Photo Credit: Kim Stallknecht/The Province/StevestonExtremely pricey comfort food often comes from a top chef or big name restaurant. But in this case, what is possibly the most expensive pizza in the world comes courtesy of a little known Canadian pizza joint, Steveston Pizza Co. At first glance, the menu doesn't look all that different from other pizzerias, with individual pies hovering around the $20 mark, at most. But at the very bottom of the menu is the $450 pizza that has landed Steveston Pizza Co. on the international culinary map.
Surprisingly enough, someone has actually ponied up for the pizza. So who is this customer? "A very rich person," owner Nader Hatami said in an interview with The Province. The $450 pizza known as the C6, requires ordering a day in advance. On the pie, you get thermidor of lobster and black Alaskan cod. On the side, you get a side of Russian Osetra caviar.
Even Hatami has admitted surprise at someone actually ordering the pizza, and it's slightly less pricey cousin, the C5. At $120, the C5 is a veritable bargain and Hatami has had seven orders for it. "I never thought I'd sell so many," Hatami said. The C5 also requires a day's notice and includes roasted garlic, Icelandic scampi, smoked steelhead and lobster ratatouille.
"The idea was to make a culinary statement," Hatami said. "I don't know if you've tried our pizza but each one is pretty unique." According to Hatami, there's more to the pricey pizzas than just fancy ingredients. "As far as the taste goes, anybody can come up with the right amount of salt and pepper," he said. "To me, good food is the one that feels good after eating it. You don't say, 'Oh, I need to take a nap' or 'Oh, I'm so stuffed.'"
Prior to Hatami's luxe creation, The Guinness Book of World Records cited Gordon Ramsay's Maze restaurant as having the most expensive pizza. At $178, the pie is topped with onion puree, white truffle paste, fontina cheese, baby mozzarella, pancetta, cepe mushrooms, freshly picked wild mizuna lettuce, and shaved white truffles that run $2,500 a kilo. The C6 pizza makes all those fancy truffle burgers kind of pale in comparison, no?