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Vote: The Most Loved Pizza in Tinley and Oak Forest

The Patch Pizza Playoffs: We're looking for the pizza lover's pizza. But we need your help, and your vote.

Getting ready for Sunday's game? Got the big screen TV and your favorite pizza place on speed dial? When the big game ends, we may have a champion but the debate over who's really the best never ends.

That's true for pizza, too. But Patch's Pizza Playoffs aims to find The Most Loved Pizza in the Southland. Patch's fans know what they like.

"Blarney Stone. Hands down. (Especially the BBQ Chicken)" — Billy Beechy

"Papa's has the best pizza! Cracker thin crust, perfect amount of sauce and always fresh ingredients! Love it!" — Paul Boersma

"Ed & Joe's hands down!!! The BEST taco pizza EVER!!!!" — Lisa DeVitto Vanderwall

"Guardi's.... delivered by Big Al himself in the Escalade" — Mitch McAwesum

"Old Tinley Pub and Eatery has the BEST thin crust pizzas! Hidden food gem in Tinley!Not only that but they have one of the best French Onon soups I have ever tried, their cheesy beefs on garlic bread are another great choice." — Meaghan Elizabeth

Here's our lineup for Tinley Park and Oak Forest. We're focusing solely on local pizza places — no regional or national chains. Voting will end at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 5.  

Talk up your favorite in the comments. Tell everyone why you love a particular pie!

The pizza to garner the most votes in this round will advance to the championship round, facing off against winners from throughout South Suburban Patchland.

Deb Melchert February 05, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Carrie, if this is gonna be done "Chicago Style" then let's do it right. Listen up pizza shop owners. Send me 1 large pizza and you'll get my vote (all of them). I was born and raised in Chicago, so I vote, and I vote often!! Since we have so many contestants, email me and I'll let you know what toppings and which night to deliver. Woohoo, no cooking this week!!
Deb Melchert February 05, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Ditto Ed. It only takes 1 or 2 to ruin it for everyone
Dana Albano February 05, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Arrenello's Pizza is to die for. They have the best Stuffed Pizza I have ever tasted and have the best sweet sauce. The owners are so nice and welcoming. There is a reason they have been around since the 70's
TP Mom February 05, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Love it Deb! But better watch it-you may be sharing a cell with Blago for selling your votes haha
Deb Melchert February 05, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Votes, what votes?? Your Honor, I just thought they was sampling their wares to the fine citizens of our town.............I didn't do it and I don't know who did! That's my story and I'm sticking to it............at least for the official record
Andy February 05, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Salina's is unquestionably the absolute very best pie around!
Abraham Lincoln February 05, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Uh....this is ridiculous. 73,000 something total votes??? Is there even that many people in the Tinley area? -____- not a true honest voting at all.
Deb Melchert February 05, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Abe......are you HONESTLY implying something amiss here? Some citizens have taken a GOLDEN opportunity to express their opinion by casting their vote(s). Just because we're in Cook County in the state of Illinois doesn't mean this election is not on the up and up........................... does it?
Dennis Robaugh (Editor) February 05, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Does Chicago-style pizza inspire Chicago-style voting? The Pizza Playoffs is an opportunity for an establishment's fans to show their affection. Not only does the size of the fan base matter, but the intensity of their affection matters, too. We encourage people to vote as often as their heart desires. It's not a scientific "best pizza" poll, and the results of such a poll wouldn't be any more valid, either. We did this to have some fun. It's also the best way to put the little corner shop that opened last year on the same playing field as the restaurants who followed their customers from the South Side to the south suburbs the last 40 years. A pizza guy could sit in front of his computer and vote 10,000 times — but that guy could use a hug and some friends. We tend to think better of folks in our community. One can't underestimate the effect of digital tools and social media, either. A friend of mine in Spain who grew up in the south suburbs voted on the poll after someone sent him a Facebook link. The shops who promoted this on Facebook and e-mail customer lists clearly fare better in the polling. When we get to the final round, we intend to invite several members of the Patch community who left comments on the first eight ballots to join us in a blind taste test, too, to complement the voting.
Dennis Robaugh (Editor) February 05, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Also ... A few folks have wondered while Aurelio's, Beggars and other chains aren't in the poll and think we shouldn't have excluded them. We actually took the suggestion of an Aurelio's exec to our Homewood editor a few months ago that franchise chains be excluded. He was confident the fervor and depth of their fan base would overwhelm the mom-and-pop shops. We thought it was a good suggestion.
THOMAS G. KANE February 06, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Mike and Ellen Clark owners of Ed n Joes are by far the most giving kind and well respected people living and servicing out wonderful village of Tinley Park There food is great they have by far awesome catering and you always end up with more than enough food My wife and I have used them to cater many functions every year. Yes we have tried others. But no comparison And no one gives back to the community' like they both do Thomas G. Kane The Printers Quill Tinley Park
Party February 06, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Blarney stone rocks !! Come for the pizza and stay for the fun! The pizza is the best I ever had. I love it. Try it
Lisa C February 06, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Salinas!!!!
Crabeee2 February 06, 2012 at 03:21 AM
What does catering have to do with a pizza survey?? Ed n Joes has a great pizza but IMO the thin crust sausage pizza at Vito & Nicks is number 1.. Tom have you ever tried Vito's?
Ben February 06, 2012 at 05:26 AM
I love old tinley pub. The pizza is amazing, the shots are affordable, and the waitress is sexy. What more could ya ask for?
Sgt. USMC February 06, 2012 at 05:29 AM
This is a relaxed, non scientifiic polling system. People like Abe Lincoln, and Ed and Joe's pizza are not only rediculous but also RETARDED! It is just a relaxe poll people. Of course people voted more than once. If they did, then that means that they are that supportive of their pizza joint, so their mulitple votes still hold value. Ed and Joes's-RELAX. If you guys weren't so insecure you would know you were a good establishment, But you aren't. You only make money because you are in a good location. Withdrawing your name is not only a coward move, but it also shows how little class you have as a company.
Sgt. USMC February 06, 2012 at 05:30 AM
* relaxed,
Carrie Frillman February 06, 2012 at 05:45 AM
Deb! Get ready for a blind taste test ....
Deb Melchert February 06, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Count me in Carrie!
MagtheHag February 06, 2012 at 02:56 PM
I won't go to Nick and Vito's anytime soon, just so that I will not run into Shifty's Packin who obviously knows -0- about pizza!
i love vitonnicks February 06, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Ellen from ed n joes is a very unfriendly women
i love vitonnicks February 06, 2012 at 04:23 PM
And u pay alot for a little
Russ February 06, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Of course this was a fun activity,Diane or Jim ,Abraham L. and the like,take a deep breath.Enjoy Life and get a looser fitting pair of underwear. Patch thanks again for this forum and I look forward to the Pizza taste test challenge. Maybe, take the best tasting pizza from the Tinley ,Orland area and have a region wide pizza taste off.
ROCCO PRESSHA February 06, 2012 at 11:30 PM
well congrarulations to Salina's for having an average of 889 votes per hour got to be a record and to the runner up not to shabby 631 votes per hour amazing amazing amazing
Jennifer D. February 07, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Pizza is my favorite, but I have been having a hard time finding a consistently good favorite. I have tried many of these different restaurants and while I used to like Ed n Joes a lot the last time I ordered 3 large pizzas it was over $80 and my guests were not impressed. Many comments that the cheese was rubbery. I haven't ordered it since! I have ordered fish from there more than a few times and sometimes it has been FUNKY FISHY, other times it was spot on! I don't think a lawsuit is warranted against the guy who hates Ed n Joes. He's entitled to say his opinion as much as he wants. The average person will make their own judgments based on their own experiences. I would have liked to have seen a legit voting system though so I knew who I should really try next for the best pizza!
Carrie Frillman February 07, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Hi Jennifer D! Thanks for your input. In case you missed this announcement earlier in the comments, we'll be holding a blind tasting next week.
mary February 07, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Jennifer give Ameera's Pizzaria a try they have a special large cheese pizza $4.99. can't go wrong thin crust and good .
mary February 07, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Jennifer Come try Ameera's Pizzaria, !~!
Dana Albano February 08, 2012 at 03:12 AM
A blind taste test needs to be conducted for all of the original seven pizza places in Tinley Park that were on the ballot. This would be a true test of who actually has the best tasting pizza and not a popularity contest. It could be an event and money could be donated to charity.
Dana Albano February 08, 2012 at 03:14 AM
Will this blind tasting be among the original list?

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