CiCi's holds first Pizza Throwdown contest

CiCi’s Pizza, the 625-unit buffet chain based in Coppell, Texas, crowned Elizabeth Cruz of Roeland Park, Kan., as its “Ultimate Pizza Artist” in the company’s first Pizza Throwdown finals earlier this month.

Michael Shumsky, CiCi’s chief executive, said franchisees fostered the idea of the Throwdown contest to instill and recognize quality in the chain’s pizza makers.

The contest began in November with more than 300 contestants and

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