Sunday, October 09, 2005

Who makes the best pizza on Long Island?


The 3rd Annual Best Pizza on Long Island Festival and Bake-Off was held on Saturday, October 1, 2005 at Adventureland Family Fun Park.

Pizzeria finalists were the top contenders as voted by Long Islanders in the Best Pizza on Long Island Contest. Visitors to the site were able to vote for their favorite pizza by entering their votes on the Web site at The top five pizzerias in each category were invited down for the final taste test and judging at the Long Island Pizza Festival & Bake-Off.


  • Best Regular Pizza
    Gigante's Pizza of Oceanside

  • Best Sicilian Pizza
    Prince Umberto's of Franklin Square

  • Best Marinara Pizza
    Gigante's Pizza of Oceanside

  • Best Grandma Pizza
    Spassos Pizzeria of Wantagh*

  • Best Specialty Pizza
    Prince Umberto's of Frankin Square**

Each pizzeria generously donated their time, supplies and expertise to make this a fun-filled day for all who attended. Participating pizzerias received Official "Best Of Long Island" Awards and gift certificates for food supplies from Cremosa Foods.

Spassos Pizza of Wantagh won for Best Grandma Pizza. In addition, Spassos was deemed 'Best Overall' in the Long Island Pizza Contest. Spassos was honored by Joe Carlucci, World Champion Pizza Acrobat to represent the World Pizza Champions in the World Pizza Championships to be held in Salsomaggiore, Italy in April, 2006. Spassos receives an all-expense paid trip to Italy representing the United States and sponsored by the World Pizza champions, Inc. For more information go to:

**Prince Umberto's Pizza of Franklin Square won in two categories, Best Sicilian and Best Specialty Pizza. As a special honor Prince Umberto's will go on to compete in the American Pizza Championships. The winner from the American Pizza Championships competition goes on to compete representing the US in the America's Plate, an International Competition held at Pizza Marketing Quarterly (PMQ) New York Pizza Show on November 1-2, 2005. For more information about the New York Pizza Show, go to http://www.newyorkpizzashow

The Best Pizza on Long Island Contest & Festival is an annual event put together by to promote local pizzerias and at the same time raise funds for a good cause. A portion of the proceeds go to Long Island Cares and Island Harvest, non-profit organizations dedicated to feeding the hungry on Long Island.

Next year's contest will begin Spring 2006. Check the Web site at for updates and more information about the Best Pizza on Long Island Contest 2006.

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