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Buona Pizza Voted No. 1 at Westfield Area YMCA’s Pizza Palooza

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Event organizer Sharon London presents first place to Buona Pizza, which beat nine other local pizzerias in a vote by 300 people. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
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Roma Pizza took home second place at the Westfield Area YMCA's Pizza Palooza. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
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Outta Hand Pizza took home third place at the Westfield Area YMCA's Pizza Palooza. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
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People of all ages enjoyed trying pizza from nine local pizzerias. Everyone age 4 and up could vote. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
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Vine Ripe Markets participated in Pizza Palooza. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
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Councilman David Contract enjoyed Pizza Palooza with his children. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
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Casa di Pizza participated in Pizza Palooza Credits: Jackie Lieberman
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Westfield Area YMCA Aquatic Director Rob Faggiano gets a winning raffle ticket in the event's raffle for free swim lessons. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
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Ferarro's South participated in Pizza Palooza. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
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Gennaro's Pizza participated in Pizza Palooza. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
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300 people tasted pizza from nine local business and voted on their favorites. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
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Mama's Pizza participated in Pizza Palooza. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
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300 people tasted pizza from nine local business and voted on their favorites. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
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Rudy's participated in Pizza Palooza. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
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WESTFIELD, NJ — Buona Pizza took home first place Sunday at the Westfield Area YMCA’s third annual Pizza Palooza Sunday, when 300 people tasted and voted on their favorite slices from  participating Westfield, Garwood and Mountainside businesses.

Roma Pizza came in second place, just two votes behind. Roma and Buona have both won first place at  past Pizza Paloozas. Newcomer Outta Hand Pizza came in third place Sunday. Other businesses that donated their time and pizzas were Vine Ripe Markets, Casa di Pizza, Ferraro’s, Gennaro’s, Mama’s and Rudy’s.

A $12 contribution per ticket from the event will benefit the Y’s Annual Support Campaign, which ensures that no one who is experiencing a bona fide financial hardship and lives or works in Westfield, Cranford, Garwood or Mountainside is turned away for inability to pay for Y programs or memberships. The majority of awards enable participation in the Y’s early learning, school age and summer day camp programs.

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The event accommodated 100 more people than last year’s and sold out once again.

“We’re gonna need a bigger gym,” organizer and Assistant Aquatic Director Sharon London joked. “It’s a great community event. I just had a girl who said it was her birthday today. Her mom asked her wat she wanted to do. She said, ‘Go to Pizza Palooza.”

Westfield Area YMCA Aquatic Director Rob Faggiano announced the winners and thanked all of the pizzerias for their participation.

“This wouldn’t be possible without our local businesses,” he said.

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