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Friends and Family Settle Best Pizza Debate With Contest

The contest was held on Haven Avenue on Saturday evening.

For years Lindsay Thompson and her friends and family have battled over who makes the best pizza in Ocean City.

"It's a big argument," said Thompson. "We'll be on the beach and it's a constant debate. I'm sick of hearing it."

So, on Saturday night, they decided to settle the debate once and for all with a blind taste testing of pies from five different restaurants on the island, scoring each slice on its crust, sauce, cheese to dough ratio and overall pizza experience.

Thompson printed out score cards, called up her friends, and hosted a pizza eating contest in a friend's backyard on Haven Avenue.

Charlie Doyle, a Philadelphian who spends summers in Ocean City, was among those who attended. He claimed before the contest that makes the best pie.

Another friend, Lee Morris, of Westchester, PA, and who worked as a server at Mack & Manco's (before it was Manco & Manco's) for five years, said that he was sure would win.

Others called for , and others . was also included. Thompson chose which five pizzerias to order from based on which were mentioned the most often when her friends would argue.

15 judges in total showed up for the contest, and each was served one slice from each restaurant, but none were told which slice was from which. Each judge scored the slice out of a total of 20 points.

"Instantly you can taste the difference," said Felicia Ford of Galloway. "If one has more oregano, more cheese, more sauce."

After the contest, Ford and the other two judges at her table agreed that they enjoyed Roma's the most. But cumulatively, Roma's took third in the contest. It was Manco & Manco's that took home first place.

The results were as follows, out of a possible total of 300 points:

  1. Manco & Manco, 209.5
  2. Mario's, 173.5
  3. Roma's, 171
  4. Express, 163.5
  5. Prep's, 159.5

Thompson said after the event that maybe next year they will host another contest, but substitute different pizzerias for those that scored the lowest. When she asked if it should be an annual event, her friends, the judges, cheered.

Anne Doherty July 22, 2012 at 03:02 PM
We tried Randazzo's this year and found it very good !
John Adair July 22, 2012 at 04:27 PM
The best pie won ive ate there its great john adair st.pete beach fl
Ellen July 22, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Well IMHO they chose 2nd tier pizza places. Why didn't they include Piccini's? That is the best pizza on the Island.
Mike July 22, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Manco is garbage, all the locals know that. The best is Natural Pizza on 11th and Asbury.
IloveOC July 22, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Agree with Mike!
Linda Barnes July 22, 2012 at 10:08 PM
LOVE MANCOS. Great contest. Blind tests are the best.
Happy Harry July 22, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Manco and Manco comes in behind shoprite and we all know how good that is
Neil Kaye July 23, 2012 at 10:05 AM
Last year All Natural won easily. This time Patch didn't even put them on the list. Other readers have had similar complaints. Clearly Patch has a bias and cannot be considered credible with readers. Shame on you!
Parker Miller July 23, 2012 at 11:57 AM
I think what this contest proves without a doubt is that Philadelphians have no clue what good pizza should taste like. Except for Mario's, these are all 2nd or 3rd rate tourist places.
KF July 23, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Americans are the fattest people in the world. Incidentally, just because something is all natural doesn't mean it's not poison. Rattlesnake venom is all natural. Think about the garbage you are ingesting and ask yourself if you want your limbs amputated because you have diabetes. Pizza makes you fat.
George July 23, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Pizza actually has all the elements of the food pyramid, dairy, grain, vegetable,and is best supported by the other pyramid, of Beer, Cigars and some ice cream before bed. Enjoy life, eat and do everything in moderation
propertywatcher July 23, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Patch had nothing to do with this taste test!!! A family did this on their own, just for fun. Read the article before you comment.
Lee Pavorsky July 24, 2012 at 03:15 PM
ROMA! Hands down the best on the island! Piccini's and Express are honorable mentions.
Gary Gutkowski July 24, 2012 at 03:59 PM
I agree with the previous comment from Mr. Tavorsky. Roma's has great pizza. Dean and family make you feel like family when you eat at his establishment. Try it! You will like it!
Lee Pavorsky July 24, 2012 at 04:06 PM
That is Pavorsky, not to be confused with Jake Tavorsky of Voorhees. Glad you agree with my preference.

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