John Metcalfe was CityLab’s Bay Area bureau chief, covering climate change and the science of cities.
Toppings include Italian prosciutto, white truffles, and gold leaf.
San Francisco’s newest pizza might have diners encountering observations like, “You got a bit of precious metal between your teeth.” The $100 pie, made by Tony’s Pizza Napoletana, is topped with white-truffle shavings, aged Italian prosciutto, and flakes of edible gold leaf.
Fortunately, this is not another annoying food craze from the area’s techies (“German Energy Soda,” anyone?). It’s a charity stunt—the pizzeria is selling these “Super Gold Pizzas” to benefit local foundations via the NFL’s Kick Hunger Challenge. As the San Francisco Chronicle’s Jonathan Kauffman reports:
In honor of the 50th Superbowl, Tony’s Pizza Napoletana will be selling a limited-edition, $100 “Super Gold Pizza” — available starting [January 4].
Nothing says Gilded Era more than a gilded pizza. Also, white truffles, 24-month aged San Daniele prosciutto, a selection of Far West mushrooms, Bellweather Carmody cheese, a sprinkling of mache and a few other luxury ingredients. Gemignani will only make 50 of the pizzas, so you have until Feb. 7 to splurge on one.
Before anyone proclaims this to be the world’s most expensive pizza, be aware there are many other contenders for that spot, including a $1,000 caviar-and-lobster creation in New York and a $2,400 truffle pie in Malta that’s also festooned with gold.