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Dec 7, 2009 10:58 AM

Pizza in Conshy/Plymouth Meeting/Lafayette Hill

I've been living in the area for about a year and still trying to find my "go to" pizza place...any recommendations?

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  1. It's not for everyone but the "pizza with a swirl" at Franzone's on Ridge can be addicting if you like your sauce a little sweet. The cheese is an interesting blend (not your stock gummy Mozz) and the crust is thin and crisp. It's a little hard to see from the road.

    The "swirl" is because they put the cheese on first, and spoon the sauce around with a ladle. It makes a nice blend of sauce, dough and cheese (gestalt pizza.)

    Usually people either love it or hate it, but they have a full bar. It always tastes better after q shot of Jamesons and a Yuengling draft !

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    1. re: phillyjazz

      I grew up with Franzones and if I'm in the right mood I can still enjoy it but would not ever go out of my way to get it. IMO, the sauce is very sweet. My go to places near home are Vino's and From The Boot in Lafayette Hill.

      The place I really like though is a new spot but not in the geography. It's a place called Mina's in Springhouse. It's the same people that also run Taste of Italy in Springhouse.

      1. re: Den

        I'm either in the mood for regular pizza or Franzone' doesn't satisfy a craving for the other, so if I'm in the mood for Franzone's, there's no way around it!

        It's definitely worth a try either way.

      2. re: phillyjazz


        Franzone's sauce is "a little sweet"? That could be the understatement of the year.

        Honestly if it weren't for the sauce, their pizza would be near the top of my list for pizza. The crust and cheese is just right, but the sauce kills it for me.

      3. I travel to Philly just to get Franzone's! its great, get it with pepperoni because the salty meat with the sweet sauce is the perfect combination! if its not for you I like the place next to Giant just down Ridge pike (argento's?) for their tomato pie, and decent pizza overall but i'll always get franzone's when i'm in the area

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        1. re: Mr Siegal

          If you buy it by the slice, as I often do, you get a TON of pepperoni. I order one pep and one plain, and slide half the pep onto the plain one. You are right that the savory pep cuts the sweetness just right.

          Also, I find the original Franzones in Bridgeport does not cook their crust as crispy as Ridge Pike.

        2. Have you tried the wood-fired pizza at Pepperonici in Conshy? Great thin crust pizza, but best to eat in, since it doesn't travel well.

          A little farther away, but the pizzas at DeTerra in Ambler are great too.

          1. Thanks! I've heard of Franzone's but wasn't sure about their 'sweet sauce'. I've tried Argentos, which is OK, and Illianos... I've eaten at FTB but havent had their pizza. Thanks for the suggestions...i'll be sure to check them out.

            1. Tony A's has a solid pizza offering. Maria's down the street has nice pizza and very good sandwiches - great rolls. You also have Tony and Joe's in the center of town in conshy. Was never my fave when I lived there, at the time I think they used a blend of cheeses that included a small it of cheddar (maybe I am remembering wrong though). I order probably 2x per month from Maria's while at my sister's in conshy and we occasionally sprinkle in some tony A's. Both are pretty solid. Neither will change your religion.

              As for me, I am in the camp that simply can not stomach Fanzone's. Very distinct taste due to the sauce that tastes like it was made by Hershey.

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              1. re: nolangti

                OK, Franzone's IS sweet (but as mentioned a little pepperoni with balance that out. At least it is not a "generic" pizza. Most joints all but the same sauce and the same cheese and the same flour, and taste like any pizza you buy at the mall.

                I'll have to try Tony and Joe's next time I'm in Conshy. I'd be happy to try any pizza that uses something other than the bubblegum-mozz they all buy from the same family.

                1. re: phillyjazz

                  There is no balancing out that sauce with pepperoni, it is a completely different kind of pie than most are used to. I get that some people like it, but most I know that have had it are firmly in the LOVE or HATE camp.