You’da thought Americans would run out of delicious foods to deep-fry in order to make more delicious, but you’d be wrong because pizza tempura. You heard me! Deep. Fried. Pizza.
While this probably isn’t the first time some culinary genius decided to dip everybody’s favorite cheesy treat into a vat of burning oil, it is the first time a NYC eatery proudly displayed it on their menu. And, as we all know, a food hasn’t “made it” until it is served at a NYC eatery.
The savory delight comes courtesy of casual Japanese food joint Sake Bar Hagi 46, who’d apparently had it on their menu for 13 years but only recently gained attention because I don’t know, probably millennials and novelty foods or something.
Anyway, most people seem to really love it, and what's not to love?
"I don't know how to best describe it other than to say it is AMAZING and makes me want to learn how to make a good tempura batter so I can deep fry slices of Ellio's frozen pizza at home," one relatable Yelp reviewer explains.
Other folks (none of whom ate Ellio's every day at/after school, I'm assuming) weren't impressed and weren't afraid to let everyone know. "It was okay but lacked enough cheesiness and sauce," wrote one reviewer. Some people are never happy.
Whatevs, more for the rest of us amirite? *Books flight to NYC*