South Philly Review Pizza Olympics

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Who remembers the first time they ate pizza? You’d think something so momentous would carve delightfully vivid memories of that initiation into uncommon cheese and tomato-y perfection onto the walls of the squishy thing between one’s ears, but I, for one, got nothing. Still, while the genesis of my passion for round flatbread is unknown, I’m certain the obsession is destructive; for I will eat pizza until either it or I perish. And quality comes second to gluttony.

That’s why the Fifth Annual Pizza Olympics, brought to us by the fine folks at South Philly Review (PW’s big-sister publication), is a daunting challenge for all. For the cost of a medium pie, you can devour pizza samples galore from more than 15 pizza parlors—as much as your pants are capable of stretch-accomodating for three hours. Their delicious, artery-clogging goods can potentially win gold, silver or bronze medals in crust, sauce, creative toppings, types of pizza and, of course, the overall favorite. The bad news: Like the real Olympics, the losers will sulk. The good news: The probability they will have greasy fingers and stained aprons is significantly higher. Don’t expect a bunch of frou-frou faux pies from vaguely Italian-named restaurants throwing together ingredients because they sound authentic; the stuff on offer by South Philly Review is made by people with a time-tested passion for pizza. Be prepared to have a good cry when you discover each one is deserving of that sweet, precious metal. It’s also possible that crying will be from the lack of air getting to your lungs after ingesting a planet’s density in pizza pies. The wise people at Penn’s Landing Caterers, hosts of the Pizza Olympics, realize with all that doughy goodness, parched palates will require refreshing, so drink specials are on offer throughout the event to those in need—and of age.

There’s no guarantee you will find either salvation or a new favorite pizza joint in these yeasty halls. But leaving happily stuffed and sweating mozzarella is promised. / MICHAEL BRADY

Thurs., July 18, 6pm. $15. Penn’s Landing Caterers, 1301 Columbus Blvd. southphillyreview.com

 

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Thursday, July 18, 2013
Recurring: ONCE

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6pm. $15

WHERE
Penn's Landing Caterers , 1301 Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 07/18/2013. .

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