Here Is The Largest Pizza Ever Made

There are an endless amount of unique ways to break world records and land a spot in history. It might come as a surprise, but many entries involve food, such as eating competitions, the number of franchises visited, and food weights and prices (per Guinness World Records). In Coney Island, New York, a restaurant called Feltman's along with owner Michael Quinn once set the record for the world's largest hot dog – it weighed 75 pounds and was five feet long by two feet wide (via USA Today). The large slab of meat was sold piece by piece for $10 each.

In 2022, bakers from India's Bakers Association Kerala set the record for baking the longest cake in the world. It spanned 17,388 feet and was consumed by onlookers in a matter of only 10 minutes. A similar feat was accomplished in 2012 when a group of bakers crafted the world's largest pizza, according to Guinness World Records.

It was named after a Roman emperor

On December 13, 2012, Italians Dovilio Nardi, Andrea Mannocchi, Marco Nardi, Matteo Nardi, and Matteo Giannotte earned the Guinness World Record for the world's largest pizza. Crafted in Rome, Italy, the pizza had a surface area of 1,261.65 square meters or 13,580.28 square feet. Dubbed Ottavia, the pizza was named after Octavian Augustus, Rome's first emperor who guided the empire to success. This Italian creation was also gluten-free.

It's barely a surprise that the world's largest pizza would hail from Italy. Per History, the official birthplace of pizza was Naples, Italy — just southeast of Rome, where Ottavia was made and the record was set. The famed Margherita-style pie was invented during a trip to Naples by King Umberto I and its namesake Queen Margherita. Simply put, its ingredients include light mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil. The colors of the three toppings made up the colors of the Italian flag, and according to Alfa, this was intentional to celebrate the unification of Italy.

Personally, would you feel lucky to get your hands on the world's largest pizza? It's quite likely most would be stuffed a few slices in.