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The People Have Spoken and the Most-Loved Pizza in the Southland is ...

You've voted, you've commented, you've left reviews and you've tasted. The judges have spoken and we've settled for all time the question of who bakes the Most-Loved Pizza in the Southland.

The people have spoken—and tasted—and the results we've all been waiting for are in.

After two fierce rounds in the Patch Pizza Playoffs, the most-loved pizza in the Southland has emerged. We started with eight brackets of competitors. The No. 1 vote-getter in each bracket moved to the championship round and the finalists were judged on three factors—the number of votes, positive reviews on each restaurant's Patch listing and the all-important blind taste test.

Tasters from the Patch audience last Thursday were critical and took their jobs seriously. They applauded the sauteed veggies in pies from Mama and Me in Homewood, the tasty sausage from Salina's Pizza in Tinley Park, flavorful sauce from Al's Pizzeria in Palos Heights and sweet sauce from Palermo's in Frankfort.

So what's the skinny?

But based on overall results ...

The Most-loved Pizza in the Southland is … (drum roll)

Salina's Pizza & Catering

Congratulations to Salina's, and thank you to all the pizza makers who participated.

This settles the question of who bakes the most-loved pizza pie in all the Southland, right? Of course not! Let the debate begin anew. Happy dining, and thank you to all the Patch readers who voted and offered reviews and comments.

Sue N. February 20, 2012 at 02:51 PM
I love the idea of comparing fish fries too! Would love it even more if the Patch could list all the little places that provide them through lent. I always here about local VFW halls, churchs and boy scout groups that have them to help raise funds for their groups. But I always miss hearing about them until after the fact when there's a write up about them. So it would be great if the Patch could provide a list of all the non-for-profit fish fries so I could help these groups out while I do my own local taste test :-)
Opinion 1 February 20, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Salina's Pizza is great - great family business!
Deb Melchert February 20, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Sue, we've tried a few and Cuzin's on Oak Park ave is our favorite. White pollack, batter just right and even the mac n cheese you get with it is yummy!
Ben Feldheim February 20, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Sue, that's a great idea.
Wendy LoCascio March 21, 2012 at 03:41 AM
Thank you Nancy!!! :). We had a great time with it!

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