Just about everyone likes a quality slice of pizza every now and then, but what if we're talking about more than a slice? What if we're talking about pizzas that are so big, they take up gigantic parking lot-sized spaces? What if we're talking about the largest pizzas ever made?
When it comes to super huge pizzas, the focus isn't always on taste. Rather, the emphasis is on their sheer massive size. That being said, to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records, a pizza must be edible, so cooked completely.
1. Norwood, South Africa
By far, the largest pizza ever made was constructed in Norwood, South Africa. On December 8, 1990, a pizza that measured in at 122 ft. 8 in. was made. It was massive and currently holds the Guinness record for largest pizza ever made (while still being edible). It had 9,920 pounds of flour, 3,968 pounds of cheese, and 1,984 pounds of tomato sauce. Mind-boggling, isn't it? We can't exactly wrap our minds around its sheer size, either, but there it is in the record books for all to see!
2. Iowa Falls Parking Lot
In 2005, the assistant manager at Pizza Ranch in Iowa Falls tried to break the world record for largest pizza. They came pretty close, but didn't quite break the record. On that fateful day on June 18 in the Aiden High School South parking lot, 200 volunteers came together to construct the pizza in about two hours time. It was rectangular and measured 129 ft. by 98.6 ft. It produced 50,000 slices and was completely edible. Even though it didn't beat the record, the pizza was still pretty impressive and covered a large chunk of the parking lot.
3. 24 Church Avenue Italian Sideboard & Spirits
Some restaurants include abnormally large pizzas on their regular menus, typically as a part of an eating competition of some sort. At 24 Church Avenue Italian Sideboard & Spirits, a 36-inch pizza is on the menu. Each slice is 12 inches wide and while the restaurant doesn't have a competition for eating the pie at the moment, it's bound to happen at some point. After all, this thing is huge!
If you're ever in New York, you should stop by Koronet sometime. The restaurant doesn't host any eating competitions at the moment, but they certainly make a gigantic pizza. It's 30 inches in diameter and is enough to make your stomach hurt just looking at it. Until there's a competition, you might find it best to team up with some friends to chow down on this massive pie.
5. Bario's Pizzaria's Big 29 Challenge
Now here's a challenge for food lovers. The Big 29 Challenge at Bario's is a must-visit when you're in Indianapolis. Measuring in at 29-inches in diameter, this pizza must be eaten in under an hour to win. The base winning amount is $300 and every time someone fails the challenge, another $10 is added to the winnings. If you have an impressively large stomach, you stand to win big at this competition and you'll enjoy perhaps the biggest pizza you've ever seen in real life.
6. Family Pizzeria
While not as big as some of the other pizzas on the list, the large pie available at Family Pizzeria in Stafford, Virginia is nothing to sneeze at. In fact, this pizza measures in at 28-inches and must be eaten in under an hour to win. Two people are allowed to eat the pizza at once and it has to include two toppings. And should the pair complete the seemingly impossible challenge? They get the pizza for free, $40, and free shirts to commemorate their accomplishment. Not too shabby for stuffing yourself, huh?
7. Red Devil Pizza
The challenge at Red Devil is pretty impressive. Not only does this huge pizza measure in at 28-inches, but it also has to have four separate toppings. Though two people can eat the pie, they can't leave the table during the challenge. Winners get the pizza for free, however, and are put up on the wall of fame in the restaurant, forever connecting them with this massive pizza.
8. Tenney's Pizza
Last, but not least, on our list of the largest pizzas is a monstrosity from Tenney's Pizza, aptly named The Beast. This pizza is 26 inches in diameter, features 24 ounces of cheese, and 48 ounces of dough. Makes your stomach ache thinking about it, huh? Those that conquer The Beast stand to win $100, so not too bad, right?
There are no doubt other large pizzas out there, but these are just some of the most impressive. And now if you feel like going on a tour of the places where big pies are made, you can.