When Matthew J Meloche, facebook fan, insisted under the threat of riot that Mikey’s Late Night Slice create a ghost chili pizza, partners Jason Biundo and Mikey Sorboro got to work formulating a pizza so diabolical, Matthew, and any other potential protesters, would be satisfied. Partnering with long-time spice king CaJohn’s, the Fiery Death Pizza was concocted using the two hottest chilis on the planet: the Bhut Jolokia or Ghost Chili, and the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion pepper.
The result is a delicious pie that’s lethal in its afterburn. All of Mikey’s pizzas are large, so one slice is more than enough to ignite your taste buds and immediately cause a bright red flush on the face and ears. The sauce is made with CaJohn’s own Trinidad Moruga Scorpion Hot Sauce and topped with ghost chilis, red habaneros, serranos, and hate sausage finished with cayenne pepper. It’s such a hot pie that neither of its creators have dared to eat more than one slice at a time, and doesn’t recommend anyone else does either.
Many will though as this bi-annual appearance of the Fiery Death is marked by the Fiery Punishment Contest, a brutal head-to-head to see who can eat more of this incendiary dish. There will be three separate nights of competitions around the city this weekend, kicking off at Kicks in Westerville on Saturday at 6:30pm. Ledo’s will host at the same time on Monday February 25th, with the last of the competitions being held the following night at 8pm at Woodlands. There will be prizes for first, second, and third, although the real prize will be consuming three hellish slices without drink, then sitting through the worst five minutes of your life – and living to tell about it.
A highly anticiapted event of late, the reappearance of the Fiery Death is one true chili-heads live – and might die – for.
More information can be found online at www.latenightslice.com.
Photos by Walker Evans.