Last August, the pizzaiolos at Porta in Asbury Park, NJ, didn’t set out to break any records, but they did. In one day, they made 1,123 pizzas. Just to put that into perspective, that’s one pizza every 44 seconds, for 14 hours straight. If that doesn’t sound like a lot, they’re setting out to shatter that number this weekend.
Breaking the Record
On Sunday, September 3, right in the middle of Labor Day weekend, Porta in Asbury Park is looking to “shatter” this record (their word, not mine) with a goal of 1,500 pizzas in one day.
“We wanted to make it fun for everyone in the community,” said Fredrica Vilardi, Porta’s first certified pizzaiola. “Last year it just happened; this year it’s intentional!”
With three ovens going at once (one in the park and two inside) that cook up four to six pizzas every 60 to 90 seconds at a temperature of at least 900°F (a temperature that distinguishes Neapolitan pizza from others), you can rest assured that the equipment will handle the pizza surge. As for the staff? They’re gearing up for the event, too. Vilardi said Porta’s head chef sent out a text last week to pump everyone up for the big event.
In order to reach the goal of 1,500 pizzas (yes, that’s 377 pizzas more than the old record) they’ll have to make at least 91 pizzas per hour (two per minute) from when the doors open at 9 a.m. till the ovens shut off at 1:30 a.m. They know it: they have their work cut out for them.
From the batches of dough (each batch makes about 150 dough balls), to managing the amount of flour coming into the restaurant, as well as the to-go boxes (anyone up for a quick day job?), there’s a lot of moving parts. Everything needs to happen in concert with everything else, all in the name of pizza.
Join the Fun
Not that you really need reason to dive head first into any of Porta’s delicious pizzas, Porta will offer 20% off all pizzas to go on Saturday. They’ll also have beat-the-clock specials, giveaways for every 100 pizzas sold, and live music starting at 1 p.m. in the park.
In addition, Vilardi concocted breakfast items including a pork roll, egg, and cheese pizza (who needs bagels?), a breakfast calzone (perfect for the beach), and two menu staples: the Carbonara pizza and the Nutella pizza (because you need something sweet).
So if there ever was a day where you wanted to break your own record and enjoy pizza for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and maybe even a late-night snack, Sunday, September 3 at Porta in Asbury Park is the day. Porta wants you to “rally your family, your friends, your neighbors, and anyone you meet along the way” so they can host the “greatest pizza party ever.” Oh, what we do for our loved ones…
911 Kingsley Street
Asbury Park, New Jersey