Things are heating up at Mikey's Late Night Slice in Over-the-Rhine. The pizzeria is debuting its Fiery Death with Hate Sausage pizza, which, according to the eatery, has been labeled "The World’s Hottest Pizza." By who? We aren't totally sure, but judging by the ingredient list, we certainly wouldn't doubt it.
This spicy-ass pizza requires you to sign a waiver to purchase and features Carolina Reaper peppers, Trinidad Scorpion peppers and Bhut Jolokia Ghost peppers. According to a press release from Mikey's, "the pizza originated as a dare between regular customers and the owners of the shop, and has become a hotly anticipated special offering." It appears to have been available previously at Mikey's in Columbus on a limited-time basis.
The pizza will be available from Oct. 17-20, but for those who want to put their spice threshold to the test (or just really, really hate themselves), Mikey's Late Night Slice will host the city's first Fiery Punishment Contest on Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. The challenge involves eight contestants who will compete to finish three slices of the Fiery Death with Hate Sausage pizza, plus a raw Carolina Reaper pepper. Participants must stay seated five minutes after consuming the pizza and pepper, with no additional food or drink. Spectators are welcome to watch the torture ensue.
A quick search on Instagram of Mikey's signature hashtag for the pizza, #FieryDeathPizza, garners dozens of heat-fueled photos and videos of those who have accepted the challenged.
For more info about the limited-time pizza special and about the contest, visit latenightslice.com/news.
Mikey's Late Night Slice, 2014 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine.