best pizza in the neighborhood

Shovelled_Up_Dead_Corpses_Rotting_You's picture

just curious. keep in mind I've only lived here 3 months and I haven't tried much but with Father and Sons literally across the street from my house, that's my go-to piace. what other places would you recommend? I'm thinking of trying Key Pizza (York and....Memphis, I believe?) tonight. how about Primo Pizza on Trenton and Huntington?

oh my housemate always recommends Sartucci's.

and don't even bring up that place where you have to order your pie like 2 days in advance. that place is above and beyond. I'm just looking for a decent local pizza.

athrahans's picture

I like 2nd Street Pizza in

I like 2nd Street Pizza in Northern Liberties. It's their sauce that's great. They deliver.

Shovelled_Up_Dead_Corpses_Rotting_You's picture

athrahans wrote:I like 2nd

athrahans wrote:

I like 2nd Street Pizza in Northern Liberties. It's their sauce that's great. They deliver.

not really the neighborhood but it gives me a chance to window shop the Foodery while I wait for them to cook my pizza. thanks for the suggestion. you win!

lauraska's picture

I like Rustica the best, if

I like Rustica the best, if you are doing the No Libs thing. But we've just ordered from Key Pizza, which has become our old standby, since Fella's bit the dust.

th's picture

Primo is good. Light sauce,

Primo is good. Light sauce, not too much cheese, thin crust. basic.

Shovelled_Up_Dead_Corpses_Rotting_You's picture

tried the 2nd Street pizza.

tried the 2nd Street pizza. I think I ordered the wrong pizza to give them an accurate review. I ordered the vegetarian pizza and it was so overly loaded with vegetables (never thought I'd complain about that but hear me out) that the pizza was soggy by the time I got it home. it also wasn't even that warm. as a matter of fact, it was cold by the time I got to the 4th slice (and I ate those 4 slices pretty quick). I also couldn't really taste the crust/cheese/sauce due to the overwhelming amount of vegetables, but again, I realize that's my own doing. it's just what I had a craving for at the moment.

next time I'll be fair and just order a regular cheese pizza from them.

Ftown66's picture

Stay away from key pizza.

Stay away from key pizza. Pure slop. Everything sucks there. The Pizza store on allegheny ave is great. They deliver down here. The pizza is great and so are the strombolis and steaks.

http://philadelphia.menupages.com/restaurantdetails?restaurantid=31105

lauraska's picture

Ftown66 wrote:Stay away from

Ftown66 wrote:

Stay away from key pizza. Pure slop. Everything sucks there. The Pizza store on allegheny ave is great. They deliver down here. The pizza is great and so are the strombolis and steaks.

http://philadelphia.menupages.com/restaurantdetails?restaurantid=31105

Wow....that's a harsh critique! Was the owner mean to you as a kid or something? Just kidding...we haven't really had a problem with any of their food, although I wouldn't say that it's absolutely awesome. We'll have to try the Pizza Store, though.

Nunzio's picture

I may not feel as strongly

I may not feel as strongly as ftown, but I'm not a fan of Key Pizza either, although the strombolis are pretty decent. I've been favoring Primo's of late and I don't mind Father and Son. But Key is a no-no for me.

Dang, I miss Tulip Pizza!

jmminarik's picture

Nunzio wrote: Dang, I miss

Nunzio wrote:

Dang, I miss Tulip Pizza!

Amen brother, Amen.

qbert4578's picture

I LOVE Key Pizza... great

I LOVE Key Pizza... great pizza, great quesadillas, great burgers, great everything... love it!

dan's picture

Of course, everybody has

Of course, everybody has their own tastes.
I can't say there's any that I really love.

The one place I really liked a lot was Fella's under its first owners - but that came and went quickly. The other place I thought was fairly good was American, which of course closed shortly after we moved here.

Of the places that deliver, Rustica is good - but I'm not sure they're good enough to justify the price differential. Pizza Shop (on Allegheny) and Father & Son's both make fairly decent pizza in my book.

One thing that I've noticed is some places where I don't like their pizza still manage to make a pretty good stromboli.

MichelleLynn's picture

I really like primo on 2nd

I really like primo on 2nd street, Benjain who now has declared himself a vegetarian and decided he hates sauce, loves their garlic white pizza and would eat it at every meal if I would let him..

snailgem's picture

naples makes excellent pizza

naples makes excellent pizza (only drawback is that it's in new haven, ct)

dan's picture

snailgem wrote:naples makes

snailgem wrote:

naples makes excellent pizza (only drawback is that it's in new haven, ct)

Well, heck, if we're going out of the city you don't have to go that far.

DeLorenzo's Tomato Pie in the Chambersburg section of Trenton is outstanding.

stein's picture

honestly, about the only

honestly, about the only place we can order pizza from is rustica. it sucks that its so expensive but what can you do other than get ekta or primo hoagies so you feel like you are getting some sort of value?

why is pizza so bad in philadelphia (or at least west philly and fishtown)?

ps. on second thought since I included primo in my original post i should point out that those are not the only two places of value in the neighborhood. i just used them as examples of places where there is value. there aren't any pizza places that really cut the mustard in that respect.

biggeo's picture

father and son wins hands

father and son wins hands down in my house (as long as they don't burn the crust ) Emo's on norris at memphis is also good and they have the best fries

use2livethere's picture

as long as we have beer with

as long as we have beer with pizza it really doesn't matter who makes it, I was in cab one day and I ask the driver did he have room up front for a six pack and a pizza he said sure so I throw up.

Shovelled_Up_Dead_Corpses_Rotting_You's picture

so I wasn't crazy about 2nd

so I wasn't crazy about 2nd street pizza. or at least the pizza I ordered from them, but apparently my housemates cat was!

I ate half the pizza (4 slices out of eight) in one sitting and left the remaining pizza in the box on the island in the middle of the kitchen. been upstairs in my room for a couple of hours. I heard all sorts of noise downstairs and figured it was just the cats playing. come back downstairs after a few hours, the pizza box is all the floor. box scratched completely open. there's only two slices left. the cat ate an entire two slices of pizza! and now he is nowhere to be found! god I think the litter box is going to be a mess within the next day or so.

codergrrl's picture

I like a thin crust, so I

I like a thin crust, so I would recommend Father and Sons, or the Pizza Store on Allegheny Ave, (owned by actual Italians I might add, and pretty cheap when compared to some others.)
I know it will sound incredibly racist, or bad or something, but we always considered two types of pies in the neighborhood. The ones from Fishtown, Central, Tommy's, etc are "Greekie" pizza, as the owners are usually Greek restaurantuers, who might kinda miss the mark, as far as pizza goes.
So in my house, when someone says they're getting pizza, the first question is always, "Greekie pizza or real pizza?."
As an aside, Tulip Pizza, at least back in the day, was virtually inedible.
You couldn't even lift a slice off the plate, and needed a knife and fork to eat it.

george's picture

I'll go with Rustica, but

I'll go with Rustica, but even they are up and down. I think the one thing consistent about Pizzerias is that they are maddeningly inconsistent. Same place that delivered something hot, crispy and delicious on Tuesday can produce a lukewarm, soggy mess on Wednesday, y'know?

I'm perfectly willing to drive/subway out of the neighborhood for a TRULY great pie. Even Jersey if need be. Any suggestions?

codergrrl's picture

Any Mack's on the boardwalk

Any Mack's on the boardwalk in Wildwood.

jmminarik's picture

use2livethere wrote:as long

use2livethere wrote:

as long as we have beer with pizza it really doesn't matter who makes it, I was in cab one day and I ask the driver did he have room up front for a six pack and a pizza he said sure so I throw up.

Thanks for sharing. It's these real life stories that keep me coming back to .us. ;-)

jmminarik's picture

george wrote:I'll go with

george wrote:

I'll go with Rustica, but even they are up and down.

We loved Rustica, for about 2 months. The novelty wore off and the overcooked pies we got a few orders in a row took the shine off that apple. They are (or at least were) the only ones to get the garlic part right, but even that started to be over cooked.

Has anyone tried Pizza Hut since they've "changed their recipe" ? Is the first ingredient still 'liquid grease'?

As for my favorite Fishtown made pizza, my own is my 2nd favorite, and my favorite isn't available in stores.

george's picture

jmminarik wrote:We loved

jmminarik wrote:

We loved Rustica, for about 2 months. The novelty wore off and the overcooked pies we got a few orders in a row took the shine off that apple. They are (or at least were) the only ones to get the garlic part right, but even that started to be over cooked.

Has anyone tried Pizza Hut since they've "changed their recipe" ? Is the first ingredient still 'liquid grease'?

As for my favorite Fishtown made pizza, my own is my 2nd favorite, and my favorite isn't available in stores.

I haven't tried the "new" Pizza Hut but I'm betting it's still ketchup and onions on toast with a Pennzoil base.

Agreed on Rustica. One night I picked up a GREAT fresh mozzarella, proscuitto, and basil pie...next time it was a crematorium.

I've only made good pizza myself once or twice. Keeping it simple is the key but I tend to want to add everything from sun-dried tomatoes to stupid crap like fresh nutmeg. The result is usually bad.

So, let me ask. You get to order ONE final pizza from anybody within a 50-mile radius of Philly. Who is it?

frankdatank's picture

Rustica, it's not even worth

Rustica, it's not even worth it to even give another place a try, you'll be wasting your money

Larry99's picture

I like Rustica but I get

I like Rustica but I get tired of it if I get it too many times in a row. I was never crazy about their sauce but their crust is what makes them great. I usually get their white pie with crushed tomato as a topping.

When I'm in the mood for "cheaper" pizza, I also like "The Pizza Store" on Allegheny. I'm also surprised no one's mentioned "Perri's Pizza" at Aramingo and Clearfield. They both deliver into Fishtown. I had "El Greco" recently and that wasn't too bad either. You're right, there doesn't seem to be any decent pizza in Fishtown proper. I'll have to try Father and Sons.

One final pizza? ...it's got to be Tacconelli's white with tomato and spinach. ...and I could eat the whole pie myself!

AM's picture

frankdatank wrote:Rustica,

frankdatank wrote:

Rustica, it's not even worth it to even give another place a try, you'll be wasting your money

I tried Rustica a few times after hearing it was so good. I got a soggy mess, both times. I wish it had been overcooked or at least cooked through. I've given up on pizza in the hood but Tommy's has a great chicken parm on toasted roll . .. yum

stilljes's picture

I developed a very strong

I developed a very strong love/hate relationship with El Greco after living upstairs from them for 2 years and across the street for another 2. I love the sauce, the crust is good, and it's soooo greeeeasy. It's objectively disgusting, but yet, I fell in love with it.

Rustica is just so much more expensive than pizza should be. I'll still order it, but I don't think it's the end-all-be-all. It's often burned.

2nd Street Pizza, Key Pizza, and Fishtown Pizza all seem to have these crusts that may have been frozen. It's not my cup of tea, but if I lived upstairs or across the street from them, I'm sure I'd learn to love them too.

The crust at Father and Sons... they put too much flour on it. I have a weird texture thing with it. I know it's crazy.

I really like Santucci's up on Aramingo and Venango, but it's not your traditional everyday pizza.

Oh El Greco, you still have my heart and are responsible for those extra 15 pounds I don't need to carry around.

Carlucci's picture

I wish I could find

I wish I could find something different than Rustica...I notice their pizza tastes a lot better when you're there in the shop.

We named our cat after a pizza place called Santucci's. They put the sauce on top of the cheese...A bit different, yet a really good tasting plain pie...They're in the Northeast though.

Larry99's picture

Carlucci wrote:I wish I

Carlucci wrote:

I wish I could find something different than Rustica...I notice their pizza tastes a lot better when you're there in the shop.

We named our cat after a pizza place called Santucci's. They put the sauce on top of the cheese...A bit different, yet a really good tasting plain pie...They're in the Northeast though.

Oh man, I used to love Santucci's! There was a Santucci's at Frankford and Ontario in the 70s/80s that was just great but it's long gone now. There are a bunch of locations these days, some are good, others not so good. I know there was one in the Aramingo Shopping center at Aramingo and Ontario that wasn't so good (not sure if it is still there?) and one in Juniata on "O" St I think, that was really good. I think there is one up on Cottman ave now too? When Santucci's is done right it is indeed really good pizza.