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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. 1
    shumaker clan says:

    I am a easy going pizza fan. I like Pizza Papa Johns. I know it will tast the same every where and since we are in the Navy we move around a lot. But I really like the Works. Load it all one there. Yummy. But please leave off the Anchoves.

  2. 2
    Anonymous says:

    love pizza…homemade, Papa John’s, small town pizzeria’s…Fave would be the works from Papa John’s, simply delish! And, my kids would love the book!

  3. 3
    Mallory says:

    We like a local Italian restaurant called Mimmo’s. They have an amazing buffalo chicken pizza. Definitely our favorite!

  4. 4
    Donna-FFW says:

    My favorite pizza has sausage and peppers on it and is from Pete and Eldas in Neptune NJ, they have the most unbelievably thin crust EVER! You can literally eat a whole pie, its that darn good!

  5. 5
    MindyMac says:

    looovvvvveeee pizza! We have a local place, Sids, that has the best thin crust pizza. They have a brick oven, and it is just fantastic! Love their sausage and mushroom. There is a place in Hilton Head, New York City Pizza, that has the best pizza I’ve ever had. Their sauce is to die for and the cheese…oh goodness…my mouth is watering ever at 7:30am!

  6. 6
    Matt & Heidi says:

    Our favorite place in Louisville, KY is a little run-down joint called “Annie’s”. Oh my gosh – they must get their cheese from heaven, it is THAT good. The crust is fresh, the sauce is perfectly flavored, and the cheese…oh the cheese. We like cheese and pineapple – sometimes Canadian bacon. Mmmmmmm.

  7. 7
    Maria says:

    Our favorite pizza place is called La Gondola and they have such a variety! My favorite slice though has to be their sicilian, or their ziti sicilian!

    • 7.1
      Chinmoy says:

      Zoua – I made these tonight and they were deciuiols! I didn’t think my dough would turn out since I failed to make pastry dough turn out in the past. Good luck was on my side today!Next time, I’ll make sure to be generous in oiling my pie pan! They were stuck to the bottom and needed some prying to get them off. AND- I’m going to add MORE filling! I ended up eating a lot of bread but it was still good. Posted a pic on my facebook and my friends asked me for the recipe totally referred them back to this page! January 31, 2011 8:51 pm[]

  8. 8
    Jill says:

    I love pizza too. I think my favorite is chicken alfrado pizza with broccoli. YUMMY! I also like bbq chicken pizza. Ok, the truth is, there are not very many pizzas I don’t like. However, I could pass on pepperoni every day. Store bought, my favorite is Papa Johns. I do a pretty good job making homemade pizza though.

  9. 9
    Rebekah says:

    We don’t really have a pizza place that we love any more than Papa Murphey’s. I love all the choices, but my favorite is the alfredo chicken pizza. Yummy with spinach on it!!!

    Thanks for the chance!

  10. 10
    creativecarryout says:

    Hands down, my all-time favorite pizza is white pizza with spinach from Mack & Manco's on the Jersey boardwalk. Makes me woozy just thinking about it.
    Fun giveaway!

  11. 11
    Eevi says:

    My favorite pizza is pineapple, ham, mushroom and lots of cheese. Our favorite place is a local pizza place near the University of Arizona campus. They serve huge single slices for a very nice price.

  12. 12
    Allie says:

    I love home made grilled peppperoni and pineapple and when I eat out I like Papa John’s!

  13. 13
    Amy says:

    We are pizza lovers here, too. My oldest asks for pizza at least 4 times a week, no lie. (no she doesn’t get it!) We are pepperoni lovers here, but my husband likes to go wild sometimes and add some sausage. LOL. We don’t really have a SUPER pizza place around here, but we vacation at the Outer Banks every year and in Corolla there is a pizza place called “Giant Slice Pizza” and we all LOVE it–really thin pizza crust and big slices! I also love Pizza Palermo’s White Pizza with feta, yum! (salty though)

  14. 14
    Anonymous says:

    my favorite pizza is pepperoni and pineapple. and my favorite pizza place is godfather’s. kayla T.

  15. 15
    Jenny Mick says:

    We live in the Kansas City area and my favorite pizza place is Minsky’s! Yummy! My favorite is honestly, just cheese on the honey wheat crust. My boys love hamburger and mushroom!!

  16. 16
    CRS says:

    I love mushroom pizza, but my absolute favorite kind of pizza is brick oven Margharita pizza.
    As for favorite pizza place, I am a fan of going to local places… their sauce tastes way more real to me, even over my old favorite of Papa John’s.

    Thanks for the contest!

  17. 17
    Jessica F. says:

    I LOVE pizza and everything about it! There is this fabulous pizza place by our house(Arlington, Va.) called the Italian Store and they have the BEST pizza.
    The one I like is called their White pizza. It has white sauce, spinach, mushrooms, and feta…it is so delicious. The pieces are huge and irresistible! If you are ever in the area you have got to try it!

  18. 18
    Kuckie says:

    I’m usually not too picky about my pizza, though I love really thin crust best. My fave if from Whole Foods…sundried tomato and pesto…DIVINE!!!

  19. 19
    Katee says:

    We just moved but my fav place in previous home was Pizza Express and favorite pizza was their Big Cheese–Wisconsin cheese, pecans, and a ricotta type sauce. Oh and it had to be on their multigrain crust.

  20. 20
    Brandon and Camille Smithson says:

    My favorite pizza is chicken and articokes (with white sauce) (especially the homemade one I make… yum!) If I don’t make the pizza… then I love it when Rosati’s does. :o)

  21. 21
    Ashli says:

    My favorite pizza is Chicago style stuffed pepperoni pizza from Giordano’s!

  22. 22
    CaSaundraLeigh says:

    My favorite pizza would have to be homemade ham&pineapple pizza with whole wheat crust, but when I go out to eat I love a little mom and pop joint in our town called Dave's Pizza–it's so good they seriously need to make it more widespread =)

  23. 23
    Regan says:

    We always get pizza from Papa Murphy’s. Chicken, green bell peppers and pineapple. Yummy!

  24. 24
    Kara says:

    I love just pepperoni pizza, Homemade or papa murphy’s and im happy!

  25. 25
    Anonymous says:

    We love love love Tony Gemignani…we have his food network challenges saved to watch. the kids love to toss “pizzas” around for a week after watching it. lol
    my fave pizza is constantly changing. my current fave is a veg pizza w/ extra artichoke hearts. my fave place to get pizza is at cottage in right now. they make a great veg pizza!

  26. 26
    kkicks says:

    Bianco’s really does rock! I love the classic fresh tomato and basil, I’m also partial to their anti pasta platter with fresh grilled beets yummy yummy!

  27. 27
    Simply AnonyMom says:

    My favorite pizza is simple: pepperoni and mushroom.

    My favorite pizza place is a local wood fired pizza place called Farrelli’s. They do not have a bad thing on their menu.

  28. 28
    Stephanie says:

    Favorite pizza, ever since I was a little girl, is Canadian bacon with olives. Yum!!! Now though, we tend to make our own pizza. When we do buy it, my favorite place is Pizza Hut (or wherever we can get it cheapest!).

  29. 29
    Cheryl says:

    I love Papa Johns spinach, chicken and artichoke pizza. But even more I like plain cheese New York style pizza from independent hole in the wall places back east.

  30. 30
    Nicole says:

    i love godfathers they have a chicken artichoke pizza that is so yummy! cute book. Hope I win!

  31. 31
    Baking Away says:

    My favorite pizza is pepperoni. My favorite place to get pizza is Partner’s Pizza in Peachtree City, GA. I moved away in 1999 and make sure to go there every time I am back for a visit. The pizza is so good!

  32. 32
    Meg says:

    What an awesome giveaway!

    When I was little we used to got to a place called Luigi’s. It was the closest thing to New York pizza in Texas.

  33. 33
    Life on Pelican Street says:

    My favorite pizza is a concoction of extra cheese, extra mushrooms, pepperoncini’s and artichoke hearts!!! To die for and Dante’s pizza makes it the best, hands down.

  34. 34
    Salsa Mama says:

    I love pizza, but am especially drawn to BBQ chicken pizza, or buffalo chicken. OR a good thai chicken pizza. OK, I am indecisive. 🙂 One of my fav places is California Pizza Kitchen. I also love Barros…

  35. 35
    Anonymous says:

    I love pepperoni. I am a simple gal. My favorite place to eat pizza is at Pizza Hut. I like to get the deep dish with a salad bar. Yum! I am really craving this right now, as I am on a cleanse right now. 🙂

  36. 36
    Kameron says:

    I’m easy-going with pizza. Well, kind of. LOVE tomato-basil-mozzarella, but no one else in my family does, so I’m on my own there. My kids love just-pineapple, and prefer Domino’s. My husband thinks less meat is best, but we’ll all eat plain ol’ pepperoni. I did just try the thai pizza at CPK, and that was yummy!!!

  37. 37
    Never thought I'd be a soccer mom! says:

    I can’t pick one favorite for pizza. The 2 places I like are both in St Paul MN. Cossetta’s Italian Market and Pizzeria for a slice of cheese pizza. Otherwise Red Savoy’s for sausage and onion. Yummy!

  38. 38
    Morgan says:

    My favorite kind of pizza is Hawaiian! I love the pineapple/bacon combo!

    There is a great pizza resturaunt in Utah called “The Pizza Factory!” They are so good and by far the best pizza place I have eaten.

  39. 39
    Lisa Dalton says:

    I really like making pizza with my kids. For some reason it just tastes better when they help! If we do go out, we get Baci’s, here in Queen Creek, Barro’s or I like the BBQ chicken pizza at Gordon Biersch.

  40. 40
    The Castillo's says:

    We love to make our own .. from scratch. (dough, sauce, etc.) It is a fun teamwork effort b/c I make the dough, my husband is good at the sauce and the kids love to shred the cheese & add the toppings.

    My favorite is fresh tomatoes w/ fresh basil or bacon/pineapple. YUM!!

  41. 41
    Amy Snell says:

    Pizza in our house is very simple most of the time…Trader Joe’s crust cooked out on the BBQ, then topped with pesto, tons of cheese and diced tomatoes….its soooooo good!! Everyone loves it right down to our 3 year old!!

  42. 42
    Alicia says:

    My favorite pizza would have to be Chicken Alfredo and I love getting it at Olive Garden! When my son was 3 he said he wanted to be a pizza man so we made a scrapbook page of him making pizza now that is he is 5 he stills wants to but he also wants to help Daddy at his job!! He would love this book!!

  43. 43
    The Beckstroms says:

    My favorite, favorite is Giordano’s in Chicago. It is to die for and you can only eat one slice and you’re full. But since I don’t live there my favorite is Brick Oven in Provo, where we live. I live the works and canadian bacon and pineapple. And I have seen Tony on the Food Network – very talented guy.

  44. 44
    Tirah says:

    My favorite is the Extreme Veggie at the Pie Pizzeria in SLC, UT. It is loaded with veggie goodness. It even has artichoke hearts. I think The Pie is the best place to get pizza if you live in Utah.

  45. 45
    Candy Graber says:

    We ate at this awesome pizza place in Savannah, GA, called The Mellow Mushroom, it was the best pizza I have ever had! My favorite is beef with mushroom! I hope I win, my kids would love that book!

  46. 46
    Terah says:

    i love everything pizza! dessert pizza, taco pizza, icecream cookie pizza…u name it, i love it! i enjoy homemade pizza the best!

  47. 47
    Teri @ Make a Whisk says:

    Lou Malnati’s deep dish pizza in Chicago is my favorite. Cheese and sausage is all you need, since they use about a pound of each!

  48. 48
    carol says:

    Bob LOVES pizza so I make it every week…just found the perfect pizza dough recipe for us which made me very happy. Our favorite toppings are sauteed bell peppers (any color will do), onions, mushrooms, turkey pepperoni and cheese. I really want to try some new ones but Bob is such a traditional pizza lover-maybe someday I’ll surprise him!

    When we got pizza out-our favorite pizza parlor was Parthenon’s in the next town over to us.

  49. 49
    Kimberly says:

    My favorite pizza is Oregano’s fresh tomato. Although, you know what I really need is a good pizza dough recipe. I have tried around 7 or 8 and none of them taste any better than just boring dough…any ideas? I’d go for flavor or texture or both!

  50. 50
    Sierra says:

    Our fave pizza place is Ogden Pizzeria, in Ogden, UT. Every kind of pizza there is so good. I love pepperoni and mushroom on my half and my husband loves combo on his.

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