Pick Your Perfect Pie

We know you like pizza.

Last summer during a heat wave, many of you stayed late on the local beaches, called in orders on your cell phones, and had the pizza delivered to your blankets.

The change of seasons altered your venue, and possibly your choice of toppings, but it didn’t reduce the number of trips you made to your favorite pizzeria.

Indeed, you’re still picking up a pizza, or two, on your way home from work or routinely loading your family into the SUV or mini bus for a weekend excursion to your favorite pizza place.

The pizza-makers say your favorites include the traditional tomato sauce and cheese, or pepperoni.

And they also agree that many of you are big on barbecue chicken ranch pizza, steak bomb pizza, and Mediterranean pizza with eggplant, artichokes, black olives, tomato chunks, and cheese.

You can’t go wrong with a meat pizza that boasts nine toppings, including a few vegetables, or a vegetarian special with seven different vegetables.

But we have a question for you: Which pizza place in Hollis or Brookline tops your list?

As part of a Cabinet Press contest, The Hollis Brookline Journal is asking readers to vote for their favorite restaurant, considering only independents, no chains. And your vote will count.

We’ve promised the contenders that the winner will be featured in a story in the Hollis Brookline Journal.

So pick up the phone, call in an order, and taste your way to a delicious decision, which you can e-mail to Hollis Brookline Journal editor Susan Clark at sclark@nashuatelegraph.com.

Mangia. Bon Appetit. Salut!

Here are the candidates:

Hollis

Pizzeria Zacharia

Location: 85 Runnells Bridge Road.

Owner: Zack Khater.

Contact: 881-5431.

History: Opened in 1997, specializes in Greek-style pan pizza.

Pricing: Large pizzas, $16 to $18; small $7 to $11.

Specialty pie: Meat pizza. It has nine toppings, including hamburger, pepperoni, sausage, salami, ham, mushrooms, peppers, onions, and black olives.

Monument Square Market

Location: 4 Monument Square.

Owners: Peter and Martha Tripaldi and son Mike.

Contact: 465-7111.

History: Opened in 2002 in the center of town, specializes in Italian-style, thin crust pizza.

Pricing: $9 to $17.50, small and large sizes.

Specialty: Mediterranean. Toppings include eggplant, artichokes, black olives, tomato chunks, and cheese on a thin, Italian-style crust.

Brookline

Chrysanthi’s

Location: 204 Route 13.

Owner: Spiros Gerekos.

Contact: 672-0303.

History: Opened in 2005, specializes in Greek-style pan pizza.

Pricing: $6.25 to $16.25, small and large sizes.

Specialty: Mediterranean. Topped with fresh spinach, feta, garlic, tomatoes, black olives, and cheese.

Both towns

Val’s

Location: 75 Route 13, Brookline and 22 Ash St., Hollis.

Owner: Scott Lee.

Contact: 672-9600 in Brookline; 465-7200 in Hollis.

History: Opened in 2004, specializes in Italian-style, thin crust pizza.

Pricing: $9 to $17, small and medium sizes.

Specialty: Steak bomb pizza with green peppers, onion, mushrooms, salami, steak, and cheese on top.