Swiss Health Officials Order Restaurant to Stop Selling Pizza with Venom Toppings
Swiss Restaurateur Uses Venom Topping on Pizzas
Here's a topping Domino's and Pizza Hut have yet to work into their menus -- venom.
Swiss health officials have ordered restaurateur Ismail Ertekin to stop selling pizzas that have snake, spider and scorpion venom toppings.
Just who is eating these venom pies anyway?
Ertekin has a flair for the eccentric and gimmicks, as he recently sold pizza topped with edible 24 carat gold.
All of this sounds pretty unappealing, but he claims to have put just a small amount of venom from homeopathic remedies on the pizzas.
So, it's good for you?
The health department, however, wasn't having it, asking that he remove the venom topping from the menu of his restaurant, Avanti.
Ertekin's defense? He claims the venom toppings aren't the worst things in pizza, saying that food preservatives are "more damaging."
Whatever gets you to sleep at night, I suppose.
He added that people were buying the venomous pizzas, noting, "They were really popular, especially with people who have a phobia of spiders or snakes. They used the pizza as a way to get over their fears."
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I don't think that's the way I'd go about shaking a phobia, and I'm finding it hard to believe the venom toppings were all that popular.
Shut it down, pizza man.