Oh, it's on: Karen_Schaffer conducted a pie tasting pitting Duarte's olallieberry pie against the contender from Gizdich Ranch.
The juicy Duarte's pie, brimming with whole berries, had a thick, tough crust that didn't win over Karen_Schaffer's tasting panel. The mashed-together berries in the Gizdich pie provided a consistent, intense flavor, though some tasters preferred the tart whole berries studded through the Duarte's filling.
While the vote was close, there was a winner. Of 12 tasters, 7 preferred the Gizdich pie.
Duarte's Tavern [North Coast]
202 Stage Road, Pescadero
Gizdich Ranch [North Central Coast]
55 Peckham Road, Watsonville