Updated Feb 14, 2023 - Food and Drink

Vote for Twin Cities in the Axios Local pizza fight

two slices of pizza fist fight each other

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Chicago may be the biggest Midwest city, but that doesn't mean it makes the best pizza.

What's happening: Axios Local has put together the ultimate bracket, to crown the best pizza city. Axios readers in the winning city will be invited to a pizza party.

  • After destroying Des Moines in the first round of the Axios Local pizza bracket, the Twin Cities faces off against Chicago today.

Our thought bubble: We get overlooked as a pizza town, but now is our chance to boast about Black Sheep, Boludo, Wrecktangle, Punch, Slice, and of course James Beard winner Ann Kim's Pizzeria Lola and Young Joni.

 Data: Axios survey; Bracket: Jacque Schrag/Axios
Data: Axios survey; Bracket: Jacque Schrag/Axios

State of play: We ribbed Axios Chicago reporters Monica Eng and Justin Kaufmann about the lasagna that they call "deep dish pizza."

The other side: Justin and Monica defended their city's pizza credibility.

  • "We don't consider 'deep dish' the pizza of choice. Tavern style thin-crust is probably the best pizza in the country, hands down. Deep dish is what you order at O'Hare," they wrote.
  • "Next time you come to town, we'll take you to Vito & Nicks, or travel to Kim's Uncle Pizza in Westmont. And yes, we'll take you for deep dish at Pequod's. Even our hearty pies beat your flatbread any day."

Them's fighting words. Vote for the Twin Cities by 2pm!

Editor's note: This story was first published on February 13 and last updated on February 14 to include round one results.


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