What’s most surprising about the opening of Pizza Brain, a restaurant-meets-world’s-first-pizza museum that opened over the weekend in Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood, is that it wasn’t already a thing. America has museums dedicated to all sorts of foodstuffs, from that most American of comestibles, Spam (in Austin, Minnesota) to Kentucky Fried Chicken (at the O.G. location in Corbin, Kentucky). But sure enough, the creation of art show organizer and pizza enthusiast Brian Dwyer, designer Ryan Anderson, chef Joseph Hunter and business manager Michael Carter is the sole, Kickstarter-supported establishment of its kind, where intrepid diners can learn more about the history and cultural significance of their favorite arrangement of flat bread and various toppings.
Pizza Brain celebrates the significance of pizza in modern cultural works, from Do The Right Thing to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Star Trek (one of their favorite pieces of memorabilia in the museum is a pizza cutter shaped like the starship Enterprise). In addition to toys, recipes and historical artifacts, Pizza Brain sports a rather impressive collection of pizza-themed albums (some released by the big pizza chains themselves) by ‘80s rap icons the Fat Boys and others. But if the nostalgia doesn’t whet your appetite, there are the inventive pizzas themselves, from the meatloaf featuring Kobe beef to the just-introduced “Charlie Mayfer,” which sports sweet potato, honey, goat cheese and brown sugar. Mmmm.
Watch their Kickstarter video below.