Shelton pizza place offers extreme ingredients

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by Owen Lei / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on February 12, 2011 at 12:19 AM

Updated Saturday, Feb 12 at 2:31 AM

SHELTON, Wash. -- With its Italian mobster movie theme, pool tables, and old school arcade games, exotic may not be the first word that comes to mind when you walk into Ah Badabing's in Shelton.

But inside the freezers of Brian D'Millo's restaurant, you'll find something you probably won't see in many pizza joints, and its become a bit of a draw for the small town establishment.

"Here you go," D'Millo said as he served up a pizza, "chicken and pineapple with bovine penis sauce. Special, hope you enjoy it!"

Under all the regular toppings on the menu are "specialty toppings," which include the aforementioned ingredients, as well as pork snout, brains and gizzard.  They even have a list of toppings "for the adventurous," which includes items like scorpion and palm grub.

"I haven't tried the other stuff. I'm not that brave yet," said customer John Hardy. "It sells fast. he's always out of stuff on the 'creative pizzas,' as i call them."

 

Creative pizzas are only the most recent addition. Ah Badabing's has a history of crazy ideas for attracting customers.  On one of its walls you'll find a slew of photos of people who have attempted, and failed, the restaurant's "30-inch Carnivore Challenge," a contest that offers $500 to any two people who can polish off a 30-inch four-meat pizza in less than an hour.

So far, no one has won that contest, "but they're getting closer," said D'Millo.

Still, it's the creative ingredients that are drawing customers from around Western Washington.

"Nobody else offers anything else like it," said D'Millo. "Just the other day, we had a full house... Everybody wanted to try all the weird things we had and we pretty much sold out in one day."

The extreme toppings don't come cheap, usually costing about $5 to $6 apiece.

Sandy Phelps was the one trying the pizza mentioned at the top of this story.  But she said she wasn't ready for scorpion.

"I heard they have it," she said. "But I haven't tried it yet. A little bit at a time!"

D'Millo said he got the idea for the pizza toppings after visiting the Uwajimaya supermarket in Seattle's International District, and spotting bovine penis for sale.

"Well you know what, I've had this before, and I'm going to see if i can't turn it into a topping for pizza," D'Millo said.  He said they spent several nights perfecting recipes for the odd ingredients before launching their expanded menu.

But perhaps Brian's ultimate message -- what's shocking for a pizzeria in Mason County maybe isn't that exotic at all.

"I've done a lot of  traveling, and I've actually eaten everything, and more, that's on my topping list," he said.

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