A well-done pizza rarely goes unnoticed. America is a country that seems to survive on three main food groups (pizza, hot dogs, and burgers), and each American undoubtedly has a special relationship with a great pizza. With the unlimited combination of toppings, cheeses, and styles available, pizza-making is a veritable art form here. Now, envision the combination of Americans' love for pizza and the love for all things super-sized. Across the country, from the West to the East Coast, pizzerias have been besting their competitors not just with new flavors or outrageous toppings, but also with larger and larger sizes.
The Guinness World Record for the largest pizza in the world goes to a pie that was created in South Africa in 1990. Weighing in at 26,883 pounds, this gargantuan pizza used almost 10,000 pounds of flour and measured 122.6 feet. And while there isn't another pizza of that monstrosity lurking out there, some pizza chefs are definitely sizing up this world record.
Many of the pizzas included in this list are the focus of eating competitions, and often stump competitors who couldn't rise to the occasion. Many of these pies were chosen based on size, ranging anywhere from 22-inches to 36-inches in diameter (most standard large pizzas are 14-inches in diameter) and topping out at 50,000 slices. Some are simple cheese and tomato pies, while others are much more elaborate and stuffed with an array of toppings.
The pizzas here are some of the biggest that were ever recorded but if you know of any big pies out there, let us know by leaving a comment below.
- Diana Feng, The Daily Meal
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Pizza Size: 129-by-92 feet (though according to some sources, it was even bigger at 129-by-98 feet), 50,000 slices In June 2005, Bill Bahr, assistant manager of the Pizza Ranch in Iowa Falls, Iowa, attempted to break the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest pizza. The pie totaled 50,000 slices — not quite large enough to top the reigning champ. With the help of 200 volunteers, the entire pie took two hours to assemble. Photo Credit: © Grainnet
Pizza Challenge: One 28-inch pizza to be eaten by two people in half an hour. This four-topping, 28-inch pizza challenge is a feat for any couple that dares to take it on. At Red Devil, this monstrous pizza must be eaten in half an hour. The rules don't stop here, though — the contestants must also be at least 16 years old, they cannot walk around during the challenge, they must successfully digest the pizza, and they must pay for the pizza if they do not complete the task. The victorious few however, get their pizza paid for, a certificate for a second 28-inch pie, a Red Devil T-shirt, and their photo of the wall of fame. Photo Credit: © Red Devil Pizza
Pizza Challenge: One 11-pound pizza to be eaten in less than an hour. For $50, you can try to win yourself an extra $200 at Big Pie in the Sky, in Kennesaw, Ga. However, the challenge requires that two people eat an 11-pound pizza in one hour. Photo Credit: © Facebook/Big Pie in the Sky
Pizza Size: 36-inch pie As part of their late-night specials menu, 24 Church Avenue Italian Sideboard & Spirits offers mammoth slices of pizza cut from a 36-inch pie. The slices measure 12-inches wide at the crust. While there is no challenge yet at this pizzeria for devouring their extra-large 36-inch pie, it would hardly be a shock if in the near future, people start lining up to wolf down this pie in less than an hour. Photo Credit: © Facebook/TwentyFourChurchAve
Pizza Challenge: One 29-inch pie to be eaten less than an hour. The Big 29 challenge’s name says it all — those who are daring enough to participate in the challenge at Barlo's in Indianapolis must eat a 29-inch pie in an hour. The minimum payout for the challenge (one topping, one hour) is $300, but for every failed trial the owner adds $10 to the pot, meaning that the payout could be as high as $1,000. Photo Credit: © Facebook/Barlo's Pizza
Pizza Size: 30-inch pie In a city where a pizzeria can be found on every corner, it’s important stick out from the crowd. Koronet does that by making their enormous pies 30 inches in diameter. A challenge is yet to be set for eating this pizza. Photo Credit: © Yelp/JonathanS
Pizza Challenge: One 28-inch pie to be eaten by a couple in less than an hour. A local pizzeria in Stafford, Va., is serving large pizza pies with a challenge for adventurous souls. In order to win, a duo must be able to eat their 28-inch pie in an hour. The pizza must include two toppings, and beverages are allowed but challengers cannot leave the dining room during the challenge. Winners receive the pizza for free, $40, and T-shirts. Photo Credit: © Family Pizzeria
Pizza Challenge: 10 pounds of stuffed pizza, 22-inches in diameter As seen on Man v. Food, the challenge is to eat 10 pounds of stuffed pizza. The pizza makers at Randy's Wooster St. Pizza Shop pack four portions of pizza dough with meats, cheeses, and veggies, and stretch until is reaches a diameter of 22 inches. Those who complete the challenge receive the meal for free, a $50 gift card, and a hat proclaiming their glorious win. Photo Credit: © Randy's Wooster St. Pizza Shop
Pizza Challenge: 24-inch pie to be eaten in 10 minutes by two people. This may be the heftiest pie size-to-time limit combination on the list. At this establishment, a 24-inch pie must be eaten in less than 10 minutes by two people. That's certainly not a task for the faint of heart. Photo Credit: © Facebook/Raniero's Pizzeria
Pizza Challenge: One 26-inch pizza to be eaten in less than an hour. Named "The Beast," the 26-inch pizza is made of 48 ounces of dough, 24 ounces of cheese, 15 ounces of sauce, and 6 ounces of pepperoni. Diners who take on the Tenney's challenge win $100 if they complete the task. Photo Credit: © Facebook/Tenney's Pizza
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