Pizza. It’s pretty much the most important thing ever. But for the intrepid people of Italy — birthplace of modern pizza culture — pizza may go the way of the dodo. Okay, not really, but there is a vital shortage of dough and sauce guys in Italy.
According to reports from the Italian business federation, the country’s short around 6,000 pizza makers. Of late, they’ve had to cull pizza-making talent from abroad, and many pizza operations are now overseen by people with no formal pizza training. Keep reading »
After experiencing a secondhand anxiety attack for the grad student who had their laptop (and 5-year thesis) stolen yesterday, this story is giving me hope. A Reddit user’s bike was stolen, and then returned three nights later with an apologetic note attached, as well as a coupon for a free lava cake at Domino’s (score!). If you can’t read the messy writing, check out the full text of the note after the jump… Keep reading »
I am actually really kind of jealous of the people of Dubai, because aside from having islands shaped like the world, and the largest indoor ski slope, they’ve also got amazing pizza technology. Red Tomato Pizza restaurant created a fridge magnet with a built-in bluetooth device that allows you to order pizza simply by PUSHING A BUTTON. On your fridge. Once your pizza button is pressed, you receive a text message with the details of your order. The system stores your pizza preferences, so you get the pie you want every time. The pizza magnet comes with its very own pizza box, and to avoid accidentally ordering pizza, like, 2o times a day, you have to lift the box lid to actually press the pizza button (How embarrassing would it be to lean up against your refrigerator door and call in an order for 47 pizzas, right?)
Right now, the technology is only available via Red Tomato Pizza, but here’s hoping pizza fridge buttons make it this way soon. You can check out their epic promotional video after the jump. [Daily Mail] Keep reading »
Have you ever got a pizza craving so intense that you’re like, “I would totally take four people hostage for several hours in order to get my hands on some pizza right now”? Me too, obviously, but I’ve never acted on it. Yesterday, a man in southern Russia did just that, bursting into a college and barricading himself in a classroom with two students, a teacher, and a janitor. According to a police spokesman, “His only demand was a pizza and Sprite.” Police evacuated the area and delivered the man’s desired meal, at which point he released his hostages unharmed. Just one more piece of evidence that pizza is the most powerful drug of all. [Raw Story]
Store-bought pizza rolls always sound like such a good idea (pizza in crispy bite-size pouches? What could go wrong?!), but they tend to come with the undesirable side effect of making you feel like you’re gonna die. Whipping up a batch of pizza rolls at home lets you choose your own non-poisonous ingredients, and they’re the perfect appetizer to bring to a party. Bon appetit! [Tracey's Culinary Adventures]
Maria Shriver loves pizza. Yes, the former first lady of California and accomplished journalist is a pizza fiend. That’s why she, along with several of her high profile friends, have invested $3 million in a new Subway-style pizza assembly fast food business called Blaze Pizza. So far, there are only two locations — in Southern California — but the chain is hoping to balloon up to at least 15 spots in the next year or so.
And here is why I am so delightfully thrilled about this. A pizza store where you can build your own pizza and have it served to you in less than five minutes? Imagine the pizzabilities! There are going to be so many new topping combos created! I hope the staff don’t mind when I set up a tent in-store and basically move into the freezer area. That’s not weird at all, right? [Bloomberg]
Is there anything better than pizza? Probably not. And as this pizza supercut proves, pizza’s been a vital plot point in a multitude of films, including “Spider-man,” “Spaceballs” and any and all “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” productions. Enjoy this supercut of all things pizza on film, and sidle up to a slice or three. [You Tube]
Guy Fieri is having a bad few months. First, his new Times Square restaurant gets the total gasface from The New York Times. And now, news comes out that his frozen S’mores Indoors Pizza is a flavor abomination. The dessert pizza claims to be made with “sweet graham cracker crust, rich melted chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate chips and melted marshmallows.” But! The packaging neglects to mention the pizza’s secret ingredient, which is apparently cayenne pepper. Oh yeah, somehow a bunch of spicy crap got mixed in with this seemingly sweet recipe, and consumers are angry. The Sam’s Club comment page for the S’mores Indoors pizza is blowing up with major pizza drama as consumers rally against the surprisingly spicy ‘za. Keep reading »
Perhaps you’ve noticed that since I’ve joined The Frisky, there’s been 2000 percent increase in pizza-related news on the site. Pizza is in my blood and in my belly. It’s the most wonderful, perfect food. And we’d be remiss if we didn’t note all the extraordinary pizza-complishments (pizza accomplishments, natch) that have taken place this year. In past years, we might have rejoiced over the P’Zone or the Pizza Cone, but this year, we’ve got eight incredible pizza stories worth shouting from the (pizza parlor) rooftops about.
Dear Universe, if you’d be ever so kind as to procure me a bottle of Pizza Hut perfume, I’d be eternally grateful. According to the press release, the Eau De Pizza Hut is “a brand new fragrance from Pizza Hut Canada boasting top notes of freshly baked, hand-tossed dough.”
Ugh, could you even imagine how heavenly it would be to smell like a pizza party all the time? Sadly, only 110 bottles of the sweet nectar were produced — and they’ve already been given out. But, promises Beverly D’Cruz, Marketing and Product Development Director of Pizza Hut Canada, “Who knows what the future has in store?”
May we suggest, Beverly, that you expand the line and produce a pizza sauce gel douche, and a mozzarella body cream? [Gawker]