Certified Pizza Bar in St Marys has launched what might just be Australia’s biggest round pizza.
The pizza, which has a 30-inch diameter, has always been a dream for Mark Jajo, who came up with the idea with his brother years ago.
“We have always said that we wanted to make a big pizza for the boys who’ll come and eat, and then a few months ago I called someone who works with metal to get a custom-made pan – I got two just in case,” he said.
After ordering the pan, which was the biggest size that could fit in his 32-inch conveyor oven, Jajo discovered he might just be onto something.
“I looked into it and I don’t think anyone in Sydney has a 30-inch round pizza, they have square pizzas,” he said.
“I just thought, ‘Since when is pizza square!’, and it made me want to make one myself, and just see what happens with it.”
Stating that the pizza generally feeds eight to 10 people – six if you have a big appetite – Jajo notes that it isn’t for the faint of heart.
“I once had a slice, and I couldn’t even finish it,” he said.
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Since launching the pizza on social media just a few weeks ago at $95 for four flavours and a bottle of drink, Jajo said the response has been incredible, with groups of friends and families alike coming along to enjoy a meal. Currently, the pizza is only available to eat in, with take home boxes made to fit it currently being shipped in from overseas.
“It’s mostly friends, mostly my friends, too,” he said.
“It’s also a lot of people from social media will share it or tag their friends and they’ll all come in.”
Response has been so positive, in fact, that customers have been travelling from all over Sydney to see just what a 30-inch pizza looks like.
“A lot of people have come from even outside the Penrith area, from the south and the east to come and eat, so it’s pretty cool,” he said.
With such a big pizza, Jajo promises that there is an eating challenge on the way.
But, despite the extra manual labour of having to roll out 2kg of dough by hand, he says he’s just enjoying seeing groups come together to eat at his venue and enjoy the novelty of the area’s biggest pizza.
“It’s just really fun to make, I love doing it,” he said.
“It’s fun to see everyone coming here and enjoying it.”
Cassidy Pearce is a news and entertainment journalist with The Western Weekender. A graduate of the University of Technology Sydney, she has previously worked with Good Morning Macarthur and joined the Weekender in 2022.