09 Apr 2010 @ 8:55 PM 

As last time, I stared blankly at the numbers in disbelief.  I checked and rechecked these numbers, but I stand by the tasters… The majority of them have been with us the whole way!

That being said, I am just going to post the numbers raw….

Sortino Yuk Val Yuk

3

1

2

3

4

4

2

2

3

1

2

2

4

1

2

1

2

1

3

1

2

4

4

5

4

3

2

3

3

2.142857

4

2.428571

4

3

4

3

4

3

4

4

3

3

3

3

2

3

3

3

4

4

3

3

4

3

4

3

2

3

2

3

2

3

2

4

2

4

2

2

2

3

3

4

-2.14286

-2.42857

2.82266

2.847291

So the final score is Johnny Sortino’s 2.82266 and Valentino’s 2.84729…. Valentino’s squeeks past Sortino’s to the next round.

Now for my take on it… Sortino’s, I thought was hands down the better quality Pizza.  The Crust of Valentino’s makes me.. Well… It’s like eating a squishy wet sponge.   I had a friend of mine say that Val’s is just Nebraska Tradition and that people associate it with Husker Games…

Come on… The Pizza I had today was just not that good… and somehow… Somehow… it scored higher this time than it did last time.  But… I still stand my tasters… It’s about what THEY prefer, not what I prefer… I thought the Sortino’s crust was much better.  I thought that the cheese was better and the pepperoni had more of a bite like it should.    The sauce was better, everything, IMHO was just better and fresher…

Sorry Johnny Sortino’s… I have loved you and will continue to love you… but you’re now eliminated….

~The Omaha Critic (confused)

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 25 Mar 2010 @ 9:54 PM 

Hey Gang…

This week and next is a bi-week for all our pizza-bowlers.  With our best participation on Fridays (while not in Lent and our second round about to start), we’ve decided that waiting until after Easter may be the safest bet for the best participation.  That being said, here are the results of our brackets!

Winners

Losers

Zio’s

La Casa

Don Carmelo’s

Frank’s

Johnny Sortino’s

Mama’s

Oscar’s

Big Fred’s

Roman Coin

Sam & Louie’s

Valentino’s

The Pizza Gourmet

Now, with this next round, we will have three winners.  This is where it gets interesting.  When we have our three winners, we will conduct a vote.  Everyone that has “fallen” in the Pizza Battle will be voted upon to be resurrected in the Semi-Finals.

In the Semi-Final and Final Round, we will order the two pizzas that your favorite location is known for.  These specialty pies will be elected by our tasters for our consideration.  Our final round, our championship round will actually be held at each of the locations of our contestants.

When we resume the Super Bowl of Pizza on Friday, April 9th, these will be our bracket of contestants:

Contestant 1

Contestant 2

Johnny Sortino’s

Vs

Valentino’s

Oscar’s

Vs

Don Carmelo’s

Roman Coin

Vs

Zio’s

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Last Edit: 25 Mar 2010 @ 09:55 PM

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 25 Mar 2010 @ 9:50 PM 

So last week, I ran out to get Pizza for my team.  I picked up the Valentino’s first then ran out to the Pizza Gourmet on 120th and Gyles… I race back to the office so that everyone can have pizza that at least resembles hot.  I get into the break room, print out the review forms and set up the pizzas for serving.  Set the plates out and napkins, grabbed a slice of Val’s and TPG’s and sit myself down.  I bit into the Val’s and was pleasantly surprised.  It didn’t suck.  Normally when I eat Val’s it’s coming off of their buffet and leave a lot to be desired.  I bit into The Pizza Gourmet’s pizza and was impressed.  It was good.  I started writing down my score…  Talking to my co-workers, it seemed that The Pizza Gourmet had won….

WRONG… Valentino’s put the smack down on TPG… I sat at my desk tabulating the score with my jaw hanging open.  I was so shocked, I called my boss over to verify it.  The score was very skewed to the Val’s side.  Only 30% of the votes went to TPG and 15% of that was mine.

So… the scores were: Valentino’s – 3.12 (Yuk of 2) and The Pizza Gourmet – 2.613 (Yuk of 1.6).  It was the first time a contender had a lower yuk score and lost.  I mean come on.. I was blown away… but these are committees doing the judging… it’s not just my personal choice.

So now we start the play-offs.

~TOC

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 11 Mar 2010 @ 10:10 PM 

This week’s battle pitted Sam & Louie’s vs. Roman Coin in a week 6 grudge match.

Ok, it wasn’t much of a grudge match as it was a land slide.  So far, this has been the biggest point spread in the contest.  In the past contests, it has always been within a point… usually .5 or .6 of a point.  This week… Well… See for yourself:

Sam & Louie’s

Roman Coin

2.3

3.533

(Yuk of 3.5)

(Yuk of 1.6)

So as you can see, Roman Coin has taken this in a land slide.

Comments include:

“I was underwhelmed by Sam & Louie’s.  The sauce was very thin and there was hardly any cheese or beef on it.”
“Roman Coin had awesome flavor and the crust was spot on!”
“Sam & Louie’s had good crust, but their sauce and toppings were sub-par!”

Thanks for playing!

My Comments:  I just started a low carb diet this week and I reserved myself to tasting the crust off a small piece and scraping the top off and eating it. (The top, not the crust) Well, I took a bite of the Roman Coin, I was well pleased.  I have eaten their specialty pizza (Buffalo Chicken) before and have loved it.  As a matter of fact, if you see my “Best of” page… you will see Roman Coin is my favorite pizza in Omaha.  So then I wnt for the Sam & Louie’s… I took a bit of the crust and was immediately put off as it was under done.  Then looking at it… the thin cheese and thin sauce make it look like the pizza was covered in slime, not cheese.  I bit into it, picked at the sparse toppings and decided that the best place for it was the trash.  I was actually wishing it was at least Sgt Peffers… It was hands down the lowest I have personally rated a pizza in this whole Super Bowl of Pizza thing.

I would have to say that Roman Coin is my “Hiro” of Omaha Pizza.

~TOC

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 11 Mar 2010 @ 8:53 PM 

*Yes, I know… but really.. it was WEAK!

Greetings Omaha Pizza Lovers….

I have some dismal news… It seems that our week 5 contestants in the Super Bowl of Pizza performed so poorly that we have decided to skip posting their names and results.

Ok, I declined posting the results to my co-workers… but you, my avid, pizza-ravenous readers… YOU CAN HANDLE THE TRUTH!

I will set it for “Read More” as to not to start a blog war…. So you’re going to have to click it to read it.
More »

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 11 Mar 2010 @ 8:25 PM 

I would like to apologize to everyone for getting these results out late. 

Our results for last week’s challenge are as follows:

 

Oscars

Big Freds

3.55303

Yuk: 1.75

3.0303

Yuk: 2

 

 

We went to have Pudgy’s Pizza and they were not open for lunch.  So at the last minute we had to scramble to find Pudgy’s stand in.  Oscar’s was at the top of the cut list so we quickly grabbed it.  As such we were surprised to have it knock off Big Fred’s.

Now for my personal feedback:  The majority of us, being in Omaha for years, LOVE Big Fred’s.  You go, you get the stuffed hamburger Pizza and you drink beer and you sit and B.S. with family and friends… We love it.  And the Pizza that we got, was actually rated higher than some of the others that we have rated.  It just didn’t rate high enough.  If Fred’s was in any other bracket so far, I think it may have won out.  No, I know it would have won.  We love it. 

Oscar’s Pizza though… We were floored.  Nobody, and I mean nobody…. expected it to be so damn good.  It was the first time in this contest that I was surprised in a good way.  I liked it so much, that I dragged my family, and my brother and my dad and his wife out to have it.  I even ordered wings and I have to say.. Guinness and their Double Buffed Wings… I was in fat-boy heaven.  (Look for an Oscar’s inspired Hot Wing Challenge soon.)

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 12 Feb 2010 @ 7:29 PM 

Week 3!

 

Your tasters have indulged and have chosen a winner…

Mama’s Pizza

Johnny Sortino’s

3.06027027

3.21027027

 Johnny Sortino’s holds off Mama’s

Mamma’s Pizza scored a grand total of 116 points while Johnny Sortino’s edged them out with 121.  Yuk Factor for Johnny Sortino’s was a whopping 2.22 while Mama’s oozed further down in the overall score with a rating of 2.77…

 Long live the pie and on to week 4!!!

Random comments:

“Pepperoni was somewhat close, but in hamburger, Mama’s sucked.”

“Mama’s was burnt. (Next portion was edited because of content talking about the less than appealing appearance.) Too much hamburger.  Pepperoni was pretty.  Johnny’s – liked the flavor of the beef and crust.”

“Couldn’t finish the Mama’s beef slice.  Flavorless sauce and bad tasting beef.  Sortino’s tasted good but a bit low on the quantity of Pepperoni.  Beef was good Quantity.”

Now none of those were my comments, just random comments taken from the sheets that came back from rating. 

This week, I was pleasantly surprised.  I actually thought that they were both good and the best week so far for Pizza.  There was plenty of flavor and toppings and pizza to go around.  Everything was fresh and the sauce from both, in my opinion, had some zing.  I was rooting for Johnny Sortino’s all the way… but I didn’t tell anyone this week for fear they would vote the other way for the third straight week.  Normally at Johnny’s I get the Supreme (everything on it) with extra cheese.  After a few slices you fall into a deep coma… Good stuff.  I am excited, because today, even though it lost, I was able to try a new place.  Mama’s, you lost by 5 points.  I think that you have some awesome potential and a good Pizza.  I think Sortino’s was just a hair better.  I think that if you could have not burned the crust, you may have won.

~The Omaha Critic

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 05 Feb 2010 @ 7:06 PM 

You have again picked a winner!!!

 With an average score of 3.002525253….. and a YUK Score of 2.25  DON CARMELO’S PIZZA!!!!

 With an average score of 2.604651163….. and a YUK score of 3.25  FRANK’S PIZZA!!!!

 My co-workers have chosen Don Carmelo’s Pizza in a head to head challenge in week 2.  

 

Frank’s Pizza

Don Carmelo’s

Average Score

2.604651163

3.002525253

Average Yuk

3.25

2.25

Total Score

2.471590909

2.888613861

 Comments from 3 random comments:

“The size of Franks was better, but without a doubt Don Carmelo’s out scored in all categories but ‘YUK’.”

“They Both Taste Pretty Bad, but Don Carmelo’s is much better.  The Spice on Franks made it really bad.”

“Don’s pizza is much smaller than Frank’s.  I also didn’t have any Sauce on Don’’s”

Now… I have to weigh in on the subject.  I am a HUGE Fran’s fan.  I personally feel that it has been the best pizza in town… but lately… something has happened to the sauce…  It’s gotten a little weak.  It used to be strong and well spiced… now it’s too bright and doesnt have any zing.  I’m sorry guys… you are still my favorite and my go-to pizza place… but I need more out of you.

~The Omaha Critic

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 29 Jan 2010 @ 10:41 PM 

Recently there was a contest at another branch of the company I work for in Connecticut to crown their king of pizza. Not wanting to be out done by people from the east coast, my office is getting together to do our “Super Bowl” of Pizza. We’re in process of building our “Pizza Grid” of our competitors which we should have out next week.

This week we pitted La Casa against Zios in a 3 pie battle. 

The rules are as follows: 3 Pizzas will be ordered from each location. A hamburger, a pepperoni, and a cheese. Each pizza will be rated on crust, sauce, toppings, cheese, “eww” factor, and general overall like or dislike.

La Casa —————————-Zios
Total 2.878787879                  Total 2.878787879
Yuk 2.875                                   Yuk 2.2857142
Total points: 95                           Total Points: 95
Net Points: 92.125                    Net Points: 92.714

As you can tell Zios squeaked by La Casa.

Comments include: “I didn’t like either, but Zios was better all around. Zios looked like a pizza. La Casa more closely resembled an oil drip pan.”

“La Casa: Too Garlicy Zios: Good, but so-so crust”

“Zios: Crust Limp, Greasy, Cheese is weak”

For the record, my preference is La Casa between the two. Who knew that Zios would win… I will keep you posted.

~TOC

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