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A Tale of Two Pizzerias

April 23, 2007 12:00 AM

CBS Television Distribution's "The Rachael Ray Show" is airing a New York-vs.-Chicago "Pizza Throwdown" Wednesday with TV's Judge Joe Brown, Judge Alex Kozinski and Judge Lynn Toler on hand to decide once and for all which town makes the best pie.

The competition began back in March with a "Pizza Challenge" on rachael rayshow.com, where visitors were invited to vote for their favorite Chicago and New York pizzerias. Once winners in each city were selected, the Chicago pizzeria owner, along with his family and friends, were flown to New York to participate in the throwdown with the New York winner.

And in order for the in-studio rooting to be better balanced during the March 27 taping, the show also flew in half of the audience from Chicago, where guests were selected via a giveaway on CBS-owned WBBM-TV's Web site. Blink doubts the judges' decision will change many minds, however.