The wait was on the long side for the pizza — 18 hours — but this was an extraordinary pie: 1.59545 kilometers, or nearly a mile long.
More than 60 of Italy's best pizza-makers toiled through the night to create the pizza at Milan's world fair, Expo 2015. Their handiwork was rewarded with a proclamation by a Guinness World Records judge Saturday that it was the world's longest pizza. Expo organizers said the record-setting pie, made with 1.5 tons of mozzarella and 2 tons of tomato sauce, weighed some 5 tons in all.
The creation topped the previous record-holder, a 1.1415-kilometer-long pizza made in Spain.
Fair-goers could eat slices of the Milan pizza for free. Pizza is a popular street food in Italy, as it is elsewhere — but there the slices are long and rectangular, rather than the ubiquitous triangular American slice.