Pizzeria Paradiso vs. Pinocchio Pizzeria


Welcome to week 10 in Northampton of the Valley Pizza Challenge!  This week also completes our semi-final round and the winner of tonight’s contest will determine who goes up against Mimmo’s Pizza in the Northampton Finale which should be coming in a couple weeks. Tonight’s semi-final round matches up two solid contenders:  Pizzeria Paradiso and Pinocchio Pizzeria … Read more

Sam’s Pizzeria & Cafe vs. Mimmo’s Pizza


At long last we’ve arrived at the Northampton semi-finals, and what a fun ride it has been so far!  Up on the chopping block today is our wildcard Mimmo’s and Sam’s Pizzeria, both in the heart of downtown Northampton.  Mimmo’s has won two rounds already to get here, beating both Roberto’s and Hungry Ghost Bread and definitely … Read more

Round 2 Roundup: Northampton


It has been a wild round 2 with some shake-ups, some rule changes, and a lot of good pizza!  I’ve had a blast working on this so far and can’t wait to see who comes out on top.  Here is a quick overview of the past few weeks in Round 2.   Pizza Paradiso vs. … Read more

Big Y vs. Sam’s Pizzeria


Here we are in the final week of round 2, after culling the 12 Northampton pizza places down to the top 8.  For the semi-finals we’ll be challenging Pizza Paradiso vs. Pinocchio Pizzeria and Mimmo’s Pizza vs. the winner of tonight’s contest.  Tonight we’re getting our first look at Sam’s Pizzeria & Cafe, a popular … Read more

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