The first week of the Star's Pizza Madness bracket included blowouts, a few upsets and one instant classic.

The Mario's Pizza vs. Mama's Pizza matchup was close all weekend before Mario's came out the winner, topping Mama's 153-136.

Mario's advances to face Zona 78, which pulled off a rout of Sauce Pizza & Wine 157-95.

There was a lively discussion happening in the Star's Facebook comments section, mostly in support of Mario's. Erika Bowdoin said, "Give me Mario's or give me death!"

Magpies Gourmet Pizza boasted the largest margin of victory in Round 1, beating Marco's Pizza 157-43.

Magpies advances to face Scordatos; the restaurant formerly known as Vivace came from behind to beat Oregano's Pizza Bistro 107-101.

Left off

Three pizza places that were left off the bracket got a lot of love. Vero Amore had the most support. Terra Rothpletz posted on the Star's Facebook page: "Vero Amore has the best pizza in all of Arizona. I have lived most of my life in Phoenix and the past 3 years in Tucson, and I have tried MANY pizza places. I lived in Italy too, so I know what a good pizza is supposed to taste like. Vero Amore is the real deal!"

Commenters also wanted to see Empire Pizza and The Italian Peasant in Tubac in the bracket.

Up next

Go to www.facebook.com/arizonadailystar today to vote for the next region. Brooklyn Pizza should dominate this bracket based on Facebook recommendations.

Irene McKisson and Ryan Finley