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Philly’s Absolute Best Pizza

Where to find naturally leavened Neapolitan pizza, thin-crust classics, and iconic thick-cut square tomato pies with no cheese

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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 specialties like tomato pie and the pizzaz (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 rounds out the 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. Find it near the Italian Market, on North Broad Street, in Roxborough, and at 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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Manayunk’s 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. The shop also has 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 shop’s crispy Detroit-style pizza and wings are nothing short of a hit. Order pickup online or get there at noon 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 roaring since the ’20s. Founder Giovanni Tacconelli originally built it for bread before turning to the tomato pie business. The Port Richmond pizzeria has over 100 seats but you should call ahead to reserve dough. Bring cash — and beer and wine.

Pizzeria Beddia

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By now you’ve probably heard of Philly favorite Pizzeria Beddia, so no need for the preamble; in short, the pizza is great. It’s on the crispier side and in a larger format than most dine-in places that happen to also serve natural wine. Try high-end pies with spicy arrabbiata sauce, Calabrian cream, or a simple variety with fragrant Sicilian oregano. The takeout holds up exceptionally well, but eating on the covered patio is great if you like to people-watch, Fishtown-style. You can make reservations online.

Pizzeria Salvy

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Chef Marc Vetri’s Pizzeria Salvy (named after his beloved father, Sal) is remarkable. The new-ish pizzeria located in the Comcast Technology Center is serving up hot and bubbly 12-inch pizzas (such as the tasty Fiorella sausage & peppers pizza that includes sausage, roasted peppers, mozzarella, and pecorino) as well as specialty taglio slices, bountiful fresh salads, and seasonal vegetables.

Pizza Plus West

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Dan Gutter, a.k.a. Pizza Gutt, gained a loyal following on Instagram before opening Circles + Squares in Kensington and then Pizza Plus South in South Philly; now you can find his pan pizza and hand-tossed pies at this West Philly location too. A handful of signature options include one with Buffalo chicken and ranch as well as a pesto pie, and you can get them in snack boxes that come with smash burgers and chicken tenders or a vegan seitan cheesesteak. Call or order online for takeout and delivery.

Pitruco Pizza

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After slinging its bubbly-crust Neapolitan-inspired pizza from a truck with a wood-burning oven for a few years and selling pies at University City haunt Smokey Joe’s, Pitruco now has a home in the Franklin’s Table food hall at Penn. All the options are worth a try, from classic margherita with buffalo mozzarella to spicy garlic to radicchio. The food truck is still roaming, too: Check the website for locations.

This dazzling Rittenhouse restaurant has impressive pizza that’s both experimental and seasonal. Here at Wilder, pizza is served with Cherrystone clams, lemon, parsley, and chili (garlicky clam pie), Maitake & wood ear mushrooms mozzarella and pistachio pesto (winter fever), and pepperoni, spicy soppressata, roasted red onion fresh mozzarella, honey, and basil (sweet & spicy).

Pizzata Pizzeria

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Co-owners Davide Labruno, who worked at his family’s pizza restaurant in Naples, and Vinny Gallagher take their craft seriously — these New York-style rounds are sourdough fermented, wood-fired, and hit with high-quality toppings like burrata and spicy salami — but they approach the vibes of their Fitler Square pizzeria with a bit more levity: Pizzata translates roughly to “pizza party” in Italian. Order online for pickup or delivery during open hours.

Paulie Gee’s Soul City Slice Shop

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Paulie Gee’s Soul City Slice Shop is so good that even contentious Philadelphians have gotten on board with this Washington Square West export of a famous New York business. White-and-black-tiled floors, wood paneling, and a vinyl ’70s soundtrack set the scene for a nostalgic place to play pool and Atari and eat pizza until 2 a.m. on the weekends. The Freddy Prinze, a Sicilian pie that inverts the standard sauce-then-cheese math on a sesame-seed bottom, is a perfect order, and the shop sells several round pies and vegan varieties too.

Pizzeria Stella

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A cozy hotspot in Society Hill’s historic Headhouse Square, Pizzeria Stella is one of the city’s buzziest Neopolitan pizzerias. Feeling daring? Try their piccante (made with capicola, crushed red pepper, aged provolone, and tomato) and quattro formaggi (made with parmesan, mozzarella, scamorza, grana padano, and tomato).

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 only by phone. It’s open from Wednesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. (or until everything sells out), and there are typically lines. If you’re game, it’s more than worth the effort. Chewy, sour crust complements cheesy layers, vibrant tomato sauce, and pungent basil. Still hungry? Angelo’s is known just as much for its hoagies and cheesesteaks on fresh-baked bread as its pizza.

Stina Pizzeria

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A gem of South Philly, Stina Pizzeria is both a neighborhood favorite and a citywide darling. In recent years, it’s garnered a sterling reputation for its wood fired pizza (such as their anchovie & tomato, spicy soppressata pizza, and short rib beef bacon).

Cacia's Bakery

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Another baking institution, Cacia's in South Philly is often named as a favorite choice for tomato pies — those square, cheese-less slices generally eaten at room temp. If you find yourself craving a taste of home away from home, Cacia’s also has several locations in New Jersey.

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. Find it near the Italian Market, on North Broad Street, in Roxborough, and at a few other locations in the suburbs and down the shore. You can also order online for takeout and delivery.

Pizza Jawn

Manayunk’s 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. The shop also has 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 shop’s crispy Detroit-style pizza and wings are nothing short of a hit. Order pickup online or get there at noon 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 roaring since the ’20s. Founder Giovanni Tacconelli originally built it for bread before turning to the tomato pie business. The Port Richmond pizzeria has over 100 seats but you should call ahead to reserve dough. Bring cash — and beer and wine.

Pizzeria Beddia

By now you’ve probably heard of Philly favorite Pizzeria Beddia, so no need for the preamble; in short, the pizza is great. It’s on the crispier side and in a larger format than most dine-in places that happen to also serve natural wine. Try high-end pies with spicy arrabbiata sauce, Calabrian cream, or a simple variety with fragrant Sicilian oregano. The takeout holds up exceptionally well, but eating on the covered patio is great if you like to people-watch, Fishtown-style. You can make reservations online.

Pizzeria Salvy

Chef Marc Vetri’s Pizzeria Salvy (named after his beloved father, Sal) is remarkable. The new-ish pizzeria located in the Comcast Technology Center is serving up hot and bubbly 12-inch pizzas (such as the tasty Fiorella sausage & peppers pizza that includes sausage, roasted peppers, mozzarella, and pecorino) as well as specialty taglio slices, bountiful fresh salads, and seasonal vegetables.

Pizza Plus West

Dan Gutter, a.k.a. Pizza Gutt, gained a loyal following on Instagram before opening Circles + Squares in Kensington and then Pizza Plus South in South Philly; now you can find his pan pizza and hand-tossed pies at this West Philly location too. A handful of signature options include one with Buffalo chicken and ranch as well as a pesto pie, and you can get them in snack boxes that come with smash burgers and chicken tenders or a vegan seitan cheesesteak. Call or order online for takeout and delivery.

Pitruco Pizza

After slinging its bubbly-crust Neapolitan-inspired pizza from a truck with a wood-burning oven for a few years and selling pies at University City haunt Smokey Joe’s, Pitruco now has a home in the Franklin’s Table food hall at Penn. All the options are worth a try, from classic margherita with buffalo mozzarella to spicy garlic to radicchio. The food truck is still roaming, too: Check the website for locations.

Wilder

This dazzling Rittenhouse restaurant has impressive pizza that’s both experimental and seasonal. Here at Wilder, pizza is served with Cherrystone clams, lemon, parsley, and chili (garlicky clam pie), Maitake & wood ear mushrooms mozzarella and pistachio pesto (winter fever), and pepperoni, spicy soppressata, roasted red onion fresh mozzarella, honey, and basil (sweet & spicy).

Pizzata Pizzeria

Co-owners Davide Labruno, who worked at his family’s pizza restaurant in Naples, and Vinny Gallagher take their craft seriously — these New York-style rounds are sourdough fermented, wood-fired, and hit with high-quality toppings like burrata and spicy salami — but they approach the vibes of their Fitler Square pizzeria with a bit more levity: Pizzata translates roughly to “pizza party” in Italian. Order online for pickup or delivery during open hours.

Paulie Gee’s Soul City Slice Shop

Paulie Gee’s Soul City Slice Shop is so good that even contentious Philadelphians have gotten on board with this Washington Square West export of a famous New York business. White-and-black-tiled floors, wood paneling, and a vinyl ’70s soundtrack set the scene for a nostalgic place to play pool and Atari and eat pizza until 2 a.m. on the weekends. The Freddy Prinze, a Sicilian pie that inverts the standard sauce-then-cheese math on a sesame-seed bottom, is a perfect order, and the shop sells several round pies and vegan varieties too.

Pizzeria Stella

A cozy hotspot in Society Hill’s historic Headhouse Square, Pizzeria Stella is one of the city’s buzziest Neopolitan pizzerias. Feeling daring? Try their piccante (made with capicola, crushed red pepper, aged provolone, and tomato) and quattro formaggi (made with parmesan, mozzarella, scamorza, grana padano, and tomato).

Angelo's Pizzeria

Angelo’s Pizzeria on South 9th Street has some hard-and-fast rules: cash only, takeout only, and preorders only by phone. It’s open from Wednesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. (or until everything sells out), and there are typically lines. If you’re game, it’s more than worth the effort. Chewy, sour crust complements cheesy layers, vibrant tomato sauce, and pungent basil. Still hungry? Angelo’s is known just as much for its hoagies and cheesesteaks on fresh-baked bread as its pizza.

Stina Pizzeria

A gem of South Philly, Stina Pizzeria is both a neighborhood favorite and a citywide darling. In recent years, it’s garnered a sterling reputation for its wood fired pizza (such as their anchovie & tomato, spicy soppressata pizza, and short rib beef bacon).

Cacia's Bakery

Another baking institution, Cacia's in South Philly is often named as a favorite choice for tomato pies — those square, cheese-less slices generally eaten at room temp. If you find yourself craving a taste of home away from home, Cacia’s also has several locations in New Jersey.

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