Pizza Taste-Off

Eating pizza at the library? Not quite what one might expect, but for local students it made for a fun – and delicious – end to their spring break. More than 100 students participated in the Nichols Library’s second annual “Pizza Taste-Off.”

“It’s free pizza! How are you gonna turn that down?” said Naperville resident Nick Landi. “It’s fun, you bring your friends out and it’s a good way to spend spring break.”

More than 10 local pizzerias served up a pie for the event, including last year’s winner, Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria. Managers there say they hope for a second win and even reveal what makes their deep dish a cut above the rest.

“What makes our pizza so special is the family, the tender love and care that goes into each pizza,” said Dawn Dau, Lou Malnati’s General Manager.

As for Aurelio’s Pizza, staff there say it’s all about their sauce.

“It’s a sweeter sauce,” said Mike Kulikowski, General Manager at Aurelio’s Pizza.

After chowing down, the pizza lovers voted in a blind taste test, identifying each pizza only by number. They picked winners for the following categories: tastiest sauce, best crust, cheesiest, most attractive, and best overall taste.

“The best overall hast to be four because it isn’t too cheesy. The crust isn’t too hard,” said Naperville resident Alex Linton. “It’s just perfect.”

“I liked number five,” said Naperville resident Sabrina Wallace. “It looked like the perfect pizza and it tastes really good.”

In the end, event organizers revealed each pizza’s identity, with number four being Cassano’s and number five being Little Sicilian. After tallying the votes, Lou Malnati’s swept the board, winning most categories including Best Overall Taste.

“That just makes me feel great because they get a sample of our pizza and then they’re saying we have the best pizza overall here in Naperville. That’s just outstanding,” said Dau.

Members of the library plan to have the event again next year.

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