When I first saw Man Versus Food, I thought, “Adam Richman is the kind of guy that I’d like to hang out with” (yes, I know that I shouldn’t have ended a sentence with a preposition, but I didn’t honestly think “the kind of guy with whom I’d like to hang out” at the time, and I feel that truth is needed). In the first few episodes, he journeyed to Atlanta. One of his stops was Big Pie in the Sky Pizzeria. He was there for the Carnivore Challenge, in which two “contestants” attempt to eat a 30-inch, 11 pound meat-lovers pizza. The entry fee is $50. If you clean the pizza pan, without throwing up, in 60 minutes or less you win $250.
We didn’t go for the challenge, we went with the Coolest Journey Group Ever on the Monday after Thanksgiving. For perspective, before you look at this picture, Tony and I are both good sized men. So, we ordered the 30 inch, extra-large (they only have medium, large and extra-large) – one half veggie / one half meat lovers, for six of us.So we ate.
And when we were done, we had enough pizza left to fill a Domino’s large pizza box. I don’t know how in the world two people could do this. From the info on their web site, it looks like three teams have completed the challenge. The night we dined, there was a couple trying to complete the challenge. Their timer went off with 30% or 40% of the pizza still on the plate.
How was the pizza? It was fine. Slightly better than fine. I can only imagine how challenging it is to cook 706 square inches of pizza and get it cooked throughout. They cooked it perfectly well, but I’ve had a lot better pizza.