The making of a perfect pie is an art form. The art in spinning dough to form that perfect circular (or square) shape; stirring until dusk for the “just right” splatter of sauce; the plethora selection of cheese to create the pie’s canvas; the colorful selections of toppings to decorate that pie. The coveted and obsessively curated list of the best across the world is everyone’s passionate love affair with the one and only, pizza. After a weeks diet of nothing but melted cheese, bread, and physical support from friends, here is the (semi) definitive list of the best 10 places to eat pizza in Philadelphia.
1. Pizzeria Beddia
The wait is long and hours are specific, but patience is a virtue folks. Beddia is located in the infamously termed “hipster” Fishtown part of Philadelphia. Open only from Wednesday to Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., their pizzas are fresh, unique, high quality, and by their cook, Joe. If you can handle Joe not having a shop phone, or are fine waiting an hour for the pizza, you surely will not be disappointed, for you will taste his love and passion in pizza making. Grab your thick-framed (fake) glasses and head over to Fishtown (115 E. Girard Ave) and treat yourself to Beddia’s one (16 in) size pizza. Try the rainbow chard, roasted garlic, fresh cream, and scallion pie; the olive oil on the pie itself will make your head spin.
2. Tacconelli's Pizza
Predict you’re going to be craving pizza for dinner tomorrow? Give Tacconelli’s a call and reserve your dough. Yes, you read that right. A shop that recommends you to reserve your dough may sound strange, but it should give you validation that your pizza will be the freshest in town. Currently in their fifth generation of pizza making, Giovanni Tacconelli is making his tomato pies in a one-man, one-oven way. Tacconelli’s pizza is light on cheese and heavy on sauce to give it that crisp, light taste. Cooked in a brick oven, the tomato pies are made to order and you can even bring a bottle of wine or a case of beer to increase the flavor. Come try his margherita pie with fresh basil and mozzarella. Tacconelli’s is cash-only and is open from Wednesday to Sunday.
3. Pizza Brain
The hip kids rave about it and the urban dwellers venture over to Fishtown to eat this thin-crusted pizza. As you wait for the crew to cook your pie, you can bask in Pizza Brain's unique ambience. Check out their pizza memorabilia museum, or rummage through their pizza tattoo book for a few laughs. The "Jane" is their version of a margherita pie. Jane is a cheesey trifecta of mozzarella, aged provolone, and grana padano that is then blended with basil leaves sprinkled across the pie. Pizza Brain is also a cash-only joint just like the previous two. When you stop in, they have specific pies that are offered by the slice, and others that are only in full pie form. Do you like your pizza sauce like your wine? Choose from their red or white sauce list and enjoy the pie.