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Oct 19, 2010
12:00 AM

Buffalo Spree's Pizza Showdown

Buffalo Spree's Pizza Showdown











Welcome to Spree’s first WNY pizza tournament. We’ve used the March Madness model for this contest: a process of elimination that starts with sixteen venues, then narrows down to eight, then four, then two, culminating in a final winner. We’re not the first to do this—in February, Every Day with Rachael Ray organized a nationwide tournament that included sixty-four pizzerias and regional winners, as well as an overall winner (Pizzeria Blanco in Phoenix). We felt sixteen was a fair and practical number for the Buffalo area; you’ll find the gamut here, from thick, gooey, Buffalo-style slices to elegant Neopolitan offerings to everything in between. Even a pod!

Nonetheless, we are also aware that there are hundreds of pizza places throughout the area—so apologies in advance if your favorite is not included in the sixteen. Initially, the six Buffalo Spree food writers traveled to each venue, but for the final four, they got together as a group to choose the two semi-finalists and champion.

Every pizzeria was tested on their cheese and pepperoni option. Who would you pick?

Every day this week will reveal a portion of the competition on our Consuming Passions blog. Leave your comments and have the opportunity to win our Pizza Showdown contest! Those with the most correct answers will be entered in a drawing to win gear designed for making the perfect pizza at home.

The winning pie in our Pizza Showdown is revealed in the November issue of Buffalo Spree.

 Here are the brackets up so far: Pizza Plant vs. Romeo and Juliet's,, Bocce Club vs. Just Pizza, La Hacienda vs. Blasdell, Pizza Oven vs. Buzzy's, Gino and Joe's vs. New York PizzaMister Pizza vs. La Pizza Club, Siena vs. Trattoria Aroma, Zetti's vs. La Nova, Romeo and Juliet's vs. Siena, Buzzy's vs. Bocce Club, Gino & Joe's vs. La Hacienda, Mister Pizza vs. La Nova.

Correct votes on the 1st 8 brackets only count through noon, 10/22.

Comments should be open for all of these. The winner will be announced Tuesday 9 am EST.

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Oct 20, 2010 08:30 am
 Posted by  Bert

I'm a big fan of Zetti's, originally in the University Plaza, but now with two additional locations on Elmwood at Bidwell and Maple Road near the entrance to UB. He has many types on the menu, but I find myself going there for the thin crust pizza with interesting topping combinations. The place also bats 1.000 when it comes to consistency. They never miss a beat. Always good.


Oct 20, 2010 01:56 pm
 Posted by  montesano

You only have 8 joints listed...are the other 8 yet to come?

Oct 20, 2010 02:13 pm
 Posted by  Ann M.

I sure hope you include Leonardi's, Bozanna's, Pizza Junction and Mister Pizza. I like get from different places so I don't get bored. :)

Oct 20, 2010 02:39 pm
 Posted by  billyclyde

And while you're at it, I hope you include Imperial (Patrick Kane's favorite pizzeria), Abbott and Bella's. These are three of the southtowns best).

Oct 21, 2010 03:47 am
 Posted by  Peachess WNY

Why can't we leave a comment for the Pizza Oven Vs. Buzzy's section?

Oct 21, 2010 10:15 am
 Posted by  elicata

We think that is fixed now. Sorry!

Oct 21, 2010 11:11 am
 Posted by  Joyce K.

If you want a great pizza for a Saturday night try the Mustard Seed in South Dayton -- the sunflower crust is worth making the reservation & the drive. Unfortunately Nettie & crew won't qualify for your competition because it is only a Saturday choice.

Oct 21, 2010 12:17 pm
 Posted by  elicata

Hi Joyce,

Alberto Rey wrote about the Mustard Seed in the 11/09 Spree. It sounds like a fabulous spot.

Oct 22, 2010 03:14 pm
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Oct 22, 2010 07:22 pm
 Posted by  Katrina N.

A second year passes without recognition given to one of the finest pizza places in the Buffalo area, Metro Pizza Co. on Clinton Street! This location has been around for 17 years! They deliver to a plethora of well-known Buffalo businesses. The beeeeeesssst pizza ever. There are people miles away that wish for another location because of the taste. Buffalo Spree needs to check it out.

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