A new, wood-fired pie offered by a Manhattan restaurant—with 24k-gold flakes, foie gras, truffles, and caviar—might be the most decadent version ever created.
Yellow gold is back, everywhere. Case in point: we can use a gold toilet at a museum and pour gold fluid on our faces. So perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that gold flakes are beginning to dominate the world of Instagram-ready food. Remember the $100 donut in New York City? Prepare yourself for the $2,000 pizza.
There have been a few pizza pies topped with metallic ingredients. During the Super Bowl, Pizza Hut gave away pies covered in $100 worth of gold. And across the pond, some culinary inventor put together a golden pizza fit for the royals crusted with fantail prawns, beluga caviar, lobster, white truffle oil, and 23-karat-gold flakes.
Now, Industry Kitchen, in New York’s South Street Seaport, has a new offering suitable for the deluxe edition of Eat the Rich. For $2,000, the wood-fired pie is sprinkled luxuriously with 24-karat gold leaves.
Do the math: cut this into eight pieces, and that’s $250 a slice—or around $50 per bite.
White stilton cheese is flown in from England, the foie gras and truffles are from France, Ossetra caviar is scooped from the Caspian Sea, and gold leaves glitter from Ecuador.
Executive Chef Braulio Bunay tells T&C he was inspired to create this over-the-top indulgence by the nearby Financial District, which attracts the wealthy from all over the world. “It is the epitome of decadence,” he said. “The pizza is extremely rich—if you’re in the mood for a lavish meal, this is the pizza for you.”
It’s definitely up there in terms of the most expensive meals he’s made, but preparing it in the “form of a pizza makes it more approachable.” Hmmmm… maybe?
If you want to try this decadent delight, you’ll need to order it 48 hours in advance. We’ve no doubt it’ll end up on a few, deep-pocketed bucket lists.