A year after closing his wildly popular takeout pizza shop on Girard Avenue in Fishtown, Joe Beddia is back with an expanded version of Pizzeria Beddia, which opened late last week a few blocks from the original at 1313 N. Lee Street. Everything about this place is different from the first one, including the menu — most notably, there’s a wine list.
The restaurant is a collaboration with Greg Root, Nick Kennedy, and Al Lucas of another Philly hot spot, Suraya.
Beddia’s first pizza venture was a tiny two-man operation selling whole pies a few days a week at a max of 40 a day, with no seats, no phone, and no credit cards accepted. Customers would show up in hopes there were pies still available, place their order, find something to do for a while, then come back and get their pizza. That didn’t stop Philadelphians from making it a mission to snag one, especially after a national magazine called it the best pizza in America.
The hype has been transferred over to the much bigger, full-service Pizzeria Beddia 2.0, which does take reservations — though the calendar filled up almost immediately for the next several weeks. Fortunately tables are also set aside for walk-ins nightly.
The restaurant, tucked onto a narrow street with a neon hand making a peace sign above the entrance, seats 80.
To eat, there’s a list of “plates” (as opposed to the pizzas), with a few salads and other appetizer/side selections like chorizo ($9) and Judion beans ($8). The salads include kale and shaved vegetables with crème fraîche and mint.
On to the important part: The pizzas come as 16-inch pies ($22-$25) with four versions on offer. The classic pie has tomatoes, whole milk mozzarella, and Old Gold cheese, with a choice of toppings, like pepperoni, crimini mushrooms, or Sicilian anchovies.
There’s also a pie with swiss chard, cream, and garlic; one with tomato, anchovy, garlic, oregano, and Old Gold; and a spicy pizza arrabiata.
The drinks list emphasizes natural wines, with glasses starting at $11 and bottles from $52. Beer and cocktail drinkers will find a couple of options as well — if they can get a table.
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