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Ach du Lieber! A German Pizza Blog

Traum Pizza, which, if my fading knowledge of college German serves me right, translates to "Dream Pizza," is a newly launched pizza blog from Deutschland. In its Wörter: Wir heißen Sie herzlich willkommen und wünschen Ihnen eine anregende Lektüre. Ob Sie mehr über die Geschichte der Pizza, Grundrezepte für einen einfachen Pizzateig, Pizzasaucen oder Kräuter für Pizza wissen möchten, hier erfahren Sie, wie man Pizza backt und die richtigen Zutaten findet. Taking liberties with the translation: "We heartily welcome you and hope you have a good time reading this site. Whether you want to know more about the history... More

Pizza Link Roundup

Maybe I wouldn't knock Pizza Hut so much on this site if it imported stuff like this from its supersecret Japanese labs. Pigs in a blanket on a pizza? I don't know if this "PaPa-Challe" pie is genius or sheer folly. Perhaps both. (The video of the Japanese commercial appears after the jump.) Unique couple owns Lucas, Ohio, pizzeria: "The man at the bar was telling the tale. When he asked how long it should take the Mohawk Pizza and Tavern driver to make the delivery, he was told Stretch should be there in about half an hour. But the... More

More Fusion Pizza: You Got Your Meat Pie in My Pizza Pie

Down Under, Domino's mixes the classic Australian meat pie with the pizza pie: Until now, the most creative makeovers of the humble meat pie have involved stacking things on top of it. This week Domino's stacked it on something else.The Meat Pie Pizza comes with beef mince, onions, and peas topped with thick pastry and tomato sauce—and it looks about as pretty as a half-gobbled dog's eye. Crikey! Related: More fusion pizza on Slice... More

Judging in the America's Plate Pizza Competition

The following events took place last Tuesday, March 6, at the Javits Center in Manhattan, during the New York Pizza Show. I was on hand to judge in PMQ magazine's America's Plate pizza competition. Contestants came from Canada, Luxembourg, France, Spain, Italy, Australia, and the U.S. I had wanted to live-blog the proceedings, but I experienced technical difficulties early in the day. So, here is the tape-delayed version of last week's events. 9:31 a.m.: I enter the Javits Center. It's my first time here. Lots of tall glass and concrete. Doesn't seem very inspiring for a building that in many... More

Pizza Site in Hebrew!

Dear Slice, My name is Oded. Me and a friend started a new pizza site in Hebrew at www.pizzanet.co.il. The site features all sort of funky Pizza information such as the history of the pizza, trivia, famous pizza related quotes, recipes etc. The site is entirely in Hebrew, except for a new English index we just added (we are working on translating the content to English). We are without a doubt the biggest informational site about Pizza in Hebrew. —Oded Dear Oded, I'm going to have to trust you that all the triva, recipes, funky pizza info, etc., exists... More

Goldpizza: The World's Most Expensive Pie?

A Scottish chef has made what might be the world's most expensive pizza: The pizza is sprinkled with gold and topped with champagne-soaked caviar and lobster marinated in the finest cognac. Creator Domenico Crolla [right] said it was worth more than $3,700. Mr. Crolla is tying the pie in to the upcoming James Bond movie by calling it the "Pizza Royale 007" (" 'If any pizza was made to suit 007, this is it,' said Mr Crolla.") and will auction it off on eBay to raise money for a charity, the Fred Hollows Foundation, "which works to prevent curable blindness in... More

New Zealand: Al Volo

Quite a while ago, Slice reader Will F. wrote to us: I have found a counterpoint to New Zealand's Hell Pizza. It is Al Volo, a more traditional Italian pizzeria located in the greater Auckland area. I took a shot a writing my own review here: Al Volo Pizza, but perhaps their website, which has a spiffy animation of the pizzaiolo doing his thing, would be more informative: www.alvolo.co.nz. No, Will, we think your take on it is more informative: The pizzas were classic neapolitan pies--extra thin crust, measuring about 12" in diameter. According to the pizzaiolo, the oven ran... More

New Zealand Pizzeria Giving Out Condoms

New Zealand chain Hell Pizza, no stranger to controversy or clever gimmicks, has come up with a new one. For its new "Lust Pizza," a pie for, ahem, meat lovers, the company has been distributing pamphlets containing sex instructions and a condom. The viral campaign has aroused some criticism, as you'd imagine. From Hawkes Bay Today: Not only do they have the authority of government policy on their side in raising the profile of HIV-Aids-and-conception-free sex with each mouthful of their product, but they are guaranteed that those calculated to be most irritated immediately become, in spite of themselves, part... More

Reheated: 'I Made Pizza for Kim Jong Il'

Apologies to long-time Slice readers who may have seen this material already. In light of last night's news, we thought it'd be a disservice not to bring this story to the top of the page again with a quick reheat. So it appears that chubby pipsqueak Kim Jong Il has reared his nattily-coiffed and nutty—and now nuclear—head late yesterday with news of his country's successful test of a nuclear weapon. Our more voracious readers may have seen this story before, or elsewhere, perhaps even years ago, but we think it's worth highlighting here. What is it? It's an Italian pizzaiolo's... More

Moscow Making Giant Pizza

St. Basil's Cathedral, blogged to Slice from the Flickr photostream of mashu mashu Not only giant, but with local landmarks depicted upon it: MOSCOW, September 6 (RIA Novosti) - Sightseers in Moscow might be able to take a very different look at local landmarks Thursday when they appear on an enormous pizza baked in honor of the capital's birthday.... The edible "map" will feature famous sights, including the Kremlin, Vorobyovy Gory hills with a platform overlooking the capital and a ski jump, the Moskva River, and new sprawling communities outside the Ring Road around the city. RIA Novosti - Russia... More

Photo of the Day: Pizza Lapin

Paris traffic 6, blogged to Slice from the Flickr photostream of Mollivan Jon Speaking of delivering pizza earlier today (well, dough, anyhow), here's a crazy picture from France. Hmm, rabbits + pizza = beaucoup slices.... More

Photo of the Day: Frozen Pizza, Japanese Style

Domino's Pizza #1066, blogged to Slice from the Flickr photostream of Nemo's great uncle As long as the heatwave continues at Slice HQ, we'll keep bringing you snow-themed photos of the day. This one is cool for two reasons: the obvious one, and for the fact that it offers a glimpse into pizza-delivery vehicles in Japan. Doitashimashite!... More

In Iran, 'Pizza' Now Known as 'Elastic Loaves'

From the Associated Press: TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has ordered government and cultural bodies to use modified Persian words to replace foreign words that have crept into the language, such as "pizzas" which will now be known as "elastic loaves," state media reported Saturday. I guess that would make us "Slice: America's Favorite Elastic Loaf Weblog!" Update: On a whim, Slice decided to register "elasticloaves.com" as a joke, but someone has beaten us to the punch. According to a WHOIS query, the domain was registered on July 29, the day this story appeared. Is there an Iranian... More

World Record Pizza Delivery Attempt

Australian television comedian Paul Fenech left Madrid this morning on his 20,000km journey to set an unbeatable Guinness World Record for longest delivery and raise money to fight child cancer. He will fly via Johannesburg and Sydney before delivering the pizza to the Wellington home of cancer sufferer Niko Apostolakis, 13, at 10am on Saturday. World record pizza delivery to arrive in NZ [Stuff.co.nz]... More

Milk, Honey, Pizza

GREEN DOOR PIZZA Location: The Muslim Quarter, Jerusalem. Getting There: From the Damascus Gate, make the first left off El Wad. Telephone: 02-627-6171 Hours: Fluctuates depending on business. On busy days -- en Shala, Mr. Ali says (Arabic for "G-d willing") -- 7 a.m. to midnight. On slow days, he closes as early as 6 p.m. Do the time warp: Abu Ali greets visitors to Green Door Pizza from his "pizza pit." After cooking an egg-and-cheese pizza, Mr. Ali coats it with uncooked tomatoes just before serving it. WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY SELTZERBOY .::. Let's say you've just traveled 5,600... More

Trademarking the Scent of Pizza

[Lithuanian company] Cilija, which owns dozens of pizza parlors in Lithuania and neighboring Latvia, has asked the national patent bureau to register the intellectual property rights of the scent. The agency did not comment on the trademark request. If the request is granted, it does not mean that other pizzerias would have to stop making the oven-baked dish, but only Cilija would be able to make the claim that its food smells like freshly baked pizza. Company Wants to Trademark Pizza Scent [WTOP-FM]... More

Link Roundup: Pizza, From Birth to Death

"Taylor Street, the late 1890s. The neighborhood of Italian immigrants, largely from Naples, is packed with handcarts and makeshift stands selling fruit, vegetables, olive oil and bread. Speaking mostly in Italian, they buy, sell, argue and barter, when suddenly a man walks onto the street pushing a cart holding two copper washtubs. Their bottoms are packed with charcoal, keeping round pies of bread, tomato, spices and cheese hot. Walking near Taylor and Racine, he sells these pies for two cents each, and the people seem to like them. Little does he know that he is America's first pizza vendor, and... More

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