Gardnerville women win Round Table Pizza contest |

Gardnerville women win Round Table Pizza contest

Staff reports

Just 20 poets – out of 1,500 literary hopefuls across nine Western states – have been officially named “Pizza Laureates” by Round Table Pizza this month. Gardnerville residents Maureen Rodriguez and Valery Wilson’s pizza-loving opus was judged good enough to snag them a luscious Round Table pizza per month for the next three-and-a-half years.

“It’s Round Table thatMakes my mouth waterIt beats all the othersIt’s great and it’s hotterPineapple and baconNow that’s got some flavorFrom Round Table PizzaI shall never waver.” And that’s only the beginning.

The Round Table Pizza’s Poetry Contest is part of the company’s 40th anniversary celebration activities.

Wilson and Rodriguez are now on the receiving end of coupons for 40 free luscious Round Table pizzas. They also will be the guests of honor at an anniversary pizza party at their local Round Table and have their poem read on local radio stations.

The pizza poetry contest, which ended on April 30, celebrates the founding of the first Round Table restaurant in Menlo Park, Calif., in 1959.

The first 20 winners were selected in mid-April by a panel of judges comprised of English literature teachers. Twenty additional individual winners will be named in mid-May, along with five schools, who will receive $1,000 each from Round Table.