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Rizzo's in Glenside closed?

oliviasaru Oct 3, 2008 02:50 PM

I've driven past Rizzo's at least 5 times in the last week and a half, and they have had signs on their doors saying "Today Closed" the entire time. Anyone know what's going on?

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    Laura D. Oct 3, 2008 07:16 PM

    I hope not! I get pizza from here almost every other weekend and was hoping to continue the tradition until I move out of the area at the end of the month. I might get a pizza on Sunday night so I'll keep you posted if I do get it.

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      Laura D. Oct 5, 2008 04:45 PM

      I tried to get through to Rizzos a few times tonight to order a pizza, but alas no one answered their phone. Hopefully this is just a temporary closing.

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        oliviasaru Oct 5, 2008 05:39 PM

        Curiouser and curiouser...
        If anyone has further information, I hope they post it here.

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          mischasbrother Oct 13, 2008 08:15 PM

          After having spent most of the 60's into the 90's in Glenside, I never thought Rizzo's was great. Greatly overrated maybe, but never great during that period of time at least. For my money I had to go from Ardsley , then Hatboro and now to Southampton for Longhitano's pizza and it is still worth the drive even now living in Delaware County.

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            Laura D. Oct 14, 2008 06:14 AM

            I can't honestly say whether they were great or not, but the half-white sicilian that they offered was the only thing I ever ordered there, and I haven't found a similar pizza elsewhere. The fact that it wasn't a traditional sicilian in texture and shape combined with the half-white aspect made it special. I was uninspired the one time I ate there, and never had any desire to try other items on the menu, but I did love this one via takeout.

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              Chinon00 Oct 15, 2008 11:53 AM

              Unfortunately I've found that there are tons of places in the Glenside area and beyond with significantly worse pizza and few with better. I'm not sure what that's worth but there ya go.

      2. PattiCakes Oct 15, 2008 12:34 PM

        I have very fond memories of Rizzo's. I drive by every day on the way home.; I'll have to check it out.

        Rizzo's is a Glenside institution. Back in the '50s, my parents used to drive from Germantown/West Oak Lane to get pizza there -- it was one of only a very very few places you could get the stuff back then. In the '60s, it was THE place to go after a movie date. Local nursery school kids (including mine) got to go on a field trip to Rizzo's to see how pizza was made. The restaurant spawned Sam Rizzo's enterprises: his Italian specialty food shop, once across the street, his catering business, and the stromboli business that many local sports teams use as a fund raiser.

        Our tastes in pizza have changed, maybe refined, over the years, and maybe Rizzo's isn't the best any more. There are so many other choices! I still have a soft spot in my heart for the place, though. It is, after all, the pizza that I grew up with.

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          Chinon00 Oct 15, 2008 01:59 PM

          "Our tastes in pizza have changed, maybe refined, over the years, and maybe Rizzo's isn't the best any more. There are so many other choices! "

          I live in East Mt. Airy and travel to Rizzo's for pizza and would really appreciate some options in the general vicinity (NW Philadelphia and surrounding 'burbs) if you don't mind.

          Thanks

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            christie21 Oct 23, 2008 08:24 AM

            Michaels on Butler Pike in Ambler has awesome pizza. I guess a little far to travel from Mt. Airy but so worth it, especially if you dine in. They have pitchers of beers, and although I try to stay away from them, excellent fries and onion rings.

        2. PattiCakes Oct 16, 2008 06:20 AM

          Drive by, last night (Wed. 10/15). There is now a hot pink sheet of paper taped on the door: "Closed for major renovations".

          1. Chinon00 Oct 22, 2008 05:02 PM

            I had a really good pizza at Earth Bread and Brewery in Mt. Airy tonight. Top rate cheese and a crust that was just yummy. I would have loved just a little more salt and a drizzle of olive oil.

            Ciao

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              Laura D. Oct 23, 2008 11:18 AM

              Not sure how you feel about Sicilian Pizza (it was the thing I always got at Rizzos) but I just ordered a white Sicilian pizza from Cosimos last Sunday night. Though I've lived in Chestnut Hill for over 2 years I had only had Cosimos once or twice, and was not impressed before. However, I really liked the pizza a lot...enough to probably seek it out when I am in the area as I'll be moving out of Chestnut Hill next week. It was a bit pricey...something like $18 for the pizza, but it was very good. As a note, this pizza is not on the menu, but they basically said they could do whatever we wanted when we ordered. I think it was so pricey because my guess is they charged us for the Grandma (i.e. traditional) Sicilian and then charged us for a gourmet topping in order to make it white. I still hope Rizzos comes back, though!

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                layla529 Oct 23, 2008 05:50 PM

                Rizzos, was one of the last pizza joints that offered a crispy crust, not that goopy kind thats all over. You could fold a slice and eat it easily. The sauce was nice and a little spicy. I think it was the best for the price.....if you are comparing a 20.00 gourmet pie with all veggies and disguises....... than thats just something completely different......Im talking a good ole fashion pizza pie! ....A large plain pie at Rizzos was about 9.50........I miss it already!!

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                  Laura D. Oct 23, 2008 06:51 PM

                  I should clarify. I wouldn't call the pizza a "gourmet pizza"...I just think that Cosimo's charged me for a "gourmet" topping on their sicilian pizza in order to transform it from the red sicilian pizza listed on their menu to the white sicilian pizza that I wanted. I can't speak for how Rizzo's regular pizza was as I only ever had their sicilian, but this pizza from Cosimos was comparable in terms of thickness, crispness, etc to Rizzo's though it was square and not round. I don't think that either are as crisp or thick as the traditional sicilian pizza I have had elsewhere. Again, I can't speak to it in comparison to Rizzo's non-sicilian pizza, and I can confirm that it was significantly more expensive. Perhaps that's why Rizzo's is no longer in business.

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              TatoBins Mar 3, 2009 05:00 PM

              SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME WHATS HAPPENING TO RIZZOS! I

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                emsbax Apr 11, 2009 02:00 PM

                I drove by Rizzo's last night and there was a public notice on the front door indicating that they must stop construction on the building.

                1. oliviasaru Aug 3, 2009 08:54 PM

                  Since this old thread has been reopened, I'm just wondering if anyone knows any details about Amici? It seems so strange that they still haven't changed the old Rizzo's signs.

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