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Philly's Best Stromboli (and Other Things That Are Not Calzones)

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When Eater first posed the question "Who serves the best calzones in Philly?" to our readers in preparation for this, the Calzone Power Hour, the vexation was palpable. "I've never eaten a calzone in Philly," came one blunt comment. And this, via Twitter: "Total calzones I've eaten in life: maybe 2. And the whole time I was thinking, 'I need to go back home.'" And:

Calzones, in general, are really no one's favorite. And Philly, of course, is just not a calzone town. Stromboli snuggle up to our tomato pies on the buffet table, we've gone crazy for the rotolo, we'll take some panzarotti for a spin now and then. So calzones can continue to wait. Let's talk about our real favorite non-pizza pizza shop creations first.

This is by no means a comprehensive list - quite frankly, there are an awful lot of great places to snag a stromboli around this town. These favorites were informed by personal favorites and some reader input, so if you want to add to the wealth of knowledge, name-drop your favorite place in the comments below.


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1. Stogie Joe's Passyunk Tavern

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1801 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 463-3030
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Stogie Joe's stromboli received, hands down, the most love from Eater readers. No need to think twice.

2. Cacia's Bakery

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1526 W Ritner St
Philadelphia, PA 19145
(215) 334-1340
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While the tomato pie may get more of the attention here, the stromboli is no joke either. And really, if you're having people over, you need both anyway.

3. New York Bakery

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2215 S 11th St
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 389-5912
It's hard to imagine a business with "New York" in its name succeeding in Philadelphia, but miraculously, New York Bakery has become an icon of success in South Philly since 1926. Tomato pie is its claim to fame, but don't sleep on the pepperoni stromboli. (Bonus: this is a favorite place to buy pizza dough, too, if you have any desire to play around at home.)

4. Florida Style Pizza

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2052 S Beechwood St
Philadelphia, PA 19145
(215) 755-7946
The go-to move here is the "inside-out," just like it says right on the sign. We're talking panzarotti, basically - deep-fried pockets of dough concealing molten pizza centers. They're the stuff of local legend.

5. Francoluigi's Pizzeria

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1549 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 755-8900
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Several readers hit up the Eater tipline to suggest the stromboli at Francoluigi's, with one respondent specifically recommending the "Pavarotti," which features broccoli rabe.

6. Santucci's Square Pizza

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901 S 10th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 825-5304
After Stogie Joe's, Santucci's got the next-most votes for their stromboli. And it's no surprise - they're really excellent.

7. Sarcone's Bakery

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758 S 9th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 922-0445
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Pepperoni bread. Pepperoni bread! Pepperoni bread, guys.

8. Pizzeria Vetri

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1939 Callowhill St.
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 600-2629
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It isn't pizza, or calzone, or boli, but it would be a damn shame to make it through pizza week without featuring it. Pizza dough is wrapped around ricotta and mortadella then topped with pistachio pesto, and it's every bit as good as everybody says. (Pro-tip: the new King of Prussia Mall location has an entire section of the menu dedicated to rotolos.)

9. The Panzarotti Spot

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349 Marlton Ave
Camden, NJ 08105
(856) 966-5725
Want a genuine panzarotti? How about the original panzarotti? Just over the bridge, in Camden, N.J., you'll find the original Tarantini Panzarotti — crispy, deep fried pockets of heaven oozing with cheese and whatever you so please (meatball is a good place to start).

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1. Stogie Joe's Passyunk Tavern

1801 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148
Stogie Joe's stromboli received, hands down, the most love from Eater readers. No need to think twice.
1801 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148

2. Cacia's Bakery

1526 W Ritner St, Philadelphia, PA 19145
While the tomato pie may get more of the attention here, the stromboli is no joke either. And really, if you're having people over, you need both anyway.
1526 W Ritner St
Philadelphia, PA 19145

3. New York Bakery

2215 S 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19148
It's hard to imagine a business with "New York" in its name succeeding in Philadelphia, but miraculously, New York Bakery has become an icon of success in South Philly since 1926. Tomato pie is its claim to fame, but don't sleep on the pepperoni stromboli. (Bonus: this is a favorite place to buy pizza dough, too, if you have any desire to play around at home.)
2215 S 11th St
Philadelphia, PA 19148

4. Florida Style Pizza

2052 S Beechwood St, Philadelphia, PA 19145
The go-to move here is the "inside-out," just like it says right on the sign. We're talking panzarotti, basically - deep-fried pockets of dough concealing molten pizza centers. They're the stuff of local legend.
2052 S Beechwood St
Philadelphia, PA 19145

5. Francoluigi's Pizzeria

1549 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Several readers hit up the Eater tipline to suggest the stromboli at Francoluigi's, with one respondent specifically recommending the "Pavarotti," which features broccoli rabe.
1549 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

6. Santucci's Square Pizza

901 S 10th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
After Stogie Joe's, Santucci's got the next-most votes for their stromboli. And it's no surprise - they're really excellent.
901 S 10th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

7. Sarcone's Bakery

758 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Pepperoni bread. Pepperoni bread! Pepperoni bread, guys.
758 S 9th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

8. Pizzeria Vetri

1939 Callowhill St., Philadelphia, PA
It isn't pizza, or calzone, or boli, but it would be a damn shame to make it through pizza week without featuring it. Pizza dough is wrapped around ricotta and mortadella then topped with pistachio pesto, and it's every bit as good as everybody says. (Pro-tip: the new King of Prussia Mall location has an entire section of the menu dedicated to rotolos.)
1939 Callowhill St.
Philadelphia, PA

9. The Panzarotti Spot

349 Marlton Ave, Camden, NJ 08105
Want a genuine panzarotti? How about the original panzarotti? Just over the bridge, in Camden, N.J., you'll find the original Tarantini Panzarotti — crispy, deep fried pockets of heaven oozing with cheese and whatever you so please (meatball is a good place to start).
349 Marlton Ave
Camden, NJ 08105

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