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Pica's Pizza [drool]

Mawrter Jan 25, 2006 11:59 PM

I just did a search to see if anyone else had anything to say about Pica's. Nothing. So, I'll effuse.

I know it's not new, it's not chic, but by damn, they're great. Every time we go I wonder why we don't go more often. Okay, so it's a bit of a hike for us, but the pizza has a cult following (for good reason!), the service is kick-ass, and they fall over themselves to be nice and accomodating to my toddler. They have decent wines there that are not too marked up.

The pizza, for people not yet indoctrinated, has the crust on the bottom, then the cheese, then the sauce on top. This way the crust doesn't get soggy. You have to order the pizza square, according to my friends in the know, although truthfully I don't know why. We also generally get the antipasta, which is fun. My mom says that they were know for years (think '60s, '70s) for their homemade fresh pasta, which I have never tried.

Oh, and did I say the pizza was good? The pizza is great!

Pica's Restaurant
7803 West Chester Pike (Route 3)
Upper Darby, PA 19082
(610) 789-7770

  1. rockhopper Dec 26, 2006 04:34 PM

    Describe this pizza please.
    What makes it different?

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    1. re: rockhopper
      Main Line Tracey Dec 26, 2006 05:13 PM

      It is layered: Crust, cheese and then sauce on top.

      Regular pizza is: Crust, sauce and then cheese on top.

    2. m
      Main Line Tracey Dec 24, 2006 03:09 PM

      I had Pica's pizza, and other meals there. I enjoyed both, but just don't get the fever with which people discuss this place. I would consider their food to be good, basic, well-priced Americanized Italian food, but not something to sigh longingly about.

      As to the pizza, I absolutely enjoy the traditional design and don't understand why they would mess with that. I love the traditional cheese hitting the roof of my mouth while the sauce begins to peak out from underneath when I bite and the crust goes against my tongue.

      I have heard that people enjoy the fact that the cheese keep the crust from getting soggy. One of my favorite parts of pizza is the contrast between the crispy bottom of the crust and the moist top where the sauce sits in the river-like channels.

      I will definitely go back, since I live 15 minutes away. Great value and service, but I don't believe that it ranks as highly as the devoted believe.

      1. s
        stavs Dec 24, 2006 02:55 PM

        Yeah, the service is good, although there is one hostess there that is a little snooty for some reason. She's heavyset and just gives off this air. Other than that, the service is great. I love that they wear real uniforms, instead of jeans and polo shirts, and they are extremely attentive. Man I love this place!

        1. a
          amandaw33 Dec 24, 2006 03:33 AM

          Pica's pizza is good, but the service is great. Not too often you see places with service as good as the ladies there!

          1. s
            stavs Dec 23, 2006 11:41 PM

            I used to live in Havertown and went to Pica's all the time. I moved to Florida and Minnesota and never had anything like it. I now live in Allentown and we drive down just to go to Pica's. I wish I could find a recipe to replicate their pizza because it is one of the best IMO. Its obviously not your standard pizza-it's better!

            1. m
              Mawrter Mar 3, 2006 10:15 PM

              Just went back -- AND broke out of the rut. We had plain pizza and gnocchi. Gnocchi was great. *sigh*

              1. k
                kellyc96 Jan 26, 2006 03:30 PM

                So delicious...I don't live in the area anymore but I enjoy Pica's pizza when I come home. My favorite way to order it is with pepperoni and extra sauce. The sauce has a great spice to it and the pepperoni is cut really thin but because it is under the sauce it doesn't dry out. I haven't come across another pizza quite like it in Philly, Old Forge or NYC.

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                1. re: kellyc96
                  Claire Jan 27, 2006 05:27 AM

                  Oooh, Old Forge...Revellos...now that is great (and different Pizza) - red and white...so "toothsome"

                  1. re: Claire
                    greg Jan 31, 2006 11:51 AM

                    Thanks all for the Pica's recommendation. Checked it out last night, en route on West Chester Pike, and really enjoyed it.

                    1. re: greg
                      Mawrter Feb 7, 2006 09:00 PM

                      Happy to turn on another cult member! :)

                2. c
                  Claire Jan 26, 2006 09:31 AM

                  OK, so I have to ask - I just don't get this pizza. My in-laws have lived in Havertown for ever, and their whole family swears by it. I just don't get it. At all. I love pizza and to me this is non-pizza, not even tomato pie. And I'm not trying to be argumentative, just looking for points of view on this - do those who love it live in the Philly area all their lives? Are there any transplants who love it? And, btw, I enjoy Pica's for dinner - close by, good eats, good prices - great veal, too.

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                  1. re: Claire
                    Mawrter Feb 7, 2006 09:03 PM

                    Well, I have lived in the Philadelphia area all my life, but I don't remember having Pica's until I was in my late 20s or maybe early 30s. I should check with my mom to see if I ate Pica's pizza as a kid.

                    I can see there's an argument to be made that Pica's doesn't qualify as real pizza, but I still think it's a fabulous food, whatever you want to call it. :)

                    I should really break out of my rut and try something on the menu that is not pizza.

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