Mmm homemade pizza.
If you make your own pizza, I’ll bet you go for the standard, albeit delicious, toppings – cheese, pepperoni, sausage, maybe even some veggies. But if you’re in the market to up the homemade pizza game (and looking to drop lots of money), consider decorating your creation with some ultra expensive toppings like 24-carat gold flakes and caviar.
These ingredients have been found on some of the world’s most expensive pizzas. You might have to skip paying rent for a month or two, but using these lavish toppings would impress the hell out of dinner guests.
Freakin’ gold on a pizza. Edible metal. It’s the sort of stuff you’d expect to be reserved for royalty, but that’s just not so. The going rate for gold fluctuates daily, but it’s about $62,000 per kg, making it sort of viable to sprinkle a few flakes on that pizza. UK Chef Domenico Crolla’s “Pizza Royale 007” pie is one of the most expensive in the world coming in at a cool $4,200, and yep — you guessed it — this one has bits of gold on top.
Truffles are a delicacy as is, but white truffles are one of the rarest varieties. They’re only available a few months out of the year in Italy where — get this — special pigs search for them. These mushrooms can cost $2,000 per pound or more, which is why this truffle-laden pizza from Gordon Ramsey’s London restaurant Maze costs a cool $250.
Men, listen up. Diamonds on pizza exists, and I think it’s a fantastic idea. I’m not talking about sprinkling bits of diamond atop pepperoni; that’d be wasteful. It’s more like putting a diamond ring on a pepperoni pizza and calling it the “Pizza for Lovers.” This pizza costs a whopping $8,200, but it’s basically a standard pepperoni pizza with a ring included. The price fluctuates depending on the size of the rock, but it’s a smooth and delicious way to pop the question.
This classic French dish is a rich mixture of lobster, cognac or brandy and egg yolks, all stuffed into the lobster’s shell. Of course when presented on a pizza, lobster thermidor is like dallops of creamy goodness, and it’s usually reserved for special occasions due to the high cost of lobster and top shelf liquor.
This variety of beef is one of the most coveted in the world because it’s perfectly marbled with fat and has incredible flavor and tenderness. True Kobe beef comes from wagyu cattle in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, although many American companies have produced “Kobe-style” beef from breeding wagyu and Angus cattle. The costliness of this pizza topping is attributed to the real deal, averaging over $130 per pound. In Japan, it’s available at Domino’s.
It’s tough to determine exactly how much cognac-marinated lobster costs, but if you soak the seafood in 100-year-old cognac, you can bet it’s very pricey. This is yet another ingredient on the “Pizza Royale 007”, making up a large chunk of the $4,200 price tag. It’s also a pretty approachable topping, because we obviously all have 100-year-old liquor on hand.
Caviar is rich man’s food. The fish egg delicacy can easily amount to hundreds of dollars per serving, but Beluga caviar reigns supreme. It’s the most expensive type of caviar available, costing about $200-$300 per ounce. The Beluga fish is only found in the Caspian Sea, making it quite rare and the perfect ingredient to make one hella costly homemade pizza.
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