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As long as we're talkin' pizza - Blue Bell???

We've tried Charlies in E. Norriton, and Palermo's in Center Square. Nothing is floating my pizza boat. Any good suggestions for some really good pizza in the area?

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  1. The pizza debate from a month ago, did not end with any real winners. I too am struggling to find a great pizza in our area. I am in Lower Gwynedd and the only place I go is Tony A's in Springhouse and that is spotty.

    1. Dolce Luna (Whitpain Shopping Center on route 202 south of Skippalck Pike) has good pizza. The crust is not too thick, crisp and bit sweet. We live nearby and prefer their pizza to the other ones in the area that we've tried.

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      1. re: nevets

        I cannot agree with Dolce Luna. We stopped in there a few weeks ago and I had 2 slices of maybe the worst pizza I've had in a long time. Burnt crust and yukky cheese. We recently moved to Upper Gwynedd and have been trying to find a local pizza place without much luck. I keep going back to From The Boot because I can't find anything that we like that's any closer.

      2. We're members of Beachcomber Swim Club which is in Blue Bell, so we eat at/order from Palermo's all the time. We love it. Especially any pizza with ricotta or mushrooms (they use portabellas). Also some really good salads and mediterranean specialties (felafel, baba ghanoush, hummus).

        1. Try Bacco on 202 in North Wales. The pizza is excellent although I've never tried the regular menu.

          1. Thanks everyone! You've come to the same conclusion I have, I see.... I'll try Bacco's - sounds yummy and maybe give Dolce Luna another try. Grazie!

            1. Try Franzone's on Ridge Pike (in Plymouth Meeting - I think?) Behind the Commerce Bank near Chemical Rd. 610-825-0323. YUM!
              The only good pizza near BB.

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              1. re: Displaced California Foodie

                Go with Franzones if you like sugary sweet sauce. Otherwise, it's awful!

                1. re: Den

                  Den-please advise me of any other pizza places with good pizza in the area besides Bacco- I do appreciate your opinion!

                  1. re: Displaced California Foodie

                    Aside from Bacco for pizza, I like the pies at From The Boot in Lafayette Hill and the Sicilian pie at Vino's in Lafayette Hill. If you like tomato pie, go to Coropolese Bakery on Old Arch Road in Norristown.

                    1. re: Den

                      Coropolese has very good tomato pie and I completely agree with you about Franzones. The shame of Franzones is that their dough and crust is fantastic, but that sauce ought to be served for dessert.

                      For pizza at this point I'll either drive to Spring House for Arpeggio or to Skippack for Parc Bistro or Basta Pasta.

                      1. re: mitchh

                        Thanks Den and Mitchh
                        Yes- the tomatoe pies at Coropolese are amazing-bought one this past Saturday. I will try the pizza at From the Boot and Arpeggios.
                        Thanks again!

                        1. re: mitchh

                          Had lunch at Arpeggio today and had a delicious pizza! a Margherita with some eggplant added. Fabulous!

                  2. re: Displaced California Foodie

                    Franzone's is the best pizza on the planet! get it with pepperoni, the sweet sauce with the salty/spicy pepperoni will change your life

                      1. re: crazyspice

                        It's right near the Target, Lowes, Barnes and Noble shopping center near Ridge (Main St) in Conshohocken...


                        Just be prepared for sickly sweet sauce.

                  3. Definitely worth the trip to Spring House for pizza at Arpeggio.

                    1. I used to live in Bala Cynwyd and discovered Peace A Pizza when it opened in Ardmore. Now live in BB and the closest is KoP, but well worth it, IMO. Wish that someone would open a franchise of it closer to me...

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                      1. re: pcleiter

                        Meh! a step up from frozen. Save yourselves...avoid at all cost.

                        1. re: IamStarving

                          I agree with Iam about Peace A Pizza. The only thing worse than the pizza itself is the service. I've never waited so long for a simple slice of pizza.

                          Another place to avoid is Carmine's (where Tony A's used to be).

                            1. re: crazyspice

                              The one in Blue Bell closed a while ago (no loss there, although it was stellar compared to Carmine's). There is still a Tony A's in Springhouse (Genuardi's shopping center).

                              1. re: mitchh

                                I find their pizza to be inconsistent lately.

                                1. re: crazyspice

                                  Who's pizza have you found to be inconsistent? Tony A's?

                                  1. re: mitchh

                                    Yes. I go there for lunch pretty regularly. There seems to be something different about the dough.

                            2. re: mitchh

                              You are so right about Carmine's! We ordered a "plain" pizza from them for our grandchildren and they (ages 4 to 10) wouldn't eat more than one piece each, which is very unusual. They asked us to get one from Pina's in Chalfont (where they live) next time. I'm gonna get one From The Boot and see if that satisfies them.

                              1. re: bucksguy14

                                I've never heard of From The Boot? Can you give more info about it?

                                1. re: mitchh

                                  It's in a small strip mall at 517 Germantown Pike in Lafayette Hill. Really crowded Fri/Sat from 6pm to about 8:30. Good food for good prices and BYOB. Nothing fancy, mostly 4 person wooden booths. Try it, you'll probably like it!

                                  1. re: bucksguy14

                                    I'll give it a shot one night, but Lafayette Hill is a pretty long drive just for pizza.

                                    1. re: mitchh

                                      They're open for lunch - less crowded - same food. It's about a 20 minute ride for me, so it's perfect for take-out. You call it in, they say 20-25 minutes and it's almost always ready for pick-up when I walk in the door! Let us know what you think about it when you go.

                                      1. re: mitchh

                                        I think you may find it wrth the drive. Good value for the money and the pizzas are good. Some interesting tasty combos..

                            3. re: pcleiter

                              How IS peace of pizza. I grew up in Merion Station, but drive by the one in Rosemont whenever I am visting town.

                              1. re: steelydad

                                IMO by driving by Peace A Pizza you are making the right choice. :) Sure, they have "different" pizzas by the slice, but the service is very slow and the pizza is mediocre.

                                Bucks, for me 20 minutes is pretty far to drive for takeout pizza. For good sushi I certainly drive 40 minutes roundrtip, but not so sure that I would do so for pizza.

                                1. re: mitchh

                                  I've never done only pizza on the takeout. It's usually 1 or 2 meals and a pizza. I wouldn't go 20 minutes each way for just a pizza!

                                2. re: steelydad

                                  not so good. the crust is bizarrely sweet - tastes like they throw a little cinnamon in it or something, too... just bleh.

                              2. Try Arpeggios in Spring House - it is really really good!!!!!

                                1. I grew up in NY and can say that I know my pizza. Michael's on Butler Pike across from the old Broad Axe Tavern is the best pizza I have had in Philly ( aside from Taconelli's). We like our pizza thin so we order it that way and it is perfect every time.

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                                  1. re: christie21

                                    I would agree that Michael's is pretty good, but it's not anything I would go head over heels for.

                                    I don't know why I didn't think of it before, but Chiaro's in Skippack (corner of 73 and 113) is probably my vote for best pizza within a 10 minute drive from Blue Bell.

                                  2. Bacco's pizza is my favorite. I have lived in blue bell for 24 years and all other pizza in the area is terrible.

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                                    1. re: bigdog2084

                                      I'm a pizza fanatic and I agree there is not much in the Blue Bell area worth bragging about. There is a new pizza restaurant on Skippack & Butler Pikes (near Tamarindo's) called Maria's Pizza. They have a few other places locations around the Philly area as well. It's excellent pizza. Highly recommended. (Love the Pizza Pomodoro i.e. Tomato Pie)

                                      1. re: ScottS

                                        I thought the pizza at Maria's was way below average and the waitress service extremely poor. The waitress must be a relative of the owner - no one would hire her I am sure.
                                        I told the waitress I wanted a vegetable only pizza with mushrooms onions and peppers and recd a mushroom onion and pepperoni pizza: no apologies, replacement, or refund- only a "Oh- I thought you said pepperoni" with a blank stare. Will never return.