ROGERS PARK — J.B. Alberto's, a long-time Rogers Park pizza staple, helped win the Guinness World Record for participating in the creation of the longest pizza pie on the planet.
Owner Tony Troiano and his son Nick, along with a pizza pit crew, joined more than 100 restaurateurs Saturday at the Auto Speedway of California to put "blood, sweat, cheese, sauce and dough" into the lengthy project.
It took a grueling 22 hours, but the end result was the compilation of a pizza more than a mile long that finished at a whopping 6,333 feet.
“I am so proud to have been part of such an incredible event,” Troiano said. “We worked fast and hard and were determined to beat out the Italians, who previously held the record."
J.B. Alberto's, 1326 W. Morse Ave., was founded in 1965 and has been slinging slices to Far North Siders for half a century.
Though normally known for generous sized pies and slices, the Rogers Park pizzeria and other participants would have to roll out a proverbial red carpet of pizza.
According to organizers, the pie contained about 8,000 pounds of dough, 5,600 pounds of sauce and 3,600 pounds of cheese for a heft total of roughly 17,200 pounds of pizza.
A 700-degree mega-oven used to cook the pizza moved along the assembly line at a rate of 17 inches per minute. A report by LA Weekly said the entire pizza made up roughly 63,000 servings. Most of it was donated to homeless shelters but spectators who showed up at the raceway also got a slice.
"The assemblers will need to work fast or the oven will catch up with them ... once it starts its journey it cannot pause or stop," online instructions for the contest warned.