Owners Michael and Luigi DellaMonica have closed La Semolina Pizza in Massapequa, home of The Penn Station, a sprawling 34-inch pie.
It was so unwieldy the pizza needed two paddles to slide the thing in and out of the oven. And each slice was the size of three regular slices. A to-go pizza had to be divided in half and placed in two boxes. And yet it cost a mere $26.75 a pie.
The origins of the pie point to an upstate locale, where Michael DellaMonica – Luigi’s father – owned a pizzeria in Oneonta.
He found that, the bigger the slice, the more customers liked it. So he decided to test how big he could go. It turned out, 34-inches was as large as the oven would allow.
It became his signature pizza, that the father son team eventually exported to Massapequa as the next big thing.
If you missed an opportunity to lay eyes on such a wonder, you will find one that’s almost as large in Bayport at Satelite Pizza. There, a 30-inch pizza starts at $48. But it’s no impulse order, since the shop requires 24-hour notice to make one.
The now-closed La Semolina was located at 526 Broadway in Massapequa. La Satelite can be found at 799 Montauk Hwy. in Bayport, 631-472-3800, satelitepizza.com