Food & Drink

The Best Pizza Place in 13 Different Philly 'Hoods

Published On 01/21/2015 Published On 01/21/2015
Nomad Pizza
In Riva
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Pizzeria Beddia
Vecchia Pizzeria
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Barbuzzo Restaurant
Capofitto Pizza + Gelato
Kennett Restaurant
SliCE
Bufad Pizza
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Garces Trading Company - Philadelphia
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1. Nomad Pizza 1305 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (Fairmountart Museum)

Nomad is one of our favorite spots for wood-fired pizza in the city. Especially if you are able to go during happy hour or the Two For Tuesday special (buy one pie, get one free). All ingredients are locally sourced and have a pretty good rotating draft list of local and craft beers. When it comes to pizza, any meal has to include the Spicy Sopressata, which comes with thinly sliced Soppressata, garlic, red pepper, and a drizzle of honey.

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2. In Riva 4116 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19129 (Roxborougheast Falls)

An ex-punk rocker with a D.C. fine-diner and an exec. chef stint at Parc on his resume decided to momentarily forgo trusting really skinny dudes with mohawks to catch him while stagediving, so he can feed you pizza at In Riva, for which he gutted the old Franco's Trattoria to expose cinder blocks & ceiling framework, brought in a ton of Euro bicycle-race posters and industrial stools, and outfitted the patio (opening in March) with bikes strung with lights.

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3. Pizzeria Vetri 1939 Callowhill St, Philadelphia, PA 19130 (Spring Garden)

According to Pizzeria Vetri, authentic pizza-making is something of a lost art. At this popular Philly spot, pizza artists spend three days mixing each batch of pizza dough from rich whole-grain flour, only adding fresh local cheese and house red sauce right before shoveling the pies into their wood-fired oven. In the interest of paying homage to the delicacy of pizza prep, the restaurant has an open kitchen, where guests can watch the chefs toss mozzarella lovingly onto their homemade wheels of dough. In addition to the expertly constructed pies, Pizzeria Vetri serves a full list of craft beers and a selection of wines on tap. Decked with white string lights and cedar wood panels, the place is in the business of making pizza great again. The pizza-making outpost of acclaimed local chef Marc Vetri slings enormous calzones, wood-fired pizzas, and bottled cocktails for two.

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4. Pizzeria Beddia 115 E Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125 (Fishtown)

Joe Beddia's Fishtown shop is a serious pizza destination. The tiny seatless operation makes 40 pizzas a night, and people start lining up an hour before it opens to get their 16-inch pie. Beddia forgoes the wood-fired oven of many a Neapolitan pizzeria for a gas oven, which means the pies take longer to cook, but once you've waited in line for two hours, what's 10 more minutes? Note: Pizzeria Beddia is cash-only.

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5. Vecchia Pizzeria 134 N Wayne Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19026 (Main Line)

The lauded Phoenixville original recently opened a second location in well-to-do Wayne, making it the number one rival to the dozens upon dozens of pizza parlors on the Main Line. Save room after you’re 12-inch margarita for some dessert nutella pie, because obviously.

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6. Zesto Pizza & Grill 6024 Ridge Ave, Roxborough, PA 19128 (Roxborougheast Falls)

Just opened in the former Venuto's locale, Zesto's dedicated to filling you up with charbroiled cheesesteaks, 1/2 lb burgers, and homemade roast pork or chicken 'wiches (like the house special topped w/ mozzarella & roasted peppers), plus calzones, stromb

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7. Barbuzzo 110 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Barbuzzo is a Mediterranean haven built of beautiful re-purposed Mid-Atlantic woods -- floor boards from Maryland dock pilings, refurbished church pews from a West Philly church, tabletops cut from local dam wood. White-washed brick walls meet a marble-topped bar, which leads into an open kitchen almost as narrow as the restaurant itself, but the space constraints certainly have no bearing on the quality of the food. The restaurant offers everything from small plates -- heirloom pumpkin and mushrooms over polenta with sage brown butter -- to pizzas and pastas -- slow-roasted pear pizza with sweet gorgonzola, prosciutto, and toasted walnuts -- and of course, meatier entrees like the house ground short rib and pork meatballs with pickled peppers and fresh oregano. The cocktail menu is equally inventive and just as exhaustive, and then there's dessert...

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8. Capofitto Pizza + Gelato 233 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (Old City)

Capofitto is no stranger to the Old City dining scene with its renowned gelato selection, but since adding a wood-fired oven last year the spot has only upped its game with mouth watering Neapolitan style pizza rivaling some of the neighborhood’s other pizza standbys. Portions are hefty so you might be satisfied enough to share a pie with another person.

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9. Kennett 848 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (Philadelphia)

Situated in the former Lyon's Den spot that was Kennett Cafe for 62 years, Kennett-not-Cafe's a neighborhood sleeve plating locally sourced dishes "for vegetarians and omnivores" from a guy who used to run Yard's Tasting Room and grew up right around the corner from the new joint, whose comfy confines include deep red walls filled with old-ass b&w site pics and tables handmade by the GM's dad, but not GM's dad, who still hasn't forgiven it for making the Pontiac Aztek.

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10. SLiCE 1740 Sansom St, Phildelphia, PA 19103 (Rittenhouse)

After just one slice you may be begging for the whole pie. SLiCE’s hand-tossed pies are topped with homemade sauce from hand-crushed San Marzano plum tomatoes. Gourmet combos include truffle with portobello and artichokes, chicken scaloppini and clams casino.

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11. Bufad Pizza 1240 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA 19123 (Spring Garden)

From the dudes behind Prohibition Taproom and Cafe Lift, Bufad Pizza's an industrially charged corner pie shop baking thin-crust Neapolitans in under 2mins (with help from a 900-degree wood oven), plus pizza bread stuffed sandwiches and to-go slices. What now, Sierra Mists.

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12. Garces Trading Company 1111 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (Market East)

GTC's Iron Chef Jose Garces' first foray into culinary curation: an indoor cafe and marketplace modeled after outdoor European affairs stocked with goods and ingredients featured on his menus, from hand-selected coffee roasts and pastries to imported cheeses and prepared foods, with full-service high-top butcher's block tables plus the option to uncork 200+ bottles of vino (purchased from the PLCB's first wine boutique).