The results are in, and the prince has been crowned king. Prince Umberto's of Franklin Square has won Newsday's Pizza Smackdown with its potato-egg pie.
The Smackdown field was made up of 32 specialty pizzas nominated by Newsday's food staff. Of the winning pie, Peter M. Gianotti wrote, "Anyone who has downed pizza for breakfast will appreciate the stellar potato-and-egg pie at Prince Umberto's in Franklin Square. The flavorful production is made with perfectly cooked spuds, omelet-texture eggs and just enough mozzarella. After an early slice or two, you also may want to reserve a few more for lunch."
More than 150,000 people voted over the course of week and change -- the contest ran from Aug. 25 to Sept. 4 -- and we thank all of you who did.
We also congratulate all 32 contenders. The Smackdown was inspired by the boundless creativity of Long Island's pizzerias. Not content to leave tomato sauce and mozzarella alone, local pizzaioli are pushing the pizza envelope, topping their pies with chicken Parm and fried calamari, baked ziti and mac and cheese, mashed potatoes and broccoli rabe. (Not all at once. That we know of.)
See the final results and all the previous brackets at newsday.com/pizzasmackdown.