Best Pizzas In Philadelphia

Supervisor Jay Schacht at Pizzeria Vetri In Rittenhouse Square

Supervisor Jay Schacht at Pizzeria Vetri In Rittenhouse Square

‘Exploring Pizzas In The City Of Brotherly Love’

With pizza being one of America’s most popular foods, we set out for that ultimate quest, the Holy Grail of Pizzas in Philadelphia!

It’s not an easy task at hand, considering that there are many differing styles of pizza that include the dough, the style of pizza, the toppings, the sauce and so much more.

Now, there are thousands of pizzerias roaming Philly and the surrounding areas. There are many reasons why someone might say they had the best pizza. But for us, it’s more than about the size of the slice and or the cost, but about the ingredients and taste. This is one comment that we hear often when it comes to grading their pizza.

Best pizza in Philly! Slices are cheap and gigantic…..

My opinion is that you need to indulge yourself, allowing your taste buds and stomach to focus on the tastiness of the pie or slice and not the size or cost. In some cases, it’s mind over matter.

These eateries are serious about their craft, building custom wood-fired ovens or pizza havens, so that they can create pizzas that are more authentic and more delicious than ever before.

Keep in mind that National Pizza Day is February 9!

99% of the pizzas that we did try personally were topped with pepperoni. We explored pizzerias from South Philly and Point Breeze, to Bella Vista/Queen Village/ Society Hill/Old City, to Center City, to Fishtown/Northern Liberties/Kensington/Port Richmond, and west to University City area. Don’t fret, because in the next several months we will be adding to the list to cover areas like Chestnut Hill, Roxborough, Manayunk, Bala Cynwyd, Ardmore, NorthEast Philadelphia and more.

Disclaimer: We placed three asterisks (***) next to the pizza places that we visited ourselves. The (+++) symbol represents those pizza establishments that were mentioned in several different surveys and polls that we have taken over the last year or so, with some research as well.

Drum Roll!!! (Note: The list below is not in a ranked order – but at the very end, we list our top five with honorable mentions.)

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Art Museum District/Fairmount

Lugi’s Pizza Fresca ~ +++Casual, quick-serve Italian spot featuring thin-crust & stuffed pizzas, calzones, panini & more. Location: 2401 Fairmount Ave

Pizzeria Vetri ~ *** ~ An amazing pizza that makes you want more. This pizzeria creates wood fired pizzas. I had the mozzarella and pepperoni pie. With 2 locations in Philly and 1 in King of Prussia. ~ Location: 1939 Callowhill St (2 other locations: Rittenhouse Area at 1615 Chancellor St & in King of Prussia at 640 W. DeKalb Pike)

Pizzeria Vetri's Pepperoni With Mozzarella

Pizzeria Vetri’s Pepperoni With Mozzarella

Bella Vista

Nomad Pizza ~ ***  ~ Neapolitan-style pizzas ~ Featuring both ‘Neapolitan’ and ‘Roman-Style’ pizzas. Wood-fired pizzas. ~ Location: 611 S 7th St ~ (located at 1305 Locust St as well)

Santucci’s Pizza ~ *** ~ Santucci’s serves up squares with cheese-under-sauce pizzas, cooked in special pans that gives the dough a one-of-a-kind consistency. ~ Location: 901 S 10th St, Philadelphia (also locations at North Wallace & Broad and in Roxborough) ~ 

Brewerytown

Pizza Dad’s ~ +++ ~ Those who brought you Pizza Brain, now bring you Pizza Dad’s in Brewerytown. Enjoy favorite traditional pizza pies and new artisan flavor profiles inspired by International + Philly street foods. One standout is the Alana, a red sauce-and-mozzarella pie layered with prosciutto cotto, sliced pineapple and Grana Padano cheese. Location: 2843 W Girard Ave

East Passyunk

Marra’s Cucina Italiana ~ +++Old-school Italian spot dishing up red-sauce-covered plates & brick-oven thin-crust pizzas since 1927 which have been built on the same recipe the owner’s grandparents used. Location: 1734 E Passyunk Ave

Stogie Joe’s Tavern ~ *** ~  Laid-back tavern setting serving square pies in which the dough is handmade daily, and known for their upside down pizza, because the sauce is laid on top of your toppings. ~ Location: 1801 E Passyunk Ave ~

Center City

NYPD Pizza ~ +++ ~ New York City style pizza that are reasonably large, fold-able slices with a thin crust. Location: 140 S 11th St

Rosa’s Fresh Pizza ~ +++ ~ Nice mom and pop pizza which is the quintessential grab-and-go city pizza shop. What makes this pizza shop unique is owner Mason Wartman’s unique pay-it-forward system, which encourages patrons to purchase future slices that customers in need can capitalize on anytime they’re hungry. Their slogan, “Helping the homeless one slice at a time!” Location: 25 S 11th St

Fishtown/Northern Liberties/Port Richmond

Pizzeria Beddia ~ *** ~ Joe Beddia has created a memorable experience by using high-quality ingredients. There are simple rules to follow at this heavenly pie in the sky establishment – no slices, no cash and no phone. FYI – Demand is high because there is only 40 pies a day when open and there is usually a line prior to opening. Lastly, always check their web-site before heading over to make sure they are open. ~ Location: Fishtown at 115 E Girard Ave ~

Pizza Brain ~ *** ~ Pizza Brain offers pizza by the pie or large slices that are thing crust while offering a wide selection of pizzas and a build-your-own-pizza. They also have the world’s first pizza museum and shop, which showcases hundreds of pop culture pizza artifacts. ~ Location: Fishtown at 2313 Frankford Ave (also located in Brewerytown ~

Rustica Pizza ~ *** ~ Established in 2001, Rustica is one of the first pizza shops to really explore innovative and unique topping combinations in the city. They have won Best of Philly for their pepperoni pizza in 2015. We also enjoyed their brisket and mashed potatoes pizza, which was surprisingly very tasty. ~ Location: Northern Liberties at 903 N 2nd St ~

Slice *** ~ Serves fresh toppings that are plentiful, pizza is thin and crisp with robust sauce. FYI – You will see Yelp reviews averaging around 3.5, but I felt that this pizza was very good, roughly in my top 10, mainly because of the pepperoni that curls up when cooked and the thin slices. So I would give it a solid 4.3 rating. ~ Location: 431 East Girard Avenue (3 other locations: Rittenhouse at 1740 Sansom St & Italian Market/Passyunk Sq Area at 1180 S.  & Washington Twp, NJ) ~

Tacconelli’s ~ *** ~ One of our top places in Philly for pizza, pizza-goers must call in advance (usually 2-3 days prior) for reservations for sit down or take out. Being a lover of pepperoni, this pizza sure hit the spot on so many levels. Don’t expect to be over-whelmed by the decor, because it’s all about the pizza at this establishment. ~ Location: Kensington/Port Richmond at 2604 E Somerset St ~

Pepperoni Pizza From Tacconelli's

Pepperoni Pizza From Tacconelli’s

Gayborhood

Nomad Pizza ~ +++ ~ Neapolitan-style pizzas ~ Wood-fired pizzas. Cozy pizzeria focusing on local & organic ingredients to make brick-oven thin-crust pies. ~ Location: 1305 Locust St ~ (located at  611 S 7th St as well)

Pizzeria Cappelli (also known as Big Gay Pizza) ~ *** ~ Late-night pit serving both Neapolitan and Sicilian style pizzas that includes unique options such as their mac ’n’ cheese pie. ~ Location: 209 S 13th St ~

Italian Market Area/Passyunk Square

Slice *** ~ Serves fresh toppings that are plentiful, pizza is thin and crisp with robust sauce. FYI – You will see Yelp reviews averaging around 3.5, but I felt that this pizza was very good, roughly in my top 10, mainly because of the pepperoni that curls up when cooked and the thin slices. So I would give it a solid 4.3 rating. ~ Location: 1180 S. 10th St. (3 other locations: Rittenhouse at 1740 Sansom St & Fishtown at 431 East Girard Avenue & Washington Twp, NJ) ~

Old City

Capofitto ~ +++ ~ A Pizzeria/bar/gelataria set in an old paper factory space with a hand-built, wood-burning pizza oven serving light, airy, crisp crust Neapolitan-style pizzas. ~ Location: 233 Chestnut St ~

Pete’s Pizza Joint ~ +++ ~ New York Style pizza at this no-frills pizza spot serving slices and pies, plus hoagies and pasta. Open late for the post-bar crowd. Location: 215 Chestnut St

Queen Village

Square Pie ~ ***Comfy BYO eatery serving Brooklyn-style Sicilian crust pizzas amped up with toppings. Also serving pastas, polenta & meat dishes in homey digs. ~ Location: 801 E Passyunk Ave ~

Rittenhouse Square/Rittenhouse Area

Alice Pizza ~ +++Roman-style pizza a taglio established 1990 in Rome, Italy. Alice’s bakers have refined the recipe further to create the perfect pizza al taglio! Location: 235 S 15th St

Joe’s Pizza ~ *** ~ Enjoy huge slices from this family owned restaurant which can be heavy on the ingredients. Location: 122 S 16th St

Lazaro’s Pizzeria & Grill ~ *** ~ This friendly spot offers thin-crust pies & a lengthy list of subs including 18-in. cheesesteaks. You can’t go wrong with their plain cheese or with some toppings. My favorite is their pepperoni and sausage pizza!   Location: 1743 South St

Pietro’s Coal Oven Pizzeria ~ +++ ~ Coal-fired pizzas, Italian eats & wine at this outpost of a local chain with a family-friendly vibe.   Location: 1714 Walnut St (Also located at 121 South St)

Pizzeria Vetri ~ *** ~ An amazing pizza that makes you want more. This pizzeria creates wood fired pizzas. I had the mozzarella and pepperoni pie. With 2 locations in Philly and 1 in King of Prussia. ~ Location: 1615 Chancellor St (2 other locations: Art Museum District/Fairmount at 1939 Callowhill St & in King of Prussia at 640 W. DeKalb Pike)

Rione’s Pizza ~ ***Casual pizza shop that specializes in Roman-style “al taglio” slices that are light and crispyLocation: 102 S 21st St

Slice *** ~ Serves fresh toppings that are plentiful, pizza is thin and crisp with robust sauce. FYI – You will see Yelp reviews averaging around 3.5, but I felt that this pizza was very good, roughly in my top 10, mainly because of the pepperoni that curls up when cooked and the thin slices. So I would give it a solid 4.3 rating. ~ Location: 1740 Sansom St (3 other locations: Italian Market/Passyunk Sq Area at 1180 S. & Fishtown at 431 East Girard Avenue & Washington Twp, NJ) ~

South Philly/Point Breeze

Cacia’s Bakery ~ +++Cacia’s has been a South Philadelphia tradition for over 60 years. Old-school bakery with a brick oven churning out Italian bread, stromboli, pizza, cannoli & hoagies. The tomato pie is a local favorite along with their cheesesteak pizza and more! Location: 1526 W Ritner St

La Rosa Pizzeria ~ +++ ~ Serving square, deep-dish extravagant pizzas for over 30 years to include potato pies. Location: 2106 S Broad St

Mattei Family Pizza ~ *** ~ Owner Mariano Mattei and family have been making homemade pizza for generations. They originated in the mountain area known as Molise, Italy from a small town called Monteroduni. Mariano has a mason hand built pizza oven and has brought his family’s secret recipes over to Philadelphia. They specialize in red and white pizzas. ~ Location: 1260 Point Breeze Ave ~

South Street Headhouse District/Society Hill

Blackbird Pizzeria ~ +++ ~  As a full-on vegan pizzeria, they serve Artisanal pizzas, sandwiches & more made with ingredients like seitan sausage, garlic butter & tofu. ~ Location: Society Hill at 507 S 6th St (also located at 614 N. 2nd in Northern Liberties) ~

Lorenzo & Son’s Pizza ~ *** ~  This long time staple of the Headhouse District on South Street serves jumbo cheese slices! They also have a special creation, with the help of Jim’s Steaks, called the “Philly Taco“. It’s a cheese pizza wrapped around a cheesesteak by Jim’s Steaks. Lorenzo’s also offers toppings, but only on their pies and on their slices on Tuesday’s only. FYI – You will hear many say this is some of the best pizza in Philly, but some reasons that are factored into this decision is the cost and the size of their large slices. ~ Location: 305 South St ~

Pietro’s Coal Oven Pizzeria ~ ***Coal-fired pizzas, Italian eats & wine at this outpost of a local chain with a family-friendly vibe.   Location: 121 South St (Also located at 1714 Walnut St)

Pizzeria Stella ~ *** ~ A Stephen Starr restaurant that creates Wood-fired pizzas with gourmet toppings like black truffle, plus housemade gelato and a quaint bar. ~ Location: Society Hill at 420 S. 2nd St ~

Spring Garden/Callowhill

Bufad Pizza ~ +++ ~ A cute cozy spot that specializes in Neapolitan wood-fired and Roman al taglio pizzas. Closed Monday’s. ~ Location: 1240 Spring Garden St ~

Pizza Gutt ~ *** ~ As of November 2017, owner Daniel Gutter creates his Detroit styled pizzas at Win Win Coffee Bar on Spring Garden St. Gutter is an alum of Pizza Brain’s kitchen who also received training from Joe Beddia at one point. Open four days a week, Gutter starts off with twenty-five of his 10″ x 10″ square pies each night that are available for customers to reserve in advance through Slotted (order here), with another 25 available first come, first served. Follow Pizza Gutt on Instagram for menu updates, Click Here. ~ Location: 931 Spring Garden St ~

Pizza Gutt Pepperoni

Pizza Gutt Pepperoni

University City/West Philly

Enjay’s Pizza inside Smokey Joe’s ~ +++ ~ Enjay’s Pizza is brought to you by the folks at Pitruco Pizza, a Philly-based food truck serving wood-fired pies out of their mobile brick oven. Location: 210 S 40th St

Jeff Belonger’s Top 5 with Honorable Mentions (no particular order)

FYI – This is not a fair list considering that we have many more places to try.

Top 5 (no particular order)

Pizzeria Vetri 

Rustica Pizza

Tacconelli’s

Slice

Pizza Gutt

Honorable Mentions

Mattei Family Pizza

Pizzeria Beddia

Pizzeria Cappelli aka Big Gay Pizza

Lazaro’s Pizzeria & Grill

Santucci’s Pizza 

 

Disclaimer: We placed three asterisks (***) next to the pizza places that we visited ourselves. The (+++) symbol represents those pizza establishments that were mentioned in several different surveys and polls that we have taken over the last year or so, with some research as well.

Jeff Belonger

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