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A pizza from Eeva in Kensington.
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20 Essential Places for Pizza in Philly

Where to find naturally leavened Neapolitan pies, thin-crust classics, and thick, crispy pan pizza topped with pepperoncini

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A pizza from Eeva in Kensington.
| Ted Nghiem

Philadelphia, being the historically working class East Coast city with a large Italian population that it is, undoubtedly has great pizza. Regional specialities like tomato pie and the pizzazz (American cheese, sliced tomatoes, and banana peppers) live among uber-Italian, wood-fired Neapolitan pies and Roman al taglio. A new crop of spots offering naturally leavened pies only round out our already excellent selection. This map is a collection of Philly's staples when it comes to cheese on sauce on bread — or, sometimes, sauce on cheese on bread.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Earth Bread + Brewery

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7136 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19119
(215) 242-6666
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While Earth Bread and Brewery in Mount Airy would tell you that its menu offerings are more flatbreads than pizza, the proof is in the pie (or something like that). Earth Bread’s pizzas are crispy, crunchy, wood-fired, and layered with toppings like smoked eggplant, pickled chiles, and pepperoni. There’s even a Nashville hot chicken version that is spicy in all the right ways. Growlers of beer are a good take-home choice for after dinner.

2. Santucci's Original Square Pizza Roxborough

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6164 Ridge Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19128
(267) 289-3000
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The square, sauce-on-top pies at local chain Santucci’s have been the stuff of Philly legend for decades. To truly get a full understanding of the pizza landscape here, this is a must-try style, and Santucci’s is the go-to. Find it near the Italian Market, on North Broad Street, or in Roxborough, and down the shore. Order online for takeout and delivery.

3. Pizza Jawn

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4330 Main St
Philadelphia, PA 19127

In Manayunk, Pizza Jawn can’t make up its mind what type of pies to specialize in. Lucky for Philadelphia diners, the round pies (a Neapolitan-New York hybrid), homey sauce-on-top grandma pies, and thick, square Detroit-style pies with cheese to the very edge are all fantastic. They also have cheesesteaks, roast pork sandwiches, and Caesar salads. Order online in advance. And don’t slouch — they can sell out quickly.

4. Down North Pizza

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2804 W Lehigh Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19132

This Strawberry Mansion pizza spot started as a weekend pop-up with an admirable mission: Down North employs formerly incarcerated folks at a fair wage, providing culinary training and educational resources. With executive chef Michael Carter at the helm, the popular crispy Detroit-style pizza and wings are nothing short of a hit, selling out nearly every weekend. Get there at noon on the weekends if you want a taste.

5. Tacconelli's 

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2604 E Somerset St
Philadelphia, PA 19134
(215) 425-4983
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Tacconelli's super thin pies are an undisputed classic. The brick oven, revamped in the '90s, has been kicking since the '20s. Founder Giovanni Tacconelli originally built it for bread before turning to the pizza business. Call ahead to reserve dough and bring cash.

6. eeva

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310 Master St
Philadelphia, PA 19122
(267) 687-7910
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Naturally fermented wood-fired pizzas, small seasonal plates, bottles of natural wine and beer from local producers, and delicious artisan breads are all available from this Kensington pizza restaurant, located in the same space as a Reanimator Coffee on Master Street. You can’t go wrong with the fresh ricotta and focaccia, and Eeva’s seasonal pies are the real deal. Pickup orders can be made online and reservations are available on Resy.

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7. Hook & Master

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1361 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19122
(267) 761-5172
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The concept for Hook & Master in Kensington is multilayered: It’s a pizzeria with Chicago and Brooklyn-style pies from chef Steven Seibel. It’s a nautical-themed tiki bar with daiquiris and surf-inspired cocktails from Shannon Mustipher. There are fresh seafood small plates. And there’s a takeout window for pies to-go. Walking around the neighborhood and can’t seem to find it? Just look for the giant black-and-white octopus mural.

8. Pizzeria Beddia

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1313 N Lee St
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(267) 928-2256
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By now you’ve probably heard of Philly favorite Pizzeria Beddia, so we’ll skip the preamble: in short, the pizza is great. On the crispier side and in a larger format than most dine-in places that happen to also serve natural wine, Beddia is a great destination for high-end pies with spicy arrabbiata sauce, Calabrian cream, or a simple plain variety with fragrant Sicilian oregano. The takeout holds up exceptionally well, but eating in the covered heated patio is great if you like to people-watch, Fishtown-style. Reservations can be made online.

9. Pizza Plus West

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4814 Spruce St
Philadelphia, PA 19139
(215) 220-6993
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Take your pick between pan or hand-tossed pies at this West Philly outpost from Dan Gutter, a.k.a. Pizza Gutt, who gained a loyal following on Instagram before opening Circles + Squares in Kensington and then the original Pizza Plus in South Philly. Call or order online for takeout and delivery.

10. Pitruco Pizza

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University of Pennsylvania, 3401 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

After slinging its bubbly-crust pizza from a truck with a wood-burning oven for a few years and selling pies at University City haunt Smokey Joe’s, Pitruco has a home in the Franklin’s Table food hall at Penn. The food truck is still roaming, though: Check the website for locations.

11. Rione

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100.5 S 21st St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 575-9075
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In a town with so much pizza, varieties abound. Case in point: Rione Pizza in Rittenhouse sells Roman pizza al taglio style, which means you can order it by the cut. Whether you’re super hungry or just looking for a mid-afternoon, Rione’s Diovala with hot soppressata, or the Polpette topped with meatballs will hit the spot. Preorders for pickup and delivery are also available.

12. Barbuzzo

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110 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 546-9300
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Cult favorite Mediterranean restaurant Barbuzzo specializes in wood-fired pizzas and the menu boasts some truly special rotating specials. There’s the corn pie, made with roasted corn, pickled shallots, guanciale, and truffled egg, and of course, classics like the margherita and eggplant pizzas, topped with San Marzano tomatoes. Reservations can be made here and takeout and delivery can be ordered online.

13. Pizzata Pizzeria

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240 S 22nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 546-7200
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Pizzata Pizzeria co-owner Davide Labruno told the Inquirer that “pizza is for everybody,” a standard reflected in the name of the pizzeria he co-owns with Vinny Gallagher: pizzata translates roughly to “pizza party” in Italian. Pizzata’s dough is naturally leavened and crafted by Gallagher and Labruno, who worked at his family’s pizza restaurant in Naples, and topped with spicy salami and burrata. Order online or by phone for pickup and delivery during open hours, every day of the week except for Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. until sellout.

14. Sally

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2229 Spruce St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(267) 773-7178
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Fitler Square’s favorite pizza place Sally is home to both a natural wine shop with a stellar selection of wines and sourdough wood-fired pizzas that are all the rage. If pizza isn’t your thing for whatever strange reason, Sally also excels in non-pizza seasonal small plates like kale Caesars and grilled cabbage. Make reservations to dine inside or outside at Sally’s idyllic sidewalk streetery. (Take a bottle or two of wine with you — you won’t regret it.)

15. Dock Street Brewery West

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701 S 50th St
Philadelphia, PA 19143
(215) 726-2337
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There’s hardly a more perfect union than pizza and beer, and for an excellent combination of both in Cedar Park (and at their second location in Point Breeze), Dock Street Brewery has you covered. One of the oldest microbreweries in Philly, Dock Street’s cold craft beers complement their wood-fired fig-jam-and-gorgonzola pies. Try anything with the applewood smoked bacon. Order beer and pizza for takeout or delivery through their site.

16. Angelo's Pizzeria

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736 S 9th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 922-0000
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Angelo’s Pizzeria on South 9th Street has some hard and fast rules: cash only, takeout only, and preorders can only be made by phone. There are typically lines and it’s open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. until they sell out. If you’re game, it’s more than worth following these decrees. Chewy, sour crust complements cheesy layers, vibrant tomato sauce, and fresh basil. Still hungry? Angelo’s is known just as much for its hoagies and cheesesteaks as its pizza.

17. Square Pie

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801 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 238-0615
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The small Queen Village pizzeria does “Brooklyn-style” pizza, meaning Sicilian-style square pies with thick, bubbly crust and a heavy hand with toppings. Selling a “New York” anything to Philadelphians isn’t always easy, but the porchetta pie — a take on a Philly roast pork sandwich — is a good way to win folks over. Call or place orders online.

18. Marra's Restaurant

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1734 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 463-9249
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With a history stretching back over 90 years and an anchoring presence on East Passyunk Avenue since well before the street was lined with destination restaurants, Marra's offers one of the best nostalgic pizza environments around. Expect families digging into pizza and pasta, wooden booths, a handful of charming typos on the plasticky menus, and house red by the glass. Delivery is also available.

19. Cacia's Bakery (multiple locations)

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1526 W Ritner St
Philadelphia, PA 19145
(215) 334-1340
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A South Philly baking institution, Cacia's is often cited as a favorite choice for tomato pies — those square, cheese-less slices generally eaten at room temp. Order through Doordash or Uber Eats for delivery. There are also several locations in New Jersey.

20. Celebre's

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1536 Packer Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19145
(215) 467-3255
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No study of Philly pizza could be complete without a venture into the world of the pizzazz pie, a local anomaly that layers American cheese, peppers, and tomato slices. While pizzazz is available elsewhere, Celebre's version is a favorite — and they kindly offer a half-pizzazz option, for the noncommittal types. Call or order online for takeout or delivery.

1. Earth Bread + Brewery

7136 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19119

While Earth Bread and Brewery in Mount Airy would tell you that its menu offerings are more flatbreads than pizza, the proof is in the pie (or something like that). Earth Bread’s pizzas are crispy, crunchy, wood-fired, and layered with toppings like smoked eggplant, pickled chiles, and pepperoni. There’s even a Nashville hot chicken version that is spicy in all the right ways. Growlers of beer are a good take-home choice for after dinner.

7136 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19119

2. Santucci's Original Square Pizza Roxborough

6164 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19128

The square, sauce-on-top pies at local chain Santucci’s have been the stuff of Philly legend for decades. To truly get a full understanding of the pizza landscape here, this is a must-try style, and Santucci’s is the go-to. Find it near the Italian Market, on North Broad Street, or in Roxborough, and down the shore. Order online for takeout and delivery.

6164 Ridge Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19128

3. Pizza Jawn

4330 Main St, Philadelphia, PA 19127

In Manayunk, Pizza Jawn can’t make up its mind what type of pies to specialize in. Lucky for Philadelphia diners, the round pies (a Neapolitan-New York hybrid), homey sauce-on-top grandma pies, and thick, square Detroit-style pies with cheese to the very edge are all fantastic. They also have cheesesteaks, roast pork sandwiches, and Caesar salads. Order online in advance. And don’t slouch — they can sell out quickly.

4330 Main St
Philadelphia, PA 19127

4. Down North Pizza

2804 W Lehigh Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19132

This Strawberry Mansion pizza spot started as a weekend pop-up with an admirable mission: Down North employs formerly incarcerated folks at a fair wage, providing culinary training and educational resources. With executive chef Michael Carter at the helm, the popular crispy Detroit-style pizza and wings are nothing short of a hit, selling out nearly every weekend. Get there at noon on the weekends if you want a taste.

2804 W Lehigh Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19132

5. Tacconelli's 

2604 E Somerset St, Philadelphia, PA 19134

Tacconelli's super thin pies are an undisputed classic. The brick oven, revamped in the '90s, has been kicking since the '20s. Founder Giovanni Tacconelli originally built it for bread before turning to the pizza business. Call ahead to reserve dough and bring cash.

2604 E Somerset St
Philadelphia, PA 19134

6. eeva

310 Master St, Philadelphia, PA 19122
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Naturally fermented wood-fired pizzas, small seasonal plates, bottles of natural wine and beer from local producers, and delicious artisan breads are all available from this Kensington pizza restaurant, located in the same space as a Reanimator Coffee on Master Street. You can’t go wrong with the fresh ricotta and focaccia, and Eeva’s seasonal pies are the real deal. Pickup orders can be made online and reservations are available on Resy.

310 Master St
Philadelphia, PA 19122

7. Hook & Master

1361 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19122

The concept for Hook & Master in Kensington is multilayered: It’s a pizzeria with Chicago and Brooklyn-style pies from chef Steven Seibel. It’s a nautical-themed tiki bar with daiquiris and surf-inspired cocktails from Shannon Mustipher. There are fresh seafood small plates. And there’s a takeout window for pies to-go. Walking around the neighborhood and can’t seem to find it? Just look for the giant black-and-white octopus mural.

1361 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19122

8. Pizzeria Beddia

1313 N Lee St, Philadelphia, PA 19125

By now you’ve probably heard of Philly favorite Pizzeria Beddia, so we’ll skip the preamble: in short, the pizza is great. On the crispier side and in a larger format than most dine-in places that happen to also serve natural wine, Beddia is a great destination for high-end pies with spicy arrabbiata sauce, Calabrian cream, or a simple plain variety with fragrant Sicilian oregano. The takeout holds up exceptionally well, but eating in the covered heated patio is great if you like to people-watch, Fishtown-style. Reservations can be made online.

1313 N Lee St
Philadelphia, PA 19125

9. Pizza Plus West

4814 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19139

Take your pick between pan or hand-tossed pies at this West Philly outpost from Dan Gutter, a.k.a. Pizza Gutt, who gained a loyal following on Instagram before opening Circles + Squares in Kensington and then the original Pizza Plus in South Philly. Call or order online for takeout and delivery.

4814 Spruce St
Philadelphia, PA 19139

10. Pitruco Pizza

University of Pennsylvania, 3401 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

After slinging its bubbly-crust pizza from a truck with a wood-burning oven for a few years and selling pies at University City haunt Smokey Joe’s, Pitruco has a home in the Franklin’s Table food hall at Penn. The food truck is still roaming, though: Check the website for locations.

University of Pennsylvania, 3401 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

11. Rione

100.5 S 21st St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

In a town with so much pizza, varieties abound. Case in point: Rione Pizza in Rittenhouse sells Roman pizza al taglio style, which means you can order it by the cut. Whether you’re super hungry or just looking for a mid-afternoon, Rione’s Diovala with hot soppressata, or the Polpette topped with meatballs will hit the spot. Preorders for pickup and delivery are also available.

100.5 S 21st St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

12. Barbuzzo

110 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Cult favorite Mediterranean restaurant Barbuzzo specializes in wood-fired pizzas and the menu boasts some truly special rotating specials. There’s the corn pie, made with roasted corn, pickled shallots, guanciale, and truffled egg, and of course, classics like the margherita and eggplant pizzas, topped with San Marzano tomatoes. Reservations can be made here and takeout and delivery can be ordered online.

110 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

13. Pizzata Pizzeria

240 S 22nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Pizzata Pizzeria co-owner Davide Labruno told the Inquirer that “pizza is for everybody,” a standard reflected in the name of the pizzeria he co-owns with Vinny Gallagher: pizzata translates roughly to “pizza party” in Italian. Pizzata’s dough is naturally leavened and crafted by Gallagher and Labruno, who worked at his family’s pizza restaurant in Naples, and topped with spicy salami and burrata. Order online or by phone for pickup and delivery during open hours, every day of the week except for Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. until sellout.

240 S 22nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

14. Sally

2229 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Fitler Square’s favorite pizza place Sally is home to both a natural wine shop with a stellar selection of wines and sourdough wood-fired pizzas that are all the rage. If pizza isn’t your thing for whatever strange reason, Sally also excels in non-pizza seasonal small plates like kale Caesars and grilled cabbage. Make reservations to dine inside or outside at Sally’s idyllic sidewalk streetery. (Take a bottle or two of wine with you — you won’t regret it.)

2229 Spruce St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

15. Dock Street Brewery West

701 S 50th St, Philadelphia, PA 19143

There’s hardly a more perfect union than pizza and beer, and for an excellent combination of both in Cedar Park (and at their second location in Point Breeze), Dock Street Brewery has you covered. One of the oldest microbreweries in Philly, Dock Street’s cold craft beers complement their wood-fired fig-jam-and-gorgonzola pies. Try anything with the applewood smoked bacon. Order beer and pizza for takeout or delivery through their site.

701 S 50th St
Philadelphia, PA 19143

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16. Angelo's Pizzeria

736 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Angelo’s Pizzeria on South 9th Street has some hard and fast rules: cash only, takeout only, and preorders can only be made by phone. There are typically lines and it’s open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. until they sell out. If you’re game, it’s more than worth following these decrees. Chewy, sour crust complements cheesy layers, vibrant tomato sauce, and fresh basil. Still hungry? Angelo’s is known just as much for its hoagies and cheesesteaks as its pizza.

736 S 9th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

17. Square Pie

801 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19147

The small Queen Village pizzeria does “Brooklyn-style” pizza, meaning Sicilian-style square pies with thick, bubbly crust and a heavy hand with toppings. Selling a “New York” anything to Philadelphians isn’t always easy, but the porchetta pie — a take on a Philly roast pork sandwich — is a good way to win folks over. Call or place orders online.

801 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19147

18. Marra's Restaurant

1734 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148

With a history stretching back over 90 years and an anchoring presence on East Passyunk Avenue since well before the street was lined with destination restaurants, Marra's offers one of the best nostalgic pizza environments around. Expect families digging into pizza and pasta, wooden booths, a handful of charming typos on the plasticky menus, and house red by the glass. Delivery is also available.

1734 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148

19. Cacia's Bakery (multiple locations)

1526 W Ritner St, Philadelphia, PA 19145

A South Philly baking institution, Cacia's is often cited as a favorite choice for tomato pies — those square, cheese-less slices generally eaten at room temp. Order through Doordash or Uber Eats for delivery. There are also several locations in New Jersey.

1526 W Ritner St
Philadelphia, PA 19145

20. Celebre's

1536 Packer Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19145

No study of Philly pizza could be complete without a venture into the world of the pizzazz pie, a local anomaly that layers American cheese, peppers, and tomato slices. While pizzazz is available elsewhere, Celebre's version is a favorite — and they kindly offer a half-pizzazz option, for the noncommittal types. Call or order online for takeout or delivery.

1536 Packer Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19145

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