Round Two: Final POLL For Best Pizza Place in Bethel!

Pizza fans, take note and then vote -- Round two of Patch's first ever Food Fight has begun.


After three days and more than one hundred votes on Bethel Patch and Facebook, we've narrowed down the numerous pizza options to two finalists.

Capri, Bethel House, Debernardi's and Rizzuto's each got several votes, but the showdown for Bethel's top spots comes down to Famous Pizza and Sal'z!

So who has the edge between the two? Who will get the title for Bethel's best slice? 

Cast your vote by taking the polls below from now until 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21. We hope you'll also spread the word about this to your friends on Facebook and Twitter and get them involved.

On Wednesday, we’ll announce the winners and crown a champion for Bethel's finest pizza!

NcJ February 21, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Sal'z! Their sauce is yummy!
The Egermans February 21, 2012 at 07:22 PM
I completely agree with Mr. Gaita's comments above. The Anastasakis family are all wonderful - among the nicest people I have ever known. They are indeed terrific role models for not just business and community leaders - but moreover are what a family should be like. Pillars of the Bethel community. Not to mention Famous Pizza is simply delicious!
Kristin February 21, 2012 at 09:48 PM
FAMOUS!!! Agree with Dan G all the way!
Rachel Brown February 21, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Famous fo sho!
Mather829 February 21, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Heather Conley February 21, 2012 at 10:07 PM
johnqpublic February 21, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Hey Patch, you do know the "vote" tool lets someone repeat press submit a million times, more people "voted" between 3pm and 5pm than how many vote for selectman!
Dawn D February 21, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Clearly this poll is a joke!! No way is Sal'z better & I'm guessing the # of votes since this afternoon they must have voted, refreshed, voted, refreshed and so on..... Sorry Famous you don't need a poll like this to be the best.
Bruce R February 21, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Voting was a bit particular with Famous jumping 50 pt per second but THANKS! TO THOUSANDS OF LOYAL CUSTOMERS SAL'Z PIZZA IS THE BEST!!!!!!
John P. February 21, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Bruce - can you count?? If Famous point were jumping that fast they would have won. Unfortunately anyone was able to vote multiple times so this is not an accurate or fair way to determine which is the best. Bethel Patch should have done this a little better.
--- February 22, 2012 at 01:45 AM
I wonder if maybe we could do this again, but with better defined parameters. Say, for example, we had 'Best Italian Pizza' and 'Best American-style Pizza' and 'Best Diner Pizza' and so on and so on. For example... Best Italian Pizza: Pizzeria Lauretano Best American-style Pizza: Per Tutti Best Diner Pizza: Famous Let's be honest, here. Pizza is either traditional or it's Americanized. Putting mushrooms from a can onto a pizza and calling it Italian is a crime. (Sal'z)
Bill Hillman February 22, 2012 at 05:53 AM
John, I had to get on a conference call about 4:30, got famous ahead by a couple hundred votes. Just couldn't stick around to press "submit" anymore ;)
Bill Hillman February 22, 2012 at 04:09 PM
I've enjoyed both Famous Pizza and Salz, different styles, both good. Patch Polls? not good
--- February 22, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Danny, "As for the Passionate guy, I would love to try your food." And I indeed would love to cook for you. I hope you like traditional Italian cuisine, far removed from anything Americanized. Oh, I am a private chef, by the way. Consider me a culinary mercenary, working for the highest bidder! :) My restaurant is your kitchen.
--- February 22, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Danny, Sorry, I failed to mention also... My loathing of poor food is not personal. I have nothing against either Sal'z or Famous. Not at all. I want only to preserve the sanctity of food, the properness of food, and the love of the meal. I quite like Famous in that they support Bethel, for sure. But I will not eat there, myself. And as to Sal'z....until they start using fresh ingredients, they will remain nothing more than one step above high school cafeteria food. The cans and jars of product they have only serves to alienate them from real Italian food. However, if they wished to be just another pizza/grinder joint, mission accomplished. I find it particularly embarrassing that they have the word Italian in their window. Not personal. This is culinary business. Food matters. Or, at least, it does to me.
--- February 22, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Danny, My online friend...perhaps you would first wish to go and actually see my credentials on my blog as to my culinary training and work experience, before you seek to bring sarcastic derision upon my words. I give back to the community as an individual, of my own conscience, not as a litmus test for you as to my generosity or communal spirit. Paying taxes as I do, however at a cut rate due to my Veteran's status, is my income contributing to our town as a homeowner. And you could afford me, Danny. My vision is to simply bring proper food back into our homes, around a table, eating and laughing and sharing like we should. Perhaps with a glass of Italian wine...or two. I believe that you may have misinterpreted my words regarding Sal'z. Again, it's not personal. I have no love for pre-manufactured food, is all. It's the Chef in me.
Paul February 23, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Sal'z makes their own meatballs by scratch and you should really try them... probably much better than you would guess. I do have to say though that I agree with your mission TPC, and while a lot of people like a lot of local restaurant food it does not mean that the food is of the highest or freshest quality. It does mean that, if they survive (which every pizza place in a mile radius does), they do a great business and cook food people enjoy and I'm all for that. Danny, why you made this personal I'll never know? Just because some one is critical in an honest way does not mean you have to be so protective of local restaurants, and I work for one and Im a generational resident. It seems as if you both enjoy the town you live in, and while one is cool with how it is (Danny), I like that TPC is pushing the envelope... we have ways to come, but better options and food are going to help us all! And truly GREAT food is simply exciting! PS. As a person who always wanted their own restaurant, Danny, just because you have the abilities or skills does not mean you have the means to get it done... just like starting any business. I hope TPC is a great chef, because "mercenary chef-ing" is NO walk in the park, but kudos to him for having the stones to try!
--- February 23, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Paul, I was not aware of the meatball-making protocols at Sal'z. Thank you for the tip. The right thing to do would be for me to buy some and try them for myself. I appreciate your mindset in that you support local restaurants, but their patronage does not automatically mean their food is spot-on. I mean, look at McDonald's. Awful food, bad for you in excess, yet they dominate the fast food market. Even Sagat's, based on their criteria, would rate McDonald's as a success. Yikes. Shoot me an email, Paul, at: culinarypassion@ymail.com and let's talk food! I'm curious as to what your vision would be for a restaurant. I also wholeheartedly agree, that truly GREAT food is amazing! As Americans we so desperately need to stop eating to live, and start living to eat. (With discipline, not hedonistic gluttony) It may be good for business to have a table with guests in and out in 45 minutes so you can fill it again with new customers, but that attitude serves to only cause restaurants to produce mediocre food with no heart or spirit behind it. I firmly believe, like Kevin Costner, that if you build it, they will come, PROVIDED you have good food. If making money is the goal, I would tell folks to please stay out of the restaurant business unless you have the chops to back it up. The world is not lacking in crappy restaurants....at all.
Adam Ross February 24, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Regarding any misinformed and unwarranted comments towards Bethel’s home town restaurants: I am one of the owners and general manager of Sal'z Pizza of Bethel & I would like to inform you that Sal'z uses nearly all fresh ingredients in every one of our items on the menu. Our chicken dishes start with grade A fresh never frozen chicken breast. Our eggplant, calamari, shrimp, clams, veal, meatballs and more are prepared from scratch on site. Our pasta and pizza sauces are prepared and cooked on site daily. Our soups are made to order from scratch. To say is to compare our restaurant to Mc Donalds is simply unfair. And for any establishment to produce the amount of great food at such a high volume without using one stitch of prepared foods is simply unrealistic. And as far as using the term Authentic Italian, we say that because we are all of Italian decent. At Sal'z we balance serving top quality food with prompt service and free delivery and to the thousands of customers who continue return. Thank you to all of our loyal patrons for making Sal'z such a success.
--- February 26, 2012 at 09:48 PM
"I think to be fair, a real pizza cook-off should be scheduled with an invitation being sent to each pizza place to participate." Hear, hear! I definitely second that motion! Let's get to the bottom of this.
--- February 26, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Adam, If you would be willing, I would enjoy coming to your place and seeing how you make your pizza dough and pastas. I would set aside my disbelief, (based in reality, since I have had your food before), and give you my attention, so you could prove to me that your ingredients, for the most part, are indeed fresh. But hide those canned mushrooms you used on my last pizza, okay. They won't do. I'm willing and able, Adam. I would even be open to writing about the experience. My email is on my profile. Hope to hear from you, one way or the other.
Bill Hillman February 26, 2012 at 11:38 PM
So... Anony-culinarian, you like my suggestion posted some time ago? Bill Hillman 3:56 pm on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 This is way too important to debate here. I propose a Best Pizza contest, to be held at the municipal center in the spring. The Pizza places donate time (and Pizza), and the judges (first 200 to show up) being those who attend pay an entrance fee of $10; the proceeds being donated to meals on wheels. You could have several categories of Pizza, several prizes and the King or Queen of Pizza gets named at the end. The top 2 vote getters get a second chance at the Town Picnic in the Fall. Is anyone up for this friendly "contest" to raise money for a good cause? To get to the "bottom", maybe you could reveal your self and real name like Mr. Improta and I. Your comments would have a bit more realism with a real name attached.
Christine Rose (Editor) February 27, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Hi All. Just checking in to say that Bill Hillman's idea of the Pizza Cook-off has spurred the imagination of the Patch staff. It is indeed something we are looking at. Once we have the logistics in place, all contenders will be invited to participate. Thanks for all the passionate pizza comments! Stay tuned!
Bill Hillman February 27, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Thanks! Maybe something for the opening day of the Farmer's Market or the Town Picnic, perhaps!, Interested in seeing what the Patch has in mind.
J.D. Hill February 27, 2012 at 02:48 AM
This sounds likes a fun idea - if it does take off, I would encourage the organizers to have a few different categories of pizza to let the restaurants show off their strengths...also, based on the comments so far, I think your biggest problem will be finding Bethel residents to judge who don't already have really strong opinions about their pizza!
john Sweeney June 27, 2012 at 04:48 AM
at least its better than famous.. lol i know people that see them go over and get products at bethel food. it used to be better but it really went down. sal's pizza used to be better 10 years ago. handful of people agree.
Mary Waters February 03, 2013 at 10:03 PM
Ellen Dages February 03, 2013 at 10:14 PM
Mary, Have you ever tasted a bacon egg and cheese pizza?
Irene April 20, 2013 at 02:18 PM
Bethel Pizza House All The Way .. Best Pizza , Best Grinders , Friendly People I would never go to Sal's or Famous . Very expensive and poor quality . I guess this vote should have been open to more people
Paul Improta April 20, 2013 at 02:57 PM
Bethel has lots of good pizza in many varieties and styles. Greek style - I prefer Bethel Pizza House. Traditional thin crust - I prefer Village Pizza. Wood-fired - I prefer Rizzuto's. But, there is more involved with each establishment, which would include community relations, ambiance, etc. Lauretano - also great wood-fired has live jazz, Famous and Rizzuto's are known for their community contributions and support. Salz - they get the trophy for best at self-promotion.


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