If you've ever looked at your leftover pizza and wished it wasn't quite so leftover, then you've come to the right place. Not that good ol' pizza isn't great, but there are sometimes when it can be even greater. So we bring you: the pizza lasagna.
Coby Farrow was given a fully stocked kitchen and twenty minutes to whip up the best dish he could imagine using the leftover pizza. His experience as Chef de Cuisine of the Strand Bistro in Midtown undoubtedly helped him prepare for the challenge. It also doesn't hurt that he cooks with his daughter in the kitchen and has created the plate before.
"It's something that my daughter and I had actually made before, because sometimes it's just her and I and you get stuck with leftover pizza," said Farrow. "There's always leftover pizza." Now those leftovers aren't just for microwaving anymore.
After the twenty minutes were up, Farrow's leftovers were judged on presentation, taste, and creativity by host Roxy Garrity. She gave the presentation an eight out of ten, mostly because the lasagna fell apart somewhat when it was doled out onto the plate. "I like a really saucy lasagna, any good lasagna I ever had is really saucy and really cheesy," said Barrow of his creation.
Next came what's arguably the most important part: the taste. "You can tell it's not a lasagna noodle, but it's great," said Garrity after trying the pizza. For taste, she judged the pasta pizza mashup at a nine. There's sure to be no leftovers in that kitchen.
We all love pizza so much that sometimes we get a little creative with our pizza obsession. The third category for Garrity to judge was creativity, and Farrow's pizza passed with flying colors. The pizza lasagna was given a ten out of ten, as it well should be considering the culinary masterpiece of cheesy goodness.
Pizza lasagna is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Farrow's crowning achievements. He has worked in many prestigious places like the French Culinary Institute, and has even worked in the Department of Juvenile Justice. There, he taught the kids about nutrition, cooking, and how to prepare meals for themselves.
Farrow is truly passionate about cooking, as he explained when talking about his favorite meals to cook at home. "I also really love breakfast food, so it’ll be like two in the morning after work and I’ll ask my doorman if he wants some pancakes and I’ll go crazy with it and get bananas and chocolate chips and give my doorman some of my pancakes." We envy that doorman.
Everybody loves pizza, but Farrow's favorite food memory involves seafood, not the Italian favorite. "On Fridays and Sundays, my dad used to take me into the city to Fulton Fish Market where we’d buy these beautiful fish, then to Ottomanelli Brothers for meat, bring it all home, and cook a big meal for my whole family," Farrow said.
Just because pizza lasagna exists doesn't mean that the crazy pizza has to stop there. Yes, there also exists a genuine pizza cake in the universe, and you can make it. That's layers of cheesy goodness that you won't want to miss out on. Just make sure to go for a run after.
Pizza lasagna isn't the only pizza mashup out there — introducing the pizza burger! Before you get too excited, be warned. The pizza burger is only available in Canada, made by Boston Pizza. It might be worth the plane flight.
Chef Michael Armstrong's extravagant tequila and lobster pizza also exists, and it will cost you $500 dollars. The steep price tag makes a little more sense when you learn it's housing about three shots of top grade tequila in the dough, promising to make you tipsy. You really can get drunk on pizza.
One of the most expensive pizzas in the word, this pie from Nino's Restaurant in New York will run you up a tab of $1,000. The pizza's topped with almost $800 worth of caviar, but it doesn't stop there. It also comes with healthy portions of Maine lobster.
So, would you turn your leftovers into a pizza lasagna? We certainly would - really, you can't go wrong with either pizza or lasagna, so combining the two could only mean good things. We look forward to what other food combos chef Farrow can make with pizza.