Slideshow: The 5th Annual Pizza Olympics in Philadelphia, PA

Ultimate pizza party
Ultimate pizza party

A happy Philadelphian about to get a slice at the 5th Annual Pizza Olympics.

The Fancy Brigade
The Fancy Brigade

No Pizza Olympics is complete without a troupe of mummers to serenade the guests. But they only dress up in full costume for special occasions. Clearly, The Pizza Olympics qualifies.

Cacia's Bakery
Cacia's Bakery

Cacia'shad four square slices on offer, but the savory Pizza Pizzazz was the clear winner.

Oh, the beauty of a pizza pizzazz. A South Philly invention featuring a white pie with American cheese, sliced tomatoes, banana peppers, and a healthy shake of oregano, the version from Cacia's is served up on a thick, chewy square crust. Creamy, savory, yet not too heavy, this is how to do a pizzazz, my friends.

Slice-off
Slice-off

Tomato pie from Lanci's Bakery(left) and a plain slice from Chickie's and Pete's (right).

I'll be honest. I was dead set against liking Chickie's and Pete's pizza. How can a huge crab bar, best known for their their Old Bay french fries, even think about competing in the Pizza Olympics? I've tried their pizza in past years and been thoroughly unimpressed. But this year they upped their game: an Upside Down slice, with a thin buttery crust covered in thick mozzarella. Topped with copious amounts of sauce, thick with garlic and chunks of tomato, and completed with a sprinkling of more melted mozzarella on top, it was far and away our favorite plain slice of the event.

A Bevy of Slices from J&J's
A Bevy of Slices from J&J's

Three beautiful slices from J&J's. A Margherita slice with mozzarella and basil, a Chicken Ranch slice with bacon, and a white slice with chicken and sautéed spinach.

J&J's Undercarriage
J&J's Undercarriage

We take a peek beneath a J&J's slice (minus a couple bites).

Paulie's
Paulie's

General Tso's Chicken slices from Paulie's, with breaded chicken slices, broccoli, and General Tso's sauce.

Slice's Arugula, Pistachio, Tomato, and Ricotta
Slice's Arugula, Pistachio, Tomato, and Ricotta

Slice served up some unusual combos, like this arugula- and pistachio-topped blend.

Bianca's
Bianca's

The undercarriage of a thick slice of Bianca Pizza.

The Pizza Olympics in all its glory
The Pizza Olympics in all its glory

The Fifth Annual Pizza Olympics took place on Delaware Ave, in South Philly.

Voting etiquette
Voting etiquette

A ballot is best accompanied by a bottle of Pennsylvania's own Yuengling.

Pizza graveyard
Pizza graveyard

Innumerable brave pizzas sacrificed their lives for this year's Pizza Olympics.