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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

Philadelphia has earned some serious pizza cred in recent years.

Not only is this city home to a combo pizza museum and restaurant (Pizza Brain), an artisan pizza truck (Pitruco) and, according to Bon Appétit’s 2015 “Ultimate Pizza Guide,” America’s very best pizza (Pizzeria Beddia), but it’s also a proving ground for the idea that this traditional food can be reinvented in infinite ways.

Whether it’s a straightforward but studious Neapolitan round, a floppy tri-corner slice with cheese to spare or a newfangled pie laden with carefully sourced ingredients, there is a pizza for every pie lover’s predilection.

Here’s a sampling of the region’s cheesiest, crispiest riches.

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

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Pizzeria Beddia

The strict rules at Joe Beddia’s Pizzeria Beddia — no slices, no phone, cash only, two pies per party, 40-pie output per day — didn’t stop Bon Appétit from declaring he makes the country’s very best pizza. Each masterful 16-incher is topped with Jersey tomatoes, sea salt, two kinds of mozzarella, Gouda-like Old Gold and a sprinkling of oregano. (Fancier additions of arugula, house-made pork sausage, cremini, collards and pickled chiles delight, too.)
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Barbuzzo

Crowd-pleasing pizzas and Mediterranean dishes on 13th Street

Pizza may not be the sole focus at Barbuzzo, but there’s no denying the lure of Chef Marcie Turney’s famed asparago pie, with secret white sauce, fior di latte, locally cured guanciale and truffled farm egg. Seasonal options such as the Fico (figs, gorgonzola, arugula, prosciutto and walnuts) showcase her mastery of ingredients.
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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 Brigantessa makes irrefutable classics like Margherita and marinara, alongside some seasonally changing pies and off-menu delights.
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Santucci’s Pizza

Pizza, squared

There are no wedge-shaped slices at Santucci’s — just pillowy squares with sauce over cheese, cooked in special pans that grant the dough a one-of-a-kind consistency. Santucci’s original locations populate Northeast Philadelphia; the family more recently brought their addictive pies to Bella Vista and North Broad Street.
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Tacconelli’s

So good you have to reserve your dough in advance

Diners can order pizza and only pizza at the iconic Port Richmond BYOB Tacconelli's, where there’s a (strongly) suggested three-topping limit for the crunchy, thin-crust pies. It’s also advised that prospective patrons call the lauded pizzeria in advance to reserve their dough since it’s made in finite quantities daily.
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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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Osteria

Chef Marc Vetri’s first pizza-centric establishment Osteria sets a new standard for local pizzaioli. This elegant eatery serves up wood-fired tradizionali pies topped with interesting flavor combinations, like octopus and smoked mozzarella or mortadella with Sicilian pistachio pesto.
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Blackbird

All-vegan, all-delicious

As Philadelphia’s only full-on vegan pizzeria, Blackbird Pizzeria uses ingredients such as seitan sausage, Daiya non-dairy cheese and house-smoked tofu to cover its chewy crusts and sate non-meat-eating appetites.
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Pitruco's

Mobile, wood-fired pizza

This little red truck is an extra-hot commodity. The mobile pizza oven Pitruco vends all over Philly and produces wonderful 11-inch personal pies made with a characteristic Neopolitan crust.
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Capofitto

Handmade pizzas from famed gelato makers

What requires 10 days, three craftsmen from Naples, 23,000 pounds of handmade bricks from Santa Maria, a “baking floor” from Sorrento and volcanic sand from Vesuvius? The glorious handmade oven at Capofitto, brought to Old City by the owners of legendary gelateria Capogiro, that’s what.
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Rione

Italian-owned Center City newcomer Rione specializes in pizza al taglio, the light and crispy square slice style native to Rome. Styles rotate daily, running the gamut from staunchly traditional (the classic Margherita with nothing but red sauce, mozzarella, basil and extra virgin olive oil) to the unexpected (a thinly sliced white potato pie with rosemary and sausage).
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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

Open 90 years, the East Passyunk landmark Marra's exudes charm and authenticity. The thin-crust pizza, built on the same recipe the owner’s grandparents used, showcases the best of Italian-American traditions with Philly flair.
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Square Pie

Sicilian slices topped with the works

Square Pie, a homey Bella Vista spot, 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 many locals believe to be Philly’s true iconic sandwich: roast pork with spinach and provolone.
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Cacia's Bakery

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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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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Stogie Joe's

A casual Italian-American bar menu (mussels and linguine, square pizza) defines Stogie Joe's. The garage door-enclosed dining area offers open-air seating in the warmer months and a fireplace when the weather gets cool.
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