The world has witnessed pizza spinoffs aplenty since the first pizzeria supposedly opened in Naples back in 1738. But if there's one thing most pizza lovers can agree on, it's that cheese makes everything a whole lot better.
So, you can imagine the cheesy grins all over Melbourne as 400 Gradi this week announced it was bringing back its world-famous 154-cheese pizza to its Melbourne menus for four glorious days. Don't go assuming that the number 154 is hyperbole — this pizza has literally 154 cheeses of varying textures and tastes in both the cheese base and the extra cheeses on top.
Created by 400 Gradi owner and winner of the world's best pizza title Johnny Di Francesco, the hallowed pizza will only be available from Thursday, September 5, to Sunday, September 8 in celebration of America's National Cheese Pizza Day (apparently that's a thing).
It's officially the world's cheesiest pizza, after being recognised by Guinness World Record for its extreme cheesiness earlier this year.
It's not the first time Di Francesco has brought an over-the-top cheese pizza into reality, either — he's previously created a 99-cheese pizza, once in 2016, and once in 2014 to coincide with the release of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (the animals who dreamed up the idea of the 99-cheese pizza) movie, and a 150-cheese pie, too. Since then, he's been hard at work, nipping, tucking and experimenting with cheese ratios to ensure this latest iteration is truly a cheese lover's dream personified.
The 154-cheese pizza will be gracing menus at Gradi restaurants across Melbourne until Sunday, September 8, including the original 400 Gradi, Brunswick East; Gradi Crown, Southbank; Gradi Eastland, Eastland Shopping Centre, Ringwood; and 400 Gradi, Essendon.
To make a booking, head to the 400 Gradi website.
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