The pizza slices served at Westfield's train station Saturday night were not from your average pie.
Burim Regjaj and his staff at Outta Hand Pizza assembled and baked the 9-foot by 4-foot Sicilian pizza showing the red, white and blue of the American flag for Westfield’s “Summer Movie Night Kickoff” festivities. The event drew about 150 people.
“A Sicilian pizza has a different taste and texture. It’s flaky,” said Lui Regjaj, a pizza man at Outta Hand, who helped to make the pie. “It’s beautiful to see people smile and enjoy it.”
It took 5 gallons of sauce, three loaves of mozzarella and 14 to 16 hours to complete, said Burim Regjaj, the pizzeria's owner. Eating the pie did not take quite as long. Youngsters and their parents quickly devoured the pizza.
“On a scale of 1 to 10, it’s an 11,” said one youngster, Aidan Blom, after taking a bite of the pie. Asked to rate the pizza squares on a scale of 1-to-10, other members of the public ranked the slices between eight and 10.
Fresh mozzarella squares, some of them colored blue, dotted the pizza topped off with a touch of basil. Outta Hand’s owners estimated that this behemoth pizza cost about $500 to $600 to create.
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Burim Regjaj intends for his pie to go down in the record books. Regjaj boasted that his patriotic pizza is the largest Sicilian pie in the country and the sixth largest pizza worldwide, and he could be right. Regjaj said he intends to have his claim verified by the Guinness Book of World Records.
Outta Hand Pizza isn’t the first to stake a claim to producing a super-sized pizza.
In June 2018, a pizzeria in Texas delivered a Sicilian pie it touted as the largest “largest pizza commercially available” measuring at 1.98 square meters. The Guinness Book of World Records agreed and verified the claim for the Sicilian pie at Moontower Bar in Burleson, Texas.
In 2017, more than 100 pizza makers in Fontana, California, earned the Guinness World Records title for the “longest pizza” breaking a prior world record achieved in Naples, Italy, according to Guinness World Records.
Burim Regjaj and his team hope to earn world recognition for their pie which measures 3.3 square meters based on the 9-foot by 4-foot dimension.
“We will submit an application with Guinness Book of World Records for largest square pizza and for the largest Flag Pizza in the world,” Regjaj posted to Facebook. “We will update you.”
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Attendees at Saturday’s event also dined on slices of roast pig provided by 1958 Cuban Cuisine of Westfield and enjoyed live music by “The Unknown Legends” and a showing of the 1995 movie “Jumanji.”
Sporting a Yankees jersey with slugger Derek Jeter's number, Westfield Police Chief Christopher Battiloro helped to slice the gigantic pizza at what he said was a great event for the downtown business community.
“It’s great to have the support of the community. We work hard for them,” said Battiloro, who jokingly added: “Personally, I prefer buffalo chicken slices but I’ll have Sicilian tonight.”
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