Ultimate pizza party
A happy Philadelphian about to get a slice at the 5th Annual Pizza Olympics.
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'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.
Rosario's "Mexican-style" pizza
Rosario's, a Mexican pizzeria, features pies with toppings like avocado, pico de gallo and cactus. This one had black bean purée, mozzarella, chorizo, roasted corn kernels, and poblano peppers.
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
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.
We take a peek beneath a J&J's slice (minus a couple bites).
On the left, a Chicken Caesar slice from J&J's; the romaine was cooked along with thick chunks of white meat and Caesar dressing, but nonetheless maintained its firmness.
Paulie's entered a special off-menu slice in the Pizza Olympics. The Sloppy Joe was in fact not sloppy at all—a thin crust was neatly arrayed with ground beef and chopped red onions cooked in Sloppy Joe sauce and arranged on top of mozzarella, this slice was a definite crowd favorite.
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 served up some unusual combos, like this arugula- and pistachio-topped blend.
The undercarriage of a thick slice of Bianca Pizza.
Choosing the winners is serious work.
The Pizza Olympics in all its glory
The Fifth Annual Pizza Olympics took place on Delaware Ave, in South Philly.
A ballot is best accompanied by a bottle of Pennsylvania's own Yuengling.
Innumerable brave pizzas sacrificed their lives for this year's Pizza Olympics.