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I am loving Olce in Cedars !

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Kater Feb 11, 2011 04:39 AM

For pizza take out, we've always liked Padrino's. Still do, really. But when you want to go out or just have a more interesting pie Olce is really fantastic. It is in a space that used to be a Curves but they've remodeled and converted the space into an inviting casual restaurant. It's right on Skippack Pike/73 near the intersection with Bustard Road.

The first time we went, a friend and I shared a Tinga pie which is made with chipotle chicken and tomatillo salsa. The pizza is wood fired and the crust is nice and thin. There are lots of other selections that I want to try, including one with artichoke and proscriutto and another with Brussels sprouts.

On a return visit we had the chicken barbecue pizza and tried one of their dessert pizzas. They make plenty of more traditional pies as well as a few sandwiches and some entree salads. The menu changes seasonally and it looks like we just missed the clam pizza one of my favorites! I had a wonderful wedge salad and also a carrot soup that was outstanding.

They are really cooking. The food is very fresh, and the servers are happy and energetic. I visited with my son and he was interested in a dessert pizza but it was much too large for us even planning on leftovers so the server offered a sample sized version. My son got to try the S'mores pizza with graham cracker crumbs, chocolate and marshmallows. I'm not a fan of sweets but it was really good, covered in perfectly toasted marshmallows.

Olce is a BYOB and very family friendly. It is a more pleasant and relaxing environment than most pizza joints and idea for lunch with the girls, dinner as a family or date night before a movie.

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    GM330 Feb 15, 2011 04:12 PM

    I have been going here since the place opened. I am real impressed with the quality of ingredients. Picante pie is my favorite and the salads here are very good.

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      Kater Feb 16, 2011 05:18 PM

      I was there again yesterday and had the lunch special. You get a generous personal pizza, salad or soup and a drink. I thought it was a great deal because you can choose any pizza you like. I wanted the one with Brussels sprouts, gruyere and prosciutto and my friend wanted something else so it was really nice to get just what we wanted. Also the soup was great again.

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      RitterSportRules Feb 19, 2011 11:15 AM

      We tried Olce for the first time last night and will definitely be going back. We shared a Caesar salad (which was just okay) and finished two pizzas (~12" each) and half of a bottle of wine. The pies had a nice crust and were flavorful with just the right amount of toppings. The staff and owner were all very friendly. We had the Autumn (brussels sprouts, gruyere, mozzarella, pecorino, prosciutto) and the Tinga (shredded chipotle chicken, green tomatillo sauce, mozzarella, onions). Recommended.

      1. Bacchus101 Feb 25, 2011 07:50 AM

        Nice place, friendly staff, good fresh thin crust pizza. Noticed some other interesting menu items but as a pizza lover (almost anything unfortunately) ; I had the Meatball and my wife had the Margherita both were very good. I had the Wedge salad with Blue Cheese and Bacon dressing, very good. Nicer than your average pizza place in a nice little town on RT 73!

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          Chefpaulo Feb 27, 2011 08:49 AM

          I forget when it was (2007?) when I joined CHOW but my very first post was regarding where to find really good, thin crusted pizza. It took me four years, but Olce fills the bill and is practically in my back yard. I was asked to perform emergency dog sitting last night and thought I'd try an Olce L.G.B. (leeks, Gruyere and bacon) pie for my camp out. The aroma was nothing less than maddening on the drive over to Gwynedd and, after a few minutes of reheating, still qualified as crispy. Also delicious. I'll be making Olce a regular spot and can't wait to try their winter special white pie with the toasted parsnip crisps (and other things that escape me at the moment.) For those who remember the Cedars Country Store (when it actually was one), its just across the parking lot.
          CP

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            givemecarbs Feb 27, 2011 12:30 PM

            Thanks for the point of reference CP. Is the Cedars Country Store near where Barn Stripes used to be? Just read this whole thread and for some reason I'm really craving a pizza from this place. Did the dog get any leftover crust? :)

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            PO Box 328, Kenton, DE 19955

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              Chefpaulo Feb 27, 2011 01:08 PM

              Wow! Barn Stripes. I hadn't thought about that place since about 1960 when we put an addition on the house and mom went on an antiques buying spree. Spent a lot of Saturdays on shopping trips up there. I don't think it was in the same location. Cedars General Store is on Skippack Pike just a mile or so north of Valley Forge Road before Bustard Road. I remember when the actual store was in operation with its 12-foot high shelves of stacked food products, feed and grain, the amazing penny candy counter and the Melodion (a multi-instrument player piano) you could play for a nickel. FYI, the white house directly across the street was my great aunt's and where my dad spent the summers of his early childhood. Do give Olce a try. The owner is wise to us Hounds spreading the word.
              CP

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                givemecarbs Feb 27, 2011 01:15 PM

                Thanks CP I will. Trying to figure out where Barn Stripes was though. I spent a lot of time at Barn Stripes too as a child. My mom loved to chat with the owner but I would usually get a small stuffed dog out of it for my patience and good behavior The upstairs was fun to play in. Thinking of heading for pizza tonight! I'll report back if I do.

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                  Kater Mar 2, 2011 06:04 PM

                  I think it is right up your alley. If you have a chance try the salad of blood orange and olive - yum!

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            lansdalian Feb 28, 2011 04:22 AM

            Based on the recommendations, I tried Olce this past Friday night. I'm beginning to think that I'm a bit of a 'pizza snob' as I was spoiled by the pizzas of North Jersey growing up...

            I did take-out and got the Margherita, the Roma (prosciutto/artichoke) and a side caesar salad. The margherita was 'fine' but the Roma was borderline inedible -- the prosciutto was SO SALTY and overpowering.

            While I had really high hopes for this place and found the staff to be lovely, I don't know that I will be rushing back any time soon. Who knows, maybe I just ordered the wrong thing...

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              Tir_na_nOg Feb 28, 2011 07:53 AM

              Hey lansdalian, any pizza of note around Lansdale?

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                Bacchus101 Feb 28, 2011 11:02 AM

                Interestingly I had a takeout from Olce weeks ago which was not great, actually it was almost not good. On our last visit eating in all was very good. Seems they can still be a bit uneven. I hope you told Olce of your problem with the Roma, it will both help them and other customers. Where would you go for your favorite North Jersey pie?

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                  lansdalian Mar 1, 2011 12:33 PM

                  PS love that you call it a 'pie' -- friends around here make fun of me for calling it that all the time!

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                  Chefpaulo Feb 28, 2011 02:05 PM

                  LDian, Agreed that prosciutto pieces can taste like flakes of rock salt when baked to a crisp. Maybe Olce can portion these under the artichoke slices to avoid same. But, other than that, how was the pizza? And, in response to Bacchus' question, where does one go locally for the elusive 'North Jersey' pie if this does not suffice?
                  For me, Olce has been an area find (even if based on an N of one) and worthy of further research.
                  CP

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                    RC51Mike Mar 1, 2011 03:45 AM

                    Re: prosciutto, I find I like it a lot more on pizza when it is in small strips like anchovies or a dice. I think it blends in with the other ingredients better and doesn't overpower or appear as a piece of shoe leather on top.

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                      lansdalian Mar 1, 2011 12:31 PM

                      Let me try to answer some of these questions.........

                      Best North Jersey pizza -- I stand behind "Vinny's Pizzarama" in Wayne, NJ. Second to none -- oh, and they serve "RC Cola" from the fountain with ice chips not cubes. To be honest with you, I'm not sure if it is the dough, the cheese or the sauce that makes it so good... but man I miss it! Crispy thin crust with an appropriate amount of cheese is what does it, I think.

                      Around Lansdale, I've found Fiore's Brick Oven Pizza in the now closed Superfresh strip mall to be my preferred Friday night pizza of choice.

                      I would like to give Olce another shot -- but next time dine in.

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                        givemecarbs Mar 1, 2011 06:16 PM

                        Lansdalian ever been to DeLorenzo's in Trenton? I used to live in Trenton where there was a wealth of good pizza places and of course the Italian People's Bakery. People around here have no idea, no idea at all. I consider calling them pies like a secret handshake for people who know what good is. If someone made fun of me I think I would just smile knowingly. I grew up around here and probably my first pizza was from Dell's in downtown Lansdale very close to where the Lansdale News Agency used to be before they moved. They used to toss the dough in the big glass window so you could watch. That was pizza and I liked it a lot. Then I moved to Trenton and ate a DeLorenzo's tomato pie.

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                          crazyspice Mar 1, 2011 07:31 PM

                          Carbs, I am from Maine and I call them pies!

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                            givemecarbs Mar 1, 2011 11:08 PM

                            /shakes crazyspice's hand. :)

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                          Bacchus101 Mar 3, 2011 03:10 AM

                          Thanks for the tip on "closest to Jersey pie". On your next visit you may find Olce more to your liking. However based on what I think your perfect pie would be; I would be very surprised if Olce would be it!

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                      Chefpaulo Apr 29, 2011 02:31 PM

                      After a morning of report writing, I needed a quick, high quality lunch and so made my fourth trek to Olce. I had the artichoke Roma with a few extra request anchovies, salad and iced tea lunch special for $10. In addition, Chef Kevin asked my HO regarding a potential spring offering of roasted cherry tomatoes, dots of ricotta, fresh pesto and cubed pancetta that was superb. However, the new creation remains nameless so I don't know how you order it. Maybe you'll win a free pie (yes, I call them pies as well) if you come up with a moniker.

                      With all the recent yack about new places and their dinky portions, I must say Olce's lunch special remains a great value for a ten-spot. I look forward to their summer fare.
                      CP

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                        bucksguy14 May 19, 2011 07:14 PM

                        I went to Olce for the first time today and had the $10 lunch special. What a deal! I had the Tinga pizza, salad and lemonade. You can't beat the quantity and quality for $10 anywhere that I know of in central Montco. I will definitely be returning to work my way through the pizza selections.

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                        Chefpaulo Jul 4, 2011 04:21 AM

                        Congratulations to Chef Kevin at Olce Pizza on his first "Best of Philly" award from Philadelphia Magazine. He won in the "Best Toppings" category.
                        May this be the first of many, Kevin!.
                        CP

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                          ilovesummer Jul 4, 2011 04:30 AM

                          congrats indeed!
                          have you tried the thin crust at st peter's bakery on friday nites?? we ventured up this past friday...beautiful nite for sitting on the deck...pizza was definitely good.....next time would like to try st peter's inn next door

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                          RitterSportRules Sep 17, 2011 04:11 AM

                          We went to Olce last night for the first time in a couple of months. The staff is still friendly, but the pizzas were definitely not as good as the past few times. The crust was drier and the ratio of toppings to crust was too much towards the crust side. While their pies were never "over-topped" the ratio was just about right if on the light side. We're hoping last night was an anomaly and will try them again. Hopefully this is not the beginning of the end for our frequenting Olce. I understand that costs are higher, but if given a choice, I would rather restaurants keep the quality the same and raise the prices.

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                            Bacchus101 Sep 18, 2011 05:49 AM

                            While we have not ventured that way (to Cedars) recently and have only previous tastings by which to judge Olce; we are sorry to hear your comments. Olce never produced my ideal pizza pie, but their non-pie IMHO was often good stuff! Yes, if need, charge a bit more for a quality product.
                            Hope your visit was an anomaly!

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