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Not that long ago, the Chattanooga area had a relative shortage of options when it came to choosing where to get a pizza if you wanted to stray from the national brands. Relative being the operative term, as Lupi's Pizza has been a staple in the area for almost 25 years. Lupi's longevity might explain why it was chosen among the top three pizzerias in a recent Second Street online poll we conducted.

More than 100 readers chimed in. Southside Pizza on Main Street and Pizzeria Cortile in Red Bank were the other two at the top. Also getting votes were Home Slice on 23rd Street; Crust Pizza, which has locations on Signal Mountain Boulevard, Broad Street and Monteagle Mountain; NYPD in Hixson; Community Pie in Miller Plaza; and Pizza Bros. on Cherokee Boulevard.

With locations downtown and in East Brainerd, Ooltewah, Hixson and Cleveland, Lupi's offers a variety of not just pizzas, but sandwiches, pasta dishes and salads.

Southside Pizza and Pizzeria Cortile also offer a few extra menu items like sandwiches, but mostly they devote their energies to pizza pies.

What most of the places have in common is that they make artisan pies with fresh ingredients, but they each offer something different. You can get a traditional New York-style slice — the kind you fold in half like a paper plate to eat — at NYPD, or you can get a pie with a cracker-thin crust at Crust, for example.

We will ask a different food-related question each week, and we'd love to hear from you. This week's question is: "Where can you find the most authentic taco in town? And tell us why you think it's the best."

Contact Barry Courter at bcourter@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6354.

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