By SARAH JOHNSON
Last week, people crowded into Nuchie’s in Forestville to take part in the third annual Pizza Feud. The feud is a competition held to support local business and is organized by the Plainville Chamber of Commerce. D’Amico’s, Vero, West Main, Two Brothers and Tuscany(new to the pizza scene) all competed this year.
Maureen Saverick is the operations manager for the chamber. “We invite local pizza restaurants to come in and show off their best pizzas,” Saverick said. “We have the people (who paid $10 at the door) make their pick for personal favorite and we also have judges.”
This year’s judges were Jimmy Giuliani, a local restaurant owner; Mike Drouin of 50 West, and Nick Scata of Plainville Oil Company, which was also the event’s ad sponsor. Other sponsors were Farmington Bank for the trophies, Manafort Brothers, Inc. for pick-up and delivery, Nuchie’s for paper goods and Premier Portraits Studio. Local sports and business mascots also attended in their costumed finest, along with chair massages being available for guests.
“This event is judged in categories,” Saverick explained. “We have a best overall, picked by judges, a then a best cheese, best specialty and best overall from the people’s choice category. The public gets to walk around to each table with a little coupon book (good for one slice from each restaurant) and try out the different selections. The restaurants all get to advertise their menus in the process. We advertised for this event in the local newspapers, sent flyers to businesses, and posted a big sign outside town hall. Last year, over 200 people came out and we’re expecting more this year.”
The first table in the circle around the room was D’Amico’s Ristorante & Lounge. The restaurant took best overall the last two years. Jenna D’Amico, who waitresses at the restaurant was working at the table. “I’m excited for everyone to try our pizza,” she said. “We have six varieties with us and I really love the arugula prosciutto. The chicken marsala should do well, too.”
At Tuscany Steak and Seafood’s table, Chef Cutty Fabrycki was ready to hand out their varieties of pizza, which are new to the menu as of last month. “We have a cheese, an Italian Flag (red peppers, spinach and mozzarella) and sausage with rosemary potatoes and red peppers. It’s going to be interesting just checking out what other local restaurants are offering and meeting new townspeople who haven’t been to our place yet.”
Vero Pizza, which is a new restaurant in town, had several people working at their table. Owners Marios Nicolaou and Sonny Singh believe they’ve been doing really well. They were excited to have people taste their cheese, pepperoni, and specialty offerings. Another employee (who asked not to be named for this interview) says that the people of Plainville have been wonderful to the new business. “We love the town and we want to give them a great atmosphere,” she said. “We have a BYOB liquor policy and want people to come in and feel like family. We also use all local suppliers and the farmer’s markets for our food.”
The final table that spoke to The Observer for the evening was West Main Pizza Restaurant. Mary Ripley, who is the head waitress, has been with West Main for 15 years. “We have lots to choose from tonight,” she said. “There’s a cheese, a margherita, our house special, chicken-broccoli-garlic, and others. We’ve been in business for 42 years and this event means seeing our customers and those who have supported us all these years, as well as new potential fans!”
When all was said and eaten, everyone voted on their favorites. The judge’s choice for best overall came out for a third year to be D’Amico’s. The people chose West Main for best cheese, Tuscany for best specialty and D’Amico’s again for best overall.
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