Sushi
Bucktown/Wicker Park
 
 
American
River North
 
 
GastroTavern/Pub
River North
 
 
American
North Suburbs
 
 
Mediterranean
Gold Coast
 
 
 
Wine Bar
West Suburbs
 
 
American
West Loop
 
 
Italian
Gold Coast
 
 
American
Northwest Suburbs
 
 
Italian
Edgewater
 
 
 
Italian
Little Italy/University Village
 
 
 
Italian
Lakeview
 
 
 
American Contemporary
River North
 
 
Mexican
River North
 
 
American Contemporary
West Town
 
 
American Contemporary
West Loop

Chicago Restaurant Week Spots (G-L)

GastroTavern/Pub
Loop
 
Indian
Magnificent Mile
 
 
Fondue
Lincoln Park
 
 
American
Lincoln Park
 
 
Steakhouse
River North
 
 
 
GastroTavern/Pub
Old Town
 
 
GastroTavern/Pub
Lincoln Park
 
 
Bistro
West Loop
 
 
American
West Loop
 
 
Greek
West Loop
 
 
Vegetarian/Vegan
West Town
 
 
American Contemporary
River North
 
 
Steakhouse
Magnificent Mile
 
 
American
Northwest Suburbs
 
 
 
Seafood
River North
 
 
 
American
North Suburbs
 
 
American Contemporary
Magnificent Mile
 
 
 
American
River North
 
 
American Contemporary
River North
 
 
Steakhouse
Loop
 
 
 
American Contemporary
Lincoln Park
 
 
Mexican
Albany Park
 
 
Japanese/Sushi
Bucktown/Wicker Park
 
 
Japanese/Sushi
Gold Coast
 
 
Seafood
River North
 
 
 
Indian
Southwest Suburbs
 
 
American Contemporary
West Town
 
 
French
River North
 
 
Seafood
River North
 
 
Steakhouse
River North
 
 
American
Lincoln Park
 
 
Mediterranean
South Loop
 
 
American
North Suburbs
 
 
French
West Loop
 
 
Latin
River North
 
 
 
Italian
Gold Coast
 
 
French
South Suburbs
 
 
Steakhouse
Magnificent Mile
 
 
Vietnamese
Gold Coast
 
 
 
Bistro
Streeterville
 
 
 
American
Gold Coast