Best of the Northeast Pizza-Making Competition

A new era of pizza competition!

Calling all pizzaiolos to take part in our newest pizza-making competition, the “Best of the Northeast.” Competitors will battle head-to-head, bringing their best recipes and presenting their finished signature pizza to a panel of prestigious judges in the Traditional, Non-Traditional, and Neapolitan divisions.

Competitors must bring their own dough and ingredients and then assemble their pizzas in front of the audience.

Trophies and $1,500 in prize money will be awarded to the winners of each division.

Limited to 40 competitors in the Traditional division, 20 competitors in Non-Traditional division and 25 in the Neapolitan division. 

Please note: The Best of the Northeast can only be purchased by the first person to register from each company. You will be asked to enter the name of the participant when the division is added to your cart. Each company may only enter one participant per division.

Competition Schedule 

Sunday, October 16

8:00-9:00 AM – Competitors & Judges Meeting
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM – Traditional Division
4:00-5:00 PM – Young Pizza Maker of the Year Competition and Awards Presentation

Monday, October 17

8:00-8:30 AM – Competitors & Judges Meeting
8:30 AM – 3:15 PM – Non-Traditional & Neapolitan Divisions
3:30-4:30 PM – Awards Presentations

2022 Champions

Traditional Winners:

1st Place: 
Jimmy Casapizziolo – Casa Pizzeria in Ludlow, Massachusetts

2nd Place: 
Anthony Berghela – Romo’s Pizza in Slingerlands, New York

3rd Place:
Bill Cornell – Carmin’s Wood Fired Pizza in Joplin, Missouri

Non-Traditional Winners:

1st Place:
Christina Smith – State of Mind Pizzeria and Public House in Los Altos, California

2nd Place:
Brandon Bryant – Hudson and Packard in Hyde Park, New York

3rd Place:
Jeff Smokevitch – Blue Pan Pizza in Denver, Colorado

Neapolitan Winners:

1st Place:
Jay Jadeja – The Onion Tree Gastropub in Sea Cliff, New York

2nd Place:
Daniele Gagliotta

3rd Place:
Daniele Caridi – Chicago, Illinois

2018 Champions

Traditional Winners:

1st Place (Tie):

  • Scottie Rivera – Scottie’s Pizza Parlor in Portland, Oregon
  • Brenton Wallace – Crust & Craft in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

2nd Place:
Sean Dempsey – Dempsey’s Brewery in Watertown, South Dakota

3rd Place:
Chris Decker – Metro Pizza in Las Vegas, Nevada

Non-Traditional Winners:

1st Place:
Chris Batties – Denunzios Brick Oven Pizza and Grill in Fort Meyers, Florida

2nd Place:
David Conti – Red Planet Pizza N BBQ in Ansonia, Connecticut

3rd Place:
Greg Shope – Berthoud Pizza Company in Berthoud, Colorado

STG/ Napoletana Winners:

1st Place:
Michael Mercurio – Mercurio’s LLC in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2nd Place:
Yoann Le Corvec – Pizzeria No 900 in Montreal, Canada

3rd Place (Tie):

  • Mirko D’Agata – Groupe No 900 Pizzeria Napolitaine Inc. in Montreal, Canada
  • Brian Vickers – Groupe No 900 Pizzeria Napolitaine Inc. in Montreal, Canada

Gluten-Free Winners:

1st Place:
Giovanni Cesarano – King Umberto in Elmont, New York

2nd Place:
Joseph Mercurio – Mercurio’s in Pittsburgh, PA

3rd Place:
Ryan Banda – Flour & Barley in Las Vegas, Nevada

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