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We want to know: Where is the best pizza in the 608? Vote for your favorite to help determine a champion.

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Salvatore’s Pizza. | Photo by 608today


With the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments just around the corner, we’re joining the fun of bracket competitions with a face-off of our own with our 608today pizza shop bracket.

But first, we need your help nominating the spots you think should be in the bracket.

We’ll use your nominations to create a bracket and battle it out in our newsletter and on socials.

Need help brainstorming? Check out our pizza guide to get started.

Round 1

With the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments just around the corner, we’re joining the fun of bracket competitions with a face-off of our own with our 608today pizza shop bracket.

Last week, we asked you to share your favorite place to get pizza in Madison. Now — thanks to you and the help of a random generator — we have the official lineup for our bracket.

608 pizza bracket round 1

cast your vote today. | Graphic by 608today

Who’s in the running?
Going head-to-head in the first round are:

  • Grampa’s vs. Sugar River | Known for its thin-crust pizzas, Grampa’s was named the most romantic restaurant in Wisconsin by Yelp. Sugar River allows you to top your customized pies with a drizzle of Sriracha, ranch, balsamic reduction, or maple-rosemary syrup.
  • Ian’s vs. Glass Nickel | While both spots offer a variety of fun flavors, Ian’s is known for its giant late-night slices and Glass Nickel makes dough, sauce, and preps fresh veggies daily in-house.
  • Greenbush Bar vs. Salvatore’s | Greenbush Bar’s rich history and Sicilian-style pizza make it a Regent Street favorite. Salvatore’s prides itself in using old-world techniques like slow fermenting dough from locally derived wheat.
  • Branch + Daughter vs. Pizza Brutta | Pizza Brutta’s Neopolitan-style pies are made to order in an 800-degree wood oven. Branch + Daughter’s artisan pizzas are each finished with olive oil, Pecorino Romano, and spices.

How it works:
Beginning today, we will host several voting rounds within our newsletters and social channels to determine Madison’s best pizza. Who moves on is up to you. Vote for your favorites, and the business with more votes moves on. Simple as that.

We’ll go until we have a champion, which will be announced in our Friday, March 29 newsletter. You will be able to vote once per round.

How to participate:
Vote for the pizza you’d like to see advance to round two. You can vote for all four spots or as little as one. Once we count all the votes, we’ll share an updated bracket and new poll in an upcoming newsletter.

Final Four

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What pizza spot in the 608 will claim victory? | Graphic by 608today

Welcome back to our 608today pizza bracket, where we’re asking you to determine the best pizza spot in Madison.

After our initial round of votes, we’re down to four “teams” left:

  • Sugar River Pizza Company vs. Ian’s Pizza | Sugar River’s specialty pizzas include Maple My Bacon and Riccota Be Kiddin’ Me, while Ian’s has unique pizzas like Friday Fish Fry and Drunken Ravioli.
  • Salvatore’s Tomato Pies vs. Pizza Brutta | Salvatore’s boasts pizzas with wine-poached figs and has a Vegan Supreme, while Monroe Street’s Pizza Brutta has pies with San Marzano crushed tomatoes and a Market Bianca with chimichurri on it.

Championship Round

Welcome back to our 608today pizza shop bracket, where we’re asking you to determine the best pizza in Madison.

After our second round of votes, we’re down to two “teams” left:

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Ian’s Pizza, with three locations in Madison, has been voted the best pizza in Mad City. | Graphic by 608today

The Winner

And the bracket winner is… Ian’s Pizza, voted the best pizza in Madison by our readers and social media followers in our 608today pizza shop bracket.

Quintessentially Madison, Ian’s Pizza has been around for years. It prides itself on supplying locals with affordable NY-style pizza in a wide variety of old-school and original pizza combinations (did you try the Friday Fish Fry pizza?).

We want to extend a major “thank you” to all of you for participating in our bracket challenge over the past few weeks. We’ve had a blast seeing how the votes shook out, and we hope you did too.

Looking for more pizza shops around town? Check out our guide.

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