If you watch TV as much as I do, I'm sure you've seen those eating shows and you've probably come across Man VS Food on the Travel Channel. Not too long ago, I was able to catch the one in Atlanta. I was surprised to see that my most favourite of all foods - Pizza - would have an eating challenge here. New York or Chicago, I could totally see having pizza challenges with no question but Atlanta? An unlikely place to throwdown. When you think Atlanta, you think South. Southern food. Kevin Gillespie's beard, I mean, his awesomeness on this bizarro season of Top Chef. But the last thing you would think was the Carnivore Challenge. If you love pizza as much as I do, you'd want to check it out for yourself but it's something you don't want to do alone.
I shared it with the only other people I knew who would appreciate it: W&B. They, too, wanted to experience the beast. They went on 3 separate occasions (since they're significantly closer to Big Pie in the Sky than I am) and when they came back from Thanksgiving in Hawaii (lucky!!), I finally was able to go.
There it was: the place that made the 30 inch pizza. But what toppings? I wanted to just have bacon. But B wasn't going to let me have that. He kept saying that if I was going to get bacon, I might as well get the Carnivore. Should I? Shouldn't I? I'm watching what I eat nowadays and bacon is a big enough indulgence for me but as I stood there, looking at the menu above the pick up window, it just made sense. Why just bacon? Why not go all out and just get the damn Carnivore slices? So, B had me and I gave in. We had it made into 8 (giant) slices: 2 Carnivore, 2 with jalapenos and pineapples, 2 with black olives, pepperoni and I can't remember, and 2 classic: pepperoni and cheese. It takes 40-45 minutes to make it but it's totally worth every minute.
It was beautiful. 30 inches of pizza madness! I barely made it through just one slice of the Carnivore - imagine taking the challenge. It was crazy! It tasted great and it was an awesome experience, especially if you love pizza and food as much as I do. And since it took me a bit to get through just one slice, you know I had to take some home.
Keep in mind that there are only 2 slices in that box but the box is big enough for a large pizza from other pizza places. That's a serious amount of pizza. There wasn't even room in the fridge, so I had to store it in the oven. I could've individually wrapped them in foil and found a way to put them in the fridge but I was tired - I always get carried away with W&B and since they were gone for 2 weeks, I was going crazy! So I just put the pizza in the oven and called it a night. But we would meet again in the morning...
It was so good! I have a bad habit of over-cooking things because I like cheese when it's burnt and bubbly but B&W gave me really good re-heating advice: don't heat it for longer than just a few minutes. I didn't heat it for too long and it was just enough. It was so good but like other foods, it's better fresh out of the oven.
I highly recommend going if you're in the area. It's definitely worth the drive.