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Sep 23, 2009 09:43 AM

The best authentic pizza in the Philly area

Hello everyone: I wanted to hear your feedback as to what you felt was the best authentic pizza in the area. By authentic my requirements are:

1. Cooked in a wood burning or coal burning oven
2. Is done in a style of traditional Italian, Neapolitan or Sicilian Pizza
3. Doesn't have weird toppings on it (that's not authentic)

Here's what I came up with:

1. Tacconelli's-not totally authentic but possibly the best crust in the area
2. Pietro's in center city- coal fired, good crust, pizza has too much cheese though
3. Osteria-possibly the most authentic pizza in the area?

Please let me know your thoughts, I'm very curious to hear about Siclian. I've only had it from one place in south philly (can't remember the name) and while it was good I dont think it would have fallen into my top 5.

Look forward to hearing your thoughts...

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  1. The place you are thinking about in South Philly may be Slice.

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    1. re: Buckethead

      No-it's a real South Philly place way down in south philly. I read that Slice was good though, definitely need to try it although it's not cooked the right way.

      1. re: Buckethead

        Slice is not Sicilian, it is a thin crust style. You may be thinking of Rosa Pizza near Broad & Snyder, which I recommend.

        1. re: barryg

          Slice! is very good. And they just opened up a second location on Sansom near Rittenhouse. They use San Marzano tomatoes so it's pretty authentic!

          1. re: bluehensfan

            Using San Marzano tomatos does not make one authentic. On the topic of Slice, it is decent but not great pizza.

      2. LaScala's at Comcast Center has Sicilian by the slice that makes me drool....

        1. You might be interested in Steven Starr's new Stella Pizza that is opening next week. They have a wood oven and seem to be trying hard to make a good Neopolitan pie.

          I know a lot of Starr places are not hits food wise, but I am excited about this one and I think it is a concept that Starr can really nail.

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          1. re: barryg

            barry, have you tried stella out? i've got to give them a thumbs up based on my lone experience. we went in JUST as the last couple was walking out, but they agreed to seat us, and i offered up that we'd be quick. got the margherita, fennel and olive and pepperoni pies. only one i didn't try was the pepperoni (vegetarian) but the other two were pretty fabulous. incredibly thin, not soggy, good sauce on the margherita. i'd like to visit again and try some more, but i'm happy with them so far. a little pricey, but good.

            1. re: rabidog

              Yes, see this thread for opinions:

              Overall I wasn't blown away. Due to the price I am not rushing back, but when opportunity knocks I would love to try it again.

          2. Have you tried Marra's yet? I recommend it. Two things - (1) eat it there and (2) ask for it well done. I think you'll really like it.

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            1. re: lawgirl3278

              Any relation to the Marra's that used to be on the Baltimore Pike in Springfield long ago?

              1. re: azveggieguy

                I have no idea. Marra's in South Philly has been around for 80 years. Maybe a relative opened a suburban location?

                1. re: azveggieguy

                  I think it is the same Marra's from Springfield. That was the first pizza I ever ate and it defines pizza for me. Still the best I ever ate. I ate there a lot in the '50s and after an absence of many years was very disappointed to see that it is no longer there. I think it's the same Marra's family from Passyunk.

                  1. re: lawgirl3278

                    Does Marra's have pizza or tomato pie? Some people confuse the two.


                  2. of the 3 in your list, i've only been to pietros. like it quite a bit.
                    i always ask for extra basil, and they always oblige, which leads me to think that you could also ask for *less* cheese.