TOP 2009: Round 2: Schenectady

RD2 schenectady

Downtown vs. uptown.

Round 2 of the 2009 Tournament of Pizza, sponsored by Sunmark Federal Credit Union, rolls on to Schenectady today. Here's the match-up of sausage pizzas

Nico's vs. Marino's

First, how we got here. Nico's beat out Latham entry Ario's 59-45 with a pie that was consistently just a little bit better. Marino's pulled a shocking 62-59 upset over Pizza King, last year's tournament runner-up

So, who wants the crown?

Bring on the pizza!

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(There's a new scoring system this year.)

Nico's vs. Marino's

Nico's Marino's
Crust 8 15
Sauce 11 12
Toppings 14 17
Overall taste 21 28
Totals 54 72

Post game:

Another strong showing for Marino's. The flying pizza can thank its crust and toppings for the win. Judges called the crust "nicely browned," "flavorful," and "properly cooked." And a few of the judges flipped for Marino's spicy sausage -- said one, "makes me close my eyes... it's that good."

Nico's didn't turn in a bad effort, it just wasn't enough. But it did have its supporters among the judges. Wrote one judge on her score sheet: "I want to marry this pizza."

Up next

Tomorrow: Round 2 continues with the Troy bracket, where I Love NY takes on Jimmy's.


17 years ago, my then-boyfriend, now-husband lived across the street from Marino's and ate there quite often... and at the risk of pleading guilty to TMI,...his sexy-garlic smell kept me coming back for more....I believe a trip to Schenectady may be in order...thanks AOA!!

Marino's for the WIN! ..... I have a feeling they might go all the way.

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