Pizza Palooza is back!

The eighth annual SPR bash is taking place at Penns Landing Caterers Aug. 24

Picture this: You step into the ballroom and there are freshly baked pizza pies everywhere you look. We are talking pepperoni, white, mushroom, veggie and other eye-opening creations. You can’t decide which one to try first. Here’s the best part about it: You can try them all.


Pizza Palooza — the event formerly known as the Pizza Olympics — returns following a two-year hiatus. The location, Penns Landing Caterers, 1301 S. Columbus Blvd., remains the same. Pencil in Thursday, Aug. 24 from 6–9 p.m. for this can’t-miss event (The original June 22 date has been changed due to a scheduling conflict).

Like a pizzaioli coming up with a taste-bud-pleasing pie, we are freshening up the concept. The days of voting for best pizza, crust, sauce and topping are over. This summer night out on the town is about two things: enjoying delicious pizza and entertainment. Come enjoy a slice or two from some of the neighborhood favorites. Maybe there will be a new pizza shop you have been dying to try, but haven’t gotten around to it. This is a golden opportunity to collect pizza menus for the next take-out night.

The lineup of participating pizza vendors includes SliCE, 1180 S. 10th St.; Cacia’s Bakery, 1526 W. Ritner St.; South View Pizza, 367 Durfor St.; Key Pizza, 1846 S. 12th St.; Steak ’Em Up, 2600 S. 11th St.; City Pizza, with locations at Front Street and Snyder Avenue and 16th Street; Millies Burgers, Steak & Shakes, 1441 W. Shunk St., and South Bowl, 19. E. Oregon Ave., with more to be announced.

Ready to join the party? Admission to this annual summer bash is only $10 in advance and $15 at the door for unlimited samples while supplies last. There will be a cash bar, too. We have a family ticket, too — $30 for two adults and up to four kids (12 and under).

This is a standing-room-only event unless you reserve a table for 10 in advance. The cost is $300 and will include pizza samples and 10 drink tickets for the table. Questions? Email

Pizza Palooza is being presented by Liscio’s Bakery, and sponsored by Methodist Hospital, Metro PCS and Inspire Energy.

Click here to purchase tickets in advance.