Michael P. LaMarca ofMaster Pizza wins 3rd National Title for “Best Pizza In America”at the Slice of Americana Competition
Oxford, MS — Taking home First Place and the top prize on the Fourth of July was Michael P. LaMarca of Master Pizza from Cleveland, Ohio with his Orange Crush Pizza. The pizza was made with a base of orange zest oil, topped with a layer of parmesan, asiago, mozzarella and provolone cheeses, with thick cut, honey cured bacon and dried cranberries, topped with fresh arugula, sliced oranges and tomatoes, candied pecans and fried orange peels. Second place was Jane Mines of Nima’s Pizza whose husband Rick won the event last year. The couple is from Gassville, Arkansas. Third place was Dave Sommers of Mad Mushroom in West Lafayette, Indiana.
LaMarca has been competing nationally over 6 years and has seen much success winning three national awards for "Best Pizza in the Country" and placing in second place once while winning several local awards.
"This is a very humbling experience" LaMarca says. “It is such an honor to be recognized among other amazing pizza makers from all over the country”.
LaMarca will win the top prize of a trip to compete for a third time in the World Pizza Championships in May 2016.
The World Pizza Championships attracts hundreds of pizzaiolos from over 30 countries every year. They compete in a range of events from classic pizza, pizza in the pan, pizza on the peel, Neapolitan, gluten-free, pizza for two (made by two people), individual freestyle acrobatics, largest dough stretch and fastest pie maker. This years U.S. Pizza Team consists of four acrobatic competitors and 16 culinary competitors.
The U.S. Pizza Team consists of expert pizza makers and dough-spinning acrobatic performers from pizza restaurants across the United States. The squad won the Team Acrobatics World Championship in Salsomaggiore, Italy, in 2011. PMQ Pizza Magazine, the leading national trade publication for the pizza restaurant industry, created the U.S. Pizza Team in 2000.
In the heart of the Americana Music Triangle lies Oxford, Mississippi. Oxford also serves as the heart of the pizza industry as home base for PMQ Pizza Magazine and the United States Pizza Team. To celebrate Independence Day, PMQ brought pizzaioli (pizza makers) from throughout the United States for the Slice of Americana pizza culinary competition. Hand-rafted pizza, children’s activities and more brings a festive atmosphere to the Powerhouse.
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