Local eateries set to break cheesy pizza record
Danny Segers, one of the owners of Letizia's Pizza in Norwalk, Conn., woke up at 7:30 a.m. last Thursday to a text proposition from friend and customer Ken Tuccio. One week later, Letizia's has teamed up with 109 Cheese and Wine in Ridgefield to create (possibly) the cheesiest pizza ever made.
The text from Tuccio was a link to an article about a pizzeria in Portland, OR that set the record for the pizza with the most cheeses. The eatery got the idea from the newest "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" movie, in which they eat a pizza that has 99 cheeses. The Portland pizzeria beat that with 101 cheeses.
"When I see something like that I think 'how can I top it?'," Tuccio said. He reached out to his favorite pizza shop to help.
On the morning of May 4, 2017, Seger and Letizia co-owners, Dennis Letizia and Dave Cook, will drive four pizzas over to Milford where Tuccio will be recording his radio spot "First Thing Fairfield County," on 95.9 the Fox. The pizzas will be topped with 109 different cheeses.
The segment will air at 8:15 a.m. live on 95.9 the Fox and streaming at 959thefox.com.
"We're all pretty proud people," said Seger. "When we found out a place in Portland was in the news [for a pizza record], and given that Connecticut is the pizza capital, that really bothered us."
The process of making the pizza will be documented on the Letizia's Facebook page; food experts from CT Bites and CT Magazine and the folks from 109 Cheese and Wine will be on hand at the radio studio to witness the tasting.
The big hurdle Letizia's was figuring out how to get all the cheese. After some research, they found 109 Cheese and Wine in Ridgefield, drove over and got the cheese experts on board to contribute 102 cheeses. Letizia's will supply another seven to for a grand total of 109 cheeses, in honor of the cheese shop's name.
Those who want to taste the concoction, can buy it by the slice all day at Letizia's on May 4 while supplies last. All proceeds will be donated to Food Rescue US (formerly Community Plates).
Letizia's has a strategy for getting all the cheese onto the pies (blend all the soft cheese and mix all the shredded hard cheese together), but they don't know what it will taste like. Tuccio is not concerned, though.
"I know the guys at Letizia's well enough, and knowing them, they're not going to put anything out with their name on it that's not good," Tuccio said. "That's the way they roll."
So what happens once they break the record?
There are talks of calling Guiness, but Seger and Tuccio are taking it one step at a time. Tuccio has not reached out to the Portland pizzeria–yet.
"I'm going to wait until we actually have the pizza before we start talking smack," he joked.