Dessert Pizza: How Much Is Too Much? || Really Dough?

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(angelic singing) – [Scott] How often do you eat this thing? – Never, I just lick my
finger when I make it. – My name is Scott. I live and breathe pizza. But Mark is a pizza purist. – This is not pizza.
(buzzer) It’s not pizza.
(buzzer) I’m about to kick you out. – I’m trying to bring him the
craziest pizzas I can find. They all claim to be pizza,
together we’ll settle, are they they “Really Dough?” How often do you get
flowers, ’cause this is like, you don’t have seating back here. – No, I do in the summer time. – You do? – That’s what I was trying to do. Get this ready for summer. – Dude it’s not, the weather’s disgusting. – I don’t think it’s happening today. – Are you doing any different
pies for the summer? – No, pretty much keep it the same thing. – Yeah, you ever think about switching up, do a little tiramisu, cheesecake,
like some kind of dessert? – No dessert. Pizza and calzone, leave me alone. (dramatic music) – I mean every time I eat pizza I need to follow it up
with something sweet. – Yeah, actually there’s a
place in the city in Gnocco. – Yeah, I know Gnocco,
in the East Village. – Yes, it’s actually one of the places I went to right before I opened. I wanted to check out their ovens. And I happened to have
a chocolate pizza there. – Like dessert on a pizza thing? – Yes. – I’ve had — so I’ve had
that. To me it’s not a pizza because it’s just stuff
on a dough, on a crust. – How ’bout this? Why don’t you just run and grab one? And we’ll figure it out. – Why not? By the time I get back
you better be hungry. – Yep. – The sweets. (upbeat music) I’m really excited to test Mark’s limits with a dessert pizza. So I’m gonna get one of my favorite ones in the East Village at
a place called Gnocco. Hey, Federico. – Yo, what’s up, Scott? How are you? – I’m doing alright. I came by to grab a dessert pizza. I wanna like bring one to Mark in Brooklyn and figure out if it’s
a pizza or not a pizza. – Alright, let me finish this and we good to go, my friend. Let’s go. – Sounds good. You just leaving that
– Oh man. – for somebody else? So I took my seat on the patio and pondered my pizza predicament. I know by now that Mark is a stickler. – A pizza should look
better than it tastes. Sauce, cheese, and dough. Make it really good, no exceptions. – But what’s not to like
about chocolate pizza? (upbeat music) – Alright, it’s gonna be
three, it’s gonna be two, it’s gonna one, let’s go guys. So we get the dough, a couple of slaps and nice round sugar, now we stick it in, very high flame. Now we start counting. Three, two, one. Here we go, this is what you having. Two big spoon of chocolate spread. I put it little bit too much. Don’t tell my boss. How ’bout some ricotta. Alright. It’s little bit of strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, red berries. Anything you guys have. More sugar. Hazelnuts, pignoli nuts. – Oh boy. – Yeah, Scott, this is our dessert pizza. Enjoy my friend. – I will, well you gotta eat it with me. – Absolutely not. – What are you talking about? – I don’t eat desserts. – Oh, snap. You did not just say that. – Yes. – Alight fair enough. Alright, I want to eat this. – OK. Please let’s go it. – Yeah. I want to get the right one. Ah, that one’s gonna fall apart. Use that hand. I’m looking at it and
just staring into its eyes and just like whoa. Can I kinda fold it? Can you fold it? Is that part of the definition? Oh just ooze. (laughing) Without a doubt we’ve got a crust. Instead of a sauce its got
this hazelnut chocolate spread and then we do literally
do have cheese on this with the ricotta cheese directly on top. And then a counterpoint with
some fruit, controversial. And some nuts, also controversial. But I feel like controversy
tastes delicious so why not? You gonna join me with this? – Oh, it’s not really my favorite. – It tastes like garbage. – Oh, I got the bigger one. – You got the crunchy one. You did get the bigger one. – Oh, man. Great. – It’s OK. – Mm. Oh bro, it’s too sweet. – Wuss. Come on man. – I’m not dessert person. Oh, sweet wine. Whew! – [Scott] OK, why is this a pizza? – [Federico] Because it has
the same dough of the pizza. – I’ve had your sandwiches
here with the pizza dough. – They’re fantastic. – Yeah, they’re not a pizza right? – No, they sandwich. – OK, thank you. – We have cheese like ricotta. We have a spread like tomato
sauce, we use Nutella. – [Scott] That’s your sauce? – Yes. – The vast majority of the flavor is coming from what’s on top of the crust. – Absolutely. – And not the crust itself. – [Federico] Absolutely, on
this pizza, absolutely. – You may as well spread
that stuff on a napkin and call it a day. – It’s gonna be fantastic. – Is that all you need for
something to be a pizza? – This is New York 2018 and we need to just give
something different to the people. I think with pizza going
through new situation. – It doesn’t read to my palate as pizza. Because I’m used to pizza
being this warm thing with ingredients that have
been cooked on top of it. So to me this is straight dessert. And I love it. I love eating it. – Because for me, tomato and
cheese on the pizza dough. – That’s your definition of pizza? – [Federico] Oh yeah.
– Tomato and cheese? – Yes, I mean that’s how we were born and raised in Italy, you know what I mean? – Sauce, cheese, and dough, no exceptions. – For you, for Federico, is this a pizza? – This is just a dessert,
you know what I mean? – Definitely people are gonna look at this and it’s gonna say pizza to them. To me it’s a little bit on the edge. Sure, oh. We all know what really matters and that’s what Mark Iacono thinks so we gotta get one of these
and bring it to Brooklyn. And find out for real. – The question is that,
does he have a good dentist to eat all this Nutella? (upbeat music) – Alright Mark, put the cheese down man. I got the dessert pizza. – [Mark] Mm, that’s the chocolate pizza. – Initial impressions though
before I slice into it? – Where’s your cutter? – You’re already ready man. – Yes. – [Scott] I’m gonna give
you the big slice again. – [Mark] You need to
work on your geometry. – Dude, pick your poison. – I’m goin’ with. – I see mine already. I love it. You and I don’t go for
the same slice ever. I love it. You’re thinking you’re still hungry. Oh, you’re loving it. So what do you like about it? – What’s not to like about it? It’s chocolate, it’s
strawberries, it’s nuts. – But the strawberries make
it any less of a pizza? – Yes. – Would you put strawberries on a pizza? – On a dessert pizza. – Is there an element of this that’s acting like a cheese to you? Or an element of this
that’s acting like a sauce? – [Mark] No. – So you don’t get pizza out of this. – Mm mn. – So you’re confirmed. This is not a pizza to you. – Yes, it’s a dessert pizza. – But you just said this is not a pizza. – No, it’s a dessert pizza. – OK, so give me definitively,
pizza or not pizza. – It’s not a pizza. (dramatic music) It’s dessert pizza. – What do we have to do to
this to make it a pizza? – Get rid of the chocolate
sauce, the strawberries, the nuts and put tomato sauce. – There are recipes from
like the 16th century that use the word pizza
to describe desserts. They describe flattened doughs
that are sweetened doughs and it seems like that
predates a savory pizza. That doesn’t sway you at
all toward this being pizza. – Well this is a pizza dessert. – A dessert pizza or a pizza dessert? – Dessert pizza, pizza dessert. – Same thing? – I’m about to kick you out. (laughing) – The decision is in. The dessert pizza from Gnocco
is absolutely delicious, but it’s technically not a pizza. – It’s a dessert pizza. – It’s a dessert pizza, there you go. You can check this thing out for yourself at Gnocco in the East Village. Thanks so much for watching Thrillist, check us out next time on “Really Dough?” – Cheers. – I’m making a mess, but I’m loving it. – It’s really really good. – Honestly, it is good. – I like what they did
with the strawberries. – I gotta say, my favorite
part of this is the nuts. – You are a little nutty. – I’m here for the money. – Scott, let’s finish this. – Right here, right now. – Let’s settle this bull (bleep) one time.


Shane S.

Mar 3, 2019, 6:34 am Reply

damn i got diabetes just watching this

Mar 3, 2019, 2:09 am Reply

these dudes eating the leaves on the strawberries and all bruhhhh


Mar 3, 2019, 6:24 am Reply

Espresso is Iike the Italian equivalent to Russian Vodka.

Allen Fepuleai

Mar 3, 2019, 11:23 am Reply

Didn’t he tell the cheeseburger pizza guy that his was a pizza because pizza is just dough with stuff on it. Now he says that chocolate pizza isn’t a pizza because it’s just dough with stuff on it. This dude

Julia Pak

Mar 3, 2019, 9:05 pm Reply

mak es nutz

Life & Times of Edsi

Mar 3, 2019, 11:07 pm Reply

U can tell he aint a dessert pizza cause this is a trash ass dessert pizza. He could of made his own fancier nutella and added idk mane whip cream? Ice cream? Candy? Toffee? Caramel?

Kind of half ass attempt at dessert pizza is this

Christopher Quinn

Mar 3, 2019, 5:43 am Reply

I’m a native New Yorker and I’ve had real dessert pizza in Boston at Sal’s. The pie had chocolate and actual melted mozzarella on real pizza dough. It was served hot and was 110% real pizza.


Mar 3, 2019, 1:38 pm Reply

He has an Israeli accent but an Italian name…


Mar 3, 2019, 3:06 pm Reply

That's Nutella not chocolate. Nutella contains something like 8% of cocoa, if not less

Dead Sarcasm

Mar 3, 2019, 10:40 pm Reply

00:51 he was trying not to laugh 😂

Dead Sarcasm

Mar 3, 2019, 10:41 pm Reply

1:44 we've all been there before

web_dev 2019

Mar 3, 2019, 1:30 am Reply

Eats what he made. "Oh bro, it's too sweet." Drinks wine. "Sweet wine!" Grunts.

Lmao 😂😂

Aaron Donut

Mar 3, 2019, 4:34 am Reply

I need this t-shirt in my life. Anyone know where it’s from?

Saeedat A

Mar 3, 2019, 2:37 pm Reply

It’s a crepe, not a pizza


Mar 3, 2019, 2:39 pm Reply

Lol why did he put the strawberry leaves on the pizza

N Vannote

Mar 3, 2019, 3:42 pm Reply


Seddd Zennn

Mar 3, 2019, 5:25 pm Reply

Mark locono looks like sleeping Soviet AGENT hiding as Italian pizza cook

Peter Lindsay

Mar 3, 2019, 6:05 pm Reply

I want that shirt


Mar 3, 2019, 1:32 am Reply

It's not a pizza or a dessert pizza… it's a dessert in the shape of a pizza.


Mar 3, 2019, 9:28 pm Reply

"hazelnut chocolate spread" … you mean nutella?

Lizzie Liu

Mar 3, 2019, 6:32 am Reply

Mark sounds like gorden Ramsey

E8 Ancient.

Mar 3, 2019, 11:47 am Reply

Wtf, yeah thats all i can think off

Lil Fxg

Mar 3, 2019, 5:50 am Reply

There’s chocolate on top of it. Already not a pizza.

J. Montrice

Mar 3, 2019, 6:41 am Reply

The day mark snaps I hope it gets caught on film 😂

big pee

Mar 3, 2019, 2:39 pm Reply

The chef said this is newyork 2010 but wasnt this ep put out last year?!?!?

Christopher Hernandez

Mar 3, 2019, 3:29 pm Reply



Mar 3, 2019, 9:37 pm Reply

I’d argue dessert pizza is more of a tart


Mar 3, 2019, 11:38 pm Reply

6:17 Is that meant to be a variation of No Time for Caution from Interstellar?

「 Rami 」

Mar 3, 2019, 4:13 pm Reply

If he went a little light on the sugar it could taste better since it really doesn’t need to taste sweeter

Caner Yaşar

Mar 3, 2019, 5:11 pm Reply

So, this is technically waffle ?


Mar 3, 2019, 5:30 pm Reply

thats a scam cus its basically a big ass pancake lmao


Mar 3, 2019, 11:56 pm Reply

This the stuff from Club Penguin?


Mar 3, 2019, 11:21 am Reply

I think dessert pizza purists might argue that dessert pizzas must have a sugar cookie crust or they are not dessert pizzas. What happens if this sweet pie is disowned by both the pizza and dessert pizza communities?

Meow Tow

Mar 3, 2019, 6:36 pm Reply

Not only did the chef not eat what he makes, but it looked he didn't care about making it, he just threw it on there like it was nothing.

Tom Emerson

Mar 3, 2019, 12:02 pm Reply



Mar 3, 2019, 5:12 pm Reply

Wish this was less scripted. And more Mike. And give more focus to the chef's cooking the pizza less editing

sík-ɪn lesson

Mar 3, 2019, 10:50 pm Reply

Nyc guys left eye is so high


Mar 3, 2019, 10:52 am Reply

This is more of a bread or pie than a pizza.

Roni Mathew

Mar 3, 2019, 2:45 pm Reply

The editing in these videos crack me up so much

Random Ashe

Mar 3, 2019, 12:12 pm Reply

It can't be good if the chef can't even eat it. How can he know if it tastes good if he doesn't like the taste?

The One who Doubts the Plan

Mar 3, 2019, 10:02 am Reply

gordon ate something similar like this and he spit it out lol.

Noah AniMaTeS

Mar 3, 2019, 4:17 pm Reply

Ok this just isn’t a pizza ok I just really don’t think it is but it’s my opinion and cheese with Nutella that doesn’t sound like something I would eat but people would probably eat it


Mar 3, 2019, 12:40 pm Reply

i see u tyrone

Bojan Dzurovski

Mar 3, 2019, 8:23 pm Reply

2 minute ad really…


Mar 3, 2019, 7:23 am Reply

i subbed just for this show

Ashwin Sanjay

Mar 3, 2019, 7:31 pm Reply

Why are there strawberry leaves on top of the pizza


Mar 3, 2019, 4:55 pm Reply

liked as soon as I heard Mark say "You need to work on your geometry."


Mar 3, 2019, 4:37 am Reply

I want to see you stop harassing Mark and go talk to that guy at una Neapolitans. Who’s been making the same pizza only for 25 years. Dare you.

Luca Marcellino

Mar 3, 2019, 5:02 am Reply

I live in Italy and the food is amazing


Mar 3, 2019, 7:39 am Reply

Now this is the pizza i want to eat

Casimir III

Mar 3, 2019, 7:21 am Reply

You should do a breakfast pizza and a taco pizza.

Casimir III

Mar 3, 2019, 7:26 am Reply

You could cook it with the toppinɡs on. It would be ɡood. I'd use marshmellows (not fluff) as the cheese.

Dragon Slayer

Mar 3, 2019, 11:48 am Reply

"im about to kick you out"
How many times did Mark say that

Ghiyãth Klink

Mar 3, 2019, 1:45 pm Reply

Is an Ice-Cream Sandwich a Sandwich? A Burger Isn't a Sandwich?…


Mar 3, 2019, 12:46 am Reply

This is better than 22k pizza


Mar 3, 2019, 8:21 am Reply

All these crazy pizza recipes from non Italians? I'm with Mark on every episode so far. Nice work guys 👌

Meryck Park

Mar 3, 2019, 11:34 pm Reply

His name is Scott Weiner


Mar 3, 2019, 7:20 am Reply

rofl the ending

Edgar Patlan

Apr 4, 2019, 2:26 pm Reply

the desert pizza I have had was apple and caramel. Had a crunchy crispy crust. It was bomb

Kevin DiFranco

Apr 4, 2019, 5:45 pm Reply

On lyrica I'd eat Nutella on cardboard but no fruit. And why ricotta cheese and not marscapone (s?).


Apr 4, 2019, 6:23 am Reply

Anyone else think this doesn't look appetizing at all?

Allen Fepuleai

Apr 4, 2019, 6:24 am Reply

I just lick my finger when I make it – thanks for the heads up

Nicola Mele

Apr 4, 2019, 3:59 pm Reply

In italy not all pizzas have tomato sauce. Pizza is not tomato sauce and mozzarella. You can put whatever you want on the dough

Domagoj Durdov

Apr 4, 2019, 10:27 am Reply

I feel like that would be too sweet.
It looks messy.


Apr 4, 2019, 7:44 am Reply

It's a nuttella sandwich


Apr 4, 2019, 3:01 am Reply

I love how you and mark are best friends

Mr Me

Apr 4, 2019, 6:41 am Reply

Mark is stoned lol


May 5, 2019, 6:30 pm Reply

Check out the first episode of InstaChef season 2 right here:

am _ Teffy

May 5, 2019, 12:19 am Reply

One bite = instant transport to the death bed

Real Mart

Jun 6, 2019, 3:54 am Reply


Robert Skot McMillan

Jun 6, 2019, 5:39 pm Reply

needs cheez on top, classic – cheez and chocolate/ sweet and savoury…


Jun 6, 2019, 9:40 am Reply

Why does Scott never finish the pizza (okay no problem), but then buys another one to bring to Mark, just give him the leftovers!!!! he only ever eats like one slice anyway that’s my only problem with this show

Caio Almeida

Jun 6, 2019, 4:48 am Reply

Just wanna let all you guys nlknow. Dessert pizza has been common in Brazil for a good 15 years now. Still don't know why it hasn't become a world spread thing. It's fucking good, it's literally dough with dessert toppings, couldn't be better

Ddrive Ddrive

Jun 6, 2019, 2:50 am Reply

I want to be friends with Mark


Jun 6, 2019, 3:54 am Reply


Tral Fazz

Jun 6, 2019, 6:35 pm Reply

Idiot does not know anything about strawberries.


Jun 6, 2019, 1:38 pm Reply

Mark look like John Whick

michael hall

Jun 6, 2019, 3:53 pm Reply

Ricotta and lemon with a touch of sugar should be the base. Dark chocolate grated cheese, candied orange salami, and toasted ground hazelnut as the parmesan. Just because you are a proud chef doesn't mean you shouldn't be flexible and creative.

mystery girl

Jun 6, 2019, 4:51 pm Reply


Hikmat AR

Jun 6, 2019, 10:09 pm Reply

No dessert, Pizza and Calzone leave me alone 😂😂😂

Anggia Angela

Jun 6, 2019, 2:36 pm Reply

Damn…it’s undoubtedly crazy crazy sweet!
Even the chef it’s too sweet 😂 How can he sell something he doesn’t like?

Radical Moose Limb

Jul 7, 2019, 3:56 pm Reply

Is no one else disturbed by leaving the leaves on the strawberry stem on the pizza??

Marcelo Kurashima

Jul 7, 2019, 5:28 pm Reply

tomato is a fruit


Jul 7, 2019, 1:30 am Reply

Now I'm confused, why does pizza have to have tomato sauce. There's plenty of pizzas with Alfredo, wine sauces, and stuff like that. So are those also not pizzas?

The Red Comet

Jul 7, 2019, 7:47 pm Reply

It’s an open face crepe.


Jul 7, 2019, 2:47 pm Reply

Quite surprised that Mark is the one proposed this..


Jul 7, 2019, 4:45 am Reply

can this guy just take the leaves off the strawberries because i don't know what demon spawn would eat the leaves

To Make No Sense

Jul 7, 2019, 11:43 pm Reply

This is crepe

Danny mahé

Jul 7, 2019, 6:13 pm Reply

"Pizza and calzone leave me alone"

Vineet Jain

Jul 7, 2019, 3:50 pm Reply

Scott sometimes makes Mark look like a bad guy.

Yamato no Ryuujin

Jul 7, 2019, 7:20 pm Reply

Scott: to me its not a pizza

Mark: its not a pizza but a desert pizza so not a pizza

Scott: but you see there are recipes dating back…

Scotts own words: Am I a joke to you?

uchiha itachi

Jul 7, 2019, 12:34 pm Reply

Let gordon ramsay have this and wait for what he gotta say


Aug 8, 2019, 12:54 am Reply

Crack pizza, not even pure coke


Aug 8, 2019, 12:36 pm Reply

pizza and calzone LEAVE ME ALONE

paquito mendoza

Aug 8, 2019, 2:25 am Reply

I just discovered this show, and i think i have a new drug on youtube 🤣🤣😞😞


Aug 8, 2019, 2:09 pm Reply

Nutella is the only ingredient there. Everyone loves nutella. But u can't have a thick layer if your teeth are bad.

Weirdtuber journalism

Sep 9, 2019, 11:25 pm Reply

I would love to see them go to Franks from munchies like a pizza crossover episode


Sep 9, 2019, 11:07 pm Reply

To me it’s not a pizza, it’s a thin crust pie.

enter a name here

Sep 9, 2019, 2:50 am Reply

Never eat anywhere who’s cook won’t eat the food he makes. Never ever.

Harry Sachs

Sep 9, 2019, 11:22 pm Reply

MARK: it’s not pizza. It’s Hawaiian pizza.

MARK: it’s not pizza. It’s Chicago deep dish pizza.

MARK: it’s not pizza. It’s a pizza bagel.

MARK: it’s not pizza. It’s pizza in a donut.

MARK: it’s not pizza. It’s dessert pizza.

Literally every time. Be original, Mark.

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