January 13, 2016 |

UPDATED — Winners announced in Caputo Cup Pizza Competition and Global Pizza Summit in New York

Naples’ largest pizza competition which took place in NY, has concluded & winners have been announced.  Below is a recap of the results of the 2016 USA Caputo Cup:

Neapolitan Style
1st Place:  Jesus Solis – Forcella, Brooklyn, NY
2nd Place: Gimmy Piperku – Forno Rosso, Chicago, IL
3rd Place:  Henry Paciullo – Forno Rosso, Chicago, IL

NY Style
1st Place:   Norma Knepp – Norma’s Pizza, Manheim, PA
2nd Place:  Ali Haider – 786 Degrees, Sun Valley, CA
3rd Place:  Giancarlo Schiano – Taste of Italy, Woodstock, GA

Jesus Solis - Forcella Brooklyn 1st Place Neapolitan Style USA Caputo Cup 2016 Photo by Tony DeFilippis

Jesus Solis — Forcella Brooklyn
1st Place Neapolitan Style — USA Caputo Cup 2016
Photo by Tony DeFilippis


Norma Knepp Norma's Pizza 1st Place NY Style - USA Caputo Cup 2016 Photo by Tony DeFilippis

Norma Knepp — Norma’s Pizza
1st Place NY Style — USA Caputo Cup 2016
Photo by Tony DeFilippis


(NEW YORK, NY, January 6, 2016) — Pizza powerhouses will gather in New York City on January 11 and 12, 2016, at the Second Annual USA Caputo Cup Pizza Competition and Third Annual Global Pizza Summit. Pizza-makers from across the United States and abroad, have the opportunity to go for gold, while competing for prizes and the esteemed title of the USA Caputo Cup Champion. At the Pizza Summit, guests will get the inside scoop on what’s sizzling in the pizza world, including educational seminars, cooking demonstrations and other pizza-centric programming led by industry experts.

1st, 2nd & 3rd Place Winners - NY Style - 2015 Caputo Cup Competition

1st, 2nd & 3rd Place Winners – NY Style – 2015 Caputo Cup Competition

The Caputo Cup Pizza Competition, Naples, Italy’s largest, most renowned pizza contest, will take place in New York for the second consecutive year, after fourteen years of international success.

This year, contestants wielding pizza peels from as far as Italy and Canada, will take center stage and show off their stuff in two categories: Traditional Neapolitan and New York Style. Crafty creations will be presented to an esteemed panel of judges composed of industry professionals.

Entries will be scored based on taste, visual presentation and originality. The first place winner to capture the crown in each category will be awarded $1,000, admission to the International Pizza Expo Competition in Las Vegas, including hotel accommodations, and one pallet of Caputo pizza flour.

The schedule of the Global Pizza Summit features informative forums and tasty presentations by acclaimed pizza-makers, chefs, restaurateurs, Italian food producers and media including:

Roberto Caporuscio – Celebrated Chef/Owner of Kesté Pizza & Vino and Don Antonio by Starita in New York City, Master Pizzaiolo and US President of the Association of Neapolitan Pizza-Makers (APN)

Giulio Adriani – Award-winning Master Pizzaiolo and prior Caputo Cup Champion, Executive Chef-Neapolitan Express

Gennaro Esposito – Two-star Michelin Chef and Owner of La Torre del Saracino, Italy

Peter Reinhart – Chef and multiple James Beard award-winning cookbook author, one of the world’s leading authorities on bread, founder of Pizzaquest.com

John Arena – Third generation pizza-maker, educator and Co-Owner/Founder of Metro Pizza restaurants

Scott Wiener – Founder of Scott’s Pizza Tours in NYC, author of “Viva La Pizza! The Art of the Pizza Box” and columnist for Pizza Today Magazine

Joe Fugere – Founder Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria Seattle-area restaurants

Pete Lachapelle – VP/Publisher Pizza Today Magazine

Antimo Caputo – 4th generation owner of Molino Caputo, the premier flour mill of Naples

The Global Pizza Summit and USA Caputo Cup Pizza Competition which are organized and hosted by Orlando Food Sales, along with Antico Molino Caputo and Ciao Tomatoes, will be held at Neapolitan Express Studio located at 232 East 111th Street in New York City. Event hours are:

January 11th: Pizza Summit 9:30AM-1:00PM, Caputo Cup 2:00PM-5:00PM

January 12th: Pizza Summit 9:30AM-12:15PM, Caputo Cup 1:30PM-5:00PM

Winners of the Caputo cup will be announced immediately at the conclusion of the second day of the competition.

Entry to the summit and competition is complimentary however pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, visit https://3cc1ec20.campgn3.com/Caputo-Cup-2.

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