Pizza vending machines are coming to Rome, and despite the fact that Italians have the most vending machines than any other country in Europe, this is apparently a slice too far. The Slow Food people are not happy:

Purists say the Italian pizza—invented in the 18th century in the southern city of Naples -- cannot be rushed: the dough must be mixed and left for 12 hours, the ingredients kept fresh, and the oven pre-heated to around 300 degrees.

"This machine is a toy," Pino Morelli of the Association of Italian Pizzerias said. "Perhaps it will find a niche overseas, but Italians are born with pizza: their mothers feed it to them as babies. They understand it."

Screw the purists: I, personally, would kill a man in order to have a pizza vending machine in front of my house. It would be like that old commercial for pizza Bagel Bites (sing it with me now, children of the '90s):

Too bad they're not installed yet. Buying and eating pizza from a vending machine would be a great way to hold a counter-celebration for Earth Hour tomorrow.

I blogged about the new hot dog vending machines on Capitol Hill here. I blogged about pizza in North Korea here