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Pizza in 90 seconds -- from a vending machine

Need a pizza, stat? A new vending machine in testing stages can bake a white, cheese or pepperoni pie in 90 seconds.

With a formula that makes fast food sound slow, the mechanical pizza producer can dispense a pie -– complete with vented box, disposable pizza cutter, napkin and spices -- in 3.5 minutes from order to pick-up.

Developed by immigrant-turned-jeweler Puzant Katchadourian, the five Pizzametry machines in market testing each hold enough ingredients for 150 pizzas, according to the New York Daily News.

The machine allows customers to watch through a window as it presses a dough ball into an 8-inch round, squeezes out pizza sauce from a nozzle and then distributes cheese and sauce. Or buyers can stare at an attached flat-screen television.

As some traditional quick service chains such as Domino’s go gourmet with Artisan Pizzas, other forms of fast food are becoming increasingly automated, with some laboratories now able to produce fine cuisine using printers.

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-- Tiffany Hsu

twitter.com/tiffhsulatimes

Video: A prototype from Pizzametry.com

 
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