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22 Must-try Pizza Restaurants in Philadelphia

Philadelphia may not be known for its pizza, but there are plenty of great pizzerias serving up slices all over the city.

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Whether you’re new to Philadelphia, visiting, or just need advice on where to find the best pizza in your neighborhood, look no further. We’ve compiled a list of the best pizza in Philadelphia.

Find the closest pizza shop near you or work your way through the whole list for a fun pizza tour!


Pizzata Pizzeria

240 S 22nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215-546-7200
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Pizzata Pizzeria translates to “pizza party” in Italian, giving the friendly and casual atmosphere associated with eating pizza.

Two best friends, Vinny and Davide, started the business after obsessing over the ingredients and providing Philadelphia with the best pizza. 

Pizzata Pizzeria offers multiple types of red pies and white pies. Pizzata Pizzeria closes its doors at around 9 pm; however, they may close earlier if they sell out of pizza. 

I liked the pizza dough the best because it had a baked goods aroma. In addition, all the pizza is slowly fermented for the best taste.


Angelo’s Pizzeria

736 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
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Pizzeria Beddia

Fishtown
1313 N Lee St, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Phone: 267-928-2256
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Pizzeria Beddia was named the best pizza in the US a few years ago, and it’s easily one of the best pizza places in Philly.

The dough is expertly charred for crunch, and they feature creative toppings. Pizzeria Beddia is a full-service restaurant, but they do offer takeout Monday-Thursday.

They also have a hoagie room for a two-hour pizza and hoagie Omakase experience.


The Original Tacconelli’s Pizzeria

2604 E Somerset St, Philadelphia, PA 19134
Phone: 215-425-4983
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The Original Tacconelli’s Pizzeria is a 5th-generation family-owned pizzeria in Port Richmond, Philadelphia. It’s near Richmond Street, which is close to the Delaware River. 

Whether you’re dining in or taking your pizza to go, the waiting times may vary at certain times of the day.

The Tacconelli family business is a one-oven operation even after being in operation for over a hundred years. 

The Original Tacconelli’s Pizzeria is a laid back and casual pizzeria. You’ll find red and white tablecloths, which give the traditional impression of a pizzeria.

However, their pizza varies in design, including tomato, regular, white, and margarita. Also, there are many toppings to choose from. 


Cacia’s Bakery

1526 W Ritner St, Philadelphia, PA 19145
Phone: 215-334-1340
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Cacia’s Bakery opened in the 1950s and is famous for its brick oven pizza and bread. On my trip to Philadelphia, I found Cacia’s bakery in the heart of South Philadelphia.

However, this bakery has opened five additional locations across the Delaware River in New Jersey. 

Cacia’s award-winning pizza can be ordered as a pie or by the slice. I like how there are 12 slices in a box, which is more than a normal pizza. However, you can order by the slice to mix 12 slices to create your box. 

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Cacia’s pizza is giant and full of cheese for pizza lovers. However, there are vegan and gluten-free pizza options too. 


Pizza Jawn

Manayunk
4330 Main St, Philadelphia, PA 19127
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Pizza Jawn is one of the most sought-after pizzas in Philadelphia. Located in Philly’s Manayunk neighborhood, Pizza Jawn is almost always sold out so you’ll want to know how and when to order.

Every Thursday at 8pm Pizza Jawn drops a link for the next Thursday, same idea for Friday and Saturday.

You need to sign up for a slot to reserve your pizza, and these slots are gone in seconds.

Be sure to follow them on social media for announcements and updates on new sign-up sheets.


Square Pie

801 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Phone: 215-238-0615
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Square Pie is owned and operated by Chef Gene Giuffi, originally from Brooklyn, New York. He brought New York-style pizza to Philadelphia and indulged patrons with appetizers and daily specials.

It’s located only a few blocks away from the famous Mummers Museum. 

In addition, Square Pizza closes for two hours each day to cook new pizzas for the evening hours. They make square and Brooklyn-style thick crust pizza. 

Aside from traditional pizza, Square Pie makes custom pies, including mushrooms, spinach, and pancetta. 


Down North Pizza

2804 W Lehigh Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19132
Phone: 215-377-9787
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Down North Pizza is a pizzeria in North Philadelphia. Their mission is to reduce recidivism rates in Philadelphia because they employ previously incarcerated individuals and give them the culinary tools to succeed.

Also, they provide reduced housing, legal representation, and transportation. 

Owner Muhammad Abdul-Hadi and Executive Chef Michael Carter have experience with the prison system and strive to keep their title of Philly’s best new restaurant.  

My favorite dishes were the No Betta Love and Roc The Mic pizza. They have thick square pizza made to perfection with delicious ingredients. 


PIZZA Shackamaxon

Foshtown
115 E Girard Ave #3907, Philadelphia, PA 19125
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PIZZA shackamaxon serves up delicious thin-crust pizza’s in Philly’s Fishtown neighborhood. Their pizza’s are served by the slice or you can buy an entire pie.

With tons of glowing reviews, it’s no surprise that this spot is a favorite in Philadelphia.

Though PIZZA ahackamaxon only takes in-person orders, many say it’s well worth it, so don’t let that discourage you.

This pizzeria offers four pizzas: plain, pepperoni, tomato pie, or their weekly special.


Lorenzo & Son’s Pizza

South Street Headhouse
District 305 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Phone: 215-800-1942
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It’s hard to talk about famous Philly pizzas without mentioning Lorenzo and Sons. If you’re looking for a slice of pizza bigger than your head, this is the place to go.

While it’s probably not the best pizza in Philly, it is a classic Philadelphia restaurant with huge, gooey slices of pizza.

After a night out on South Street, waiting in line for a slice at Lorenzo’s is practically a rite of passage.

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Nomad Pizza

611 S 7th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Phone: 215-238-0900
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Nomad Pizza is within walking distance away from Square Pie. They strive to be more eco-friendly by getting vegetables and cheese from local farmers.

Nomad Pizza grows its basil, herbs, and tomatoes when the conditions are right. 

On my trip to Philadelphia, I liked how the menu changed every week depending on the availability of local products.

Nomad Pizza always has new pizzas to try, so you’ll never get bored of their pizza. 


Pizzeria Vetri

Fairmount
1939 Callowhill St, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Phone: 215-600-2629
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Pizzeria Vetri is one of Philadelphia’s top pizza restaurants. They have two locations, one in Center City and one in Fairmount.

Pizza’s at Vetri are made fresh with the highest-quality ingredients. Their Neapolitan pies undergo a three-day rise to achieve the perfect texture for their pies.

You can’t go wrong with their Margherita or Pepperoni pizzas. If you’re into trying new and unique toppings they have plenty of options.

Maurizio, a Neapolitan pie with rosemary, mozzarella, olive oil and sea salt.

Or try their Eggplant pizza, a Neapolitan pizza with San Marzano tomatoes, eggplant, stracciatella, and oregano.


Pizza Brain

Fishtown
2313 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Phone: 215-291-2965
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Pizza Brain is another Fishtown pizza shop that makes the best Philadelphia pizza list. It’s also the world’s first pizza museum, with pizza artifacts covering the walls.

Pizza Brain features quirky pizza flavors on a thin crust. The pizzas are unusually named, like the Felix Hupert or Wendy Wentworth. They also offer vegan pizza options.


Hook & Master

1361 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19122
Phone: 267-761-5172
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Hook and Master has a unique nautical theme, which is uncommon when considering a pizzeria.

Chef Jose Garces combines pizza and tiki drinks with multiple styles of pizza, including Chicago Tavern style, pan style, and Brooklyn style. 

In addition to pizza, Hook and Master offers tiki cocktails, wine, and beer for those old enough to drink.

Also, they have a happy hour menu, including pizza, small plates, and beverages. 


20th Street Pizza

108 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215-398-5748
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Like its namesake, 20th Street Pizza is on 20th street in central Philadelphia. However, 20th Street Pizza is a vegan pizzeria that pushes the creative boundaries that people associate with vegan flavors. 

The taste may not be for everyone, but it’s a pizzeria worth trying in Philadelphia. 

Also, their pizza is made fresh throughout the day. It’s easily done because they only have three round and square options.

However, there are multiple toppings you can add to enhance the flavors you enjoy. 


Circles and Squares

Kensington
2513 Tulip St, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Phone: 215-309-3342
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Circles + Squares is named after the different shapes their pizza is offered in: thin crust circular pizzas or Detroit-style square pies with a thicker, chewier texture.

They offer various toppings, and each pizza is essentially a build-your-own experience. Customers choose between a circle or square pizza, red, cheese, or white, and then add toppings as they see fit.

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Eeva

310 Master St, Philadelphia, PA 19122
Phone: 267-687-7910
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Eeva is in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. They stand apart from other pizzerias in Philadelphia because it’s more upscale and trendy than other restaurants. 

Eeva obtains beer and wine from small producers to enjoy while eating naturally fermented loaves of bread and pizza. 

The dinner menu varies each week depending on the ingredients available. However, they strive to use locally-sourced ingredients to keep their flavor exclusively from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

In addition, Eeva includes a bakery open in the mornings. They sell coffee, sourdough bagels, sandwiches, bread, and pastries. 


Paulie Gee’s Soul City Slice Shop

412 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Phone: 267-239-5761
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Paulie Gee’s Soul City Slice Shop differs slightly from the namesake because you can get round and square pies. It’s between the Romanian Folk Art Museum and Philadelphia’s Magic Garden. 

There are vegan options for the slices and pies. Unfortunately, there are no gluten-free options. They’re also famous for upside down pizzas in slices and whole pies. 

In addition, Paulie Gee’s Soul City Slice Shop includes a full bar to enjoy while eating pizza. Also, they have a curated selection of pieces of vinyl from the 1970s and 1980s.


Pitruco Pizza

University City
3401 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: 267-571-5839
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Pitruco began by making wood-fired pizzas in a food truck before moving to a brick and mortar location in University City, in Franklin’s Table food hall.

They still operate their food truck as well, so they may pop up in a location near you.

At both the truck and the University City location, Pitruco serves popular, made-to-order Neapolitan pies with a classic crust and plenty of topping options.


Pizzeria Stella

420 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Phone: 215-320-8000
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Pizzeria Stella looks out onto Society Hill’s historic Headhouse Square. It gives you the cozy and casual dining area that you want from a neighborhood restaurant. 

The pizza is delicious because it’s made with fresh ingredients. Also, their menu includes antipasti, salads, and pasta. You can enjoy delicious Italian food with beer, wine, and cocktails. 

After indulging in some of Philadelphia’s best Italian food, please take a minute to enjoy their famous gelato and sorbet before hitting the road. 


Sally

2229 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 267-773-7178
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Sally is a pizzeria and bottle shop within walking distance from Pizzata Pizzeria. They’re famous for sourdough pizza and small plates. 

They’re a neighborhood restaurant offering their guests a cozy and casual atmosphere. I liked the bottle shop and natural wine selection. Also, they offer indoor, outdoor, and bar seating.

However, they operate on a first come, first serve basis. 


La Rosa Pizzeria

South Philly
2106 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19145
Phone: 215-271-5246
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La Rosa Pizza serves up square pies in South Philly, a simple pizza joint without any bells and whistles.

They serve traditional thick crust pizza in a classic, unassuming pizza shop on Broad Street. Aside from standard flavors, they are also famous for a potato and rosemary pie.


While New Yorkers will protest, Philadelphia has some of the best pizza in the country. Check out the best pizza in Philadelphia or do a tasting tour to find your favorites.

Did we forget someone? Let us know your favorite Philadelphia pizza in the comments!

References

https://philly.eater.com/maps/best-pizza-philadelphia-restaurants
https://www.theinfatuation.com/philadelphia/guides/the-best-pizza-places-in-philadelphia
https://www.visitphilly.com/articles/philadelphia/where-to-find-the-best-pizza-in-philadelphia/
https://philadelphiaweekly.com/best-pizza-philly/

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  1. 12-20-22: I consider myself a pizza aficionado. I currently dwell in the northeast area, thus my recommendations if you will: (a) Drougie’s on Cottman Ave., (b) Charlie’s in Morrel Park Shppng. Plaza, and (c) Gino’s Cafe on Frankford by Cottman Aves.

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