World Pizza Games®

A 5-Event Test of Skills
For the World’s Pizza Makers

Beginning with the Individual Event Trials on Tuesday and ending with the Finals on Wednesday evening, the World Pizza Games competition brings energy and excitement to International Pizza Expo®. The best pizzaiaolo is crowned in each division, with all of the top finishers receiving awards. Non-participating attendees may watch the competitions onstage in the Exhibit Hall.

Attendees at the show are eligible to participate in five competitive events.

  • Freestyle Acrobatic Dough Tossing
  • Fastest Dough
  • Largest Dough Stretch
  • Fastest Pizza Box Folding
  • Pizza Triathlon

The Freestyle Acrobatic Dough Tossing preliminaries take place on Tuesday, with the highly anticipated finals moving to center stage at the Pizza Expo Block Party on Wednesday evening. The finals draw a large crowd at the party, with attendees cheering for their favorites and eagerly anticipating whose routine will be preferred by the judges.

Each pizzaiolo who finishes high in this and other World Pizza Games events can create a marketing buzz for his or her pizzeria. First-place winners receive $1,000 cash prizes, with medals going to the three top finishers.

NOTE: You must register as an attendee before you can enter the Pizza Games competition. Registration for Games events may be completed online while you register.

View the 2018 WPG Rules.

2019 Schedule

Tuesday, March 5 (Exhibit Hall)
10:45 am — Fastest Dough Stretch Trials
11:45 am — Fastest Dough Finals
12:00 pm — Fastest Box Folding Trials and Finals
1:00 pm — First Division Individual Acrobatic Trials
3:00 pm — First Division Acrobatic Finalists Announced

Wednesday, March 6 (Exhibit Hall)
10:30 am — Pizza Triathlon Trials
11:15 am — Pizza Triathlon Finals
11:30 am — Largest Dough Stretch Trials and Finals

Wednesday, March 6 (Block Party, Room S222)
6:00 pm — Individual Acrobatic Dough-Tossing Finals
7:00 pm — Masters Division Dough-Tossing Acrobatics

Our 2017 Winners

Master Acrobatics — Justin Wadstein, Pizza My Heart, Los Gatos, CA (281.5 points)
Individual Acrobatics — Scott Volpe, Fiamme Pizza Napoletana, Tucson, AZ (280.5 points)
Fastest Dough Stretch — Mitchell Rotolo, Rotolo’s Pizzeria, Baton Rouge, LA (29:02 seconds)
Largest Dough Stretch — Matt Hickey, Caliente Pizza & Drafthouse, Pittsburgh, PA (105.4 x 99.7 centimeters)
Fastest Box Folding — Bonn Rassavong, Citizen Pie, Cleveland, OH (20.03 seconds)
Pizza Triathlon — Justin Waldstein, Pizza My Heart, Los Gatos, CA (37.03 seconds, new record)

From Previous Years