FIFA World Cup 2018: Pizza Art Gives Football Fans a Shot at Biting Suarez
A restaurant in St Petersburg has struck a chord with the hordes of soccer fans in town for the World Cup by serving up pizzas featuring the faces of some of the tournament's biggest stars.
Cook Valery Maksimchik prepares a pizza decorated with a portrait of Uruguay's Luis Suarez at the Hop Head cafe in St. Petersburg. (Reuters)
St Petersburg: A restaurant in St Petersburg has struck a chord with the hordes of soccer fans in town for the World Cup by serving up pizzas featuring the faces of some of the tournament's biggest stars.
Ahead of Saturday's last 16 match between Uruguay and Portugal in Sochi, football fans who visited the HopHead Tap Room bar in St Petersburg were given a chance to turn the tables on Luis Suarez and take a bite out of the Uruguay striker.
Uruguay's record scorer arrived in Russia looking to dispel the memory of his infamous bite on Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo is the other player featured in chef Valery Maksimchik's unique pizza art, and the edible portraits are a big hit with soccer fans and the restaurant's regulars alike.
"It really does have a bite," said one satisfied customer, while chewing his way through a slice of Suarez.
Each soccer pizza portrait takes nearly two hours of careful stencilling and cutting. The dough is cooked before the stencilling process and then the cheese is melted into position.
"We started doing this in connection with the World Cup, we support football and sport through this method," said Maksimchik, who has also made pizza portraits of Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov and striker Artem Dzyuba.
"My main work is as a pizzaiolo, but this is a hobby, so it brings me pleasure, like any hobby would."
The chef has promised to make pizza portraits of each Russia player if the hosts go all the way and win the World Cup.
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox - subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what's happening in the world around you – in real time.
Subscribe to Moneycontrol Pro and gain access to curated markets data, trading recommendations, equity analysis, investment ideas, insights from market gurus and much more. Get Moneycontrol PRO for 1 year at price of 3 months. Use code FREEDOM.
Recommended For You
- Dwayne The Rock Johnson Tops World's Richest Actors List, Beats Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr
- Hardik Pandya Turns Showstopper at Lakme Fashion Week
- Jemimah Rodrigues Impresses Yorkshire Teammates With Impromptu Concert
- Kia Seltos Launched in India, Gets Special Twitter Icon as a Red SUV
- Ashes 2019: Did Archer Mimic Smith's Unique Batting Style?