There are two ways to enjoy pizza. The first is to hunt down the most authentic, gnarled, Neapolitan nonna you can, and sneer at anyone who enjoys topping their dough with anything other than tomato sauce and cheese. The other is to throw convention completely out the window and cram your pie with anything and everything you can get your hands on. No prizes for guessing which approach we prefer.
For people who agree that adding customisable extras to a traditional base is what makes pizza the world’s best comfort food, there are plenty of options. Cheeses, chillies and even chocolates are all available, depending on where you look. However, just in time for the Rugby World Cup, one Japanese pizza chain has decided to up the ante for everyone, and create arguably the most ambitious pie on planet earth.
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The dish in question, which has been created by non-DJ-affiliated restaurant chain “Aoki’s”, is the dictionary definition of excess. Dubbed the “Nikku Mountain”, it is a colossal construction of 18 separate meats, weighing in at over two kilograms. In order to cater for such a panoply of flesh, the Mountain is presented in two stacked pizza layers. It really is the Everest of almost-Italian cooking.
The first layer of the Mountain features beef steak, hamburger patty, pork loin, Iberian bacon, diced bacon, sliced bacon, bits of bacon, Bavarian sausage, pepperoni, mini wiener sausage, pork sausage and Italian sausage, plus, presumably, a ruined colon.
Underneath this meaty monstrosity sits a second layer of Wagyu beef ribs, dry-cured ham and chicken, followed by suspiciously non-descript sounding deluxe minced meat, meat in a spicy sauce and taco meat. The whole lot comes with lashings of barbecue and Ajillo sauces, plus mozzarella and gouda cheese. Some say that the Japanese diet is among the healthiest in the world. We say that the evidence speaks for itself.
If you want to try and scale the Nikku Mountain yourself, you have a couple of options available. Customers can either purchase a 25cm-wide medium for around $27, or go the whole hog and get a 36cm large for $42. Given the ingredients involved, going the whole hog seems like the only acceptable course of action.