Thursday, June 12, 2008

Mama Mia! That's Some Pizza

As part of the company’s 60th birthday celebration, Costa Cruises made history last Sunday in Sydney, Australia by breaking the Guinness World Record for the longest pizza line. The world record was broken when 826 freshly-cooked pizzas stretching 221 meters were lined up on Norton Street in Sydney’s Italian quarter of Leichhardt. The line was equal to the length of Costa’s cruise ship, Costa Classica, which will be based in Asia Pacific beginning in May 2009.

Thousands of spectators turned up to watch the feat, which started in the early hours of the morning and finished at 1 pm. As soon as the Guinness World Record adjudicator deemed the record broken, the pizzas were delivered to local charities to feed the homeless and disadvantaged. With Costa donating $10 for every meter of pizza and hundreds of locals participating in the charity event, more than $5,000 was raised for Variety, the children’s charity.

Led by Sydney chef Ashley Hughes from the restaurant Alio, twenty-five Sydney chefs tackled the pizza-making challenge, which used more than 500 kilograms of flour, 250 liters of tomato sauce and 350 kilograms of mozzarella cheese.

There's no word on whether the crusts were hand-tossed, but the joint effort broke the previous pizza-line record, set only three weeks ago in Fort Pierce, Florida.

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