World pizza champion Tony Gemignani will take on the roles of judge, emcee and Meatball in Chief when San Jose’s Little Italy hosts its second annual Boss of the Sauce competition.
The Sunday, June 24, contest will pit eight South Bay restaurants against each other for bragging rights. Two restaurants that opened since last year’s event — Palermo (San Jose) and Il Sogno (Campbell) — will go up against Campo di Bocce (Los Gatos), Tony & Alba’s (San Jose), La Pastaia (San Jose), Sweet Sicily (Gilroy), Paesano Ristorante (Little Italy) and Enoteca La Storia (Little Italy).
Supplying the tomatoes will be Santa Clara Valley’s legendary DiNapoli company.
Representatives of last year’s winners — Johnny McGrew from Mio Vicino restaurant (judges’ choice) and Deanna Leon from Sorelle (people’s choice) — will help Gemignani judge.
Fremont native Gemignani, who mastered his pizza-tossing skills at Pyzano’s in Castro Valley, now owns pizzerias in San Francisco, Walnut Creek. Las Vegas and elsewhere.
Details: Noon-4 p.m. at 323 W. St. John St., San Jose. Tickets for this fundraiser, $25, include all pasta tastings; proceeds go toward the creation of a museum and piazza. www.littleitalysj.com.
Pizza king Tony G to judge Little Italy San Jose’s sauce contest