Food & Drink

The world's first pizza museum (and yes, they serve pizza too)

Published On 09/07/2012 Published On 09/07/2012

When it comes to Pablo Picasso quotes, "Give me a museum and I'll fill it" is probably one of his most famous. What's funny though, is that that quote was actually truncated -- what he actually said was "Give me a museum and I'll fill it... with pizza!". Finally doing what Pab-y Pabs never got the opportunity to: Pizza Brain, the world's first & only pizza museum-cum-pie shop, opening tonight in Fishtown. Here's a peek

The Pizza Museum: Armed with a world record stash of pizza memorabilia, the museum's set in an ex-flower shop that shares a door-cut wall with Little Baby's, and's covered floor-to-ceiling with pizza stuff… actually, there's stuff in the floor, too. Seriously, this place's got a wall covered in 'za-themed record albums, latex "pizza masks" in glass portals in the floor, a montage of pie-oriented movie clips playing on a cluster of old tube TVs, and a bunch of rare movie posters from an Asian screening of Mystic Pizza and a John Holmes-starring pizza delivery porno that probably involved plenty of sausage... on the pizza he delivers

The Pizzeria: Leave all expectations of high-minded, wood- or coal-fired pies at the door -- they're doing classic, gooey, gas-ovened slices, all prepped on a bed of secret-recipe house sauce. The whole thing'll be run right in the middle of the museum, and feature combos like prosciutto/date/thyme and sweet potato/gorgonzola, and even a few insane, undisclosed jawns like French Onion Soup, which sounds like exactly the kind of slice that could take you out of your next Blue Period.

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1. Pizza Brain 2313 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125 (Fishtown)

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.

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