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Where to Find the Best Pizza in Philadelphia

A punch-list for finding the very best pizza in neighborhoods across Philadelphia

Pizzeria Stella on Headhouse Square is one place to find amazing pizza in Philadelphia. Credit: Courtesy Pizzeria Stella

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

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.

The only challenge — fitting them all into one visit. Below is our guide (complete with map) to where to find the best pizza in Philadelphia. Happy hunting!

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Pizzeria Stella

Stephen Starr’s Headhouse Square restaurant focuses on gourmet pies

Pizzeria Stella

Combining Philadelphia’s love of pizza and Stephen Starr restaurants, the restaurateur has opened Pizzeria Stella, a gourmet-minded, neighborhood pizza shop.

2nd and Lombard Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 320-8000
 

Osteria

One of Philadelphia’s most acclaimed restaurants, serving outstanding gourmet pizza

Osteria

Osteria owner and chef Marc Vetri is turning heads — literally. He’s bringing diners to North Broad Street, away from the dining epicenters of Old City, Midtown Village and Rittenhouse Square. And he’s doing it with pizza.

640 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 763-0920
 

Pizza Brain

The world’s first pizza museum

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Widely known as the world’s first pizza museum, this Fishtown destination features plenty of pizza-themed memorabilia and serves up tasty brick-oven pies

2313 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 291-2965
 

Lazaro’s Pizzeria & Grill

The secret is in the sauce

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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.

1743 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(215) 545-2775
 

Marra’s Cucina Italiana

Serving Italian-American favorites for more than 80 years

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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.

1734 E. Passyunk Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 463-9249
 

Nomad Pizza

An itinerant pizzeria puts down roots off of South Street

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Born of a food truck (which was born of a $10,000 wood oven used at home, embedded in a vintage REO Speedwagon), this simple, upscale pizzeria has a pies-first focus. Aficionados have fallen for Nomad’s airy Neapolitan-style pizzas, normally preceded by crisp salads, washed down by hoppy ales, and, on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday evenings, accompanied by free movies.

611 S. 7th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 238-0900
 

Birra

Part gastopub, part pizzeria, all scrumptious

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Somewhere between a gastropub and pizza parlor is Birra, serving an assortment of thin-crust pizza (including the head-turning mac-and-cheese pizza), paninis (try the grilled cheese) and antipasto, as well as an impressive list of craft beers. Plenty of sidewalk seating adds to the modest table count and provides a view of the avenue.

1700 E. Passyunk Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(267) 324-3127
 

Bufad Pizza

Pizza that will light up your tastebuds

Outside Bufad Pizza in Callowhill.

When you’re looking to nail a pizza craving to the wall, Nothing in the vicinity even comes close to Bufad’s crispy, crackly Neapolitan pies or scissor-snipped Roman slices.

1240 Spring Garden St
Philadelphia, PA 19123
 

Blackbird Pizzeria

Pies for the vegan set

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An operation completely free of animal products, Blackbird specializes in takeout fare — pizzas, sandwiches, wings, fries — so rarely available to those who practice a vegan diet.

507 S. Sixth St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 625-6660
 

Dock Street Brewery and Restaurant

Award-winning craft brews

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Dock Street became a Cedar Park stalwart the second the respected craft brewery settled down in a lovingly converted firehouse at 50th and Baltimore. In addition to award-winning beers, it also offers a selection of expertly tossed wood-fired pizzas.

701 S. 50th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19143
(215) 726-2337
 

Kennett

An upscale-yet-low-key neighborhood favorite

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Craft beer, wood-fired pizzas and smallish plates in a candlelit barroom have established this unobtrusive spot as an upscale-yet-low-key neighborhood favorite. Brunch here remains somewhat of an undiscovered secret: Loyal patrons swear by the Italian breakfast with egg-topped homemade gnocchi.

848 S. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(267) 687-1426
 

Santucci’s Pizza

Pizza, squared

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Square, upside-down pizza (where the cheese hides under the sauce) is the signature of this casual eatery. Also on the menu: stromboli, hot wings and garlic-bread cheesesteaks.

901 S. 10th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 825-5304
 

Zavino Pizzeria and Wine Bar

A delicious new pizzeria and wine bar located at the epicenter of the city’s trendy Midtown Village neighborhood

Zavino

Zavino is a delicious new pizzeria and wine bar located at the epicenter of the city’s trendy Midtown Village neighborhood. The restaurant features a seasonal menu, classic cocktails, an approachable selection of wine and beer and the some of the best late-night menu offerings in the area.

112 S. 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 732-2400
 

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