Lost Bread Co., home of the pretzel shortbread heard ‘round the world, is now bringing another bread-y treat to its Rittenhouse location: cheesy, hearty, rectangular pies made with whole wheat flour and local ingredients.
The bakery has long been committed to using stone-ground flour and local ingredients as the foundation of its bread and baked goods, and this mission will continue with its first pizzas. Alex Bois, Lost Bread Co.’s owner and baker says, to that end, the pizza crust — made with stone-milled and local flour — will actually be the highlight. “We don’t want the crust to be thrown away like many pies,” Bois says. “We want patrons to savor each bite of the crust as much as their very first bite of the pie.”
Fret not: Toppings will not be sacrificed for the cause. With 10 rotating pies, Lost Bread will hit up local producers for varieties like pork and broccoli rabe, mushrooms and cheese, as well as classics like pepperoni and plain. Locally, Lost Bread is sourcing ingredients from producers like Third Wheel Cheese, Heavy Metal Sausage, Adrian’s Garden, and Mycopolitan Mushrooms. Because of this local influence, Bois calls the pies a “Philly-specific style of pizza.”
Adding pizza to the menu also means the cafe on Walnut Street will introduce its first ever dinner service, remaining open until 9 p.m. five nights a week for walk-ins to dine at sidewalk tables. Too early for dinner but too late for breakfast? From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. from Wednesday to Sunday, Lost Bread will offer pizza bagels. Yes, that’s right. Pizza bagels.
The Rittenhouse location of Lost Bread Co. can be found at 2218 Walnut Street. It’s open Monday and Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., and weekends from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Preorders for pickup and delivery can be made online. Website.