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Master Pizza Wins PMQ’s Slice of Americana

Bradley spinning pizza dough at Slice of Americana competition. Photo by Andy Knef, PMQ Associate Editor
Bradley spinning pizza dough at Slice of Americana competition.
Photo by Andy Knef, PMQ Associate Editor

Taking home the top prize on the Fourth of July was Michael LaMarca of Master Pizza in Cleveland, Ohio with his Orange Crush pizza.

The pizza was made with orange zest base with a layer of parmesan, asiago, mozzarella and provolone with thick cut, honey cured bacon and dried cranberries.

Mines serving pizza at PMQ's Slice of Americana. Photo by Andy Knef, PMQ Associate Editor
Mines serving pizza at PMQ’s Slice of Americana.
Photo by Andy Knef, PMQ Associate Editor

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 will win the top prize of a trip to compete in the World Pizza Championships in May 2016.

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.

Photo by Andy Knef, PMQ associate editor
Photo by Andy Knef, PMQ Associate Editor

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.

For more information, please contact Melanie Addington via email at Melanie@pmq.com.

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