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Charlie's Pizza's 'The Bluto' takes home the prize for best specialty pizza


Georgia Czerniawski, of South Toledo, picked up a few pieces of pizza from Charlie's Homemade Pizza and Italian Cuisine during this year's Pizza Palooza at Centennial Terrace in Sylvania. In addition to several local pizza restaurants, the evening featured live music, games for children, face painting, hair coloring and other vendors.

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Drum roll please...this year’s Pizza Palooza winners are Charlie’s Homemade Pizza and Italian Cuisine for Best Specialty Pizza, and PizzaPapalis Chicago Pizza for Best Cheese or Pepperoni Pizza.

A panel of celebrity chefs doled out the best pizza crowns Friday. Ten area pizza-pie makers in all entered the competition held today at Centennial Terrace. Those who attended the event lined up for their own slice of pizza. Before the night ended, PizzaPapalis, Toledo, sold more than 162 pizzas. 

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Steve and Laurie Weaver, owners of Charlie’s Pizza, located in Sylvania, credited their son and in-house chef Steve Jr. for the creative specialty pizza that won first place.

The Bluto, named after the Popeye cartoon character, is a spin-off of the east coast Popeye pizza. It includes Alfredo sauce made by Mr. Weaver, ricotta cheese, spinach, and garlic, topped by a layer of artichoke and chicken, and crowned with sprinkles of toasted almonds.

The two joked that now the menu is only missing an Olive Oyl salad. A Popeye pizza already graces their menu.

First time contender J-Cups, located in Toledo, won second place with its specialty pulled pork pizza. Owner Jim Jacob said the winning ingredient, besides the smoked pulled pork and five cheese blend, is the fruity sweet, peppadew peppers.

Pizza Palooza continues Saturday, when the public gets the chance to vote in the best pizza. It runs from 4 p.m. to midnigh, at Centennial Terrace, 5773 Centennial Rd. The event includes a child’s play area, and several musical acts. For more information visit sylvaniachamber.org.

Contact Natalie Trusso Cafarello at: 419-206-0356 or ntrusso@theblade.com.

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