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Posted: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 8:07 am | Updated: 8:45 am, Tue Dec 26, 2017.

On a whim, Carmine’s Italian Restaurant owner Carmine Fazzolari decided it’d be fun to challenge the community to a pizza eating contest.

Carmine’s opened the contest last week and the submissions only had three rules: One pizza, one person and one hour. If the contestant succeeds in eating an entire 28-inch pizza within the hour, they will be rewarded with a $500 prize.

Since the announcement, several people have tried to take down the monster pizza, but not one has been able to finish the challenge yet, although a few have come close.

Jordan Wesling, 16, a Kerrville resident finished two slices short of the challenge on Tuesday. Prepared by the experience, he returned Thursday afternoon, with a game plan this time.

“I’m going to stack four slices on top of each other and eat them that way,” he said, as he eyed the massive cheese pizza in front of him.

Wesling’s mother, Jennifer Connell, watched from a nearby table, with her son, Jayden Wesling.

“I heard about it through a friend, and I thought it’d be fun for him,” she said. “I asked Jordan if he wanted to make $500.”

Of course, her son agreed.

“We’ve done this before at our other restaurants,” said Fazzolari. “But it’s always just been for fun. This is the first time we’ve added the prize.”

Savanna Fazzolari, manager of the restaurant, said the community’s feedback has been overwhelming. She scheduled events throughout the day and into the evening for those who want to take their own shot at the

$500 prize.

Even though Wesling had his first attempt and a game plan going into his second round, the pizza won again. He did manage to get a bit farther on his second try, said his mother after the event.

“We had fun, and I know he had fun,” Connell said. “We hope someone else wins it.”

Community members can attempt the challenge for the $500 prize until Dec. 31.

For more information, visit Carmine’s at 1170 Sidney Baker St. South or call 315-1170.

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