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j00jo May 31, 2008 07:16 AM

About 4 of my out of town friends are staying with us and we wanted to take them to a good pizza spot tomorrow (Sunday) for a slice of Philly Pizza. Not looking for gourmet with a lot of toppings, maybe a plain pie and one with a meat topping. Any recommendations for in city or South philly? Speaking for myself, I like thinner crust and not loaded with phony cheese.... closer to NY style....Thanks much!

  1. rabidog May 31, 2008 07:32 AM

    i dig me some pizza rustica in northern liberties! artsy pizzas, but tasty.

    celebre's in south philly - greasy as all get-out, but still pretty yummy. a more standard pizza, definitely anything but fancy & artsy!

    those would be my two faves at the moment i think.

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      DDR4040 May 31, 2008 08:53 AM

      Macnow on WIP does a pretty good job rounding up the usual suspects in his "best of" lists. His pizza list was discussed here in this thread:

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/408212

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        Philly Ray May 31, 2008 09:39 AM

        Also consider Marra's on Passyunk Ave between Morris and Moore Sts in South Philly.

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          brightman May 31, 2008 11:29 AM

          2nd the Marra's recommendation. Good choice for out of towners.

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          Bigley9 May 31, 2008 10:41 AM

          Lorenzo's on the corner of 9th and Washington.

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            Bigley9 May 31, 2008 10:45 AM

            whoops, 9th and CHRISTIAN

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            Bigley9 Jun 3, 2008 07:30 AM

            so where'd you go?

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              j00jo Jun 3, 2008 12:37 PM

              Well my hubby and I decided to scout out some of these places....we would each have 3 slices from 3 places all take out of course.....(Marra's dont do slices)...

              Celebre's - Yuk- worst than mall pizza....hardly no sauce, cheese was ehhh and the dough was like dominos or pizzahut...doughy not crispy...very disappointing...
              proceeded to Lorenzos ....It was closed...saturday before 7:30 and it was closed...
              Finally on North 3rd, we tried Gianfrancos Rustico- seemed promising by looking at the pies on the counter... But the sauce was a bit sweet for us , the dough was thin, but goopy, not firm or crisp at ALL. Im telling you Sbarros in the mall was better than these two.

              We took our friends to Rizzos in Glenside. As usual, It was fresh and crispy,
              They loved it, so all was not lost. I gotta say...Celebres being in So Philly and Gianco in the city, reminded me, good PIZZA is hard to find these days.

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                Seeker19104 Jun 3, 2008 01:26 PM

                Having taken the pizza home in a cardboard box which essentially steams the contents, did you really expect the crust to still be crispy after a ride to the suburbs? While I'm not usually enthusiastic about pizza in Philadelphia (grew up in Brooklyn), I've had good pizza (eat-in only) at Tacconelli's, Celebre's, and Dolce Carni.

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                  j00jo Jun 3, 2008 05:09 PM

                  Having taken the pizza home in a cardboard box which essentially steams the contents, did you really expect the crust to still be "

                  We ate it there in our car.....in front of Chickie and Petes (Celebres)

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                    brightman Jun 3, 2008 05:19 PM

                    I agree with you on Celebre's. Hasn't been good for quite a while. Chickie and Pete's white pie with lobster tail is better than anything Celebre's offers.

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                    j00jo Jun 3, 2008 05:11 PM

                    Tacconellis is the best in PHilly...I wasnt sure if I could order my dough in time....I should have tried though.

              2. saturninus Jun 3, 2008 12:59 PM

                Is Tacconelli's open sundays?

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                  brightman Jun 3, 2008 01:25 PM

                  yes - closed Monday and Tuesday.

                  http://www.tacconellispizzeria.com/do...

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                  SpdRcr069 Jun 4, 2008 12:00 PM

                  So, where did you end up going for Pizza? Actually, I got a couple slices at Soho Pizza in Old City. I was impressed. thin crispy, nice selection. I got a plain slice and then a topped slice (Margarita). Both were good. Even the second slice was still crispy and warm when I got to it (I'm a slow eater). Gianfranco's in Old City (still there?) was also a favorite, havent been there in years so I'm not sure if they still bake a good pie.

                  Since I live in the NoLib's/Fishtown area, I usually swing by or have delivered Pizza Rustica - N. 2nd Street (next to the Standard Tap - 2nd and Poplar).

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                    brightman Jun 4, 2008 12:29 PM

                    original poster went to Rizzo's in Glenside (see Jun 03 3:37PM)...

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