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Adorable Children’s Book Giveaway! 3 Winners!

Hey everyone, hope you all had a great weekend. Check out this fun, hot off the press giveaway for the kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews etc.. in your life. Chronicle Books is offering 3 Picky Palate readers a copy of Tony Gemignani’s newest children’s book, Tony and the Pizza Champions. Here’s a little info on the book…

Tony and the Pizza Champions invites readers to join in the dough-flying fun as Tony and his team of talented pizza-tossers travel to Italy to compete in an international competition. Also included are his famous pizza recipes and step-by-step dough-tossing instructions for those kids-and parents-who want to get into the act.

An eight-time world champion pizza thrower, world champion pizza maker, Guinness World Record holder, and Food Network gold medalist, Tony has truly made his mark on the pizza world, and the media has taken note. He’s made appearances on major shows such as Oprah, The Rachael Ray Show, the Food Network, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Today Show, CNN, the Travel Channel, and numerous others both here and abroad.


Here’s how to enter: Leave a comment and tell all of us your favorite kind of pizza AND favorite pizza place. Before we moved, our favorite place to get pizza was from Patsy Grimaldi’s. My favorite was their pepperoni, fresh tomatoes and basil. YUM!

Contest ENDS late Tuesday night at midnight PST. GOOD LUCK!



Recipe courtesy of Tony Gemignani, author of Tony and the Pizza Champions from Chronicle Books

1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes with juice

2 cans (6 ounces each) tomato paste

1 teaspoon dried oregano

2 teaspoons salt, or 2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

2 tablespoons sugar

1 basil leaf

1. In a medium bowl, combine the diced tomatoes, tomato paste, oregano, salt, and sugar.

Mix well, and then add the basil leaf.

2. Use the sauce immediately, or store it in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

You can also freeze it for up to 2 months. Let it warm to room temperature before using.

Makes enough sauce for at least five pizzas


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  1. 51
    Cameo says:

    My favorite pizza hails from The Oregon Express in Dayton, Ohio. The fabulous and uniques reuben pizza…absolutely scrumptous!

  2. 52
    Jennypenny says:

    I love all kinds of pizzas. I make one at home about once a week. I like mine loaded with tons of veggies. BBQ chicken is a favorite too. When we order, usually go for Rosati’s thin crust.

  3. 53
    Jennifer says:

    Papa Johns pizza is the best in town. There are not many choices here. Pepperoni is my favorite.

  4. 54
    Ashley says:

    I think La Grande Orange has the best pizza in AZ but Pizzeria Bianco follows closely behind. I love the roasted corn pizza at La Grande. Yum!!

  5. 55
    Kara says:

    I like the California Pizza Kitchen, their 4 cheese pizza. Yummy!

  6. 56
    Telisa Van Leeuwen says:

    Guys Pizza on Coventry in Cleveland, Ohio! We moved here 3 years ago and went there every Thursday for a year until they got rid of there 1/2 off Thursdays. . . My favorite is their calzones and meatball pizza!!

  7. 57
    Casey B. says:

    Pizza Hut Super Supreme Pan pizza is my all-time favorite!

  8. 58
    Becky says:

    California Pizza Kitchen is my favorite place for pizza and I love their Carne Asada pizza–which, by the way, is why I was very excited to see your Carne Asada pizza recipe the other day. I made it and my husband and I LOVED it! Thank you so much for that recipe!

  9. 59
    Brooke says:

    My favorite pizza place is “The Pie” and my favorite pizza is hawaiian with ham and pineapple. Yummy!

  10. 60
    Erica Williams says:

    Mmmm…Pizza, my FAVORITE! We live in Salt Lake and the pizza at The Pie is off the hook. I always go for the Hawiian style pizzas. Something about the sweet pineapple just gets me. Love your site!

  11. 61
    Maria says:

    I love veggie pizza, artichokes, mushrooms, peppers, onion, tomatoes, etc. with fresh basil and cheese! I like to make my own pizza at home. I don’t care for takeout. Great giveaway! Thanks!

  12. 62
    woodsyouknowit says:

    I am a pizza lover and will eat it from just about anywhere. But hands down, my favorite sausage pizza would be from Buonos. It is a New York style pizza. They have a GREAT White Pizza too. I also am a fan of Oreganos.

  13. 63
    JacTpcMec says:

    Pizza is one of our favorite foods, right now we like to go to the Red Elephant, we usually just get cheese, because everyone likes that at least, it is my favorite. However, I am striving to perfect my own recipe, alot of bake and error though.

  14. 64
    Lynne says:

    My favorite pizza has fresh tomatoes, basil, and mozzerella (margarita pizza). My favorite pizza place hands down is Mellow Mushroom.

  15. 65
    Workmans says:

    We just moved to Texas from Idaho where we LOVED Craigos pizza!! We miss it and can’t find anything that beats it yet. Grilled chicken, red oniion, and olives with a pesto sauce- definitely my fav!!!

  16. 66
    Ryan and Heather says:

    When I was a kid, Friday night was pizza night and we always went to a place called Ole’s. It was the best. My favorite pizza, is cheese with fresh tomatoes. Love tomatoes!

  17. 67
    Esther says:

    Our favorite pizza’s are Papa Murphys Vegetarian or Chicago, and Papa John’s Pepperoni and Sausage.

  18. 68
    Amanda says:

    My husband would say, Totinos pepperoni pizza. I am a papa johns fan. plain cheese for me

  19. 69
    tvmom says:

    Favorite pizza – cheese and pineapple or bbq chicken.

    Favorite pizza place – Da Marco’s in Silver Spring, MD. It’s a hole in the wall, but it’s the best pizza ever!

  20. 70
    Brooke says:

    My favorite pizza would have to be the thin crust pineapple from Godfathers. Yummy!

  21. 71
    Misty says:

    It depends. If i want “junk food” style pizza then i go for the hamburger pizza from Pizza Inn. If I want the “gourmet” I go for Verona’s with Italian sausage and jalapenos

  22. 72
    Amber says:

    My favorite kind of pizza is a Margarita! Fresh, simple and tasty! my favorite place…Pier 49!

  23. 73
    Megan Miley and Chris says:

    Hands down BEST pizza is this recipe my friend brought over to my house the other day. My hubbie says homemade pizza is never good… Shows how good of a cook I am right? : ) It’s a BBQ chicken pizza and it is AMAZING! We made the dough, (which is delightful) it takes 45 minutes to rise and you have to do it twice. It was quite the process. Then you put the BBQ sause (I use Sweet Baby Rays it’s delectable.) Then you put on mozzarella cheese and the chicken you have cooked in some seasoning my friend had (again delish!) and then bacon and pineapple. Needless to say my hubby changed his mind. : ) And our favorite place to get pizza is probably little ceasers TOTALLY KIDDING! We really like Pier 49, I like the atmosphere and the pizza is really good. So now that I wrote a novel you will probably just skip over this and not take the time to read. Haha

  24. 74
    nickandstaci says:

    I love pizza! My favorite pizza is from a place called Zorbas in San francisco. Peperoni, Feta and Fresh Tomoatoes. It is the best!

  25. 75
    The Welkers says:

    Sauce in Gilbert, Az… the chicken, spinach and pine nuts with Feta cheese… TO DIE FOR!

  26. 76
    Michele says:

    My favorite pizza is Kalamata Olive Pie from Roxanne’s Pizzeria in New Jersey! I love the salty olives it makes this pizza incredible and it’s so much tastier than regular plain black olives.

  27. 77
    Michele says:

    My favorite pizza is Kalamata Olive Pie from Roxanne’s Pizzeria in New Jersey! I love the salty olives it makes this pizza incredible and it’s so much tastier than regular plain black olives.

  28. 78
    Jolynn <3's Reality Shows says:

    My favorite pizza is pineapple, cheese, and olive with extra cheese from Pizza Hut.

  29. 79
    Melissa says:

    ham and pineapple

    best pizza place around – Sir Pizza

  30. 80
    lArZ says:

    My very favorite pizza place is Firehouse Pizza in Logan, UT. The one I get all the time because I can always count on is the chicken artichoke pizza! mmmmmm so good! They also serve these big baked cookies with ice cream called Pazookie’s…..Divine!

  31. 81
    Cecily says:

    I love white pizza (ricotta, mozarella, parmesean) and any well-done homemade pizza. Our favorite local joint is Fillene’s.

  32. 82
    Amanda says:

    There used to be a place in Scottsdale called Bits & Pizzas. They had the BEST pizza I've ever tasted. I was so sad when they closed shop. My husband swears that Zachary's in the Bay Area is the best in the world. And, I LOVE a good Hawaiian pizza with onions and fresh tomatoes.

  33. 83
    Megan says:

    We love pizza! And we LOVE children’s books!
    Favorite pizza: bbq chicken
    Favorite pizza place: italian store

  34. 84
    Jen says:

    Pepperoni from Oregano’s in Tempe, AZ. It’s been years since I’ve had it, but it’s still my fave.

  35. 85
    Danielle says:

    We are huge pizza fans in our house, my son could literally eat it every meal. My favorite is ham and pepperoni. My vote for best pizza place I have been yet is California Pizza Kitchen. I love the crust, thin and yummy.

  36. 86
    Kadie says:

    My love for pizza goes way back. I used to work in a pizza place in high school. Round Table in California. But I have eaten at A LOT of pizza places. My favorite, although it is hard to decide, is probably Margarita Pizza from Smoke House in Provo, UT. But my other, very close second, favorite is CPK’s BBQ chicken. I have a weakness for cilantro on pizza!

  37. 87
    Lori Millsaps says:

    My Favorite Pizza Place is Floridinos in Chandler, AZ..I love hama and pineapple.

  38. 88
    Jaime says:

    I like veggie pizzas but can also take the meat once in awhile!

  39. 89
    Lindsay says:

    Definitely the chicken, artichoke hearts and pancetta pizza from Pagliacci’s in Seattle.

  40. 90
    Bob says:

    My favorite place is Pizza Market in Woburn, Ma. Nice, simple and cheap. I actually like straight up cheese pizza the best. But it has to be good cheese!

  41. 91
    carizolli says:

    I’m not picky when it comes to pizza. I’ll eat just about anything. My favorite is the gourmet vegetarian pizza from Papa Murphy’s. It is *SO* good! I’m not even a vegetarian!

  42. 92
    The Bahens says:

    I love the veggie pesto pizza from Bene Gourmet Pizza in Eugene. And I have dreams about the tomato and cheese deep dish pizzas from BJ’s.

  43. 93
    Wendy says:

    Our family fav is ground sausage from a local place called T’s.

  44. 94
    Karie Lee says:

    Back to my childhood . . . Pietro’s Pizza in Oregon, classic cheese!

  45. 95
    Dave and Tricia Folsom Family Fun says:

    I have two favorite pizza places! Our favorite place to go in SLC was Litz’s Pizza – so yummy! And in Iowa I love going to Old Chicago Pizza! I like basic so a good old pepperoni pizza is what I like but at Old Chicago they make a really yummy Hawiian pizza too! Our favorite thing at Old Chicago is their Cheesy Garlic Bread. Oh man, I think we will have to head over their for lunch or dinner soon.

  46. 96
    The Coolest Allen Family says:

    My favorite pizza place is Frederico’s in Logan Utah. It is the only place I will order ham and pineapple. Plus their garlic bread is to die for!

    At home I love cheese with either fresh tomatoes or pineapple.

  47. 97
    Melissa says:

    My favorite is white pie with spinach from Frank’s Roman Pizza.

  48. 98
    Anonymous says:

    What a great freebie! Yeahaa! I love home-made pizza. This is my favorite. I do a really easy crust and then throw toppings on like pineapple, chicken and tomatoes. I once had a potatoe pizza in Rome!! I am not sure what they do to their pizza that we dont but Oh, My my taste buds were loving it!

  49. 99
    Kari says:

    We love pizza in our house, Friday Nights are pizza and movie nights! My fav is Ricotta with Pesto and Marinara sauce, with Mozzarella and Parmesan on top! This is especially yummy on Boboli pizza dough! Our favorite place in town is Kalediscope, they make everything fresh, and they have over 30 wonderfully different pizza combinations, our favorite is Blackened Chicken. The book looks fun, hope we win!

  50. 100
    Kristi says:

    I have been on an 8-year quest to find a recipe for a perfect pizza. (Cookies I have down – pizza not so much). My poor family has suffered through my many attempts at conquering this challenge (bless their hearts). I love a good combination pizza with lots of veggies and sausage. I also love a good tomato pesto sauce on the pizza. It gives it such wonderful flavor. My favorite pizza place is locally owned, called Kaleidoscope Pizza. They make such interesting pizza combination. I aspire to make such creative pizza’s too.
    The book looks so cute. My three boys would love it. My husband would too, he speaks Italian and loves all things Italian. This message is on the brink of annoyance. Sorry.
    I love your blog but have never posted a comment. Peace out.

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