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DeFazio's awarded Tournament of Pizza pan

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Albany/HV: DeFazio's awarded Tournament of Pizza pan
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TROY, N.Y. -- It's a long-time favorite stop for Italian goods in the Capital Region and the owners are no stranger to awards. Now DeFazio's Pizzeria can boast about another honor.

The Troy pizzeria was awarded with the 2013 'Tournament of Pizza' winner's pan Tuesday.

This is the fifth year of the tournament organized by the website AllOverAlbany.com.

A panel of judges whittles down a final four stores from the Albany, Troy, Schenectady and Saratoga regions, single-elimination style.

This is the third year DeFazio's has reached the finals, but in the last two years, they couldn't claim the title.

AllOverAlbany.com Co-Owner Mary Darcy jokingly said, "We call DeFazio's the 'Susan Lucci' of pizzerias. Until this year! They finally made it, they finally won."

"We went back and looked back," said Rocco DeFazio, owner and operator of DeFazio's. "We always try to come up with something different and we saw that our buffalo chicken pizza hit a nerve with our judges, so we went with that, so we were really happy. We sell a lot of them too!"

Their buffalo chicken was the winning pizza in the tournament.

This year's tournament was sponsored by the College of Saint Rose.

There is also more to come. DeFazio says the pizzeria will release a major announcement regarding a new venture next week, so stay tuned.

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