Pizza Madness: Fans square off on favs

2013-07-19T15:00:00Z 2013-07-21T10:45:02Z Pizza Madness: Fans square off on favsArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Friday updates: Argenziano's vs. Renee's Organic Oven is a close race. This matchup could go down to the wire on Sunday.

This weekend is the last batch of restaurants in the first round. Make sure your favorites are represented in the next round. Vote though Sunday at 10 p.m. Go to facebook.com/arizonadailystar to vote.

Argenziano's in Vail vs. Renee's Organic Oven

New York Pizza vs. NYPD

Grandma Tony's Pizza & Wings vs. Tino's Pizza

Dry River Company Pizza & Coffee vs. Rosati's

Last week:

Most of the winners in the Region III bracket won their pizza matchup easily. One food fight, though, got ugly.

Fresco Pizzeria & Pastaria faced Bazil's in a showdown that was as intense as it was popular.

Bazil's emerged the winner late Sunday night: 697-632. It was the most total votes of any matchup so far.

Accusations of vote-buying and racy testimonial videos flew as Fresco and Bazil's tried to rally their friends, family and anyone who would vote on Facebook.

Bazil's faces Grimaldi's in the next round. Grimaldi's Pizzeria took out Falora 106-56.

In a win-win situation, the owner of Arizona Pizza Company Nick Heddings recently bought Upper Crust and the two restaurants were matched up in this round. Arizona Pizza Company prevailed 157-60.

Heavyweight Rocco's Little Chicago Pizzeria took down Patagonia's Velvet Elvis but not without some witty pizza-related Elvis jokes.

Posted Lyle Ford: "'Rocco's sittin' on a block of provolone, weepin' in the corner all alone,' Velvet Elvis said. 'Don't you be no square. If you want the best pizza, come to Patagonia and pull up a chair.'"

Rocco's will face Arizona Pizza Company in the next round, where - presumably - people will be just as excited about their favorite pie.

As owner Rocco DiGrazia posted, "This is the best thing the Star has done in ages. Arizona is really SERIOUS about pizza! Who knew?"

Irene McKisson

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