May 172014

Ready for pizza tomorrow? The Groton-Pepperell Rotary Club has added some last minute sponsors, raffle goodies, and a judge to its first Pizza Gala, and hoping for some hungry residents.

The Sunday all-you-can eat pizza tasting event only runs from noon to 2 p.m., and includes a contest to select the area’s best pizza restaurant. It’s happening at the Groton Country Club on Lover’s Lane, off State Route 119.

Restaurants vying for bragging rights to the area’s best pizza include:

Five judges including Mike Blood, Jane Bouvier, Ed Cataldo, Groton Police Chief Don Palma, Tom Sartini. They will pick the pizza with the best crust, best cheese, best sauce, and best specialty pizza. The public will vote on “The People’s Choice” and kids vote on “Kids Choice Pizza.”

Admission is $10.00 per person and children 8 and under eat free; one free soda per person is included. The bar at the Country Club will be open, if beer if your pizza-accompaniment of choice. Proceeds raised from the event will help to support the charitable contributions and donations that Rotary provides in our community and internationally, according to Rotary spokeswoman Charlene Dapolito.

She said sponsors for the gala include: Colony Foods, Donelan’s Supermarket, LAER Realty Partners, Middlesex Bank, Ten Broeck Insurance, and Pepperell Family Pharmacy.

Items to be raffled include two gift baskets from Carrabba’s Restaurant in Tyngsboro; gift certificates from Costco, The Nashoba Club in Ayer, and The Bull Run; and two bottles of wine from the Groton Market.