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Cook plans record pizza for Columbus Day

PALERMO, Italy -- Lorenzo Amato intends to cook the world's largest pizza on Columbus Day, but the native Sicilian will need seven tons of flour and 2,000 pounds of pepperoni to do it.

Amato, a native of Palermo who moved to the United States 20 years ago and opened a pizzeria in Tallahassee, Fla., said he will try to reclaim the record for the world's largest pizza Oct. 12 at a Columbus Day celebration to raise money for the American Red Cross.

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He revealed the recipe for the 100-foot wide concoction Thursday.

'You need 7 tons of flour, 1 of cheese and 1 of pepperoni, 2,500 liters (550 gallons) of sauce and 5 cubic meters of water,' Amato said.

The 200 slices yielded by his gargantuan pizza -- which he plans to bake in Florida -- will be sold at $10 each to adults and 50 cents each to children, said the cook, who was visiting relatives in Sicily.

Amato said he has appeared twice before in the Guinness Book of World Records, first when he baked a pizza measuring 40 feet in diameter in New York in 1977 and again a year later when he doubled the size.

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A new record was set in March 1984 in South Africa, with a pizza measuring 86 feet, 7 inches in diameter.

Amato said his October record contender will cost about $500,000 to make.

He said he will use a special aluminum baking sheet perched on cement columns, interspersed with gas burners fed by a tank truck.

A refrigerator truck will carry the ingredients, and Amato will sit on the arm of an hydraulic crane to spread the sauce.

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