Victory isn’t just sweet, it’s delicious.
Isabella Anthony, 9, grabbed the sparkling silver trophy — judge’s choice — at the best of Conneaut pizza competition 2012, and gave it a hug.
Delicious, delicious victory.
Isabella’s father, Gordi Anthony, made some prize-wining pizza pies at GiaBella’s Pizza — pies good enough for the top honor.
Five area pizzeria’s — GiaBella’s, Pizzi’s, Bridge Street Pizza, Pizza Hut and JD’s Pizza, all vied for the top title on Sunday at the Conneaut Human Resources Center.
“Everybody loves pizza,” event coordinator Debby Tisdale said. “That makes this event a lot of fun from the first slice.”
The pizza competition raised $2,200 last year for the Conneaut Music Boosters and the Conneaut Human Resource Center.
“We can’t thank the pizzerias’ enough for participating,” Tisdale said. “They get to come out and promote their businesses, show off their pizzas and we all get to eat.”
Pizza Hut took the kids’ choice award, GiaBella’s won best pizza and best sauce, Bridge Street Pizza won for best specialty pizza and the people’s choice award.
A blindfolded Russ Coltman taste tested each slice as a judge and said he had a hard time choosing a winner.
“We have some really, really good pizzerias in this area,” he said. “I am a foodie, so I appreciate a good pizza.”
Peyton Marcy, 7, said she loves GiaBella’s pizza.
“I don’t get to eat that much pizza,” she said, “but I love the pepperoni.”
Michael Morgan, owner of JD’s Pizza, said he is nervous all the way up until the winner is announced. Morgan took the top prize in the competition in 2011.
“I put in a million hours and a lot of heart in what I do. Making pizza is my only gift. But standing here waiting for the results, I am a nervous wreck. My guts are in a knot,” he said.
Gordi Anthony may have made the pizza, but he barely got to touch the gleaming silver trophy on Sunday as Isabella clung to the accomplishment.
“My family works hard to make great pizza,” Isabella said. “My dad works really hard.”
Anthony said he won’t pick a favorite from his own menu.
“Which pizza is the best?” he said. “They are all the best. I wouldn’t put my name on them if they weren’t the best.”
Annual pizza contest mushrooms as people pick their favorites
Victory isn’t just sweet, it’s delicious.
- Local News
No dog for Victims of Crime
Ashtabula County Commissioners have denied the Victim’s of Crime Office’s request for a facility dog.
Conneaut I-90 work now at the finish line
More than two years in the making, a monumental Interstate 90 repair project in Conneaut is at its end, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.
Conneaut on verge of owning old factory
City officials in Conneaut say they are ready to launch legal action that could turn a controversial commercial building into municipal property.
Tax-haunted running mate quits guv’s race
A Democratic lieutenant governor candidate in Ohio who faced hundreds of thousands of dollars in state and federal tax liens dropped out of the race Tuesday, saying his financial troubles were taking away from debate on important policy issues.
Double killing going to grand jury
The case of Edward “Booman” Smith of Ashtabula, who police believe shot and killed two men Nov. 25, has been bound over to the Ashtabula County grand jury, City Solicitor Michael Franklin said.
Conneaut’s Chamber seeks city’s top citizen
The hunt is officially started to find Conneaut’s top citizen for 2013.
Candlelight procession planned for Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
The Servants of Mary Center for Peace will host a celebration of the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Thursday.
Police investigate other possible killings tied to suspects
Authorities said Saturday they’re investigating possible other murders by a young married couple charged with luring a central Pennsylvania man to his death with an adult companionship ad on Craigslist.
Conneaut council tables sale of former firehouse
Legislation that would authorize City Manager Tim Eggleston to seek bids for the possible sale of an old fire station was tabled at Monday's City Council meeting.
Democratic Central Committee names Iarocci as prosecutor
The Ashtabula County Democratic Central Committee has selected Nick Iarocci to fill Thomas Sartini’s unexpired term.
- More Local News Headlines
- No dog for Victims of Crime