For this year’s competition, PizzaOvens’ director Fash Asvadi and his staff chose to move the event downtown and give consumers an opportunity to choose their favorite pizzas, with proceeds going to the Lexington Humane Society.
Final judges included myself, Lexington restaurateur Joe Bologna, and Santo Bruno of Tampa, Fla., culinary coach of the U.S. Pizza Team. There were two judging divisions, traditional and non-traditional, and one over-all grand prize winner. The grand prize winner was The Bridge Pizza on Waller Avenue. Pizza makers Osman Cagil and Bayram Vatansever earned a trip to Italy and an opportunity to compete with the U.S. Pizza Team. Mostafa Elhity also is a partner in The Bridge.
First place winner in the traditional category was FatKats Pizzeria in Georgetown. Goodfellas Pizzeria of Lexington and Covington, and Sal’s Pizza in Louisville. In the non-traditional category The Bridge Pizza won first place; Sal’s came in second, and third place winner was Shakespeare & Co. of Lexington.
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