Frog & Firkin beat Bianchi’s Italian in the first round, 1,702 in the Savory 16 and bumped Brooklyn Pizza Company in the El-Eat Eight to make it to the Final Four-maggio.
Zona 78 took an early lead and it looked like they would win this matchup easily.
“That pizza is a work of art! Edible art!” Margaret Walsh posted on the photo of Zona 78’s pepperoni, salami and mozzarella pizza on Facebook.
But Frog & Firkin took the lead late before voting ended on Sunday and never looked back, winning 809-724.
Frog & Firkin owner Garrett Raetzman said in the past they’ve won their matchups by hitting the voting hard from the start, but with UA students and their parents in town last week for the start of school they didn’t get organized until Saturday and Sunday.
“Pizza’s not the only thing we do, so to be able to do well against some really quality pizza places has been wonderful,” he said.
Raetzman posted after the pizza showdown was over: “A heartfelt thank you to all who have supported us throughout this contest! Another hard fought race! ... Thank you to Zona 78 and all of their loyal followers.” He also praised the contest for “showcasing all of the wonderful pizza makers in Tucson!”
“Good luck to Grandma Tony’s and Rocco’s — should be a great battle!” he added.
Frog & Firkin will face the winner in the Pizza Madness championship, which starts Sept. 5.