Hamilton’s got some pretty outstanding pizza places, so it’s not surprising that two of the city’s best took home top honours at the 2022 Canadian Pizza Summit East this week.
Winning first place and the title of Chef of the Year at the live event in Toronto was Giovanni Campisi of Red Door Cucina in Dundas, a tiny tucked-away Italian spot known for its excellent Neapolitan-style pizzas, pasta, and more.
Campisi’s winning pie was the Octopus Pinza, topped creatively with octopus carpaccio, buffalo burrata, micro rocket, cherry tomatoes, grated lemon peel, lemon salt, and garlic.
Canadian Pizza Summit East returned triumphantly to the live event stage as a showcase for 20 talented, creative Canadian pizza chefs. Our Chef of the Year is Giovanni Campisi, pizza chef at Red Door Cucina in Dundas, Ont.! https://t.co/1bkb4f1uIQ pic.twitter.com/k7zeWDzkdM
— Canadian Pizza (@CdnPizzaMag) October 27, 2022
Coming in second place was Hamilton’s own Salar Madadi of MaiPai Tiki Bar, a Barton Village spot famous for its exceptional Detroit-style pizzas.
Madadi brought his usual playful flair to his offering, titled Pumpkin Spice Not a Latte and topped with pumpkin puree, sage brown butter, pumpkin spiced pepitas, kale, goat cheese, smoked pineapple, and pumpkin jam.
If that sounds as delicious to you as it does to us, you’re in luck: MaiPai is offering it as their feature pie this week, so Hamilton pizza lovers can sink their teeth into this award-winning culinary creation.
Huge congratulations to these two titanic local pizzerias helping to put Hamilton’s food scene on the map!
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Lead image courtesy of Red Door Cucina