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Oct 19, 2010
12:00 AMConsuming Passions
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 BuffaloSpree.com 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 Pizza, Mister 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.