Guinness World Records Verifies Metro Pizza’s John Arena and Team Made World’s Longest Pizza


Guinness World Records Verifies John Arena and Team Made World’s Longest Pizza

 

Guinness World Records has officially verified that John Arena, co-founder and co-owner of Metro Pizza, alongside fellow industry leaders Tony Gemignani and Giulio Adriani, set the Guinness World Record for the World’s Longest Pizza on June 10 at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.

Arena, Gemignani and Adriani led the effort over months of planning and preparation, culminating in 23 straight hours of work by more than a hundred volunteers to create the tomato and cheese pizza officially measuring 6,333 feet and 3.60 inches (1,930.39 meters).

“This achievement was all about collaboration,” said Arena. “It belongs to all of the dedicated pizza makers who showed unwavering commitment throughout the entire process, as well as Fash Asvadi of Italforni, Harrison Billig of Venice Bakery, Fred Mortati of Orlando Foods and all the other sponsors.”

Here is the official text of the award from Guinness World Records:

The longest pizza measures 1,930.39 m (6,333 ft 3.60 in) and was achieved by Pizzaovens.com, Venice Bakery, Orlando Foods, At-Pac, Sysco, TFX Non Stick, Capstone Scaffold Services, Scaffold Works, SoCal Gas, Tony Gemignani, Giulio Adriani, John Arena (all USA), and Italforni (Italy) in Fontana, California, USA, on 10 June 2017.

The winning World’s Longest Pizza team including (holding certificate at center) Tony Gemignani and to the right of him, Giulio Adriani and John Arena.


About John Arena
With 50 years of experience, Metro Pizza co-founder and co-owner John Arena is engaged in all aspects of our industry as an operator, seminar leader, competition judge, author and active pizza maker who continues to learn and expand his skills. The influence of this tireless baker and philosopher is felt not just across Las Vegas (which has become a serious pizza town in its own right) but across the country and even other continents, as Arena travels to train pizza makers worldwide–as far as China, Korea and Brazil.

A native of Brooklyn, who holds a B.A. in Communications from Adelphi University, John is a frequent guest lecturer and spokesperson for the industry, as well as seminar leader at premier industry conventions and events. In 2010 Arena created the nation’s first three-credit university level course focused on the history and culture of pizza for the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He also appears at length in the 2017 documentary film Scott’s Pizza Tours.

About Metro Pizza
The story of Metro Pizza begins in 1980, when John Arena and Sam Facchini, at the age of 24 decided to bet on each other and move from their native Brooklyn, NY to Las Vegas, NV to open their first local pizzeria. Thanks to the massive early success of their first New York Pizza (renamed Metro Pizza in 1986), they have since expanded to five restaurants, plus one licensed location at McCarran Airport, and a “bread and breakfast bakery,” all in Clark County, Nevada, their proud adopted home for nearly 37 years.

In 1986, Arena and Facchini were honored at Pizza Expo as the first independent pizzeria owners to be selected as National Pizza Operators of the Year. Dedicated to gaining respect for the craft, John and Sam helped to create the original competitions at Pizza Expo that today have become the benchmark of pizza making expertise. Both Arena and Facchini show no signs of slowing down as they enter their 50th year of an unbreakable, remarkable partnership.

Metro Pizza’s numerous accolades have included “Top Ten Pizzerias in America” (USA Today), “Best Pizza in the State” (The Food Network), “Best Pizza” (The Cooking Channel, CitySearch.com), “Top Pizza in Las Vegas” (Zagat), “Nevada Restaurateurs of the Year” (Nevada Restaurant Association), National Pizza Operators of the Year (Pizza Today), and “Best Pizza” by the Las Vegas Review-Journal a record nine times in a row.

John Arena and Sam Facchini have received the Key to the City from Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, and have had the honor of serving five U.S. presidents (both at their restaurants and inside Air Force One), as well as the Chairman of the Board, Frank Sinatra.

Wet’n’Wild Las Vegas Raises Awareness About Water Safety by Participating in The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™, June 22

WET’N’WILD LAS VEGAS RAISES AWARENESS ABOUT WATER SAFETY BY PARTICIPATING IN
THE WORLD’S LARGEST SWIMMING LESSON™, JUNE 22

Participants receive free park entry for the remainder of the day after lesson is complete

 

 

Wet’n’Wild Las Vegas has announced that for the fourth consecutive year, the iconic water park will be an official host venue in the global record attempt for The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson ™ (WLSL) on Thursday, June 22 at 9:45 a.m. Check-in will begin at 9:15 a.m.

 

Tens of thousands of kids and adults at aquatic facilities around the world will unite to set a new Guinness World Recordwhile raising awareness about the importance of water safety and drowning prevention.

 

Team WLSL holds the current Guinness World Recordfor the largest simultaneous swimming lesson with 40,000 participants representing 24 different countries but is hoping to better that number this year.

 

“We are excited to be participating in this fun, world record-setting swimming lesson for the fourth year in a row,” said Takuya Ohki, general manager at Wet‘n’Wild Las Vegas. “Our park is a committed member of the Nevada Drowning Association and Southern Nevada Drowning Prevention Coalition, and we are proud to be a part of this global, life-saving event. The opportunity to help raise awareness about the significance of water safety is something very important to us.”

 

Tragically, drowning remains the leading cause of unintended injury related death for children ages 1 to 5, and the second leading cause of accidental death for children under 14. Research shows, participating in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent among children ages 1 to 4, yet many kids don’t receive formal swimming or water safety training.

 

Following the WLSL at Wet’n’Wild Las Vegas, participants can enjoy the park’s world-class slides and attractions for free. To participate, each child must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The WLSL covers a 30-minute, basic swim lesson that will be held in the Red Rock Bay wave pool.

 

To register, visit www.wetnwildlasvegas.com and click on the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson event page. Availability is on first come, first served basis. Once the maximum 400 people is reached, registration will close. Each child who participates must have a parent assisting for one-on-one attention. Participants will be able to enjoy the water parks more than 25 slides and attractions after the lesson.

 

To learn more about the 2017 WLSL, visit WLSL.org.

 

Wet’n’Wild Las Vegas is now open for operations through Sunday, Oct. 1. Wet‘n’Wild is located at 7055 S. Fort Apache Road near I-215 and Sunset Road. For information call 702-979-1600 or visit www.wetnwildlasvegas.com to purchase a Season Pass.

About Wet‘n’Wild Las Vegas

Wet‘n’Wild Las Vegas is Nevada’s premier water park with more than 25 slides and attractions covering more than 20 acres, and a place for both thrill seekers and families.  As Las Vegas’ Summer Playground, the park features the Tornado, a premier slide that catapults riders to a zero gravity experience; Rattler, the first slide of its kind in North America; and Constrictor, an extreme water slide featuring some of the tightest turns. Families and those desiring a more relaxing experience can enjoy Paradise Falls, the interactive children’s area with kid friendly slides and a giant dumping bucket; Colorado Cooler lazy river; and Red Rock Bay wave pool. In 2015, one of the parks most popular slides, Zipp Zapp Zoom, debuted a new and exciting addition, Slideboarding, the world’s first waterslide gaming experience. Slideboarding integrates gaming, skill, and competitive sports with the thrills of a water park. The property is a partnership between Village Roadshow Theme Parks, the majority owner and overseer of day-to-day operations, and Las Vegas investors through SPB Partners, one of Nevada’s first private equity funds. Wet’n’Wild Las Vegas was voted “Best Water Park” and “Best Aquatics Facility” in Las Vegas Review-Journal’s 2016 Best of Las Vegas Awards. The park celebrates its fifth year of operation in 2017. For information, visit www.wetnwildlasvegas.com.

 

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Rí Rá Las Vegas sets Guinness World Record after over 372 hours of nonstop live music

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Rí Rá Las Vegas Sets Guinness World Record After Over 372 Hours of Nonstop Live Music

 

After 372 hours and 10 minutes of nonstop live music on the Las Vegas Strip, Rí Rá Las Vegas located inside The Shoppes at Mandalay Place, set the Guinness World Record for the Longest Concert by Multiple Artists. Pending final review by Guinness World Record, the pub hosted nonstop live music with no more than 25-second breaks between songs and five-minute breaks between sets for nearly 16 days, ending its attempt at 1:10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 17.

 

Guided by Irish musician Dave Browne, the marathon concert featured a variety of musical styles. Many popular bands and musicians flew in from Ireland to support the attempt including Liam Reilly of renowned Irish rock band Bagatelle and the founder of the legendary Wolfe Tones, Derek Warfield.  The pub surpassed the previous record of 360 hours, set by AJ’s Music Café in 2011, on Thursday, Oct. 16 at 1 p.m.

 

Rí Rá’s record attempt for Longest Concert by Multiple Artists is pending final review from Guinness World Records, and the pub expects to be officially declared the record holder soon.

 

About Rí Rá Las Vegas
Crafted in the warm pub style of 19th century Ireland, Rí Rá Las Vegas is located inside The Shoppes at Mandalay Place.  The authentic Irish pub features a multitude of artifacts that were carefully restored in Wicklow, Ireland and shipped to their new home in Las Vegas.  Rí Rá Las Vegas contains an authentic Victorian Shop bar that began its life in Ireland in the 1880s, a whiskey bar adorned with an original glazed jewelry cabinet from 1900, an oak floor from a whiskey distillery and an 8-foot-tall, 500-pound carved plaster statue of St. Patrick dating back to 1850.  The pub hosts live entertainment seven nights a week in a music room constructed with artifacts dating back to 1890 from the Olympia Theater in Dublin, Ireland. Born and raised in Dublin, Rí Rá Las Vegas owners David Kelly and Ciaran Sheehan have been close friends since they were 14-years-old. Kelly and Sheehan later partnered with Jay Luther, whom Kelly met while working for Guinness. Rí Rá Las Vegas is one of 10 pubs the trio has opened in the U.S.

 

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Rí Rá Las Vegas October Listings

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Rí Rá Las Vegas October Listings

 

 

October Food and Drink Specials
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Rí Rá Las Vegas will feature $5 pink Woodchuck Hard Ciders on tap throughout October. In addition, the pub serves up the finest selections of homemade potato and green onion boxty ($15.95) with three different choices of filling: chicken, mushrooms and leek with parsley sauce, cottage pie with cheddar sauce or roast salmon and tomato with lemon dill sauce. Each boxty is served with traditional Irish champ and sautéed squash.

 

Rí Rá Premier Pick’Em Challenge
Guests who submit their weekly winner picks for each of the Premier Football matches can be eligible to win a free trip to Newcastle, England for a Newcastle soccer match. There will also be prizes for weekly and seasonal winners. For official rules and guidelines, please visit www.rirasoccer.com.

 

Holiday Specials
During the holiday season, guests who purchase a $50 gift card to Rí Rá will receive an additional $10 on the card for free. In addition, guests may start booking their holiday party events at the pub. For more information, please visit www.rira.com/las-vegas.

 

Locals Lunch and Dinner Special
Rí Rá continues to offer locals 40 percent off lunch and dinner food items every Friday throughout October. Guests must present a valid Nevada ID to receive the discount. This special cannot be combined with other offers.

 

October Entertainment
Guinness World Record Attempt
Starting Wednesday, Oct. 1, Rí Rá will attempt to break a Guinness World Record by hosting more than 16 days of nonstop live music. Guided by Irish musician Dave Browne, the marathon concert will feature a variety of musical styles. Participating bands include The Black Donnellys, John Windsor, Dirk Vermin, Paul Cray, Louise Barry, Sharon O’Brien, Eugene Quinn, Roy Buckley, Dave Rafferty, Dave Hughes, The American Diddle Idols, Clare Peelo, Gavin Carpenter, Na Cairde, Darby O’Gill and the Little People and more.

 

Nightly Entertainment*
Guests can enjoy live, authentic Irish music nightly during dinner and evening hours with many of the bands coming directly from Ireland.
*Starting Oct. 18, regularly scheduled nightly performances will return to the pub’s main stage and may be incorporated into the Guinness World Record attempt.
The American Diddle Idols
Oct. 19, 21, 22, 23 & 26 at 8:45 p.m.
Oct. 18, 24 & 25 at 9 p.m.
The American Diddle Idols is a pure Irish American party duo from New York City, featuring musician David Barckow, which mixes traditional Irish music and party rock with a variety of instruments.

 

John Windsor
Oct. 20 & 27 at 8:45 p.m.
A permanent entertainment fixture in Irish pubs throughout Las Vegas for more than a decade, John Windsor is a multi-talented performer who provides nonstop entertainment throughout his sets by blending guitar, harmonica and amazing vocals into one spectacular performance.

 

The Crooked Jacks
Oct. 28, 29 & 30 at 8:45 p.m.
Oct. 31 at 9 p.m.
Since 2011, this well-versed crew has been writing, recording and entertaining worldwide. With notable performances at Bridge House Hotel in Tullamore, Irish Music Festival in Ocean Shores and The Dublin Castle, they have certainly made an impression. The band consists of Davey Fitz (lead vocals and guitar), Jody Cahill (vocals, banjo, mandolin and guitar), Keith Byrne (vocals and percussion) and Jo Jo Salmon (vocals, bass, banjo, mandolin and guitar). The Crooked Jacks often use whistling to add a little something extra and is working on a new album set to release later this year. Currently, the band is touring in Europe, Ireland, the U.K. and the U.S.

 

About Rí Rá Las Vegas
Crafted in the warm pub style of 19th century Ireland, Rí Rá Las Vegas is located inside The Shoppes at Mandalay Place.  The authentic Irish pub features a multitude of artifacts that were carefully restored in Wicklow, Ireland and shipped to their new home in Las Vegas.  Rí Rá Las Vegas contains an authentic Victorian Shop bar that began its life in Ireland in the 1880s, a whiskey bar adorned with an original glazed jewelry cabinet from 1900, an oak floor from a whiskey distillery and an 8-foot-tall, 500-pound carved plaster statue of St. Patrick dating back to 1850.  The pub hosts live entertainment seven nights a week in a music room constructed with artifacts dating back to 1890 from the Olympia Theater in Dublin, Ireland. Born and raised in Dublin, Rí Rá Las Vegas owners David Kelly and Ciaran Sheehan have been close friends since they were 14-years-old. Kelly and Sheehan later partnered with Jay Luther, whom Kelly met while working for Guinness. Rí Rá Las Vegas is one of 11 pubs the trio has opened in the U.S.

 

Follow Rí Rá Las Vegas on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news and updates.

 

 

Rí Rá Las Vegas hosts 16-day concert in attempt to break Guinness World Record Oct. 1-17

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Rí Rá Las Vegas Hosts 16-Day Concert
In Attempt To Break Guinness World Record OCt. 1-17

 

Starting Wednesday, Oct. 1, Rí Rá Las Vegas, located inside The Shoppes at Mandalay Place, will host over 16 days of nonstop live music in attempt to break a Guinness World Record.

 

The concert will kick off at 1 p.m. with music playing for more than 16 days straight with at most a 25-second break between songs and a five-minute break between sets. Guided by Irish musician Dave Browne, the marathon concert will feature a variety of musical styles. Many popular bands and musicians will fly in from Ireland to support the attempt including Liam Reilly of renowned Irish rock band Bagatelle and the founder of the legendary Wolfe Tones, Derek Warfield.

 

Additional participating bands include The Black Donnellys, John Windsor, Dirk Vermin, Paul Cray, Louise Barry, Sharon O’Brien, Eugene Quinn, Roy Buckley, Dave Rafferty, Dave Hughes, The American Diddley Idols, Clare Peelo, Gavin Carpenter, Na Cairde, Darby O’Gill and the Little People and more.

 

In honor of the Guinness World Record attempt, Rí Rá will raise funds for the Southern Nevada Affiliate of Susan G. Komen®. During the concert, guests can order from the authentic Irish pub’s special Guinness World Record menu during lunch or dinner, and Rí Rá will donate 20 percent of all proceeds to the local nonprofit. Also, Rí Rá will raise money for the affiliate by selling pink wristbands and paper ribbon icons throughout the month and donating the proceeds

 

Hailing from inner city Dublin, Dave Browne is already a Guinness World Record holder for marathon guitar playing, a record he broke at Temple Bar in Dublin in June 2011 when he played guitar for 114 hours and six minutes straight. Browne is the founding member of two bands, The Black Donnellys and Little Sister Sage, and plays mandolin and guitar.

 

The current world record holder for Longest Concert by Multiple Artists is AJ’s Music Café in Ferndale, Michigan, where a concert that began on March 19, 2011 lasted for 360 hours, ending on April 3, 2011.

 

About Rí Rá Las Vegas
Crafted in the warm pub style of 19th century Ireland, Rí Rá Las Vegas is located inside The Shoppes at Mandalay Place.  The authentic Irish pub features a multitude of artifacts that were carefully restored in Wicklow, Ireland and shipped to their new home in Las Vegas.  Rí Rá Las Vegas contains an authentic Victorian Shop bar that began its life in Ireland in the 1880s, a whiskey bar adorned with an original glazed jewelry cabinet from 1900, an oak floor from a whiskey distillery and an 8-foot-tall, 500-pound carved plaster statue of St. Patrick dating back to 1850.  The pub hosts live entertainment seven nights a week in a music room constructed with artifacts dating back to 1890 from the Olympia Theater in Dublin, Ireland. Born and raised in Dublin, Rí Rá Las Vegas owners David Kelly and Ciaran Sheehan have been close friends since they were 14-years-old. Kelly and Sheehan later partnered with Jay Luther, whom Kelly met while working for Guinness. Rí Rá Las Vegas is one of 11 pubs the trio has opened in the U.S.

 

Follow Rí Rá Las Vegas on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news and updates.