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Dongan Hills eatery garners top honors
By MAURA GRUNLUND ADVANCE STAFF WRITER Good guys do finish' first. Pizza Alla Vodka from Goodfella's Brick Oven Pizza Cafe won a best pizza award for the second time. The Dongan Hills eatery gar-nered top honors and $1,000 in prize money last Wednesday in a contest sponsored by Pizza & Pas-ta magazine at the first Italian-American Foodservice Show in the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nev. The restaurant's Pizza Alla Vod-ka placed first last year in a con-test sponsored by the same mag-azine at the International Ho-tel/Motel Restaurant Show in Manhattan. Attending the Las Vegas con-vention were Goodfella's owners Marc Cosentino and brother-in-law E. Jay Myers; Vincent Cassa, general manager of the restaurant in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn and chef Sergio Basillio.
People who attended the show were amazed by the mozzarella that Goodfella's made at the con-vention, according to Marc Cosentino. Cosentino recalled: "They'd say, `What is that stuff you're putting on there? Where can I get some of that?'" The latest trends in pizza were there for the tasting at the show. "A competitor had a pizza with potatoes and sausage on it," Cosentino said. "Another competitor had a California pizza with avocados. Pizza is the hottest item there is and everyone is looking for something different." Both the restaurant's Staten Is-land and Bay Ridge outlets will offer free samples of the winning pizza from noon to 5 p.m. Wednes-day through Saturday. The catch is that customers must ask, "May I have a free sample of the best pizza in the country?"
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