HOME > Chowhound > Pennsylvania >

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

MarcyD Apr 28, 2008 01:19 PM

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?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. crazyspice RE: MarcyD Apr 29, 2008 05:53 AM

    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. n
      nevets RE: MarcyD Apr 29, 2008 06:19 AM

      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.

      1 Reply
      1. re: nevets
        bucksguy14 RE: nevets Dec 7, 2008 06:57 PM

        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. kiwijen RE: MarcyD Apr 29, 2008 06:51 AM

        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. Den RE: MarcyD Apr 29, 2008 08:09 AM

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

          1. m
            MarcyD RE: MarcyD Apr 29, 2008 01:34 PM

            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. d
              Displaced California Foodie RE: MarcyD Apr 30, 2008 04:59 PM

              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.

              10 Replies
              1. re: Displaced California Foodie
                Den RE: Displaced California Foodie May 1, 2008 04:09 AM

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

                1. re: Den
                  Displaced California Foodie RE: Den Jun 3, 2008 06:10 PM

                  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
                    Den RE: Displaced California Foodie Jun 4, 2008 06:41 AM

                    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
                      mitchh RE: Den Jun 4, 2008 08:20 AM

                      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
                        Displaced California Foodie RE: mitchh Jun 4, 2008 05:51 PM

                        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
                          crazyspice RE: mitchh Jun 5, 2008 03:50 PM

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

                  2. re: Displaced California Foodie
                    Mr Siegal RE: Displaced California Foodie Dec 9, 2008 07:47 PM

                    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: Mr Siegal
                      crazyspice RE: Mr Siegal Dec 10, 2008 03:57 AM

                      Where is Franzone's?

                      1. re: crazyspice
                        mitchh RE: crazyspice Dec 10, 2008 09:38 AM

                        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.

                        1. re: mitchh
                          crazyspice RE: mitchh Dec 10, 2008 12:06 PM

                          No thanks. ;-)

                  3. k
                    KateForbes RE: MarcyD Jun 4, 2008 07:04 PM

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

                    1. p
                      pcleiter RE: MarcyD Dec 5, 2008 11:24 AM

                      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...

                      17 Replies
                      1. re: pcleiter
                        IamStarving RE: pcleiter Dec 7, 2008 04:10 AM

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

                        1. re: IamStarving
                          mitchh RE: IamStarving Dec 7, 2008 07:19 AM

                          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: mitchh
                            crazyspice RE: mitchh Dec 7, 2008 08:33 AM

                            What happened to Tony A's?

                            1. re: crazyspice
                              mitchh RE: crazyspice Dec 8, 2008 09:24 AM

                              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
                                crazyspice RE: mitchh Dec 8, 2008 07:01 PM

                                I find their pizza to be inconsistent lately.

                                1. re: crazyspice
                                  mitchh RE: crazyspice Dec 9, 2008 06:38 AM

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

                                  1. re: mitchh
                                    crazyspice RE: mitchh Dec 9, 2008 05:32 PM

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

                            2. re: mitchh
                              bucksguy14 RE: mitchh Dec 7, 2008 07:02 PM

                              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
                                mitchh RE: bucksguy14 Dec 8, 2008 09:25 AM

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

                                1. re: mitchh
                                  bucksguy14 RE: mitchh Dec 8, 2008 09:53 AM

                                  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
                                    mitchh RE: bucksguy14 Dec 8, 2008 10:59 AM

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

                                    1. re: mitchh
                                      bucksguy14 RE: mitchh Dec 8, 2008 11:06 AM

                                      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
                                        GBak504 RE: mitchh Dec 9, 2008 08:00 AM

                                        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
                              steelydad RE: pcleiter Dec 8, 2008 11:03 AM

                              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
                                mitchh RE: steelydad Dec 8, 2008 11:45 AM

                                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
                                  bucksguy14 RE: mitchh Dec 8, 2008 06:37 PM

                                  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
                                  missfunkysoul RE: steelydad Dec 11, 2008 11:53 AM

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

                              2. c
                                cups123 RE: MarcyD Dec 15, 2008 09:57 PM

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

                                1. c
                                  christie21 RE: MarcyD Dec 18, 2008 11:06 AM

                                  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.

                                  1 Reply
                                  1. re: christie21
                                    mitchh RE: christie21 Dec 18, 2008 11:21 AM

                                    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. b
                                    bigdog2084 RE: MarcyD Dec 23, 2008 07:21 PM

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

                                    2 Replies
                                    1. re: bigdog2084
                                      ScottS RE: bigdog2084 Dec 26, 2008 07:43 AM

                                      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
                                        Displaced California Foodie RE: ScottS Jan 1, 2009 12:30 PM

                                        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.

                                    Show Hidden Posts