By Lindsay Carey
Pizza enthusiasts everywhere, mark your calendars for Tuesday, August 26.
The Southington Chamber of Commerce Women is holding its fifth annual Pizza Fest at Northridge Golf Course, formerly Pine Valley, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
It’s an event for those who consider themselves a pizza connoisseur or those looking for a new favorite pizza restaurant in town.
With over 10 pizza restaurants participating, attendees can sample a slice from each restaurant. Pizza fest is a competition as well and the public gets to help choose the winners.
Each restaurant will be judged in two categories, best overall and most original.
Attendees are invited to cast ballots for their favorite pizzas. In addition, a panel of local judges will also help choose the winners, which will be announced at the commencement of the event.
The 2014 Pizza Fest judges will be Observer Editor Ed Harris, Town Manager Garry Brumback, Town Councilor Dawn Miceli, State Rep. Dave Zoni and Bristol Press Publisher Mike Schroeder.
Last year, Italian restaurant Bonterra won best overall pizza. However, the restaurant is no longer in business.
Restaurants competing at Pizza Fest this year are Dominos, Formaggio’s, Luiza’s Restaurant, Giovanni’s, Machiavelli’s Italian Restaurant, People’s Choice, Napoli Café, Deli & Catering, Paradise Grill & Pizza, Anthony’s Ristorante, Tuscany Restaurant, Nico’s and more.
“Everyday’s a competition, there are so many pizza places in Southington,” said Michael Truss, owner of Napoli Cafe, Deli & Catering in Plantsville. “We try to put out the best product we can. We actually won ‘most original’ two years ago.”
Norine DeRoccio, owner of Formaggio’s said she wanted to be a part of the pizza fest because her restaurant is new in town.
“We’re new, we’ve only been around for three months,” said DeRoccio. “This gives the people the chance to see the type of food we have, our staff is wonderful and our service is good, and deliver as well.”
According to Southington Chamber of Commerce President Art Secondo, Pizza Fest is a gourmet event that serves large numbers year after year.
“The last two years we have exceeded 500 people,” said Secondo, noting how the event always draws a large crowd.
Tickets are available in advance at the chamber offices at One Factory Square, $10 for adults and $5 for children eight and under. The ticket prices will increase at the door to $13 for adults and $8 for children eight and under.
This chamber event is sponsored by Webster Bank, Lovley Development, Image Marketing, HQ Landscaping, Pal’s Power Washing, Costco, Plumbers Plus, and The Herald. Music for the event will be by Volume Entertainment.
By Lindsay Carey