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Who has the best pizza?

Sep 15, 2017
Photo by: Grace King MPN photo by Grace KingPizza Wars will be held in the square on Tuesday, Sept. 19. There is a small charge for all-you-can-sample pizza from the five Mt. Pleasant pizzerias. Everyone is welcome. Pizza Wars is a part of the Market on Main summer activities.

By Grace King, Mt. Pleasant News

 

The Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance wants you to choose your favorite pizza during Pizza Wars on Tuesday, Sept. 19, as a part of their summer Market on Main program.

The five “Main Street” pizza shops, Breadeaux Pizza, Paul Revere’s Pizza, Casey’s General Store, Costas Pizza & Steakhouse and Papa George’s Pizza & Steak, will have all-you-can-taste samples in the square for everyone to try. This first-time event will be in conjunction with Main Street Iowa, a program that works with communities to promote unique economic development, and Main Street Iowa Restaurant Week from Sept. 15-24, in support of locally-owned restaurants.

The winner for community-chosen best pizza will be awarded a pizza stone plaque with a pizza logo and a place for each year’s winner to be engraved. The Chamber hopes to make this event a tradition and pass the award to the pizzeria that wins each year.

The idea for the event emerged out of a study on pizza places per capita in U.S. cities. Mt. Pleasant was ranked 170th in the U.S. and second in Iowa behind Lamars for most pizza places per capita, said Lisa Oetken, Main Street Director at the Chamber.

“It’s just a fun thing to do, and it exposes people to downtown,” Oetken said. “We definitely want to invite the (Iowa Wesleyan) student population,” she said, adding that she knows how much they like Breadeaux’s pizza in particular.

“We are thrilled and excited to join Market on Main,” Roger Beckman of Breadeaux said.

“We always have a chance of winning,” co-owner of Breadeaux, Dale Beckman, chimed in.

Costas Steriannis, owner of Costas, believes his dough is the key to beating out the competition.

“I make it by myself,” Steriannis said. “No one makes it better than me.”

The other pizzeria owners, although not as enthusiastic about their prospects, are looking forward to letting the community sample their dishes.

“Sometimes the little mom and pop places can surprise you,” Casey’s General Store manager Aimee Sanderson said about their chances of being the chosen favorite.

Pizza Wars starts at 4:30 p.m. and goes until 6:30 p.m., or until the pizza runs out. It costs $5 a person. Profits will be split between the five pizzerias.

Market on Main continues every Tuesday until Oct. 10.

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