Aurelio's Conquers All at District 99 'Pizza Wars'

Eight local pizza places went to battle Thursday, Jan. 16 for the title of "Best Pizza in District 99."

Mike Nicholaou and Nikolas Fotos enjoy a slice.
Mike Nicholaou and Nikolas Fotos enjoy a slice.
It was a tough job, but somebody had to do it.

Roughly 400 people sampled pizza from 8 local restaurants, to punch their ballots and help select the "Best Pizza in District 99." Aurelio's came out the victor, District 99 announced Friday.

"The (District 99 Educational) Foundation members were thrilled with the response from the community," said Jill Browning, Director of Communications.

"Judges" paid $10 or $12 to sample the goods, while enjoying live entertainment from The Rock Academy in Downers Grove will provide the entertainment: bands are made up of kids from the Downers Grove community, future and current students of District 99, plus some of the district's alumni. 

Throughout the evening, a few taste-testers shared their frontrunners with Patch.

For Jasmine Scholz, it was Skuddlebutt's. But she might have been a little biased—she's the sister of owner Danny. 

Giordano's was the favorite for Sandy Scornaienchi, whose son is a senior at Downers Grove South. Devouring multiple slices might have been a tough task, but "it's for a good cause," she said.

Her son Connor, 12, went another direction with his pizza pick—John and Eddie's was his fave. 

Contenders included:
  • Al’s
  • Aurelio’s
  • Giordano’s
  • John & Eddie’s
  • Papa’s Pizza Place
  • Sarpino’s
  • Skuddlebutts
  • Tortorice’s 
Proceeds from the event went to the District 99 Educational Foundation. The foundation provides financial assistance for District 99 students and staff in support of innovative curriculum and technologies that fall outside of traditional public funding. In addition to administering scholarships, the Foundation also accepts grant requests from teachers in District 99 who want to make the classroom environment more challenging to students but lack the necessary resources. The Foundation was founded in 1994 as a way for alumni, parents, educators and the community to support the continued excellence of educational curriculum provided to students and faculty.

To learn more about the Foundation, which is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, or to make a donation, please visit www.d99ef.org.


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