Cheesy does it: Naples reclaims world record with mile-long margherita pizza

Naples has reclaimed the world record for the longest pizza after more than 200 chefs rolled out and cooked a mile-long margherita. The record-breaking snack measured exactly 1,853.88m (6,082ft), smashing the previous record of 1,595.45m (5,234ft) set at last year’s World Expo in Milan. Hundreds of chefs from all over the world spent most of Wednesday assembling the pizza along the city’s sea front. They used 2,000kg (4,400lb) of flour, 1,600kg (3,527lb) of tomatoes, 2,000kg (4,400lb) of mozzarella cheese, 200 litres (53 gallons) of oil and 30kg (66lb) of basil.

The record has to be in Naples. It’s like Oktoberfest with beer in Munich. We want to identify the city of Naples as where pizza was born

Organiser Alessandro Marinacci

The record attempt had been scheduled for Sunday but had to be postponed because of bad weather in the southern Italian city. It was organised to promote Italy’s bid to have the art of Neapolitan pizza-making recognised by UNESCO as part of the world’s heritage, distinguishing it from what purists consider to be inferior forms found elsewhere. And to prove the point, the mile-long effort was baked in line with the city’s best tradition by wood-fire in five custom-made motorised ovens.