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Dec 23, 2008 12:07 AM

pizza in philly

is there any good and affordable pizza in philly? i'm from new york, so my standards are pretty high. but philly has such great restaurants, i just can't believe that there really is no place to find quality pizza. delivery is a must.

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  1. Dolce Carinii on 20th and Chestnut does great pizza, large is a true large, I recommend getting it with garlic. But for the true ultimate uber-pizza experience, you must go to Taconelli's (no delivery). You need to make reservations and reserve the number of balls of dough you'll be needing (they only make what they need). It is fantastic. Thank you.

    1. There's tons of threads about this, but here's the tops for me. In what neighborhood are you?

      SLiCE (10th & Federal)
      Dolce Carini
      Marra's (ask for it well done)
      Napoli's (awesome thin square pie)

      Tacconelli's is also outstanding, but the whole reserving the dough thing can be a pain. There is a second Tacconelli's in Moorestown, NJ (not affiliated, but it's in the family) which is just as good and you don't need to reserve dough.

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      1. re: lawgirl3278

        eek - i just went to the NJ tacconnelli's to compare... and it is not a good pizza in any way shape or form! crust sogged through before we were done eating... sauce was way too sweet... cheese had no flavor... toppings were of cheap quality. stick with the tacconnelli's in port richmond if you're going to do tacconnelli's at all.

      2. I love Tacconelli's and Slice but neither are cheap. Slice delivers.

        1. Can we just all agree that a New Yorker is just not going to be satisfied with pizza in Philly??? And that does not mean that pizza in Philly is bad, it just means that it is DIFFERENT.

          I like to think that pizza in Philly falls somewhere between New York style and Chicago deep dish. You won't find the cracker thin crust like you have in New York and it is not as thick as Chicago. Philly pizza has a crust that is more bread-like (to me).

          So that's my take. And I don't think it's a question of adjusting your standards. It's more of a "that's just how it is".

          1. You will probably be happiest with Lazzaro's on South Street, the pizza most like New York's in Center City, big-big slices, sweet taste; or Milano's on 9th Street and Walnut, which is very like the run-of-the-mill Midtown pizza joints, good Sicilian, lots of choices.

            Dolce's is salty, decent crust, okay toppings, pricey.

            However, there is a new place called Mix, at 21st and Chestnut, very thin crust, roasted garlic tucked away in the rim, very tasty, herbs, good flavors, reasonable price, also a full menu and a bar.

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            1. re: zindorf

              i really dug mix and am happy that you've just confirmed it wasn't just a mirage on my part! has anyone else been?

              i just went to marra's about a week ago and wish the sauce wasn't as sweet, or that the pizza tasted as decadent as it looked.

              1. re: rabidog

                Are there any good places near the Philadelphia Automall? My husband works there and I was hoping for some good pizza that he could bring home. However he usually leaves work before Tacconnelli's opens, so that's out. We tried Celebre's and neither of us were a fan of that one. Any other suggestions. Thanks.

                1. re: rabidog

                  I love Mix's pizza as well. Great thin crust.