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”.

Screen Shot 2016-05-23 at 10.11.11 AM

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.

Screen Shot 2016-05-23 at 9.40.28 AM

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.

Follow for more on Facebook or Twitter. You can subscribe to The Piffcast on iTunes too.

Piffcast: The Eighth One – Pizza, TV and Stuff

This week we took the show outside, and I don’t think we’re coming back in…

TJ and I played a little catchup regarding the Old Style Pizza Summit, The Walking Dead finale and then some. We also talked about the things that make us feel older, some exciting plans for the show, and TV recommendations that can carry you to the new season of Game of Thrones. Somehow The O.C. and One Tree Hill came up too, you’ll have to listen to find out why. 

We’re also in the hunt for a show grill master, so if you know anybody or want to hang…?

Join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter! Subscribe to The Piffcast on iTunes here

The Inaugural Old Style Chicago Pizza Summit Recap: We Partied Hard

Sunday evening, Old Style hosted Chicago’s first ever Pizza Summit. It’s amazing that a town with so much pride in their favorite food had yet to organize such an event, but we’re so glad someone did.

Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 1.02.49 AM

The summit was held at the Chop Shop & 1st Ward in Wicker Park and broken into 2 different sessions, 2-5 PM & 6-9. Hungry and eager to get inside was line down North Ave of likeminded, pizza loving individuals. They were lucky to get in on a Pizza Party that sold out in 3 minutes thanks to the efforts Old Style and Do312. The patient crowd was greeted at the door by a man who definitely looked to be in charge, named T.J., and the awesome Chop Shop staff.

Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 1.04.32 AM

Partiers were led toward their destiny for the evening, which would have been appropriate to the sounds of Willy Wonka singing “Pure Imagination“.

Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 1.04.48 AM

Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 1.05.20 AM

Once checked in, you were handed 5 tickets that gave you plenty of Old Style to wash down the feast that was about to ensue…and a pretty cool personal pizza slice plate.

Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 1.03.59 AM

Then it began. Around the room, like a wagon circle of deliciousness, were the fine folks from…

 Home Run Inn

Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 1.41.16 AM

Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 2.06.14 AM

And yes, we have a secret #HomeRunInnHandshake that only the cool kids know.

Twitter / Facebook / Website

 

Taco in a Bag

Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 1.43.17 AM

Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 1.42.41 AM

They brought the super innovative “Pizza in a Bag” with them.

Twitter / Facebook / Website

 

Flo & Santos

Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 1.44.10 AM

Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 1.43.48 AM

With a polish sausage pizza that is to die for.

Twitter / Facebook / Website

 

Gino’s East

Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 2.14.18 AM

If you go anytime soon, try the veggie pizza with mashed potatoes in it. Trust me.

Twitter / Facebook / Website

 

Santullo’s 

Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 1.45.07 AM

They kept it simple, and simple was perfect.

Twitter / Facebook

 

Lou Malnati’s

Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 1.45.53 AM

Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 2.25.04 AM.png

The famous family recipe, that we all recall made Jon Stewart chill for a minute.

Twitter / Facebook / Website

 

Dimo’s

Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 1.53.19 AM

I tried Mac & Cheese pizza for the first time, and it made me into a believer.

Twitter / Facebook / Website

 

Pie-Eyed Pizzeria

Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 1.46.45 AM

Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 1.55.12 AM

In case you can’t read that description, it says BBQ pizza with five-spiced braised pork belly and Wisconsin cheese curds. Yeah.

Twitter / Facebook / Website

 

Connie’s Pizza

Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 1.47.24 AM

I greatly appreciated these cool people for letting me reminisce about growing up on Connie’s going to ballgames in Chicago. I imagine many of you can relate…

Twitter / Facebook / Website

 

Boiler Room

Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 1.48.04 AM

Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 2.44.18 AM

You may recall that Boiler Room ranked #1 on my Pizza Challenge list a year ago…

Twitter / Facebook / Website

 

The guys from Boiler Room actually served as the opener for the evening’s keynote speaker, flipping dough way more impressively than i ever could…

Immediately after that last dough throw into the crowd, the Alan Parson’s Project (better known locally as the Chicago Bulls intro music) was cranked to the max in the room!

Yes, capping off the week where he formed the PARTY Party for this year’s election season, Andrew W.K. spoke to pizza loving, party-till-you-puke crowd about what it means to live positively and the kind of joy pizza brings to people everywhere. To sum it up as eloquently as possible, IT WAS COOL AS HELL…I’d rank it ahead of Rocky’s speech after defeating Ivan Drago.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

To perfectly wrap up his State of the Pizza Union address, Andrew W.K. led supporters in chant worthy for such an event.

 

He then met with fans and pizza-lovers alike. Even Snapchat Face-Swapped with my partner in crime for the night, Kristin.

Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 3.03.06 AM

Whose hair looks better? Serious question.

The fun didn’t stop there. Upstairs, the U.S. Pizza Museum debuted its epic collection.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

The museum will be at The Chop Shop on April 4th for you to check out, and then you’ll have to find out where they POP UP NEXT by following their Facebook Page. They had some really cool swag that’s very much worth snagging for yourself or that special pizza fan you know and love.

Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 3.24.11 AM

Also upstairs was a sweet little getaway section where bartender extraordinaire Kristen mixed us some Old Fashions to go perfectly with our Old Styles. Serving as a connector between the bar and the rest of the summit was an awesome rooftop patio that was made better by great weather.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Providing excellent tunes, sound and projector GIFs on the wall all evening were the tandem of Kristin and Eric.

Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 3.39.31 AM

Overall, it was a really fun time filled with super nice people, pizza and partying. Looking forward to the next one already. Well done, Old Style Chicago.

Here are some more scenes from the 2016 Pizza Summit.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Follow along for more adventures on Facebook or Twitter. Be sure to subscribe to The Piffcast on iTunes as well. 

Ballpark Foodie: White Sox Unveil New Food Items for 2016 Season

As that new baseball season smell keeps fans anxiously waiting for Opening Day’s first pitch, baseball stadiums across the nation will be permeated with the unique smells of ballpark food. Sure, you can pickup your classic baseball hot dogs, pretzels and nachos, but why not indulge the foodie culture that the sport has come to identify itself with in recent years.

The Chicago White Sox have been especially keen on the tastebuds of their fan base. Double-thick maple bacon on a stick is staple for fans (and goes great on the Comiskey burgers grilled at the same stand). Thursday afternoon, the club rolled out their new concession items for the 2016 season at U.S. Cellular Field.

Photo credit: Chicago Tribune

Merkt’s Cheddar Beef Sandwich

Screen Shot 2016-04-01 at 2.32.15 PM

Thinly-sliced ribeye, grilled and tossed with Merkt’s cheese. Seved on a hoagie roll and topped with Chi-Town Pico.

 

Bacon Cheddar Pretzel Dog

Screen Shot 2016-04-01 at 2.32.32 PM

Vienna all-beef hot dog on a pretzel roll bun. Topped with nacho cheese and bacon. 

 

Tater Totchos

Screen Shot 2016-04-01 at 2.33.19 PM

Tater tots, available in a mini green betting helmet, topped with nacho cheese and jalapenos. 

 

New Beggars Pizza Options

Screen Shot 2016-04-01 at 2.34.03 PM

Barbecue Chicken – Thin crust with sweet BBQ sauce base, diced chicken and mozzarella.

Italian Beef and Giardiniera – Pretty self explanatory. 

 

Click here for concession location details and gluten free options (for those who need them). White Sox home opener is Friday, April 8th against the Cleveland Indians. Tickets available for the upcoming season here

I’ll be there April 9th to try everything out myself. Follow along on Twitter and Instagram

The Piffcast: The Fourth One – Netflix and Oscars

With the Academy Awards taking place this weekend, film critic Brian Chimino and I discuss our favorite films from the past year and the contending nominees. We wanted to debate every category, but that show would be too long…so we made our picks for each of the major prizes.

TJ and I also got our two cents in on TV revivals, Full House on Netflix, and what we would like to see brought back for another season. We also awarded the winner of our #SaddestPizza contest and we’re looking for recommendations for the Piffcast Book Club. We’ll post the Reading List to MichaelPiff.com on March 1st.

You can comment here with your suggestions or post them to Facebook and Twitter.

The Piffcast – Ep. 3 – Andrew W.K. & The Chicago Pizza Summit

The King of Partying, Andrew W.K., joined The Piffcast to discuss the Old Style Chicago Pizza Summit (taking place April 3rd at The Chop Shop in Wicker Park) where he’ll be a keynote speaker. The event sold out in 3 minutes after tickets went on sale, but we have some important info that you’ll definitely be interested in.

If you wish to jump ahead, the interview starts at the 15:15 mark.

Along with epic PARTY insight and advice, Andrew also contributed to our new Piffcast Book Club Reading List. Listen to how you can participate and win some pizza too.

Feel free to react as you listen on Facebook or Twitter

Subscribe on iTunes here.

The Piffcast: The Second One – Second is the Best

 

This week, FanDuel sportswriter Jessica Kleinschmidt joins us to talk about the NFL offseason and where the best places would be for big free agents to land…from a Fantasy perspective. We also preview the upcoming MLB season a little bit as well, because pitchers and catchers are reporting! (Jump ahead to the 11:55 mark to here Jessica right away)

Then People Magazine TV editor and writer Aaron Couch jumps on to discuss Better Call Saul and the “Better Talk Saul” podcast he hosts. We also get into The People vs. OJ Simpson and the effect Deadpool’s success will have on Marvel and DC films going forward. (52:20 mark, if you want to jump ahead)

All that, plus some catching up, an epic Chicago Pizza Party and ANOTHER delicious social media contest. Don’t miss out!

Feel free to react as you listen on Facebook or Twitter

Subscribe on iTunes here.