Croce’s wins Burholme pizza contest

A taste of suc­cess: Croce’s Pizza own­er Nick Croce (left) ac­cepts the win­ning cer­ti­fic­ate from Burholme Com­munity Town Watch and Civic As­so­ci­ation pres­id­ent Al Tauben­ber­ger after the Best of Burholme pizza con­test. TOM WAR­ING / TIMES PHOTO

Croce’s Pizza was the big win­ner in last week’s Best of Burholme pizza con­test.

A huge crowd turned out on June 13 at United Meth­od­ist Church of the Re­deem­er for the con­test, which was sponsored by the Burholme Com­munity Town Watch and Civic As­so­ci­ation.

The turnout of 300-plus people dwarfed crowds that the group had for big-name speak­ers like former May­ors John Street and Ed Rendell and former U.S. Sen. Rick San­tor­um.

Guests tasted pizza from Croce’s, Quig’s Pizza, Johnny G’s, Rising Sun Pizza and San­tucci’s Square Pizza and Res­taur­ant. They placed chips in a buck­et to vote for their fa­vor­ites. Ernie’s Pizza also fed the crowd, but was not part of the con­test.

In the end, Croce’s won a close five-way com­pet­i­tion. Al Tauben­ber­ger, pres­id­ent of the Town Watch/civic as­so­ci­ation, presen­ted a cer­ti­fic­ate to own­er Nick Croce.

Many more people came to United Meth­od­ist Church of the Re­deem­er to vote for their fa­vor­ite pizza than showed up at the church, site of the 53rd Ward, 21st Di­vi­sion polling place, to vote in last month’s primary elec­tion.

“We are blessed to have some of the best pizza in all of Pennsylvania,” Tauben­ber­ger said.

The Town Watch/civic as­so­ci­ation will be back at the church for its next meet­ing on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. ••

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