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puds_companion Apr 18, 2007 01:17 PM

Magic Oven has a pizza (topped with 24K gold flakes) for $108. I'm not cheap, but I would never spend over $20 on a pizza, let alone $100. Has anyone tried it?

Here it is: http://www.magicoven.com/home.php and follow the links to the menu. It's called the "Uber Pizza" or something.

  1. nummanumma Apr 18, 2007 01:52 PM

    is that stupid? can I call that stupid or will I offend?

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      orangewasabi Apr 18, 2007 02:04 PM

      I dunno, it's kinda a deal, isn't it?

      doesn't a similar gold flake pizza cost $1000 in NYC? it was in the news recently My mistake, it wasn't gold it was cavier etc http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,2...

    2. orangewasabi Apr 18, 2007 02:05 PM

      the hubbers and I regular spend $40 for a pizza -- toppings and party size at mamma mia. I didn't think that was extravangant. Frugal, actually, since cold pizza is so yummy.

      are you ordering for 1 when you keep it under $20?

      1. Googs Apr 18, 2007 02:26 PM

        Oh... it's... the... LARGE that's 108 bucks. For a second there I thought they thought we were all suckers.

        In a city that will put foie gras on any piece of street food and then hold it for ransom, why does this surprise an-ny-one.

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          Splendid Wine Snob Apr 18, 2007 02:30 PM

          True.

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            kerwintoronto Apr 18, 2007 02:54 PM

            I do have to say that I have enjoyed the foie gras topped burgers I have tried.

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            embee Apr 18, 2007 03:53 PM

            This pizza is preposterous, of course, and lowers my once great respect for Magic Oven another notch. Also, aren't micro thin edible gold and silver foils available quite cheaply at South Asian stores?

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              lilinjun Apr 18, 2007 04:02 PM

              yes, they are. I know some indian sweets are decorated with gold or silver leaf, and it's completely edible.

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                Herb Apr 18, 2007 04:42 PM

                Anyone order it? Ever thought it's a joke to create cyber-buzz? Seems to be working.

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                  garlicscapes Apr 18, 2007 05:04 PM

                  Has anyone tried their pizza? The menu looks awesome!

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                    embee Apr 18, 2007 05:08 PM

                    I used to like them very much, but they have become both expensive and careless. The pies I'd call "things in the form of a pizza" have been better than the more conventional pizzas over the years.

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                      vorpal Apr 18, 2007 06:10 PM

                      I've wanted to try it, but the first time I tried to place an order with them, I was told there was an estimated wait time of minimum 90 minutes and they would give no maximum, but that it would likely take longer, so I canceled. The second time, I was told two hours, at which point I decided to just give up for good, which I think was a smart decision as in recent times it's been consistently rated badly here with claims that the quality has gone far downhill.

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                    Full tummy Apr 18, 2007 09:37 PM

                    It's also commonly found on chocolate truffles.

                2. Charles Yu Apr 18, 2007 07:08 PM

                  Adorning food with thin gold flakes are very common in high-end establishments in China, Hong Kong, Japan, France, Italy and the States...etc. I myself have eaten Dim Sums topped with gold flakes in Hong Kong, Pastries garnished with the gold stuff in Paris, Tokyo and New York and exotic dishes sprinkled with gold dust in China. The chocolate shop in Tokyo's Ropponghi Hill sells 4" chocolate cake topped with gold flakes at US80 each!!. Also, the Chinese believe gold has certain theraputical properties and is good for the body if taken in small quantities!
                  Back to pizza. In Italy, during the 'white truffle' season, I once had a gourmet pizza topped with multi-layered white alba truffles and drizzled with single vineyard extra virgin olive oil that set me back more than $108! And thats without the gold flakes topping!!

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                    moh Apr 18, 2007 07:15 PM

                    I have only once had enough white truffle on a dish and it was at Per Se in New York. My disk of risotto was absolutely smothered in shaved white truffle, and I thought I had died and gone to heaven. I would be happy to pay for large amounts of white truffle. On the other hand, I find gold less tasty, and so I am less willing to pay as much when I can't really taste anything special. I'd pay a little for the aesthetic effect, and the potential medicinal effect, but I don't feel the need to eat large quantities of gold on a pizza.

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                      Splendid Wine Snob Apr 19, 2007 06:16 AM

                      Agreed on paying for white truffles, but is it just me or does the trend seem to be towards total and complete OVERLOAD on the addition of truffles to dishes. Again, it feels like it's just another way of shouting "I have so much money, and please pour on as many as you like since I can afford it!"

                      Truffles have an extremely intense flavor and I personally find, just like garlic, there is such a thing as "too much".

                  2. sweetie Apr 18, 2007 07:32 PM

                    Gold doesn't taste like anything. If the item in question added extraordinary flavor to a pizza (or any other dish for that matter) then I might be willing to shell out top dollar. But for a decoration that does not enhance the flavor.... don't think so.

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                      magic Apr 19, 2007 06:12 AM

                      Exactly. There is no point in adding gold leaves, other than as an added extravagence. I've never had a gold leaf before but I'm sure it is flavourless. I wish places just started offering better pizza and skip this ridiculous insanity.

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                      superizzy Apr 18, 2007 08:21 PM

                      They should rename it the P.T. Barnum Pizza.

                      Seriously tho, they just opened their Dupont Store in my neck of the woods. Is this Pizza that good. Seems pretty pricey.

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                        Minnow Apr 19, 2007 06:09 AM

                        I ordered from that location not too long ago, and after waiting double the quoted time (so an hour and a half), and then half and hour from there (after I called) I was given a cold, round flatbread with sweet tomato sauce and very uninspiring toppings. So, I'm still looking for good delivery in the 'hood.

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                          jamesm Apr 19, 2007 07:37 AM

                          We regularly order the BBQ Magic pizza from them -- asiago, bbq sauce, chicken and portobellos -- and it's delicious. The waiting is ridiculous though. I work near the Libert Village location and even going in to order is an eternity. But the sausage and pepper sandwich is awesome.

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