TOP 2009: Round 2: Troy

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Lined up for a big win? Maybe not.

Today we make the turn on Round 2 of the 2009 Tournament of Pizza, sponsored by Sunmark Federal Credit Union. The Troy bracket is up in the Sausage Round. Here's the match-up:

I Love NY vs. Jimmy's

First, the path leading here. I Love NY was able to top 'Vliet favorite The Purple Pub 63-54. Jimmy's squeaked into the second round on the first tie-breaker in a 39-39 grudge match with Latham's Vintage.

So, you gotta think I Love is the big favorite here. Will things hold to form?

That's why we eat the pizza.

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

I Love NY vs. Jimmy's

I Love NY Jimmy's
Crust 12 9
Sauce 7 7
Toppings 10 9
Overall taste 23 15
Totals 52 40

Post game:

This ended up a little closer than expected. I Love NY was able to get an early lead with its crust. But both pizza places stumbled with their sauces. I Love's sauce as described as "sweet" and "heavy." Jimmy's sauce was called "neutral." The sausage didn't separate much, either. The judges said ILNY's sausage was "a bit bland" and Jimmy's was described as tasting a bit "gamey."

Ultimately, it was overall taste that put I Love NY in the final four. Concluded one judge of I Love's pie: a "nice balance of flavors."

Up next

I Love NY will have to really bring in the next round against Saratoga bracket winner Nunzio's.

Tomorrow: the much-anticipated showdown between Pasquale's and Marisa's in the Albany bracket.


What's up with the size difference? Are all the pizza's supposed to be a the same size?

You guys are killing me with the TOP. Do you know how hard it is to see those pictures of greasy, delicious pizza and not lunge at the computer screen for a bite?

A suggestion: maybe the TOP contestants (or just the winner) could offer discounts to AOA readers so that we can share in the cheesy, gooey joy. Just sayin'.

No kidding, C, if I were the judge and saw that scrawny, puny thing, I'd be turned off, too...

Not to mention if I had paid good money for it...

Hey, the subtitle under the pies on the front page is SCHEN. Is it Troy, or Schen? And, I LOVE should win. So you know.

Editors: Erp. Thanks. It's fixed now.

Not entirely TOP related, but after all this pizza talk, I wanted some before class tonight and we hit up Bacchus. Loved it! Whole wheat dough? With garlic and broccoli and tomatoes? Yum! If only they had eggplant...

How about a zoomable view of the pizza so I can zoom in move around the pizza pictures? Not sure how hard that is to do.

This is why despite there being ten pizzerias closer to my house I always go to I Love.

Hooray for I Love!

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