Sure, we’ve hooked you up with some cheap date ideas, and told you about all kinds of free stuff to do Philly, but there are some things you’ve just gotta spend some dough on... like pizza. Ugh, sorry about that! But we’re not sorry about rounding up the 11 best pizzas in Philadelphia just for you...
Barbuzzo (address and info)
It’s hard to choose from this modern Mediterranean eatery’s savory menu, but Barbuzzo’s Neapolitan-style pizzas stand out for their fresh and unexpected ingredients, like this pie’s asparagus, guanciale, Parmesan, fior di latte, and elusive “secret white sauce,” all topped with a truffled farm egg.
The Original Square Pizza
Santucci’s (address and info)
A change of pace from Neapolitan slices, Santucci’s gives a nod to another local favorite with its signature take on the tomato pie, with the thick-crust square pizza sporting an undercoat of sliced mozzarella.
Summer corn pizza
Bufad (address and info)
Bufad is noteworthy for offering both Neapolitan-style pies and square Roman-style ones, and plays up its seasonal menus packed with atypical pies, like the summer corn with corn puree, roasted mushrooms, scallions, and pancetta finished with white truffle oil and Crotonese.
Zavino (address and info)
With a second location in University City, Zavino is quickly becoming one of the dominate players on Philly’s pizza-and-beer scene, mostly thanks to a thick, soft Neapolitan crust that can handle whatever toppings you throw at it. The meat-centric Polpettini is one great example of this, coming with ricotta-stuffed veal meatballs, mozzarella, crushed tomato, basil, and shaved provolone.
The #1 pizza
Pizzeria Beddia (address and info)
The more accolades this spot gets, the more difficult getting a pie from the already-elusive Pizzeria Beddia gets: the place operates on limited hours Wednesday through Sunday and only makes 40 pies a day, which means you’ll probably find yourself waiting in block-long lines just to get a taste (and then waiting two hours after ordering for them to make it). The good news... it’s totally worth it.
Dock Street Brewery (address and info)
If there’s anything that’ll make one of Dock Street’s seasonal craft brews taste better it’s... um, another one of Dock Street’s seasonal craft brews, but one of the specialty pizzas, like the impossible-to-pronounce/pass-up flammenkuche, sporting a blend of caramelized onions, apple wood-smoked bacon, Gruyere, herbs, and creme fraiche, doesn’t hurt either.
Capofitto (address and info)
Guess what! The geniuses behind the best gelato in Philly are also really good at making pizza. Launching in 2014, Capofitto has quickly earned a rep as a formidable ‘za option in Old City, not only because of the constantly changing specials that dominate the menu, but also for sweet standbys like this can’t-miss spicy salami-adorned pizza.
Pizzeria Stella (address and info)
The wood-oven pizzas in Stephen Starr’s low-key Italian eatery are the crown jewel of a... waitforit!... stellar menu, with imported cheeses and other ingredients topping off the lightly charred crust. The piccante is the best example of what Stella has to offer, with capicola, crushed red pepper, provolone, and tomato.
Nomad Pizza (address and info)
Washington Square West
Nomad first started improving everyone’s pizza life when the eatery got its start serving slices out of a speed wagon at parties. Now dominating storefronts in New Jersey and Philly, you can still book the truck for a party, but luckily you no longer have to shell out a grand to rent it out and get a taste of this Italian tomato-, fresh mozz-, spicy fennel sausage-, caramelized onion-, basil-, evoo-, Parm-, and sea salt-topped number.
Pizza Brain (address and info)
Pizza Brain has been the mastermind (get it?!) behind many brilliant collaborations, from joining forces with Little Baby’s Ice Cream and Federal Donuts to creating a bona fide pizza museum. Despite all that, the best things it’s done is probably the relatively to-the-point Forbes Waggensense, which takes a traditional pepperoni pizza up a notch with basil, Grana Padano, mozzarella, and fontina.
Stogie Joe’s (address and info)
More square pizza! The dough of SJ’s inch-thick square pie is made in-house daily, then layered with a spicy-sweet tomato sauce and melty mozzarella, giving it a simple family recipe-style feel, and a rich, fresh taste.
Sign up here for our daily Philly email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun in town.
1. Barbuzzo110 S 13th St, Philadelphia
2. Santucci's Original Square Pizza901 S 10th St, Philadelphia
3. Bufad Pizza1240 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia
4. Zavino3200 Chestnut St, Philadelphia
5. Pizzeria Beddia115 E Girard Ave, Philadelphia
6. Dock Street Brewery701 S 50th St, Philadelphia
7. Capofitto Pizza + Gelato233 Chestnut St, Philadelphia
8. Stella420 S 2nd St, Philadelphia
9. Nomad Pizza1305 Locust St, Philadelphia
10. Pizza Brain2313 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia
11. Stogie Joe's Tavern1801 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia
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...
A Philly tradition since 1959, Santucci's isn’t serving up your traditional slice -- the pies are square, and the sauce is on top. Toppings are pretty standard, but our favorite is still the Original Signature pie, with extra cheese. The pizza itself is pretty thick -- somewhere between a Sicilian and a grandma slice -- with an abundant helping of sweet, tart sauce.
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.
For an upscale pizza experience, Zavino is a great option. It's got a killer wine selection, are dark and intimate, and of course, serve really good pizza. Zavino’s wood burning ovens reach a peak temperature of 900 degrees, helping to perfectly char the crust while eliminating the soggy middles that can often accompany wood-fired pizza. It’s a little pricey, but you're paying for quality.
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.
Dock Street takes seasonal craft brews and compliments them with specialty pizzas, like the impossible-to-pronounce flammenkuche, rocking a blend of caramelized onions, apple wood-smoked bacon, Gruyere, herbs, and creme fraiche.
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.
Stella's the result of a series of field trips Steven Starr took to the most revered pizzerias in NY and nearby New Haven (as well as LA & Phoenix), after which he systematically chose a mix of his favorite styles, toppings & baking techniques, and blende
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.
What qualifications does Pizza Brain have to back up its claim of being a pizza museum? For one, it has a certificate from Guinness World Records that nods to its large collection of pizza-related memorabilia, which includes vintage comics and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle figurines (those turtles do love their pizza). The kitchen slings out-there flavor combos with quirky names like the Bob Shieldsmoose, a brisket sandwich-like pie topped with blue cheese, mozzarella, and horseradish. There are simpler pizzas too, with names to match: the Tom is a cheese-less tomato pie, while the Jane comes with mozzarella, aged provolone, and grana padano.