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mchuchra Nov 2, 2006 05:35 PM

We have been on a quest to identify the best pizza shop(s) in Delaware County, so I wanted to enlist the help of any local chowhound-ers...

I have tried many of the places in mid-Delco (Swarthmore, Media, Springfield areas), and been less than impressed. Mostly pretty bland and mediocre. I tried a place which I liked quite a bit called Gaetano's in Springfield on Baltimore Pike a few months ago. Unfortunately, it looks like they have closed shop (or maybe moved). I grew up with lots of humble looking corner pizza shops in NYC and northern NJ, which just seemed better than what we get around here.

I am NOT looking for "gourmet" pizza (i.e., "pizza" with lots of esoteric, unusual ingredients (artichokes, truffles, guava, you get the idea). I am looking for the best BASIC pizza (dough/crust, zesty tomato sauce, and high quality cheese) -- with an optional added topping. To me -- THAT IS pizza. The gourmet stuff is fine, but IMHO, you can't just throw whatever you like on a crust in a round pan and call it "pizza."

Anyway, what places do YOU like in DELCO?

Thanks!

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  1. Rondo Nov 3, 2006 12:14 AM

    Delco is a pizza wasteland, unfortunately. I grew up in Havertown and Boston Pizza was always our favorite, but it's been years since I've eaten there. I work in Media, and when I want Pizza, I go to Apollo, on State Street. I assume you've been there and were not impressed. And the less said about Little Anthony's the better. If you find any good places, let me know.

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      mchuchra Nov 3, 2006 01:52 PM

      Thanks for seconding my observations. But I think there must be some decent places tucked away nearby... I find Apollo and Little Ant-ny's sort of mediocre. One place that I like when I go shopping at the Italian Market in South Philly is Lorenzo's (on 9th street) -- it's pretty good and cheap. Maybe a bit on the greasy side. But obviously that is not in DELCO. Let's see what everyone else recommends...

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      gozz37 Nov 3, 2006 12:05 PM

      My husband and I have been eating piza from Imperial Pizza in Secane for over 25 years! Ate it when we were dating, continue to eat it still. No fancy frills, just good basic pizza. Same owner and some of the guys are still tossing pies after all these years.

      615 South Avenue (diagonal from the train station)
      Secane 610-543-9393

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        mchuchra Nov 3, 2006 01:54 PM

        Thanks. I'll put Imperial on my list to try. Any others you like out in Springfield or Media or Ridley areas?

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          daisygirl Nov 3, 2006 04:27 PM

          and it still only takes "10 minutes" from order to pick up!!

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            mchuchra Nov 4, 2006 07:13 PM

            Gozz37,
            I took you up on your recommendation to try Imperial. The funny thing is that I wasn't even planning on getting pizza, since I had eaten dinner an hour or two earlier... Anyway, I thought it was pretty good. And a great value at $5.50 for a pie! I'd say that Imperial was toward the top of the heap for DELCO PA. And they were very fast. Maybe they were already cranking out the pies, but I think they had be out of there in under 8 minutes with pie in hand. Thanks for the advice.

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            gozz37 Nov 3, 2006 02:12 PM

            We will occasionally order from Secane Pizza (925 Providence Road, Secane). Different type of crust - thicker - and smaller in size than Imperial. However, their prices have really jumped lately and I can't justify spending more money for a smaller pizza with less toppings than what Imperial serves.

            For South Philly style "box pizza" you can pick up by the slice, half or whole box at Caccia's Bakery (same people who back the rolls in South Philly). Two locations in Delco - MacDade Blvd in Folsom (parking is hard to find) and Baltimore Pike in Clifton Heights. Best to call ahead and order a whole box (which can be mixed). Their red with cheese is very good and their white slices are real garlicy. If just stopping in to pick up a slice or two, reheat on pizza tray in oven for about 7 minutes to freshen up and get the crust crisp.

            We used to eat at Pinocchio's in Media and liked their pizza but I understand that it is not as good as it used to be.

            Hope this is helpful!

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              mchuchra Nov 4, 2006 07:14 PM

              I have never tried bakery pizza, but will give them a try. Thanks!

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                mustanggirl0411 Jan 13, 2008 01:26 PM

                Sarcones Bakery on 9th st in South Philadelphia makes an incredible tomatoe pie. It reminds me of what Flacco's pies were like when they were up and running years ago.

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              daisygirl Nov 3, 2006 04:25 PM

              My family grew up on Imperial Pizza and still like the pizza alot and occasionally get it when in the area. Last weekend we tried SCIARRINO'S PIZZERIA at 19 N Brookside Rd (Springfield) for the first time and liked it..

              I also like Apollo in Media. I'm not a pizza expert (having grown up in this area), but I also like Swarthmore Pizza.

              1. juice Nov 3, 2006 04:58 PM

                I live in CC and work in Broomall. The best pizza I have found so far in the area is Italian Delite at 2052 Sproul Rd in the Wawa shopping center (right next door). It is better than anything I have had in the city (and I am a pizza chowhound). I actually just had a few slices of plain cheese for lunch. It is as good a thin crust pizza as you will get. Better than all the other places listed so far. I have had Apollo, Cocco's, Thunderbird (bad pizza, good grinders), Pagano's (football field sized tomato pie, incredible hoagie selection),Manoa, Pizza Odyssey (yuck), Joe's, Sciarrino's, etc. Nothing comes close. Try the white pizza with tomato and brocolli. Their cheesesteaks are equally good, but that's another post.

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                  Rondo Nov 3, 2006 06:36 PM

                  I see a road trip in my immediate future. Thanks for the tip!
                  mchuchra: Italian Market. When my wife goes she picks up sicilian style pie at Sarcones. REALLY good.

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                    mchuchra Nov 4, 2006 07:17 PM

                    Juice,
                    Thanks for the advice. You sound passionate about your pizza (as I am), so I will DEFINITELY try Italian Delite next time out. Sounds excellent. Can you buy by the slice there or only by the whole pie?

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                      ecipenny Jun 1, 2007 07:32 PM

                      I second the Italian Delite. It is the real deal. Nothing in Delco comes close.

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                        joe611 Jun 3, 2007 08:34 PM

                        roseto pizza in havertown blows italian delight away....old style hand tossed. no grease....cold beer... hot pizza.. yea..

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                          judyhorowitz Nov 14, 2007 03:10 AM

                          Where in Havertown is Roseto Pizza? Thanks. Judy

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                        Cat Lover Aug 13, 2007 10:54 AM

                        I totally agree with you. Italian Delite has the best pizza, at least in the Broomall area.

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                        zoey Nov 4, 2006 11:07 PM

                        Gaetano's on Springfield Rd. is the best. I live in c.c. and drive to get pizza at least once a month. I think it is in Clifton not sure but is is across from the Columbus Club.

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                          mbel Dec 18, 2007 12:44 PM

                          Without a doubt,Gaetano's is the Best and believe me there probably isn't a place mentioned on this site that i haven't tried.
                          Gaetano's is one of a kind,you probably have to go to Italy to find Pizza like this.
                          There are 2,the original one is on Springfield Rd. in Clifton Heights and the second one is on Baltimore Pike in Springfield.
                          Be sure to order the Triple Cheese.

                          Also,a favorite of mine growing up in Upper Darby is Mario & Gino's on Market St. across from the 69th street Terminal.

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                          luistorres25 Dec 13, 2006 09:01 PM

                          first off, pizza with just dough cheese and sauce isnt even an authentic version of the pizza, all of those 'weird ' toppings, were pizza toppings before mozzerella was even introduced to the pizza. If your looking for CONVENIENCE AND CHEAP FOOD, the imperials, and sciarrinos are great choices. But after working in the pizza business for over 7 years i can say that i would rather spend a few extra bucks to get good pizza. The problem with delco is that most pizza establishments dont thrive off of good quality foods, they make their money buy offering semi decent pizza , for a good price along with fast service. Pinnochios on the other hand is a business that uses great ingredients, and puts care into making their food. while not being the greatest shop, they are my personal favorite next to italian delite.

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                            Displaced California Foodie Dec 14, 2006 11:56 PM

                            I think Imperial's pizza is horrible.
                            Renato's in Swarthmore is average.
                            The best pizza I can find is Franzone's in Conshohocken and Bridgeport.

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                              amandaw33 Dec 21, 2006 06:37 PM

                              I like Italian Delite as well, but my all time favorite is Alfredo's on W. Chester Pike in Broomall, PA.

                              My boyfriend and I usually split their medium plain. Love it and would eat it all the time if I could get away with it :)

                              Alfredo himself is always there.. real friendly. You can get slices, etc but the whole pie is always best!

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                                Rondo Dec 22, 2006 01:09 AM

                                Amanda:
                                If you are going toward Havertown (Route 3 east) is it on the left or right?

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                                  amandaw33 Dec 22, 2006 01:37 PM

                                  Rondo, I want to say left but I'm absolutely terrible with directions and just moved to delco "recently" so it's confusing to me. I'm going to guess it's on the left

                                  It's across from Marple Ford.. same side as Giant/PepBoys if that helps? It's next to Valentino's (which is disappointing but always packed for some reason btw).

                                  PS - not that it means much as far as food quality, but Bam Margera from Jackass travels from W. Chester to Alfredo's (for the stromboli I believe)? Alfredo always chats with us, and he always tells me when I just missed Bam.

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                                    Rondo Dec 23, 2006 04:21 PM

                                    I know exactly where you are talking about. It would be on the right as you travel East on W. Chester Pike. Thanks. Will definitely make it a point to stop there next time I pass by.

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                                Kathi Dec 22, 2006 07:04 PM

                                I like Pica's on Rt 3 in Upper Darby - thin crust, great sauce!

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                                  amandaw33 Dec 24, 2006 03:37 AM

                                  Pica's is good, different "upside down" thin crust style, though. Service there is great tho!

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                                    Mawrter Feb 18, 2007 08:31 PM

                                    I adore Pica's, too. And yeah - the service rocks!

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                                  pjo Jan 3, 2007 03:18 PM

                                  I would love to find good NY/NJ pizza in Delaware County or even anywhere close by. We live in Drexel Hill and all the places around here seem to make a thick, doughy pizza crust that does not get crispy, has lots of grease, no spices, too much cheese, and too little sauce/flavor. I might as well open a jar of Ragu and throw it and some mozz on Pillsbury dough. Everyone raved about Pica's and we found it a huge disappointment. Brothers is the "best" we've found but it's still not there. Guess I need to check out the places in Broomall or maybe Secane....

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                                    mchuchra Jan 4, 2007 12:38 PM

                                    PJO,

                                    I totally sympathize with you. I have latitude as to the thickness of the crust (obviously a matter of personal preference) -- I sometimes love thin crust pizza, but am often content with a well done medium thickness crust (which is what I grew accostomed to at my favorite pizza joints in NYC). But the key for me is probably a flavorful, spicy sauce -- few places in DELCO seem to get that part right. I would say, thus far, Italian Delight and Gaetano's were at the top of the heap for sauce flavor in DELCO. Someone earlier suggested that it is a matter of price and a willingness to pay for higher quality ingredients -- I'm not convinced that is the case. In my humble opinion, some of the tastiest pizza (sauce, in particular) in New York City is from the cheaper, corner pizza joints.

                                    PLEASE let us know if you find any gems.

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                                      pjo Jan 4, 2007 03:41 PM

                                      Hi mchuchra,

                                      Thanks for starting this thread! I totally agree with you about the sauce. My husband is half Italian and dislikes my favorite, Brothers, because of their sauce. We tried to go to Gaetanos the other day but found it is only open a couple days a week in the evening. Hope we are able to try it soon. (coincidentally, my DH's father's name was Gaetano!). This will sound strange to some, but DH and I agree that the best slice of pizza we ever had were one late night after a concert, in the NYC subway, of all places... Great sauce, tangy and not too sweet, flavored with garlic and oregano, and a well done crispy crust! We'll keep up the search....

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                                        mchuchra Jan 5, 2007 03:41 PM

                                        PJO,
                                        I can relate. My most memorable slices were in the East Village (NYC) at a divey looking place called "Stromboli's" on the northwest corner of 1st Ave and 8th St.(I think). Most of those were consumed in the wee hours of the morning after a some light alchohol consumption (back in my youth, of course). They had GREAT SAUCE -- I'm not sure if it is still great - I haven't been there in about 5 years.

                                        There used to be a "branch location" of Gaetano's on Baltimore Pike in Springfield, but I think they closed that location a few months ago. But I think there are still other locations in the region.

                                        1. Rondo Jan 8, 2007 05:18 PM

                                          Well, finally got to try Alfredo's on Route 3 in Broomall. Pizza sure looked good. No flavor though. It wasn't just my opinion, my wife and son felt the same way. The search for good Delco pizza continues. . .
                                          Yes, NYC has GREAT pizza! There is a pizza joint about a block away from Sloan Kettering that is fantastic. Little hole in the wall place, always packed. And the bagel store a door or two away is good also.

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                                            pjo Jan 9, 2007 02:13 PM

                                            Hey Rondo, just had a similar experience at Italian Delite. It looked and smelled wonderful! But to me, it seemed rather bland, and my husband still didn't really care for the sauce. Maybe my sense of taste was dulled due to my cold, or maybe we're just too picky, but for us the quest continues....

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                                              Rondo Jan 9, 2007 10:42 PM

                                              Yes, I pretty much had the same experience at Italian Delite. Went there with a co-worker a couple months back, after some recs on this Board, and I wasn't really impressed. One place I thought of today that I haven't seen mentioned on this board is La Forno, on Providence Road in Media. It's not bad. They have wood burning brick ovens.

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                                              Cinoclav Jan 9, 2007 10:48 PM

                                              Give Cenzo's a try in Havertown. They're on Darby Road, same side as and just below the middle school and Citizen's Bank. They're consistent, have a nice thin New York style crust (I won't do the Greek style any longer) and the right spices in their sauce. I've tried most everywhere in the Havertown area and keep ending up back there. (Definitely agree about Thunderbird - they could possibly make the worst pizza I've ever attempted to eat.)

                                              On a slightly off topic note, if you're ever craving an incredible steak stromboli, visit Pizza Palace in Bryn Mawr (across from the Acme). I've yet to send someone there who hasn't thanked me in the end.

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                                                Mawrter Feb 18, 2007 08:30 PM

                                                I know this isn't what the OP meant at all, but I bet a slice that Pizza Palace is in fact in DelCo - Radnor Twp, to be exact. Just sayin'. :)

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                                                  Rookie35m Sep 25, 2007 03:55 PM

                                                  Cenzo's rocks. But My gosh, they are slowwwww.

                                                2. Rondo Jan 9, 2007 10:54 PM

                                                  Thanks for the tip, Cinoclav. Is it open on Sunday's. My mother lives in Havertown (btw, is Sampan still any good?) and I visit her on Sundays.

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                                                    Cinoclav Jan 9, 2007 11:07 PM

                                                    Yes, they're open Sundays 'til 9 or 10. Btw, I've noticed they're advertising a second location in Exton these days. You can often find coupons for them in ValPak's so keep your eyes open. (Gads, I feel like I should be paid for marketing them!)

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                                                      Cinoclav Jan 13, 2007 07:29 PM

                                                      Btw, forgot to mention last time - Haven't been to Sampan for quite a while. They seemed to go downhill the last two visits I had made there. Been going to Lucky Dragon on Darby Road, just below Eagle. So far they've been spot on.

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                                                        Ginelle2 Oct 1, 2007 12:22 PM

                                                        not to go off the subject, but i recommend Mandarin Kitchen on WC Pike...right next to Westgate Pub... they are the best Chinese food in Havertown!

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                                                      Marco1248 Jan 12, 2007 04:49 AM

                                                      The best pizza in delco is Emilio's pizza. They are located on MacDade Blvd in Folsom. He has been making pizza'a for 35 years and has a big following. All the workers are very friendly and the place is spotless. Emilio was working at Pizza Villa but due to the sale he opened his own place and most of the workers went with him. So give him a try and let me know what you think.

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                                                        joskellyrn Mar 29, 2007 07:06 AM

                                                        I'll have to agree...Emilio's Pizza is by far the best! I've been eating this pizza since I was a kid in Southwest Philadelphia when Emilio worked at Pizza Villa in Southwest Philly. I highly recommend giving this location a try...I assure you will not be disappointed!

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                                                          Ginelle2 Oct 1, 2007 12:49 PM

                                                          Emilio's is awesome! My boyfriend & I LOVE the Upsidedown pizza. You have to try it!

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                                                          mchuchra Jan 12, 2007 11:44 AM

                                                          Marco1248
                                                          I just checked my yellow pages and did not find an Emilio's in Folsom. Where on McDade is Emilio's? Near what cross street or other landmarks?

                                                          Thanks,

                                                          M Chuchra

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                                                            Marco1248 Jan 15, 2007 02:05 PM

                                                            Its next door to ridley carwash right before nifty fiftys. The number is 610 586 2212

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                                                              phillyabe Aug 6, 2007 02:26 PM

                                                              Emilio's is the best of the best. The Cross street is Rt. 420 and MacDade Blvd.

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                                                              shellybe Jan 14, 2007 11:34 PM

                                                              just had a great (as usual ) pizza at Morrone's on County Line Rd in Havertown - thick sauce on the top, not too much cheese and really good crust. It's a bar but very family friendly.

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                                                                pjo Jan 21, 2007 05:48 PM

                                                                Finally got to try Gaetano's last night. We first attempted to go to the one in Springfield on Baltimore Pike. They are still open but only a few days a week (Thu-Sat or something like that) and they closed at 9pm on Saturday night so we went to the one in Clifton on Springfield Road. I would say they have the best sauce we have found so far - very flavorful! The crust still was not crispy but that may have been because we were late picking it up (too much time in Home Depot!). Generous toppings, and we enjoyed the Italian sausage. Not that convenient for us, but we'll go back. Still need to try Cenzo's....

                                                                1. Rondo Jan 31, 2007 09:25 PM

                                                                  OK. This isn't exactly Delaware County, but I was up in Doylestown on business the other day and on the way out of town stopped off at Jules Thin Crust. Oh. My. God. The Pizza is unbelievably good. Fresh ingredients, tasty, crispy crust. I got 1/2 Spinach/Garlic/Ricotta/Mozzarella and Bacon/Shallots/Scallions. Kind of pricey, just under $20 for the above mentioned (it was a large), but well worth it. By far the best pizza we've had in a long time. My son was ready to drive back there yesterday and it's over an hour from here. Jules, if you are reading this, please, please, please open one up in the West Chester area.

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                                                                    zsqw Mar 2, 2007 12:06 AM

                                                                    Try Chris' Pizza on Providence Rd. in Alden (I think). They deliver to me in Lansdowne, but it takes a while like an hour on Friday - but worth it.

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                                                                      lillotis Mar 2, 2007 09:34 AM

                                                                      The best we have had is Mescellino's in Drexel Hill- unbelivable. The sausage pizza (add a little fresh garlic) is to die for- they make their own sausage! YUM!

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                                                                        Mawrter Mar 2, 2007 03:01 PM

                                                                        They MAKE their own sausage? <swoon> That's enough to make me cheat on Pica's!

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                                                                          tardis52 Mar 24, 2007 07:49 PM

                                                                          Just went there last week. The sausage pizza was awesome as advertised.

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                                                                            jennw36 Apr 18, 2007 04:15 PM

                                                                            Got pizza from Mescellino's on Sunday during the huge rain storm. They delivered by BBQ chicken pizza hot and it was REALLY good. We used to go to Brother's a lot but they have really gone down hill latelly.

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                                                                              lillotis Apr 19, 2007 07:59 AM

                                                                              Note about Mescellino's- we learned to order our pizza well-done- it seemed to be a little undercooked the first few times we tried it- now it is perfection.

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                                                                              dhmom May 22, 2007 07:44 AM

                                                                              Try their "Mescellino's" upside down with sausage. Their homemade "gravy". Our family favorite. Yum. Been a customer since their days in Drexelbrook.

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                                                                              pjo May 30, 2007 08:23 AM

                                                                              Funny, I really dislike their sausage! I prefer sausage slices to the chopped up little bits, and it just didn't taste like anything to me, I found it rather bland. Personal preference I guess! The search continues.... ;-)

                                                                            4. Criticus Mar 17, 2007 07:42 PM

                                                                              As a New Yorker first displaced to northern New Jersey and then displaced to Delaware County, I can sympathize with mchuchra and pjo. Our pizza experiences have been less than satisfying around here. Thanks to everyone for the recommendations. We plan to give Gaetano's and Brother's a try, to start.

                                                                              I remember two remarkable places called Stromboli's Pizza in the Village -- one at the corner of Ninth and First, and the other at the corner of Saint Mark's Place and First Avenue. The slices were always perfect, and made more delightful still by long nights spent at the Grassroots Tavern.

                                                                              And just as soon as we locate a decent pizza place in Delco, we plan to begin hunting for an edible bagel...

                                                                              1. Rondo Mar 18, 2007 06:23 PM

                                                                                Criticus, I feel your pain. Only edible bagels are at a bagel shop in the City Avenue strip shopping center where City Line deli is. I believe they are closed for Shabbat, but I would guess open early enough on Sunday to get your bagels for a little lox, cream cheese and whitefish salad action. As for pizza, well let's just say "the search continues". For what it is worth I wasn't impressed with Brothers. Have yet to try Cenzo's in Havertown.

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                                                                                  Criticus Mar 24, 2007 07:15 PM

                                                                                  Rondo, those are the only bagels worthy of the name in this entire area. Wish I knew the name of the bakery, but my wife and I wander in there for a dozen whenever we stop at City Line Deli for corned beef sandwiches (among the best in the city, as far as we're concerned). The search continues...

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                                                                                    cheesewit Apr 1, 2007 07:56 PM

                                                                                    Good bagels: Original Bagel Bakery in Broomall on West Chester Pike. Owned by the original owners of New York Bagels in Overbrook Park (thus the name "Original") where City Line Deli is.
                                                                                    Pizza: La Forno in Media on Providence Rd. (Rt. 252) is very good. I like Marrone's Cafe in Ardmore on County Line Rd. -so it's on the line between Delaware County and Montgomery County.

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                                                                                      Criticus Apr 13, 2007 07:41 AM

                                                                                      We finally tried Marrone's. It puts me in mind of the pizza taverns I grew up with as a kid (the best of which was the Pine Tree Tavern, in the Morris Park section of The Bronx). The bar area was thick with cigarette smoke, but the restaurant area was relatively smoke-free. The service was friendly and our pies arrived quickly. We ordered one double cheese, a second with spinach and broccoli, and a third with mushrooms. All three pies were right out of the oven, so they were quite hot. The crusts were thick but unexpectedly crispy (and not the soft, doughy and sometimes squishy crust we've come to expect in DelCo pizza joints). The cheese was good but lacked a certain zing -- and the same was true of the sauce, which can only be described as bland. Everyone around the table agreed that there was too much sugar in the dough, and not enough salt or garlic in the sauce, which left a slightly sour aftertaste in all of our mouths. So far this was the most interesting pizza we've had in this area, but hardly up to the standards of New York or New Jersey. The hunt continues. Maybe we'll try Mescellino's next, because they're about five minutes away from our house...

                                                                                2. dohdeelicious May 22, 2007 07:52 AM

                                                                                  I grew up on Apollo's Pizza in Media. They're not nearly as good now as they were 15 years ago, sadly.

                                                                                  Whenever I'm up visiting, we head to Marrone's on County Line Road. Don't know if that qualifies for DelCo but it sure is amazing pizza. Don't know if his Mother is still in the back cooking everything fresh everyday...

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                                                                                    jficco May 31, 2007 12:15 PM

                                                                                    Mrs. Marrone is no longer in the kitchen. She and Mr. Marrone sadly passed away several years ago. I grew up in Ardmore and worked at Marrone's for over 10 years. They have the best pizza in Delco. I now live in Chester county and I yearn for their pizza. I ate it several times a week for over 10 years and it's still my favorite. Anyone know of any pizza that can compare in Chester County? I haven't found anything even close.

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                                                                                      Mawrter May 31, 2007 09:48 PM

                                                                                      Stop looking and just make the pilgrimage once in a while. Seriously.

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                                                                                        StacieM Jun 2, 2007 10:15 AM

                                                                                        Huge Foodie here, I have to agree PICA'S is the best pizza you'll find in Delco. Shame they don't deliver. but its always just as good when you bring it home as when you eat it there.

                                                                                        And if you want the best of the best, greasy, thin crust and delicious pizza, make the trek to Lorenzo's on South Street. Huge slices, freshly made.
                                                                                        the BEST.

                                                                                  2. KISSman Sep 29, 2007 10:51 PM

                                                                                    Well, I'm way late in posting here, but I was in search of good Delco pizza using Google and I found this helpful thread. I agree with everyone in that Delco is the home of blah pizza. There's no shortage of pizza joints; just a shortage of GOOD pizza joints.

                                                                                    Where I live, (Havertown), the only pizza place within a 10-minute radius is Drexel Hill Style Pizza on W. Chester Pike in Broomall. It's a pan pizza (which is rare around here) with only a little bit of sauce. It also has an enjoyable-tasting, thick crust that is usually on the crispy side. I give big points to those places that make a quality crust since so few do. There is good cheese coverage on these pies as well. I do notice the pizza is always better when the owner is serving them up. If anything, they at least aren't the same-old thin pizza that all these other places are serving up.

                                                                                    The only other pizza in Delco I'm a fan of is Imperial Pizza. Prices are now up to $5.95 for a plain ($6.95 with a topping). If it goes higher than $7, it might lose it's low-cost appeal, but it's still worth the 30-minute round trip at this point.

                                                                                    1. OlderPhiladelphian Sep 29, 2007 11:27 PM

                                                                                      Take any trolley in Del county to 69th St. Take the el to Broad and transfer to the subway. Get off at Snyder Ave and walk 2 blocks to Marra's. you will get real pizza. There is no real pizza so far from South PHilly.

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                                                                                        pylisfjohnson Sep 30, 2007 06:32 AM

                                                                                        GREAT NEWS FOR ALL DELAWARE COUNTY PIZZA LOVERS...

                                                                                        Anthony -- owner of the delicious and moderately priced BYOB "Fellini's" in Media on State Street is building a pizzeria and gelato bistro around the corner. He has been to Italy to study with the masters and is a very concientous and industrious young man. If any place is going to whet your pizza craving palate, I predict Anthony's new pizza and gelato place will. For exact and opening details, call Fellini's on State Street in Media: 610-892-7616.

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                                                                                          Michele V Sep 30, 2007 08:14 AM

                                                                                          You must go to Taconelli's pizzeria in Phila. You can find their phone number on the internet. You must order the pizza in advance by calling them early enough so they have enough dough, etc. It is really worth the effort to drive there and eat one of their creations.

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                                                                                            lillotis Oct 1, 2007 08:40 AM

                                                                                            I just tried the 3 cheese pizza at Gaetano's in Clifton Heights and it is unbelievable- and unlike any other pizza in the area. Well worth the price, the drive and the wait! My husband had the white clam pizza and has not stopped talking about it.

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                                                                                            katebilljoe Oct 6, 2007 02:41 PM

                                                                                            Ok - I have lived in Secane my whole life, there are 2 places to go for the best pizza around.

                                                                                            1.) Imperial - they have the cheapest, best pizza around about $5.50 for a large plain, cold cans of franks cream soda for less than $1.00 and the best cheesesteaks for around $3.50. I feed my family of four for less than $20.00. One Large pizza and a couple cheesesteaks a couple of cans of soda and everyone is happy.

                                                                                            2.) Emilio's Pizzaria in Holmes, Emilio was the cook at Pizza Villa for years and left to open his own shop. He has a huige following and the staff their is over the top nice to you. They are a little more expensive than Imperial, a large plain pie is about $12.00, but the pizza is better and much more filling.

                                                                                            1. Rondo Oct 14, 2007 11:32 AM

                                                                                              Finally got to Morrone's. Wife, son and I. It was a unanimous decision. The search continues. . .
                                                                                              I'm beginning to believe there is no good pizza here in Delco.

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                                                                                                pjo Oct 28, 2007 04:41 PM

                                                                                                Rondo, I've got to agree with you....

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                                                                                                yumtomatoes Oct 29, 2007 09:27 AM

                                                                                                I can't believe nobody mentioned Gaetano's on Springfield Rd in Clifton Heights. Yummy. There's also one on Baltimore Pike in Springfield and you can park in the back.

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                                                                                                  jjc2007 Oct 31, 2007 07:14 AM

                                                                                                  GAETANOS. GAETANOS.GAETANOS. THE BEST IN DELCO. PERIOD.

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                                                                                                    hotspur Jun 18, 2009 12:27 PM

                                                                                                    Yeah, I agree. It is great. It is all they do. The ingredients are fresh, the toppings are real and the tomato sauce is home made. Great pizza!

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                                                                                                  LADYCHEF818 Oct 31, 2007 08:41 AM

                                                                                                  I do agree that we are sorely lacking in the pizza category in Delaware County. However, I recently had pizza at a new pizza shop in Ridley/Folsom. It's called Del-Val and it's on MacDade Blvd. I have to say that it's the best pizza I've had in that area since moving there 3 years ago. Not fancy, no checkered tablecloths, no weird pies unless you make a point of inventing your own, quick pickup and the prices are very very good. I'm definitely going to make this my "go to".

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                                                                                                    ladydisdain Oct 31, 2007 07:46 PM

                                                                                                    In seven years on the Main Line, I have never found a pie to top the ones at Felicia's in Ardmore. The owner is full Italian and his pizza is faaaaabulous. I enjoy the traditional pie very, very much, but my favorite is his margherita - a delicious white pie with chunks of tomato and flecks of rosemary. I'm surprised no one else has mentioned Felicia's in this thread!

                                                                                                    Opinions on other area pizza:
                                                                                                    edible, but nothing to write home about - Ardmore Style Pizza, Luciano's, Pie In the Sky, Dakota
                                                                                                    not so good - Pizza Palace, Bryn Mawr Pizza, Bella Italia
                                                                                                    horrible - Marrone's

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                                                                                                      1domas Nov 1, 2007 09:18 AM

                                                                                                      i like the pizza at drexel line food store alot and they have very good plan pizza i eat it almost every day and is a definit place you should check out some time.

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                                                                                                        FrankieP Nov 13, 2007 10:55 AM

                                                                                                        Venice Pizza in Prospect Park is pretty good. It is boardwalk style with thin crust. Very tasty! Also, check out the search for the best chicken parm on www.delcofavorites.com

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                                                                                                        nallison123 Dec 18, 2007 05:12 PM

                                                                                                        Does anyone know a place that sells real Chicago style pizza in Delaware County or in Philadelphia?

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                                                                                                          Jimmy Mac Dec 20, 2007 10:14 AM

                                                                                                          I live in Ridley Park-have been in the area for 4 years now.

                                                                                                          I second Venice Pizza as very good.

                                                                                                          Also, Romano's in Essington-birthplace of the Stromboli-good stuff, and so is their pizza-tip: get the marinated mushrooms on your pizza.

                                                                                                          My "go-to" place is Milmont Pizza in Milmont Park. Excellent.

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                                                                                                            deltguy Feb 18, 2008 12:47 PM

                                                                                                            Personally I'm a fan of Pinnochio's in Media, PA.

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                                                                                                              Kaly Jan 21, 2009 05:22 AM

                                                                                                              If you get out to Chester County try Firolello's at the corner of rt. 3 and west town road. Route 3, west chester pike turns into Gay street. Brick oven baked,Fresh tasting, no grease and great gravy. Most every pasta dish is great there. Stay away from the veal and the specials.

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                                                                                                                mondog1 Jan 21, 2009 05:19 PM

                                                                                                                Uncle Nicks in Upper Darby is very good!
                                                                                                                Don't waste your time or calories on Brookline Pizza or if you'r in the mood to be called a liar and over pay for your pie go to Bravo's pizza in Havertown on W. Chester Pike. I'll eat Pizza Hut pizza before going there again.

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                                                                                                                  David Mark Jun 17, 2009 01:21 PM

                                                                                                                  Pica in Upper Darby has the best pizza and has for 55 years - same place too.

                                                                                                                  Brothers in Glen Mills is pretty good also.

                                                                                                                  Having lived for 6 months on Long Island NY, you get spoiled as I never had a bad pizza in NY.

                                                                                                                  Elianos near Conshohoken is worth the ride.

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                                                                                                                    Displaced California Foodie Jun 20, 2009 05:22 PM

                                                                                                                    David Mark
                                                                                                                    Can you please provide the contact info (address phone #) for Eliano's?
                                                                                                                    Thanks

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                                                                                                                  Murrayman Feb 26, 2010 05:30 PM

                                                                                                                  Delco is a pizza wasteland. I moved here four years ago to Media so that my wife could continue her job as a county employee. At the time my pizza obsession was crescendoing thanks to Glen Macnow's Pizzapalooza. On weekends I would go (out of the way) to the greats: Marra's, Celebre's, Taconnelli's. I've eaten and enjoyed Pietro's, Rustica, Slice, Stella, NYPD, Osteria, Cooper's, Alex's (all in Philly). I found the only worthwhile pizza in Media is Apollo, and it is just okay. It's Greek style, and really not the ideal thin crust that I prefer. Anthony's and Pinocchio's are mediocre at best. Very disappointing are the coal oven pizzas from Iron Hill Brewery and La Fourno, in no small part because they smell and look so good. I moved to Folsom in July and the disappointed has not ceased. I find Gaetano's overrated. The sauce is too sweet (sugar) and the crust is thin. So many mediocre, virtually tasteless pies everywhere: Coco's, Renato's, Milmont, Tower, Double Decker, Carmen's, Morton, Swarthmore. But wait. There was an actualpie that made Macnow's list, I missed it the first coupla reads, and so I gave it a try. And it was good! Pappou's makes a good pizza! Pica's is good too. That's about it. Pappou's and Pica are the only good pizzas I have found so far.

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                                                                                                                    jerrystar Mar 31, 2010 01:12 PM

                                                                                                                    One of the best pizza places I ever went to in Delaware County was called Luciano's on Lancaster Ave in Ardmore. Unfortunately, I think they closed, but they were really good. Another good place is Cosimo's Pizza in the King of Prussia Mall. This place is also at Trump Marina in Atlantic City.

                                                                                                                    As for some of the places mentioned in this thread, I can't stand Pica and used to think Italian Delight in Broomall was good until the last time I went there (this Winter). Really disappointed and won't return. The chain store Bravo Pizza is good too in my opinion and they are in Manoa shopping center and Bryn Mawr.

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                                                                                                                      chuckp Apr 9, 2010 05:25 PM

                                                                                                                      Um....Lancaster Avenue in Ardmore isn't in Delaware County.

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                                                                                                                    mercedez Jun 6, 2010 10:25 AM

                                                                                                                    WOW, the buffalo pizza at One Hot Tomato is AWESOME!! They just opened next to Ritas on Macdade BLVD in Folsom. You need to try the Buff pizza!!! Its the Best. I also like their tomato Pie!....Great new spot for food. (610)544-4022. Grab some Wings, and their Rolls are the best there.

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                                                                                                                      hungriedude Oct 10, 2010 12:26 PM

                                                                                                                      Yuk tried this pizza the store seemed dirty and there were flies allllll over the place and on the slice pizza.... walked out.

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                                                                                                                      misskitty914 Aug 27, 2010 11:16 AM

                                                                                                                      hi, this is my first post. from the south so love pizza but not an expert. glad to see thread still active, at least a few months ago, because i am wondering what your opiinion would be of Femi's Pizza in Collingdale (907 Clifton Ave). We go there regularly and find their pizza superior to other local places we have tried. It's tucked away in the neighborhood so don't think a lot of people know about it. however, once you know about it, easy to find since it's covered in NEON! please check it out for me? even if answer is negative, that's okay. going to try Gaetano's. mentioned it to my husband (delco native) whose voice became excited when i mentioned it. have to be listening close though as he is close to monosyllabic but there was definitely enthusiasm in his "yeah!"

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                                                                                                                      3330 Grant Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19114

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                                                                                                                        Mmaher Dec 2, 2010 04:42 PM

                                                                                                                        mchuchra,

                                                                                                                        I have lived in Delco my entire life, and I have to say that I am always looking for the best Italian style pizza. I have tried Gaetanos, Picas, Imperial, Emilios, Pizza Villa, Swarthmore Pizza, Venice, Double Decker, New London, Brothers, Uncle Nicks, etc. The problem here is that most of these pizza places are not Italian pizza, but usually Greek pizza. The place I swore by for years was Dante's pizza in Prospect Park. Unfortunately, the shop closed because the owner had a heart attack. A few years later the place opened and then closed again soon after... This left me on a quest for the best pizza. I have had pizza from many places and nothing ever compared. The pizza place that my husband and I swear by is The Italian Delight on Mac Dade Blvd in Holmes. (I don't think that this one is any relation to the one in Broomall.) This pizza place used to reside right inside the Mac Dade Mall. When the mall closed, it moved across the street to the building that use to house Pizza Hut. Unfortunately, they do not deliver; however, I highly recommend that you go to the restaurant, order and eat your pizza there. This is the best Italian style pizza, and I have found nothing that compares to it. The crust is thin and crispy, just enough sauce and great tasting cheese. I really enjoy their plain or sausage and pepperoni pizza. You can order take out here, but I find that when I do that the pizza is just not as good. I really like a crispy crust. In addition to pizza, they also have sandwiches, and pasta dishes that are very good. The other plus, they have a bar too. Just try it out and see what you think.... can never hurt. It is definitely better than Imperial pizza, if you enjoyed that...... Good luck and if you find anything better, please post!

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                                                                                                                          Whinerdiner Dec 11, 2010 02:51 AM

                                                                                                                          Luciano's in Ardmore was amazing! Heartbroken when they closed. Then we found Alfredo's in Broomall. Excellent! We love the "regular" pizza, but they make a hoagie pizza which is truly wonderful.

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                                                                                                                            ShooterMckgavin May 27, 2011 02:04 PM

                                                                                                                            Who ever said Imperial was good has no idea what they are talking about. The only time people call that place for a sand blasted pizza is when its 2am on a friday night and you are all bombed up on Natural Ice. What do you do when your drunk and there is no more beer left? Call Imperial and in 1 hour and 15 minutes they will be knockin on your door. If you want some good pizza go to Alfredo's which is located in Morton, Pa or try Bella Roma. Later

                                                                                                                            -Shooter Mckgavin
                                                                                                                            Springfield Pa 19064

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                                                                                                                              fstrath Jun 20, 2012 03:35 PM

                                                                                                                              When the last of my kids moved away, my wife and I started a pizza quest in Delaware County. I built a file of recommended spots and every week or so we'd try someplace different. We tried many of the places mentioned in this thread and found some pretty decent pizza. However, the top of our list was Ciminera's in Clifton Heights. On Springfield Road. Their provolone pie has the cheese baked into the crust and then the sauce on top. It's delicious, with a somewhat chewy crust. Other's we like include Pica's (upside down), Gaetano's, and yes, even Pinocchio's in Media. I like Alfredo's in Newtown Square a lot, but also try the Alfredo special hoagie there. They use Sarcone's bread. Yum!

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                                                                                                                                FISHINC Jun 22, 2012 03:29 AM

                                                                                                                                Just discovered Gaetano's and have to say it's the best in Delco!

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                                                                                                                                FriedClamFanatic Jun 23, 2012 02:54 PM

                                                                                                                                On the far, far end of Delaware county.in fact within a pizza toss of Chester County, is Pizza Pan on Route 202 South, just south of Route 1, in Glen Mills. It was an institution for 26+ years. The owner finally sold out and it went thru several hands, but now some lovely Greek (?) ladies have brought it back and are doing a stellar job on all their entrees, not just Pizza (think best tuna hoagie My wife of 32 years has had in the area!.along with Great Steak Sandwiches and other stuff). The kids at Garnet Valley HS newsclub rated it the best in the area. A bit hard to find...it is directly across the street on 202 from the McDonalds. Definitely worth a try.

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                                                                                                                                  Cinoclav Jun 23, 2012 07:57 PM

                                                                                                                                  Ahh, memories. My mother once owned a dance studio right next to Pizza Pan. Ate there pretty much weekly. While I'm generally not a big fan of greek style pizza, I do have very fond memories of their pizza.

                                                                                                                                  Though I live 5-10 minutes from Alfredo's, I've yet to get there. Found a decent coupon deal for Monday nights, a large pizza and 10 wings for $12.95. It looks like this Monday I'll finally get around to giving them a try. Funny how of all the other places I've tried, I still find myself going back to Cenzo's most often.

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