We've heard it all before. Some new restaurant comes on the scene boasting the hottest (insert food here) challenge and thinks they're the most bad ass of the bunch. The newest claim comes from U.K. based pizzeria, Little Italy Pizza Company, claiming they've got the world's hottest pizza. Better known as the "Death by Pizza", owner and spicy pie creator James Broderick has no doubt his pie reigns supreme.
The pizza is made up just like any other pie using some ordinary dough and mozzarella, but things heat up with the addition of Broderick's secret sauce that clocks in at a whopping 12 million Scoville units. For those of you unfamiliar with the Scoville scale, it's how you measure spicy heat in chili peppers and other foods. Just so you can get a feel for how spicy this pizza really is it's worth noting that standard issue police pepper spray measures 5 million Scoville units. Yes, that means this pizza is more than double the impact of getting sprayed Occupy UC Davis style. With a sauce that hot it's no wonder that the chefs have to wear face masks just to build the damn pie.
The "Death by Pizza" gets its heat from twenty Trinidad Moruga Scorpion chilies. Known as one of the world's hottest peppers, this chile has been responsible for causing heart attacks. Oh yeah, did we forget to mention several customers also just started straight up bleeding from the tongue after trying this pie? Don't worry, they knew what they were getting into since they were required to sign a disclaimer citing "risk of injury of death" from the fiery pizza.
You would think that people are putting themselves through this agonizing torture for restaurant fame and a significant cash prize right? Well, if you manage to finish the pizza in under 30 minutes, keep it down for 15 after eating and drink no more than one pint of a liquid of your choice, you get: immortalized on the restaurant's Wall of Flame, a certificate proving your worth and a cash prize of £20. Twenty. Pounds. That's less than $40USD and that's after the pizza cost you £12 a.k.a. about $20USD. What the what.