In my humble opinion, a pizza without mozzarella cheese is not a real pizza. That Italian stringy cheese is so stretchy and delicious, no other cheese can compare when it comes to proper pizzas. I’m sure many pizza lovers agree with my assessment but now our opinions are supported by science.
A whole team of food scientists examined the elasticity and other properties of mozzarella and its rival pizza cheeses; Cheddar, Colby, Edam, Emmental, Gruyere and Provolone.
All these cheeses can be combined for different effects but the scientists from the University of Auckland agreed that mozzarella cheese is essential in order to achieve the ideal combination of blistering and browning. they discovered that cheesy variables such as moisture, free oil and water activity all effected the results of a pizza.
Their study was published in the Journal of Food Science and concluded that without mozzarella cheese; Cheddar, Colby or Edam were not sufficiently elastic to form the cheese bubbles we love. The free oil in Gruyere, Provolone and Emmental were found to prevent moisture evaporation, so the cheeses didn’t brown as easily.
“These cheeses can be combined with the easily blistering mozzarella to create a gourmet pizza with a less burnt appearance,” the scientists concluded.
Do you believe in charity? There are many people who have had a bad day, a bad year or just a bad life and they could really be cheered up with a pizza. What if there was a way to order a pizza for a deserving sole on the other side of the world? Well, thanks to a Reddit forum called /Randomactsofpizza you can.
You can look on the front page for posts from people explaining why they think they deserve a pizza, and if you’re feeling kind, you can order them one. Alternatively, if you’re a bit short of cash and think you need a free pizza, then you can make a post explaining what’s happened to you and why a pizza could cheer you up. There’s also the option to filter posts according to requests or offers. Your account MUST be at least a month old AND ACTIVE to make a request.
For those who fail to find a free pizza donor on the RandomActsofPizza subreddit, there’s always the option to visit http://pizzacodes.com/ and finding a discount pizza voucher.
A pizza restaurant owner in Australia came up with a great idea after a trip to Italy. He saw similar things at work over there, but decided to make a high quality pizza vending machine for Sidney. The machine cam make classic margaritas or pepperoni pizzas which take only 3 minutes to bake. It’s already proven so popular that he is going to make another one and intends to keep producing them until they’re everywhere. Are pizza vending machines going to replace takeaways?
Owner, George Pompei says he was skeptical at first, and didn’t think a machine would be able to produce a pizza that met the high standards of his restaurant.
‘I wanted to be assured that the machine could actually develop pizzas that tasted fresh and delicious,’ he told Daily Mail
Once the machine was developed it took six months of testing until we were happy with the product…We use stone ground flour, natural yeast, extra virgin olive oil and sea salt and rest the dough for 48 hours before it is then rolled out and topping is added.’
The pizzas are partially cooked and then flash chilled and stacked in the machine, ready to be cooked. They are restocked each day with fresh pizzas, so no one is served a stale old pizza with dry dough. But Pompei doesn’t think the pizza vending machine is as good as a restaurant.
‘They’re aimed more at people wanting something to eat on the go rather than someone wanting a proper meal.’
‘We’ve been overwhelmed with the support we’ve gotten. We’re thinking of actually having a competition so that people can tell us where they’d like the next machine to be put,’ Mr Pompei said.
Domino’s customers in India are being offered a new kind of pizza experience. The latest edition to the menu is a healthy vegetarian pizza with bananas on it! This fruity pizza is also spicy, with green chilies and bell peppers too.
It was invented by Domino’s resident pizza designer Narender Jaravta. He was keen to incorporate bananas into a pizza because they are often used in Indian cooking in the Southern regions. Dubbed the South Zesty Veggie, it was the product of research into the lifestyle and food choices of consumers in southern cities in India.
Domino’s has been trying to cater for local appetites in India since 1996, and this fruity pizza is one of their most unusual creations. Personally I’d like to see this spicy fruity pizza brought to the USA! It sounds awesome.
Domino’s staff have upset a young day-walker. The Ginger kid in question started crying when Domino’s Pizza workers called him Ginger Kid on his receipt. Ross Wajgtknecht, 11, had already endured gingerist bullying in school, so the pizza people mocking him was extremely hurtful.
He and his buddies went to grab a pizza and all gave their real names when ordering, but when he collected his pizza his was the only receipt without his name on. Instead he saw the degrading description of “Ginger Kid”.
He said: “I was really sad. I get bullied at school about my hair but you don’t expect it from an adult. I couldn’t stop thinking about it and brought the packet home because I wanted to show my mum.”
Angry mother Evette, 43, said: “He is usually quite a strong and confident lad who doesn’t let comments upset him but reading that has really knocked him.” Ross’ dad, Andrew, 45, called the Domino’s blunder “totally disgusting”.
“You would not describe someone by the colour of their skin or by calling them fat so why is it OK to call Ross ginger? I think they picked on him because he is just a lad and they knew he wouldn’t defend himself. It is prejudice.
“They offered him a free pizza but the damage has been done and he doesn’t want to go back in case it happens again.”
The manager of the Domino’s in England was Pat Bennet. She issued the following statement:
“It was for the benefit of the person who took the order. It wasn’t meant to cause offence.
“I have apologized to the family over the phone and the member of staff concerned has written an apology to the boy. We will ensure nothing like this happens again.”
The fiery tempered owners of the Ginger Kid are demanding a proper apology from the Domino’s head office.
If you used to watch Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles when you were a kid, then you might remember the pizza thrower the turtles had. It was a bizarre weapon which the reptilian heroes used to fire pizzas at their enemies, the samurai Shredder and his foot soldiers. There was even a cool toy but I never owned it because it would have irritated my parents when I shot them.
To coincide with the new TMNT film, Pizza Hut have commissioned the construction of a real life pizza thrower. The pizza thrower can hit 75mph, stands twelve feet high, nine feet wide, and sixteen feet long and launches real pizzas at its victims. Pizza Hut commissioned the movie special FX crew at Synn Labs to put the pizza thrower together. It only took them seven weeks.
“So throwing pizzas is a unique challenge, ” said Adam Sadowski of Special Effects Unlimited. “The solution we settled on is actually a pneumatic ram. We take compressed air and inject it very quickly into a cylinder which will propel our pizzas right out the barrel… it’s gonna be a sight to see.”
The tank-like rotating pizza turret launches pizzas up to thirty feet at a pace of twenty feet per second. The vehicle’s operation, as described by the builders:
Pizzas are loaded by a gunner in the belly of the vehicle and then “thrown” by the press of a trigger on the handlebars on the turret atop the structure. When the trigger is pressed, compressed air fills a pneumatic actuator which causes a plunger to rapidly extend and launch the pizza at a target.
The turret is powered by an electric wheelchair motor attached to a vertically mounted 3-inch metal shaft, allowing the perch to rotate from 9-o’clock to 11-o’clock in less than 5 seconds to fire at targets surrounding the Pizza Thrower.
Operators climb aboard the Pizza Thrower using one of the two chrome ladders located on each side of the vehicle.
I am glad something cool has come out of this latest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles remake, because the film looks absolutely awful. What’s with those weird noses? They look kinda ethnic.
I’ve said it before and I will say it again, a pizza has cheese and tomato on it. Pizza Hut have failed to recognize this important fact in their latest desperate ploy to win over the 18-34 year old market. Let’s look at the similarities between this product and a pizza.
That’s it. The same would apply to a fajita, but no one is calling them pizzas. In fact quesadillas are a lot more like pizzas than this thing. This is a cookie. It’s an 8 inch cookie sliced up like a pizza and put into a pizza box. That’s the best you got Pizza Hut? Actually their marketing team had to team up with Hershey’s to cook up this Pizza Cookie thing.
To be fair, they aren’t calling it a pizza cookie, they’re calling it the Ultimate Hershey’s Chocolate Chip Cookie.
You never get a pizza for yourself,’ said Steve Green, publisher of PMQ Pizza Magazine. ‘Now, you take a chocolate chip cookie and make it communal — and you’ve got a party.’
About 70% of customers polled said they want a post pizza dessert, so pizza companies like Domino’s and Pizza Hut are trying to cash in on sweet toothed pizza lovers. Best of luck to them.
unlucky kid pays $300k for a pizza
Over in Newport in the UK, one unlucky teen ordered a Domino’s pizza and was flabbergasted when he realized he had been charged the equivalent of $308100.78!
The pizza he ordered was only supposed to cost £17.99 ($30.81) which is admittedly a lot more than we would pay here in the land of the free, but it aint that bad! It wasn’t until 19 year old Nathaniel Bolwell checked his bank account that he realized £179,932.32 had been debited.
He was understandably shocked to see his Lloyds Bank account had plunged £179,020.80 into the red. A spokeswoman for Domino’s said the payment was authorized by Lloyds bank, so it wasn’t their fault. The kid got his money back two days later, with an extra £100 in compensation.
Bolwell works as a packer for a health food company, he said: “I couldn’t believe my eyes. How did it allow Domino’s to take all that money?
“Not even the poshest meal in the poshest restaurant would cost anything like that even if I took all my friends and family out.”
He added: “I thought I was about £400 in credit but it told me I was massively overdrawn.
“I took a print-out of the statement and rang the bank straight away.”
The lady from Domino’s said she was sorry even though it was the bank’s fault for authorizing it.
“We understand that this has now been completely resolved and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.”
Imagine the pizza guy who rang that order through when he realized the mistake! I guess this is a lesson for y’all, always check your receipt!
this is analogue cheese, not real cheese
A pizza without cheese is not a pizza it is an unholy fraud. I don’t care what vegans say, it’s a crime! Over in the UK a food sampling operation found that every single pizza place they checked was selling pizzas topped with fake cheese. God only knows what fake cheese is made of but it sounds gross. They also found that found that the ham on 10 out of 15 pizzas was actually made from turkeys!
This means that every single pizza place they tested failed to produce real ham, real cheese or both. The fake cheese is called“analogue cheese” which is an artificial substance that is much quicker and cheaper to make than real cheese. Another gross finding was that four places were selling pepperoni which contained meat from animals other than pigs and cows. OMG, what is it made from then? Rats? Dogs? Donkey meat from Spain most likely!
Paul Noone, head of Lancashire County Council Trading Standards, said: “We tested 20 takeaways across Lancashire to check that the ingredients used in their pizzas matched those on the descriptions.
“However, we found that substitutes for things like cheese, ham and pepperoni were being used.
“We’ve written to the owners telling them they must correctly describe the ingredients they use in their pizzas.
“Our next step will be to work closely with takeaway owners and wholesalers to ensure everyone understands how products should be labelled.
“We will also carry out resampling in the future to make sure the businesses are compliant.”
A pizza is a simple but beautiful thing. It is a doughy base with tomatoes and cheese on top with some herbs too. That’s the bare minimum of what a pizza can be and all the others toppings are bonuses. But if you sell something that doesn’t meet the bare minimum requirements of what defines a pizza, then you are scum. You have insulted the gods of pizza and you must be made to suffer for your heretical transgressions!
A cheeky pizza thief stole more than the average burglar earlier this week. Over in the East of England, a burglar walked into a house in broad daylight with the owner upstairs. He took a Nintendo 3DS, a bottle of Jack Daniels, and even took a frozen pizza from the freezer. I’m sure he had a great night planned with that booty.
A police spokesman said: “It would appear the offender entered the property via the insecure front door whilst the victim was upstairs, but was disturbed when the victim heard a noise and called out.
“On going downstairs to investigate, the victim discovered that their black Nintendo 3DS had been stolen, along with a bottle of Jack Daniels whiskey and a pizza, which had been taken out of the freezer.”
It’s quite extraordinary that a burglar would steal a frozen pizza, but perhaps he panicked when the resident heard him and just took whatever he could. Or maybe the pizza thief only took the 3DS and whiskey to throw police off the scent. Maybe the pizza was his target from the start. Maybe he is part of a pizza stealing syndicate and nobody’s pizzas are safe anymore. If that is so, then may God deliver us all from the wrath of the pizza thief.