Yesterday, on November 9, the day after the Presidential Election, another important election took place in Rogers Middle School gym. Rockland citizens young and old gathered together to vote on the best pizza place in Rockland. The People’s Choice was Player’s Sports Bar and Grille of Rockland, Kids’ Choice went to Domino’s, and lastly the Judges’ Choice, done by a blind taste test, went to Yianni’s.
This event was sponsored by the Rockland Chamber of Commerce and families could get in for $20 and individuals for $10. All proceeds went to One Rockland, the fundraising group for all activities and sports in Rockland. Mrs. Carla Dunn, head of OneRockland said, “We made over $2,400 and I would say over 200 people came. I thought it went very well. Lots of families and everyone that left said they were looking forward to it again next year.”
The pizzas were judged on the texture of the crusts, amount of sauce and cheese, the appearance of the pizza, and most importantly, the taste. Pizza shops that were involved include:
Player’s Sports Bar and Grille
Rockland Bar and Grille
CeCe’s Pizza and Catering
Click on the photos below to see all the mouth-watering food and fun in photos by Veritas photographer, Austin Woods.
Player’s won the People’s Choice Award at Pizzapalooza. photo by Austin Woods.Brilene Faherty (next to sign on left) is President of the Rockland Chamber of Commerce. Tom Banks and Tom Medlin are also leaders of the Chamber. Jacqui Berardi, Marielle Bouchard and Doreen Arena, with Michelle Hatch and Jeff Phelps.
The Corbett Family wants to try a slice of pizza from Player’s. Jacqui Berardi and Doreen Arena from Player’s. Veritas Photo
John Ellard casts his vote at Pizzapalooza. Veritas photo
Doreen Arena, Marielle Bouchard and Jacqui Berardi from Player’s. They won the People’s Choice Award for the second year in a row at Pizzapalooza. Veritas photo
Matthew Bille and Megan Langley of Domino’s hold their plaque for Kids’ Choice at Pizzapalooza. Veritas photo.
Vicky and Christine Perdikouras from Yianni’s won the blind taste test, Judges’ Award at Pizzapalooza on Nov. 9. Veritas photo.
Rockland High Principal John Harrison enjoys a slice of pizza at Pizzapalooza. Proceeds from Pizzapalooza went to One Rockland. photo by Austin Woods
RHS Principal, Mr. Harrison and Rogers Middle School Principal, Ms. Bohn came out to support One Rockland. photo by Austin Woods.
Ninth grader Mia Comeau enjoys a slice of pizza. photo by Austin Woods
Leo Field, Sean MacNeil and Cam Ryan at Pizza Palooza. photo by Austin Woods.
John, Larry, Bryce
Dave Taylor, Riley Taylor, Katie Keefe, Anna Dutton
School Committee Chairperson Dan Biggins and Superintendent of Schools Alan Cron came out to Pizzapalooza. photo by Austin Woods.
Maddie, Hannah and Lexie Murphy with their friends, Tatum, Jackson, Libby and Reese Mahoney.
Rogers Middle School math teacher Chuck MacDonald with his family at Pizzapalooza. photo by Austin Woods.
The voting box and judges’ table.
CeCe’s Pizza from Weymouth had a unique, delicious pizza to try.