11/06/2012 08:38 am ET

Italian-American Foods: A HuffPost Deathmatch

Vote for your favorite classic dish!

We know that the Italian food we find in the U.S. is not the same as what you'd find in Italy. We put more sauce and more cheese than necessary on everything (meaning we make it better). Without this American spin on Italian classics some of our favorite foods wouldn't exist. What would an eggplant parmesan sub sandwich be if it wasn't dripping with tomato sauce and covered in a blanket of melted mozzarella cheese?

We've got so many classic dishes like eggplant parm, it's hard to choose a favorite. But sometimes you just have to pick, like now, in this deathmatch. Which Italian-American dish is your favorite? Place your vote below. (Please note, we did not forget about pizza but intentionally left it out of this deathmatch -- it stands in a category of its own.)

Here's how the Italian-American Cuisine Deathmatch voting will go down:

Round One voting opens today (November 5th) -- vote right now!

Wednesday, November 6th at 12:00am Eastern, Round Two begins.

Thursday, November 7th at 12:00am Eastern, you'll be able to vote in Round Three.

Friday morning, November 8th, we'll announce the winner.

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