Category One: Gooey Love
When I approach the evaluation of pizza, I have two categories. The first is the kind of pizza that you want when you’re in need of some hot and gooey love piled high with meats and veggies. It’s thick, unapologetically bad for you, and sometimes you have to eat it with a fork—when no one else is around, of course. Here are the pies that did category one proud with their excessive deliciousness.
The Place: Salt Lake Pizza & Pasta
The Pie: Pulled Pork
The Place: Mellow Mushroom
The Pie: Maui Wowie
The Place: Sage’s Cafe
The Pie: Walnut Pesto
Category Two: Elegant Authenticity
The Place: Vinto
The Pie: Patate
The Place: Oak Wood Fire Kitchen
The Pie: Mushroom & Goat Cheese
As it was the first incarnation of what I hope will be an annual occurrence, it was not without its pitfalls. Many vendors were serving cold pizza about an hour into the event, and I found myself missing some of Utah’s pizza staples like The Pie and Este. That being said, it was great to have an excuse to socialize with Utahns without feeling ashamed of piling a plate absurdly high with pizza.