Between now and 1 April, lovers of pizza will be able to enjoy their favourites, help to decide which is the best pizza in Malaga and could even win a trip to Rome.
During this time, 40 restaurants in the province which specialise in Italy's most famous dish will be taking part in the second Tutti Pizza competition, which is organised by the SUR publicaton Málaga en la Mesa and sponsored by La Contadina, in collaboration with Polselli, Viander, Maestrella, Oh, my God and Gastronews.
The restaurants which are participating can be found on the competition website, http://lasmejorespizzas.diariosur.es, and anyone who wants to enter can sample the pizzas which are going to be judged. These are in addition to the normal menu in the restaurants, and cost between seven and ten euros.
The competition is open to over-18s, who can register on the website and place their vote, giving each pizza they have tried a score of one to ten points. Everyone who does so will be entered in a draw for a trip to Rome.
The votes from the public will also decide which of the pizzas will go through to the final stage of the competition. The pizza with the most votes from the general public will earn its creators 1,000 euros worth of advertising in Malaga en la Mesa.
Five of the 40 restaurants will go through to the final, and a specialist panel of judges will decide who wins the top prize and advertising to the value of 3,000 euros.
The pizzerias taking part in this competition are in Algarrobo Costa, Alhaurín de la Torre, Benahavís, Benalmádena, Fuengirola, Malaga city, Marbella, Mijas, Torremolinos and Vélez-Malaga.
Federico Moret, SUR's director of New Business who is responsible for the competition, says that “this year the organisers are placing the emphasis on the quality of the pizzas”.
Also, this year, in addition to the pizza for the general section of the competition, the restaurants can enter a second one in a 'special category'. The main pizza must use flour and mozzarella from La Contadina as basic ingredients, but the second one can use gourmet flours made with turmeric, 'grano arso' (burnt grain) or hemp, produced by the Polselli firm.
The pizza which wins in this innovative flours category will receive a hamper of La Contadina products worth 500 euros.
In the final of the competition, the master pizza chefs will have to cook and present their creations for the judges, who will take into account factors such as the rising of the dough, the cooking, the harmony and flavour of the ingredients (the obligatory ones and those chosen by each competitor) and the difficulty involved.
However, it is between now and 1 April that members of the public can enjoy the finest pizzas and have the chance of winning a trip to Rome with their vote.