Northeast Pasta Showdown

Northeast Pasta Showdown

Top Chefs in the Industry Competed in the 2019 Northeast Pasta Showdown 

We crowned the chefs with the best pasta dishes in the region during our two-day Northeast Pasta Showdown.

On Wednesday, the competition area in the Exhibit Hall featured contestants preparing their best recipes and presenting them to the judges. A prestigious panel of professional chefs with proficiency in Italian cuisine judged the entries and name place winners. Participants had 40 minutes to prepare their dishes, and dishes were judged on their trueness to the Italian basic tenets of technique, presentation, flavor balance and taste. 

On Thursday, each participating chef was asked to prepare a pasta dish from a table of common ingredients, with one primary ingredient included that must be in all entries that went before the judges. This face-to-face showdown tested a competitor’s ability to stand out from the crowd on a level playing field.

Winners were announced Thursday afternoon. The first-place winner received $2,000 and a trophy; second- and third-place prizes were $500 and $250, respectively.

2019 PPNE Pasta Showdown Rules & Regulations


2019 Pasta Showdown Winners

First Place 
John Lombardi
King Umberto’s
Elmont, NY

Second Place
Terry Thompson
House of Hops 
Kingman, AZ

Third Place
Luigi Speranza
Sola Hospitalty 
New York, NY

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Show Location & Dates

  • Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, NJ – Hall C
  • Exhibit Hall Dates: October 7-8, 2020

Exhibitor Resources

Move-in Days & Times

Tuesday, October 6…………………     TBD*

Wednesday, October 7…………….     TBD

*Exhibitors will be permitted to stay longer to merchandise until 10 p.m. There will be no in-and-out access to the building after 8 p.m.

Show Days & Times

Wednesday, October 7…………   11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 8…………….   11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Exhibitors will be permitted access 3 hours prior to show open and 1 hour after show close.

Move-out Days & Times

Thursday, October 8………………   TBD

Friday, October 9………………….     TBD

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Advance Warehouse Deliveries

Delivery begins TBD, and the deadline date is TBD


Show Site Deliveries

Freight cannot be delivered before TBD. 

Non-Perishable Goods / Booth Equipment

Perishable Goods – Refrigerated Storage

Perishable Goods - Freezer Storage

2020 Exhibitor Service Manual - Coming Soon

The exhibitor service manual contains all the information and forms you need regarding your booth at the show. The manual contains mandatory forms and information on regulations that you must adhere to at Pizza & Pasta Northeast. We recommend that you review this information with your trade show coordinator/onsite EAC. Looking for lead retrieval and other show services? Find order forms and information in the ESM.

2020 Exhibitor Service Manual

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