Voting's closed! Brackets will be announced toward the end of September!
The 2012 Tournament of Pizza will soon be here. The selection committee is currently assembling this year's field. And we need your help.
This year's brackets will include:
+ The four finalists from last year -- 5th and 50 (Schenectady bracket), Marisa's Place (Albany bracket), DeFazio's (Troy bracket), and Mama Mia's (Saratoga bracket).
+ Four mystery selections that will be revealed to no one except the Editors -- not even the judges.
+ Four "tough luck" pizza shops -- pizzerias that have turned out pizzas with very good scores but for whatever reason didn't win their bracket (and weren't selected by crowd voting).
That leaves four spots to be filled by crowd voting. The pizzerias with the most votes in each bracket will earn a spot in the 2012 TOP.
The ballot for this year's field is after the jump. Voting closes at noon on Friday.
A few quick notes:
The Tournament of Pizza field is composed of pizza shops that prominently offer delivery and/or takeout, with a wide variety of traditional American pizza toppings. They're call-up-and-order-a-pepperoni-with-onions kind of places. As a result, some places that make very good pizza don't end up qualifying for the tournament -- they're just a different genre of pizza.
Brackets are for general regions. So a place that's not in Schenectady itself may end up in the Schenectady region. Or a place that's in Cohoes may end up in the Troy bracket.
If your favorite pizza shop doesn't appear on the lists below, please enter it in the write-in field with the town where it's located.
Only one ballot is allowed per computer.
The final field is at the discretion of the Editors.
If you don't see the ballot above -- and it's before noon on September 7, 2012 -- please vote directly at the SurveyMonkey site.
Results from the 2012 TOP will start in October.
The 2012 Tournament of Pizza is once again sponsored by Sunmark Federal Credit Union. We very much appreciate its continued support of the TOP.
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