Barely anyone knows the true identity of Sexy Slices, the Buffalo pizza reviewer who approaches 7,000 followers on Instagram. After eating and reviewing 104 pizzas across Western New York over the last four years, the anonymous-yet-voracious eater has narrowed down his personal favorites - so far.
But now, he requests your help.
The culmination of the critic's pizza hunt will be the People's Championship, scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. June 23 at Hydraulic Hearth (716 Swan St.). The finalists will have their pies presented for sampling in the Larkinville restaurant-bar's beer garden, and attendees may grade and then vote for their favorite to help determine the winner.
Sexy Slices hopes to have his top 10 pizzerias participate; the contenders will be announced, on Instagram and Twitter, between now and the event.
The cost is $25 through Eventbrite and includes all-you-can-eat pizza. A cash bar will be available.
Additional perks of the People's Championship include a large trophy to the victor, pizza-themed drinks from Hydraulic Hearth, a Battistoni pepperoni eating contest, plus merchandise and giveaways, with more entertainment to be announced.
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But if you think the event will expose the real person behind Sexy Slices, that's not a certainty. Expect some sideshows - attendees pretending to be Sexy Slices - who are there for the sole purpose of protecting Mr. Slices' identity (and probably also to enjoy the pies).
It's not unreasonable to be skeptical of Sexy Slices' expertise - Buffalo eaters are passionate about their favorite pies and, naturally, have different tastes - but read Andrew Galarneau's feature before making any snap judgments. This is someone who cares deeply about the curl of the pepperoni, the flavor and thickness of the cheese, the airiness of the crust and the great sauce debate.
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