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Nov 29, 2010 11:12 PM

Great new kosher pizza place in Philly

Tried the new kosher pizza place in Center City, called Blackbirds. I didn't think I would be crazy about vegan pizza, but it is awesome! Tried it for the first time last week, and then took my family Saturday night. They liked the sandwiches, but absolutely loved the pizza. Our favorite slices were the mushroom and the nacho (with avocado and jalapeno). They use a cheese called Daiya - it does have a different consistency that is more noticeable on plain slices, but not very noticeable on slices with toppings. And the garlic bread is the best I've had anywhere.

The space is very casual, even for a pizza store, although there is plenty of room to sit. I have not yet tried the salads, so that will be next. But I definitely recommend this place.

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      1. re: Prettypoodle

        The only link I found with reviews is the menupages link above. The link lists the location but I'm not too familiar with Philly... so I don't really know where it is in relation to the rest of Philly. Seems like it's a vegan pizza place.. but no mention of it being kosher.

        1. re: cheesecake17

          Thanks for the post. I just called them and asked straight out of they were kosher. As of last week rabbi Ze'ev Shwartz (sp?) certified them. Hmmm now I can eat a Kosher "cjheese steak" :)
          As for the location it is in the Society Hill/South Street area, so not in Center City but not too far away either. I usually frequent other areas of the city, but do get to this area enough and will be trying it soon.

          1. re: Prettypoodle

            That's R Zev Schwarcz, who also certifies Su Xing House as well as a bunch of places in NY, mostly vegetarian or vegan though some meat. He seems to specialise in places that are open on Shabbos, either because they're genuinely non-Jewish owned or because they're sold to a non-Jew on Shabbos. In NY he makes a point of dropping in on these places unexpectedly on Shabbos, so they don't come to think of it as a "free day" when they can do whatever they like (e.g. schedule the lard delivery...) I'm not sure whether he's made such an arrangement in Philly.

            The location is right around the corner from Bnai Abraham.

            1. re: zsero

              Sorry about the mess with the name.

              1. re: zsero

                Hi - I've spoken to Rabbi Schwarcz about this...he does have "mashgichim" (sp?) locally in the philly places he certifies that can drop in any day of the week, including Shabbat.