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Where to Find the Best Pizza in Philadelphia

Explore the city’s fantastic pizza by the slice or by the pie

It’s no surprise that Philadelphia, a city with such a rich Italian heritage, is a haven for delicious gourmet pizza.

And in recent years, the pizza offerings around town have only gotten better as a new class of Philadelphia restaurants have entered the fray, specializing in pies that have turned pizza into a meal worth dining out for. These eateries are serious about their craft, building custom wood-fired ovens — like those frequently found in Naples, Italy, the birthplace of the pizza — to create pizzas that are more authentic and more delicious than ever before.

And that’s just the beginning—there’s a world of pizza secrets to explore in the Philadelphia region, from a suburban “speakeasy” to some rightfully picky pizza makers to dough-throwing classes in chefs’ open kitchens.

Here are just a few ways to take a passion for the pie even deeper.

Note: The list below is NOT in a ranked order.

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Pizzeria Vetri Callowhill

Wood-fired pizza from famed Philly chef

Famed Philadelphia chef Marc Vetri is expanding the city's pizza palate with his namesake pizzeria. The Neopolitan-style, wood-fired pizzas are available at locations in Callowhill and Rittenhouse Square along with delectable small plates including the celebrated rotolo.
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Pizzeria Vetri Rittenhouse

Vetri's famous pizza comes to Center City

With a second, full-service location now open in Rittenhouse, Center City diners have no excuse for missing out on the wood fired pizzas from Pizzeria Vetri. Workers can get their happy-hour fix with margherita pies for just $7.
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Nomad Pizza

An itinerant pizzeria puts down roots off of South Street

Not content to simply serve up what is quickly becoming regarded as one of the region’s top pies, Nomad Pizza entertains the nibbling masses with free movie nights on Sundays. Those in the know know that Nomad’s Neapolitan-style pies are cut at the table to prevent them from getting soggy. A second location can be found in Midtown Village, marking two full-service spots that invite you to stay awhile.
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Nomad Roman

Roman-style pizza in Midtown Village

The Midtown Village outpost for Nomad serves up Roman-style pies featuring a thin, crispy crust, locally grown produce and fresh meats. It's close proximity to the Avenue of the Arts makes it a perfect pre-show spot for a pie (or two).
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Wm. Mulherin's Sons

Philadelphia

Wood-fired pizzas, pastas and so much more

Located in a historic building under the El at Front and Master, Wm. Mulherin's Sons is turning heads for its food, cocktails and its beautiful space. The menu boasts delicious wood-fired Italian fare and the restaurant and bar are located in a former whiskey bottling facility that has been meticulously restored. Pizzas like the Leslie Chow (nameke, trumpet mushroom, taleggio) and the Spicy Jawn (pepperoni, hot coppa, sharp provolone, long hots) come from the wood-fired oven while crudos, rustic homemade pastas and grilled meats balance out the appealing menu. And be sure to try one of Mulherin's signature cocktails – they're excellent.
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Barbuzzo

Crowd-pleasing pizzas and Mediterranean dishes on 13th Street

Any pizza at Midtown Mediterranean wine bar Barbuzzo can be upgraded with La Quercia prosciutto for the bargain price of $4—even the famed asparagus pie, with secret white sauce, fior di latte and truffled farm egg.
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Brigantessa

Certified Neapolitan pizza in South Philadelphia

Neapolitan pizza is more than a hobby in Italy—it’s the law. Chef Joe Cicala of Le Virtù earned the right to make authentic pies by winning a coveted Napoli Pizzaiolo Verace certification. His South Philly forneria hosts an ongoing underground pizza series featuring off-menu pies such as La Conchiglia, an herb-dusted crust topped with clams steamed in white wine and garlic.
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Osteria

Outstanding pizza from one of the city's acclaimed restaurants

Patrons can enjoy Osteria’s award-winning pizzas at the restaurant’s Kitchen Table, which seats between eight and 14 people for a private, family-style meal. Don’t take our word for it, as former Double Dare host Marc Summers says these pies are among the best he’s ever ate.
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Santucci’s Pizza

Pizza, squared

Stop at the ATM and prepare for square as there are no wedge-shaped slices at Santucci’s Pizza. While Santucci’s original locations populate Northeast Philadelphia, the family recently introduced the Bella Vista neighborhood to the addictive square-shaped pies.
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24

Wood-fired pizza and more from Chef Jose Garces

Garces Group's latest venture, 24 specializes in wood-grilled Italian fare. The eatery overlooks the Schuylkill River, and the kitchen puts out a range of awesome, wood-fired pizzas, including a Lamb Sausage pie with fennel, Castelvetrano olives and Fresh Mozzarella and a Cauliflower pie with scamorza, shishito escabeche, red onion and Pancetta.
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Garces Trading Company

Neighborhood bistro from Chef Jose Garces in Washington Square West

Deep dish, anyone? Garces Trading Company is serious about its pizza: The restaurant’s sourdough crust is made with duck fat, and the pies are available in a deep-dish, Chicago-style with decidedly global toppings like boquerones and merguez sausage.
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Tacconelli’s

So good you have to reserve your dough in advance

Diners can order pizza and only pizza at Tacconelli’s, where there’s a three-topping limit for the crunchy, thin-crust pies. It’s also advised that wanna-be patrons call the lauded Port Richmond pizzeria in advance to reserve their dough since it’s made in finite quantities daily.
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Clarkville

Philadelphia

West Philly's newest pizza haven

With ingenious topping pairings like that on the pork pie, featuring spicy guanciale sauce, peppadews, ricotta, oregano and chili, Clarkville is bringing an array of must-try pizza to locals in West Philadelphia and serious pizza-seekers alike.
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Zavino University City

Second location offers more pizza, more delicious

Zavino's second location in West Philadelphia offers more seating and the same fantastic, fresh pizza and small plates. Grab a cocktail from the bar and order up a delicious selection of dishes to pair with a perfectly charred Neapolitan-style pizza.
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Cinder

Wood-fired pies paired with sours, ciders and wild ales

Sours, ciders and wild ales accompany wood-fired pizzas, mussels and more at Cinder, a cool new venture from the people behind Bru Craft & Wurst and U-Bahn.
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In Riva

Wood-fired pizza on the waterfront

In Riva is a casually elegant joint on the banks of the Schuykill River in East Falls, boasting wood-fired pizzas that are truly something to write home about. The monthly classes at In Riva’s pizza bar allow attendees to get in on the secrets of Chef Arthur Cavaliere’s Neapolitan, wood-fired creations.
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Blackbird

All-vegan, all-delicious

As Philadelphia’s only full-on vegan pizzeria, Society Hill’s Blackbird uses ingredients such as seitan sausage, Daiya non-dairy cheese and cornmeal-crusted mushrooms to cover its chewy crusts and sate non-meat eating appetites.
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Pitruco's

Mobile, wood-fired pizza

Pitruco’s won Philly Mag’s Best of Philly designation for best pie, making the little red truck an even hotter commodity. Call ahead and beat the lunch line for their wonderful 11-inch personal pizzas, and follow @PitrucoPizza on Twitter for daily specials.
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Enjay's Pizza

University City's best kept pizza secret

From the minds that created the beloved Pitruco pizza truck comes Enjay's Pizza, a small pizza joint located within the beloved college bar Smokey Joe's Tavern. Open for dinner only (lunch on Friday), Enjay's serves up incredible pies along with a selection of burgers, hoagies and more.
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Marra’s Cucina Italiana

Marra

Serving Italian-American favorites for more than 80 years

A South Philly mainstay, Marra’s has been cranking out Italian-American favorites like thin-crust brick-oven pizzas and homemade pastas for more than 80 years. Hungry diners can opt for the Sunset Menu, which includes a traditional main dish with soup or salad. The no-frills dining room adds to the old-school vibe.
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Lazaro's

Gigantic slices and comfort fare

With monstrous single slices and pizza pies that range from 14 to 26 inches, Lazaro’s does thin-crust pizza right. But the other menu options, including 18-inch cheesesteaks, are worth a taste too.
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Lorenzo & Son's

Slices as big as your head on South Street

Lorenzo and Son's has been a South Street institution for more than 45 years. The line extends out the door many nights as people spill out of nearby bars and music venues looking for a giant slice. A slice from Lorenzo's also makes up one half of the "Philly Taco" – a gastronomic feat of strength not for the faint of heart.
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Capofitto

Handmade pizzas from famed gelato makers

It sounds like a riddle: What takes 10 days, three craftsmen from Naples, 23,000 pounds of handmade bricks from Santa Maria, “baking floor” from Sorrento and volcanic sand from Vesuvius? The handmade oven at Capofitto, Old City’s artisan pizzeria from the owners of legendary gelateria Capogiro, that’s what.
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Gennaro's Tomato Pie

Philly pizza with NYC ties

Gennaro’s Tomato Pie boasts a direct familial connection to New York City’s historic Lombardi’s. If that’s not enough to impress Philly-proud locals, the wallet-friendly BYOB policy gets them in the door, and the extra charred crust keeps them coming back for more.
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South Bowl

South Bowl is an awesome bowling alley with great food, local beer, big TVs for watching the game and a lot more. Their pizza bar is legit – look out for some delicious pies including the 'Shroomin, with garlic white sauce, merlot roasted mushrooms, caramelized onion, mozzarella & provolone, fried sage and truffle oil crust and the South Philly Sausage Pie with homemade sausage, roasted long hots, caramelized onion, red sauce, provolone and shredded mozzarella. And remember, South Bowl comes equipped with 26 lanes, pool tables, video games and a fully stocked bar to go along with the delicious 'Za.
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Square Pie

Sicilian slices topped with the works

Square Pie invites patrons to chow down on hefty, Brooklyn-style Sicilian crusts amped up with cured pork belly, roasted potatoes and leeks, or roasted eggplant, capers and ricotta. The highlights may be its take on what locals claim to be Philly’s iconic sandwich: roast pork, with spinach and provolone.
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Cacia's Bakery

South Philly institution for more than 50 years

For more than 50 years, Cacia's Bakery in South Philly has been satisfying generations of customers with their high quality pizza, breads and more. The tomato pie is a local favorite along with a wide selection of strombolis and hoagies served on housemade rolls.
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City Tap House

Brick oven pizza at West Philly's beer lover bar

The brick-oven creations at City Tap House veer into unusual and delicious territory: In addition to classic margherita, thin crusts come topped with truffled honey, pistachio pesto and goat cheese; corn with raclette cheese, pickled jalapeños and cilantro pesto.
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Tony’s Place

Philadelphia

A Northeast Philly favorite

Around Valentine’s Day, love birds get cozy in the tiny booths at old-school favorite Tony’s Place in Northeast Philly to feast on the tomato pie, which comes in a heart-shaped form for a limited time each year. Rest assured, the circular version is just as tasty year-around.
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PD Pizza

Philadelphia

Wood-fired pies topped with Italy-imported ingredients

PD Pizza (formerly Pizzeria DiMeo) in Roxborough imports its water from Tuscany and their mozzarella di bufala from a small farm in Campania, ensuring that their wood-fired pies have a down-to-the-last-drop authentic flavor.
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La Rosa Pizzeria

La Rosa Pizzeria has been making its square, deep-dish, huge pies for more than 30 years in South Philly. Insider's tip: Don't miss the potato pizza.
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