The Pizza Toss and Uncut Party Pizza in 'Breaking Bad' (aka Venezia's Pizza)
"You got some, like, scissors? I will cut this b***h up good."
Carey Jones posted a Daily Slice yesterday from Saggios in Albuquerque. Which prompted some discussion in the comments about the famous pizza-tossing scene in Breaking Bad:*
I'm happy the discussion went there, because it now gives me an excuse to post this video, in which the show's star, Bryan Cranston, explains the shot (along with writer
JayPeter Gould and creator Vince Gilligan).
Watch the vid. Notice anything strange?
That's right. The pizza remains whole during the scene. In fact, the pizza is uncut. I remember noticing that weirdness the night this episode first aired.
The funny thing is that this same pizza—a party pizza from Venezia's (yes, it exists)—makes an appearance in Season 4 of Breaking Bad, when Jesse Pinkman orders pizzas during a meth-fueled party at his house. The pies come uncut, and there's even discussion about it. Witness:
Jesse: Yo, what's up with the pie, man, it ain't cut.
Badger: Yeah, right, that's the gimmick.
Jesse: What gimmick?
Badger: This place, they don't cut the pizza, and they pass the savings on to you.
Jesse: Savings? How much can it be to cut a damn pizza?
Skinny Pete: Maybe it's, like, democratic, bro, you know? Cut your own Christmas tree, cut your own pizza.
Badger: Yeah, it's democratic.
Jesse: What am I supposed to do with this?
Skinny Pete: Don't sweat it. You got some, like, scissors? I will cut this bitch up good.
Badger: You gotta figure, you make, like, 10 million pizzas a year, each pizza takes, like, 10 seconds to cut? In man hours, that's like, I don't know ... a lot?
Anyway, I found a great thread on Reddit about the second appearance of Venezia's in the show. The folks there think the whole uncut pizza discussion was no accident:
haha probably a way of addressing all the people who email them and called them out it.
If you're asking, Where is the pizza from in Breaking Bad?, well, as I said above, it's from Venezia's, a real pizzeria in New Mexico, with two locations in Albuquerque and one in Rio Rancho. (Heck, the second video here is from Venezia's own YouTube account.)
And, no, the whole uncut-pizza thing seems to be the work of the writers' imaginations:
* AKA the BEST SHOW on television. If you are not watching it, you are a fool.