This pizza’s got 99 cheeses but a Swiss aint one. Actually, I have no idea if this 99-cheese pizza has Swiss or not, and I’m fairly certain it has to because ninety-nine cheeses are hard to come by without including at least one varietal of Swiss.
World champion pizza maker Johnny di Francesco and chef of 400 Gradi in Melbourne, Australia just made the cheesiest cheese pizza in the history of cheese or pizza.
Do I want to eat this incredible concoction? Yes, obviously. I could care less about my physique when faced with a pizza such as this. Body-fat comes and goes, but pizza is forever.
Pizza legend Johnny di Francesco — of Melbourne’s 400 Gradi fame — may just have outdone himself with his latest pizza topping, if you could even call it that.
Di Francesco calls it the super cheese: a blend of 94 cheeses he has carefully selected to form the base for his 99-cheese pizza.
Five cheeses are added on top of the super cheese base — fior di latte, buffalo mozzarella, goat cheese, ricotta and shaved raspadura— to take the cheese count to just under 100.
So how does a 99-cheese pizza come about?
Di Francesco, who this year took out first place at the pizza world championships in Italy, said: “No one has done this before. So I thought I would give it a go.”
He experimented with six recipes before hitting the jackpot. “I woke up one morning and I just knew I had it,” he says.
The super cheese is created by melting down the 94 cheeses in a large pot and then blast chilling them so they form a solid block of cheese.
It takes between 45 minutes and an hour to do this, which is why di Francesco chose to serve his 99-cheese pizza for a limited two-hour block during lunchtime service at his Gradi restaurant in the Crown casino complex on Saturday.
The $23 pizza is labour intensive, and Di Francesco looks visibly overwhelmed at the thought of it becoming a regular on the Gradi menu.
“We will see how it goes, if people really, really want it then we will do it,” he says.
And, according to the Guardian this pizza tastes DIVINE…truly divine.
For more on this pizza you can see pics and read HERE on Sploid.