Would You Pay $1,000 for a Pizza?

Probably not, but Nino Selimaj, owner of Nino’s Bellissima Pizza, in New York, seems to think there are many food lovers who would fork out $1,000 for a slice of heaven.

Selimaj himself came up with the idea for this expensive pizza, in 2007, after spending a whole year just researching the ingredients. In the end, he settled on a creme fraiche base, ¬†four types of caviar, sliced lobster tail, salmon roe and some wasabi. Each $250 slice contains a different kind of caviar and while Selimaj admits his gourmet creation isn’t for everyone, he says there are plenty of people who can afford it.

In 2010, during a CNN Money report on pizza in New York, Selimaj said the financial crisis hit his $1,000 pizza as well, and while he used to sell between 2 and 10 pies a week before the crisis, sales were down to one every two weeks, even one a month. I don’t know if he’s doing any better now, but I think he’ll keep it on the menu just for the pride of selling the most expensive pizza in the world.

Those who have tried the $1,000 pie at Nino’s Bellissima Pizza say it’s very tasty, but that it doesn’t taste like a pizza at all. That’s probably because the only thing cooked is the dough, made with imported Italian flour, because the rest of the ingredients would spoil if cooked. Some say it’s like eating a good bagel with expensive cream cheese and caviar, andthat’s not something I’d pay $1,000 for.


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