Nunzio's vs. Cusato's
First, how we got here: Cusato's beat fellow Clifton Parker Antipasto's 22-15 and Nunzio's topped Pope's 63-52.
You gotta figure Nunzio's is the favorite here -- it took second in the whole tournament last year, it scored reasonably well in the first round and Cusato's stumbled. But throw out the reputations! It's all about the pizza on the plate.
We head back to the lovely Spring Street Gallery for the tasting...
A quick note about how all this works: The four judges -- Renee, Albany Jane, Joe and Daniel B -- taste the pizza blind. That is, they don't know which pizza they're tasting during judging. They taste the competitors side by side. The scoring is on a 100 point scale -- each judge represents a quarter of those possible points.
Nunzio's vs. Cusato's
And there would be no upset. Nunzio's put up solid, if unspectacular, scores in every category. The judges praised Nunzio's crust for being cooked more than the first round pie -- they described the crust as "chewy." The Saratoga shop's sauce was "bright." The judges applauded Nunzio's rough chunks of sausage for their fennel and spice -- though they said they would have liked more of it.
Cusato's scored better in this round than the first. A few of the judges did describe the Clifton Park shop's slice as "meaty," but it just didn't show up overall. We all have a string of bad luck. It happens. And unfortunately for this shop, it came in the TOP.
Nunzio's wins the Saratoga bracket again and advances to the semi-finals, where it will face the winner of the Troy bracket. It might have to step up its game to make it to the finals, though.
Tomorrow: the Tournament of Pizza heads back to Schenectady.
Special thanks again to the Spring Street Gallery, which graciously provided us with space to taste pizza.
+ Steve's picks for Round 2
+ Results from Round 1 in the Albany bracket
+ Results from Round 1 in the Troy bracket
+ Results from Round 1 in the Schenectady bracket
+ Results from Round 1 in the Saratoga bracket
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