It was hell's pizza kitchen at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana on Saturday, June 10, as top pizza chefs Tony Gemignani, Giulio Adriani, Tom Lehmann, John Arena, Fred Mortati and Jimmy DeSisto, led by Fash Asvadi, director at Pizzaovens.com, broke the Guinness World Record for longest pizza.
The pizza, cooked by conveyor oven, was just over 6,330 feet — more than a mile long.
While the event was advertised as free to enter, a hand-drawn sign and two volunteers collected $5 from cars (for VIP parking). Spectators couldn't get within 500 feet of the pizza but instead were forced to observe from behind a large, chainlink fence. [Ed. note: Organizers say they paid for a large screen to feed the action to viewers farther away, but technical difficulties intervened.] And the event was advertised as going till 8 p.m. but instead closed its doors at 5 p.m. As a result, its Facebook page was filled with comments from unhappy, confused people. Many spectators drove a long way to Fontana and didn't even get a slice of pizza.
Take a peek at our photos to see what only the volunteers and press could see — we even saved you the $5 parking fee.
All photos by Star Foreman