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Innovative pizza vending machine really delivers

Innovative pizza vending machine really delivers

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Customers can now order a fresh baked pizza any time of the day.

I don´t know whether I should file this under the category of "The worsening global obesity problem," "Robots stealing jobs" or "Why didn´t I think of this sooner?" So I´ll let you decide.

This promotional video by A1 Concepts introduces audiences to Let´s Pizza, the world´s first vending machine that dispenses pizza. And we´re not talking the frozen or de-thawed variety, but an actual piping hot, made-from-scratch oven baked pie.

No Joke. You can even see the entire pizza-making process as the dough is mixed, kneaded, rolled, topped with tomato sauce, cheese and toppings. After a baking period of less than three minutes, it´s delivered in a standard cardboard take-out box, ready to eat. There isn´t any dough-tossing, unfortunately.

For $5.95, customers can get a 10-inch made-to-order pizza with a selection of over 200 toppings, ranging from vegan to Kosher options. The machine even accepts both credit cards and cash.

Invented by Italian entrepreneur Claudio Torghel, the pizzeria-in-a-box is apparently already being used in Italy where it´s gotten quite popular with the masses, so expect to see them in places such as malls, airports, hotels, supermarkets, colleges and gas stations.

"Let's Pizza is a huge success in Europe and especially in Italy. That was proof for us that we have a very good pizza," A1 Concepts Chief Executive Ronald Rammer told Pizza Marketplace.

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Tuan Nguyen

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Contributing Editor Tuan C. Nguyen is a freelance science journalist based in New York City. He has written for the U.S. News and World Report, Fox News, MSNBC, ABC News, AOL, Yahoo! News and LiveScience. Formerly, he was reporter and producer for the technology section of ABCNews.com. He holds degrees from the University of California Los Angeles and the City University of New York's Graduate School of Journalism. Follow him on Twitter. Disclosure