You know what Florida’s missing? Some python pizza.
Just kidding – Florida actually has it.
That’s right, your traditional dough, cheese and sauce has taken a turn towards reptile by featuring the meat of a Burmese python. And just when you thought that was daring, this “Everglades Pizza” also counts alligator sausage and frog legs as some of its toppings.
Why, oh why, would a pizzeria even think of creating a pizza with this type of meat?
"It was just to create talk about the shop and being creative and this thing literally just went viral," says Evan Daniell, the owner of Evan's Neighborhood Pizza in the Gulf Coast city of Fort Myers.
This pizza isn't for the faint of heart, or the broke: if you want to try this exotic pie, you’ll have to shell out a cool $45. The hefty price comes in part of the care it takes to create the pie. In order to remove some of the gaminess from the snake meat, Daniell marinates it for hours, then slices it into small pieces. He then pops the meat into the oven, and knows that when the meat turns from pink to white, it’s done. Daniell also makes sure that every slice on the pizza will have that precious meat on it.
Here's what Twitter has to say about the python pizza:
— neatorama (@neatorama) January 12, 2014
I saw trending for "Python Pizza" and thought it was some new cool coding craze and then clicked to find snake pizza. #ImSuchAGeekFail
— Kellyn Pot'Vin (@DBAKevlar) February 1, 2014
python pizza .... oO
— Karen Pang (@iamkarenpang) February 1, 2014
Now before you get all offended about the pizza shop’s protein choice, it actually has a good reason to do so – pythons are taking over. Well, they could be, as they are on the top of the food chain in Florida with no known predators.
"There could be thousands or tens of thousands of Burmese pythons in the wild here," stated Roberto Torres, a field officer with The Nature Conservancy an interview.
The snakes can grow up to 20 feet in length, and will eat anything they can capture, including dogs, cats and birds.
To raise awareness about the python invasion, many chefs in Miami have added the meat to their menus. However, the ingredient isn’t from Florida snakes – current food safety regulations do not allow any pythons that are captured and slaughtered in the state to be served as food in restaurants. Daniell gets around this by ordering his meat from a farmer in Vietnam.
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