These days you can almost make almost anything with the help of a 3D printer, and now that includes pizza.
Pasquale Cozzolino, executive chef at Ribalta Neopolitan Restaurant, teamed up with 3D printing company, BeeHex, Inc., to bring the incredible feat of technology and doughy goodness to fruition. Fast Casual reports that Cozzolino is working with BeeHex to determine the best combination of ingredients to work with the printer.
For those of you that may be wary of futuristic pizza concoctions, wait until you hear the implications — current prototypes can print ready-to-bake pizzas in just four minutes.
A number of companies have started to delve into 3D-printed food in recent years, including Foodini. Launched in 2014 by Natural Machines, Foodini prints edible ingredients from stainless steel capsules, including pasta and sweet treats, all for the price of $1,000. Like the 3D pizza printer, the food items must be subsequently cooked after printed, CNN reported.
“In essence, this is a mini food manufacturing plant shrunk down to the size of an oven,” Lynette Kucsma, co-founder of Natural Machines, told CNN in 2014.
Cozzolino is keeping his ingredient choices far from the status quo, proving that just because the pizzas aren’t made by hand doesn’t mean you have to shirk on quality. This includes incorporating an 80-year aged yeast, as well as products imported directly from Italy like mozzarella from Naples.
“We are excited to be working with such an inventive and forward-thinking company,” Cozzolino told Fast Casual. “I am looking forward to using my experience in the culinary industry to create a pizza that can be 3D-printed without sacrificing quality ingredients and taste.”
If this means having ready-to-bake pizzas at our fingertips, we are 100 percent for it.