The 2013 Best Pizza Contest sponsored by the Hoffman Estates and Schaumburg Jaycees was well-attended and a great success. Earlier this month, the Schaumburg Township community sampled a variety of pizzas and voted for their favorite at this annual contest.
There were some new competitors this year, as well as returning restaurants. The participants, who made the event possible, were California Pizza Kitchen, Danny's Pizza of Streamwood, Frato's Pizza, Georgio's Chicago Pizzeria & Pub, Jerseys Pizza & Grill, Jet's Pizza, Moretti's Ristorante & Pizzeria, Riccardo's Ristorante, Rosario's Pizza, Rosati's Pizza, UNO Chicago Grill Schaumburg, and Wa-Pa-Ghetti's.
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Here are the results:
Thin Crust Winner: Frato's Pizza
Thin Crust Runner-up: California Pizza Kitchen Pan/Thick Crust Winner: Jet's Pizza Pan/Thick Crust Runner-up: Riccardo's Ristorante
Specialty Winner: Rosario's Pizza Specialty Runner-up: UNO Chicago Grill Schaumburg "What a year it has been," said Michael J. Kudrna, president of Frato's Pizza, repeating as Thin Crust Winner. "This goes to show that with hard work, especially during the tough times, good things can and will come of it. The staff truly deserves this recognition and we look forward to an even better 2014 as Frato's continues to evolve. We're not done yet, not even close."
Rosario's Pizza competed for the first time and was crowned winner of the specialty category.
"Thank you to everyone for coming out and tasting all the pizzas," owner Chris Bucaro said. "We at Rosario's have always been about the community and are glad that we could work with the Jaycees on this community event."
Leftover pizza was donated to the Hoffman Estates police and the Schaumburg and Hoffman Estates fire stations.
Hoffman Estates Jaycees projects include the Make a Difference Day Food Drive, a summer carnival and the pizza contest. Schaumburg Jaycees projects include holiday food baskets, a Christmas wish tree and the Special Olympics.
The Jaycees provide individuals between the ages of 18 and 40 the opportunity to network and develop personal and leadership skills while serving their community. Information is at www.hoffmanestatesjaycees.org or www.schaumburgjaycees.org.