It's important to remember… These scores are all based on the opinions of judges. And while the judges take it very (very) seriously, they are, in the end, just people with their own opinions. Your favorite shop hasn't scored well over the years? No big deal. If you like the pizza, that's what matters. Eat what you like. If anything, maybe the TOP can help you find a new spot that you might also like.

Numbers include all pizzas up to this point in all Tournaments of Pizza, excluding the first (non-modern) year.

TOP2014 averages compared to past years

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The 15 shops with the highest all-time averages

Minimum two pizzas.

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Distribution of shop averages, all time

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Every pizza from the modern era

The data

If you're so inclined, here's an Excel spreadsheet (xlsx) of all the pizza scores from the AOA Tournament of Pizza's modern era.

TOP2014: Crunching the numbers

16 slices of pizza on judges table
Your concept of "a lot of pizza" changes after 172 174 pizzas.

Corrected to include numbers from the 2013 final.

The the 2014 Tournament of Pizza, sponsored by Keeler Mini -- the Tournament of Pizza to end all Tournaments of Pizza -- is almost finished. One last clash of champions remains for this Saturday.

That means it's time for some number crunching. And there are a bunch of numbers now that we have six years of scores in the modern 100-point-scale era of the TOP.

Let's take a look.

TOP2014 Keeler Mini in-post-ad

Comments

DeFazio's 86 from last year has been omitted...again. Not that they need the extra boost.

@ed: You're right -- I forgot to add the scores from last year's final. Thank you for pointing that out. Updating now.

You keep saying Marisa's fresh mozz "didn't travel well." Isn't it absurd that you are essentially penalizing them for using fresh ingredients? This seems incredibly unfair and would tend towards pizzas with lesser quality ingredients winning because they last better when delivered. There's nothing better than a fresh slice of pizza with real mozz right out of the oven, and having had Marisa's the quality is consistently high. Perhaps next year the tournament could happen with judges traveling to each restaurant to eat the slices/pies fresh, there? Seems like it would be fairer.

I can't wait for the event on Saturday :)

I'm surprised you haven't included Angela's, in Glenmont. It's not the location you might expect to find the best pizza in the region, butt find it you will!

Also surprisigly good is the hole in the wall place in the Hangouty Plaza at 900 Central Ave, next to the dollar store. Crispest crust I've ever hadoutside NYC.

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