The first pizza vending machine has been installed in Rome: in just three minutes, it can churn out a pizza with four different toppings
Around the world there are vending machines for everything from coffee to smartphones, from sandwiches to luxury cars (it really exists, it’s in Dubai). In Rome too, a few days ago, a very special kind of vending machine was installed: a pizza vending machine. It is a completely automated system capable of producing a pizza in just three minutes. All the customer has to do is choose the flavour (the flavours are margherita, spicy salami, bacon or four cheeses), insert money and press a button. The vending machine takes care of the rest, just like ordering a coffee from the machine in the office! The whole process is “in sight” because the machine is equipped with glass windows that allow the customer to follow the various stages of the preparation of his pizza.
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The first pizza vending machine
Rome’s pizza vending machine is located in Via Catania 2. It is only a few square metres wide and is the first automatic express pizza vending machine in Italy. This opening has aroused great curiosity. Obviously, there has also been some controversy about the ‘disrespect’ that some people feel has been caused to the Italian culinary tradition. Nevertheless, many curious people decided to try the pizza from the machine. “Mozzarella and tomato are really good,’ confides one customer, ‘for me it’s good enough. “The ingredients are not bad, the problem is the cooking. Without leavening it comes out a bit dry” adds another customer who is not too satisfied with his express pizza. Beyond curiosity and controversy, the installation of the first pizza vending machine in Italy could be an important step forward in the automation process of the food sector. In fact, there are already some important fast-food chains, canteens and restaurants in the world that ‘rely’ on robots for the preparation of their dishes. Will it also happen in Italy?