‘World’s first’ pizza museum to open
PHILADELPHIA, Feb 28 — A merry band of pizza lovers, after being certified by Guinness last year as having the largest collection of pizza-related items in the world, is poised to open what it is calling the world’s first pizza museum and restaurant in the US.
The creators of Pizza Brain, a 1,000-piece collection of pizza memorabilia in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, are planning to archive their souvenirs into a pizza shrine inside a 19th century storefront that will also double as a pizzeria. The museum is slated to open this summer.
The project, dreamed up by Brian Dwyer, is relying on crowd-sourced funds on Kickstarter.com. So far, as of February 27, 92 people have pitched in about US$4,700 (RM14,780) — about a third of their US$15,000 goal.
According to food blog Seriouseats.com, pizzas will include classics such as Margarita and pepperoni, but will also riff on specialty flavours, with a pizza version of French onion soup — caramelised onions, Gruyère and thyme.
Other ideas being bandied about include a delivery service via skateboard, and housing an arcade.
It’s not the only museum dedicated to foodstuffs. Last year, Japan’s Nissin Foods opened a cup noodle museum in the port city of Yokohama near Tokyo charting the history of the convenient, ready-to-eat snack.