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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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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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Santucci's Original Square Pizza Roxborough

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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, in Roxborough, and a few other locations in the suburbs and down the shore. You can also order online for takeout and delivery.

Pizza Jawn

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In Manayunk, Pizza Jawn specializes in not just one but many varieties of pizza and Philadelphians are luckier for it. 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 and Caesar salads. Order online in advance.

Down North Pizza

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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. Get there at noon on the weekends if you want a taste.

Tacconelli's 

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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.

Naturally fermented wood-fired pizzas, small seasonal plates, bottles of natural wine and beer from local producers, and delicious artisan breads and bagels 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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Hook & Master

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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. 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.

Pizzeria Beddia

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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 patio is great if you like to people-watch, Fishtown-style. Reservations can be made online.

Pizza Plus West

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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.

Pitruco Pizza

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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.

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.

Barbuzzo

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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.

Pizzata Pizzeria

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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.

Fitler Square’s favorite pizza place Sally is home to both a natural wine shop with a great 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. Make reservations to dine inside or outside at Sally’s idyllic sidewalk streetery.

Paulie Gee’s Soul City Slice Shop

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Paulie Gee’s Soul City Slice Shop — an edition of the famous slice shop in New York — is so good that even Philadelphians are getting on board with something from the rival city north of us. The Freddy Prinze, an upside-down Sicilian pie with a sesame seed bottom is a perfect order. Plus, you can pay pool while eating pies until 2 a.m. on the weekends.

Angelo's Pizzeria

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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 Wednesday 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.

Dock Street Brewery South

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There’s hardly a more perfect union than pizza and beer, and for an excellent combination of both 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 pies. Try anything with the applewood smoked bacon. Order beer and pizza for takeout or delivery through Toast.

Square Pie

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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.

Marra's Restaurant

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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.

Cacia's Bakery (multiple locations)

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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.

Celebre's

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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.

Santucci's Original Square Pizza Roxborough

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, in Roxborough, and a few other locations in the suburbs and down the shore. You can also order online for takeout and delivery.

Pizza Jawn

In Manayunk, Pizza Jawn specializes in not just one but many varieties of pizza and Philadelphians are luckier for it. 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 and Caesar salads. Order online in advance.

Down North Pizza

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. Get there at noon on the weekends if you want a taste.

Tacconelli's 

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.

eeva

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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 and bagels 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.

Ted Nghiem

Hook & Master

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. 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.

Pizzeria Beddia

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 patio is great if you like to people-watch, Fishtown-style. Reservations can be made online.

Pizza Plus West

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.

Pitruco Pizza

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.

Rione

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.

Barbuzzo

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.

Pizzata Pizzeria

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.

Sally

Fitler Square’s favorite pizza place Sally is home to both a natural wine shop with a great 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. Make reservations to dine inside or outside at Sally’s idyllic sidewalk streetery.

Paulie Gee’s Soul City Slice Shop

Paulie Gee’s Soul City Slice Shop — an edition of the famous slice shop in New York — is so good that even Philadelphians are getting on board with something from the rival city north of us. The Freddy Prinze, an upside-down Sicilian pie with a sesame seed bottom is a perfect order. Plus, you can pay pool while eating pies until 2 a.m. on the weekends.

Angelo's Pizzeria

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 Wednesday 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.

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Dock Street Brewery South

There’s hardly a more perfect union than pizza and beer, and for an excellent combination of both 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 pies. Try anything with the applewood smoked bacon. Order beer and pizza for takeout or delivery through Toast.

Square Pie

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.

Marra's Restaurant

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.

Cacia's Bakery (multiple locations)

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.

Celebre's

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.

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