Food & Drink

A top-shelf Fishtown pie shop and BYOB

Published On 03/27/2013 Published On 03/27/2013

Replacing your Bagel Bites connect with a standing-room-only BYOB artisan pie counter, Pizzeria Beddia's a white-tiled makeover of a Fishtown deli dishing out nothing but whole handmade three-cheese pies individually crafted by a Zavino vet whose obsession with hot bubbling cheesiness has taken him from Osteria to Wisconsin and back

Pizzeria Beddia's not a slice joint -- it's an eight-slice joint, baking nothing but 16in rounds piled with fistfuls of artisan toppings like house-ground sausage, house-cured salame, and pickled chiles

All the ingredients here are literally top-shelf, from Central Milling flour to Jersey Fresh tomatoes

Lots of tomatoes

Their dough is proofed and fermented in-house days before it's hand-stretched to order. Yours had better be in your pocket because PB's cash-only. Pro tip: the nearest ATM is next door at Johnny Brenda's

Even after your pizza's pulled out of the brick-lined Montague deck oven, it's still not finished

Now it's finished, thanks to a splash of extra virgin olive oil, and hand-shaved Gouda that melts into the bubbling two-mozz blend as it's cut

You'll likely be finished shortly thereafter.

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1. 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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