November 24, 2014

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Main Street Medina asks who delivers the best pizza at Saturday event

MEDINA — Hungry residents gathered on the Square on Saturday to gorge themselves on pizza and decide which shop was the best in Medina County.

Main Street Medina held the second annual Pizza Palooza featuring six local pizza eateries, with Gionino’s Pizzeria winning top honors as the “People’s Choice” best pizza in Medina.

From left: Main Street Medina Executive Director Matt Wiederhold stands with Gionino’s Pizzeria employees Gust Spilios, Andy Derr and J.J. Larkin after presenting them with the trophy for “People’s Choice” Best Pizza in Medina County at the second annual Pizza Palooza. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

From left: Main Street Medina Executive Director Matt Wiederhold stands with Gionino’s Pizzeria employees Gust Spilios, Andy Derr and J.J. Larkin after presenting them with the trophy for “People’s Choice” Best Pizza in Medina County at the second annual Pizza Palooza. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

“It feels awesome,” Andy Derr of Gionino’s said. “This was a team effort.”

A panel of judges comprised of Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell, County Commissioner Pat Geissman and Jani Groza of Westfield Insurance had a blind tasting of specialty pizzas from the six shops and chose Marco’s Chicken Florentine Pizza as the “Judge’s Choice.”

The pizza featured a white sauce and chicken.

“I think that this is great,” said Richard Stein of Marco’s.

Other shops included Domino’s, Romeo’s, Hungry Howie’s and Gepetto’s.

Participants bought “Pizza Passports” for $8, which included a ticket to test a slice from each shop in the competition.

A share of the profits from the pizza passports was donated to Feeding Medina County.

“We had a lot of people tell us about good things about Feeding Medina County,” said Sandy Calvert, executive director of Feeding Medina County. “It was a different venue for nonprofits to showcase their mission and show local residents what they do.”

Westfield contributed $2,500 to promote the event.

Contact reporter Andrew Davis at (330) 721-4050 or adavis@medina-gazette.com.