Nippy weather isn’t stopping the crowds from lining up outside Angelo’s Pizzeria in South Philly, an already hugely popular pizza and sandwich shop that got an even bigger rush of attention this week when Barstool Sports posted a video giving Angelo’s a rave review. Around lunchtime on Friday, November 15, the line snaked around the corner from Ninth Street onto Fitzwater.
“It’s a bunch of dude-bros blocking the sidewalk,” said one neighbor.
Eater contributor Sarah Maiellano, in line for owner Danny DiGiampietro’s coveted hoagies, heard several people mention the Barstool Sports review, which first appeared online on Tuesday, November 12. Big crowds have been gathering ever since for the pizza described by Barstool’s Dave Portnoy as having “a good undercarriage, a good crust.” Portnoy then went on to call it the best pizza in Philly and rated it 9.1, adding that he has given out only a handful of nines in roughly 600 reviews.
But just in case Portnoy was getting on this city’s good side, know that he also made a dire prediction for Sunday’s game: “Pats by a million.” On Friday, the line outside Angelo’s included someone in a Patriots jersey, who is welcome to make the line move quicker by finding a different pizza shop, perhaps one serving New England beach pizza.
DiGiampietro first gained a following in Haddonfield at the now-closed original location of Angelo’s. He reopened the shop in Bella Vista, at 736 S. Ninth Street near the Italian Market, earlier this year. The takeout-only shop, which doesn’t take credit cards and has no phone, was an immediate hit thanks to its thin-crust pan pizza, dubbed a grandma pie, impossibly thick “upside down jawn,” with the sauce on top of the cheese, and stacked chicken cutlet sandwiches.