Traditional, no-frills buffalo-style chicken wings have ruled the day in Caliente’s Wing Madness bracket.
In fact, the wing sauce at Bianchi’s Italian on Tucson’s west side was created by owner Vincent Bianchi’s father — a native of upstate New York, where buffalo wings originated.
Bianchi’s survived a close matchup with the Wooden Nickel Tavern in the Wing Madness semifinals, winning by six votes to advance to the championship matchup.
“We have a very loyal following on the west side,” Bianchi said.
They will face Thunder Canyon Brewery, a Tucson brewpub with northwest and downtown locations. Thunder Canyon beat semifinal opponent Home Plate by 55 votes to make the final.
“We get the biggest wings you can get — we only use drumettes — and they’re super-meaty,” Thunder Canyon general manager Jason Schneider said. “They’re essentially so expensive that we don’t make any money on them at happy hour, but people go crazy for them.”
Vincent Bianchi and Schneider both say they would confidently put their wings up against anyone.
They face off starting today. Go to azstarnet.com/wingmadness to cast your vote.