Pinocchio Pizzeria vs. Pizza Amore


Welcome to week 7 of the Valley Pizza Challenge, and our third week of round 2!  This week sees Pinocchio Pizzeria and Pizza Amore mixing it up, with the former known for its creative slices and the latter known for their great pitas.  Pizza Amore won its first round contest against Domino’s Pizza to move on to … Read more

Hungry Ghost Bread vs. Mimmo’s Pizza


Welcome to week 6 of our Northampton pizza challenge!  This is our second round 2 contest, and we actually ended up going a bit out of our anticipated order.  Today we got pizzas from Hungry Ghost Bread on State Street and Mimmo’s Pizza (which beat Roberto’s to get into round 2) on Pleasant Street, instead of … Read more

Round 1 Roundup: Northampton


As we start moving on to Round 2 in Northampton, let’s take a moment to revisit round 1.   Week 1 in Northampton: Pizzeria Paradiso vs. Papa Gino’s Several of us were really pulling for Papa Gino’s for nostalgia reasons, but we could not deny Pizzeria Paradiso’s quality, flavor, and crust.  Papa Gino’s is a … Read more

Pizzeria Paradiso vs. Filo’s Taverna


Believe it or not we’ve made it to Round 2 in our Northampton league, and with eight contestants remaining these are also the quarter finals!  At this point we have flushed out some obvious dogs (I’m looking at you Domino’s) and said tearful goodbyes to cherished boyhood memories (bye bye Papa Gino’s, we love you), and are … Read more

Big Y vs. Joe’s Pizza and Spaghetti


Here we are in Week 4 of the Valley Pizza Challenge and welcome!  I haven’t eaten the pizza at either of these establishments so this week I was particularly interested in getting a first look at their wares.  We’ve got Big Y, a staple supermarket of western massachusetts that has dipped their toes into takeout … Read more

Mimmo’s Pizza vs. Roberto’s Pizza


Welcome to Week 3 of the Valley Pizza Challenge and it already feels like we’re starting to settle in!  This week we’re going to be spending time with a couple of pizzas from Mimmo’s on Pleasant Street and Roberto’s, also on Pleasant Street.  I’ve eaten the pizzas at both of these places before, though only … Read more

Domino’s Pizza vs. Pizza Amore


Welcome to Week 2 of the Valley Pizza Challenge! This week we are taking a bite out of the Domino’s Pizza (yes, The Domino’s) on King Street and Pizza Amore on Green Street.  This week was originally slated to include Joe’s Pizza and Spaghetti, but we ended up doing our tasting during lunch, and since Joe’s is only open for … Read more

Pizza Paradiso vs. Papa Gino’s


Welcome to our first ever Valley Pizza Challenge!  This is the first of what we hope to be many pizza tastings and it gave us a chance to start figuring out how to make this work.  This week sees us tasting two very different pizzas and two very different pizza places, Pizza Paradiso in downtown … Read more

The Northampton Bracket


You might be surprised at how many take out pizza places there are in Northampton.  By my count there are 12 (let me know if I’m missing any), and here they are, in order of ranking by Google Ratings. Filo’s Greek Taverna Hungry Ghost Bread Sam’s Pizzeria & Cafe Pinocchio Pizzeria Joe’s Pizza & Spaghetti … Read more