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Tomato Pie in Philly Burbs?

glamazonjade Jun 5, 2011 07:32 AM

So, I've been ridiculously spoiled and I can't help it. Tomato pies. GOD I LOVE THEM. And I've been spoiled with the fact that RTM is close to my job and the Italian Market is a quick bus ride from work. But now, I want it on the weekend. And I don't want to go all the way back into CC to get a good slice. I live in KOP but I'll travel max maybe 10 miles. I went to two Farmer's Markets in hopes of getting a slice, but that was a mistake. It seems the only Farmer's Market that sells them like the thick tomatoey mass of dough is the one in West Chester.. The Farmer's markets in Wayne has a ridiculously thin overpriced one and in KOP .. well, they didn't even have it.. So, yeah.. where can I get a slice of this heaven in my mouth in the KOP area?

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  1. Delucacheesemonger RE: glamazonjade Jun 5, 2011 07:48 AM

    Regretfully for you my fav is 25 miles from KOP. DePalmas at 3601 Decatur St. in the NE, near Rhawn and Frankford, great bread and great tomato pie.

    1. Bacchus101 RE: glamazonjade Jun 5, 2011 07:55 AM

      Not sure about the distances (10Miles) from KoP: however the Collegeville Bakery has excellent Tomato Pie and frequently sells out. Now this is tricky because there is a Collegeville Deli across the street next to an AGWAY, this is NOT THE PLACE. The one of which I speak is across the street from the Agway, in the larger building next to an Enterprises Rentals. This is the original Italian Bakery and is now also a really nice Itallian Deli with excellent tomato pie and other delights. Careful if you check for web sites as the OTHER has the dominate site. IMHO there is no contest, the original location and bakery is by far the best.

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        mkertello RE: glamazonjade Jun 5, 2011 10:16 AM

        For me, it's not even a question. Corropolese has the best tomato pie in the area, hands down. Not too far of a ride into Norristown on Old Arch St. Many varieties, but their classic red is outstanding.

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          glamazonjade RE: mkertello Jun 5, 2011 11:49 AM

          Is the thickness like a regular slice, or is it the thickness of a Sicilian slice?

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            leepinleemur RE: glamazonjade Jun 5, 2011 07:11 PM

            corropolese is of sicilian thickness I would say.

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            isadorasmama RE: mkertello Jun 5, 2011 01:11 PM

            Second Corropolese. Delicious every time.
            I'd venture the Norristown one is closest to you.

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              VTRP RE: isadorasmama Jun 6, 2011 05:28 AM

              Third Corropolese. It's exactly what a tomato pie should be. Never had a bad pie and never made it home without a piece or two missing. As a matter of fact. I might just have to grab a quarter for lunch.

          3. mangeur RE: glamazonjade Jun 5, 2011 12:17 PM

            Errrrrrrr.....What is a tomato pie? Are we talking pizza? Or....something else?

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              Delucacheesemonger RE: mangeur Jun 5, 2011 12:21 PM

              Bready dough sold with tomato sauce/ chunks that are seasoned, no cheese. Many eat it cold or room temp

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                mangeur RE: Delucacheesemonger Jun 5, 2011 09:00 PM

                Ah. This sounds like what the Liguria Bakery (SF) sells as focaccio. About 3/4" thick dough slathered with a thick tomato sauce rich in good olive oil, probably basil. The scent when you walk in the door is the exhaust from Heaven. Room temp, yes. Has nothing in common with what others market as facaccio.

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                  lsmutko RE: mangeur Jun 6, 2011 03:14 PM

                  It's a lot like the "pizza bread" or the bakery pizzas I used to get growing up in western NY state -- DiCamillo's in particular. I was surprised and very happy when I walked into Altomonte's in Doylestown and their tomato pie was was almost exactly what I used to love. So I think there are "tomato pies" around the country that go by different names.

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                    cwdonald RE: lsmutko Jun 6, 2011 04:53 PM

                    Altomonte's makes a good tomato pie .. but you should if you are in the central bucks area go to Pallante's in Richboro. I like their tomato pie even better (and their italian roast pork with broccoli rabe and long hots is to die for... )

                    And while you are driving over to Pallantes, stop at Tony's place in Ivyland, which serves the best Trenton style tomato pie south of Trenton..

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                      lsmutko RE: cwdonald Jun 7, 2011 11:12 AM

                      OK, I'm going to have to map this out, but all of it sounds fantastic!

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                      kgwickings RE: lsmutko Mar 2, 2012 08:24 AM

                      I love DiCamillos and am trying to find a recipe that would mimic it or Trucello's pizza from Niagara Falls.. they closed in the 90s. I can't find one

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                rumorsofsurf RE: glamazonjade Jun 5, 2011 01:47 PM

                Carlino's has the best tomato pie I've ever had... locations in Ardmore & West Chester - probably right around your 10 mile rule. http://www.yelp.com/biz/carlinos-spec...

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                  glamazonjade RE: rumorsofsurf Jun 6, 2011 08:14 AM

                  Ack, I was so close to this amazingness? I used to live in West Chester and passed by this place regularly!

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                    paychecktoday RE: glamazonjade Jun 6, 2011 08:19 AM

                    Carlino's is pretty darn good with their tomato pies. Actually, all of their stuff is excellent from what I've tried so far (all from the Ardmore location, but I assume WC is exactly the same).

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                      glamazonjade RE: paychecktoday Jun 6, 2011 08:39 AM

                      My bf ordered a pizza from there once.. I think it was a sicilian garbage pizza. That thing was insane!

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                  cgarner RE: glamazonjade Jun 6, 2011 07:32 AM

                  My fave tomato pies: conshohocken bakery, Sam's Market in willow grove, Altomonte's, & corpolese.
                  They're all a little thinner and less dough-ey than some other's I've had

                  1. paychecktoday RE: glamazonjade Jun 6, 2011 08:11 AM

                    Luigi & Giovanni in Newtown Square makes an excellent tomato pie also

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                      Banshee26 RE: glamazonjade Jun 6, 2011 11:03 AM

                      Sorry, it's not in KOP area, but while on the subject of tomato pies, I have to mention Gaeta's Italian Bakery on Castor Ave in northeast Philly. You can't eat there, it's strictly take out and you have to call at least a half hour before you want one, but OMG, they are absolutely the best tomato pies I've ever tasted.

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                        glamazonjade RE: glamazonjade Jun 6, 2011 07:39 PM

                        You guys have gotten me drooling over here! Nom nom nom.. I've got a list, I hope I can take it!

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                          hillster RE: glamazonjade Jun 6, 2011 08:39 PM

                          The BEST tomato pie in the area and close to King of Prussia is Conshohocken Italian Bakery! I prefer it to all others mentioned here.

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                            cgarner RE: hillster Jun 7, 2011 05:38 AM

                            hillster that's #1 on my list too! I grew up on that stuff.

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                              cwdonald RE: cgarner Jun 7, 2011 07:36 AM

                              I love walking into the Conshy bakery and smelling the yeast and the baking.. then you get the tomato pie to take home (or in my case the office.. ) and the smell fills up the whole car.

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                            DougRisk RE: glamazonjade Jun 7, 2011 08:20 AM

                            I want to thread-jack for a moment...

                            Inside of Philly, who serves your favorite Tomato Pie?

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                              glamazonjade RE: DougRisk Jun 7, 2011 08:59 AM

                              If I can get to it, Sarcone's. It's exactly how I love it. It's thick, the sauce is thick but not chunky and they're heavy on the oregano (which is how I love it)

                              When I lived in West Chester, I'd stock up at the local farmer's market and get it from Big Sky Bread.. OH GOD. http://www.bigskybread.com/

                              I actually need to find a closer place (around City Hall) so I can just run out from work and get a quick slice. I would go to RTM, but I hate hate HATE the crowds..

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                                Bigley9 RE: glamazonjade Jun 7, 2011 10:15 AM

                                If you drive, jump off 76 at Manayunk and go to Marchiano's

                                (my other favorites are Sarcone's and Sam's in Willow Grove!)

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                                  glamazonjade RE: Bigley9 Jun 7, 2011 12:49 PM

                                  Marchiano's looks great. I hope they don't use egg in their bread b/c I want to try ALL OF THEM!

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                                  DougRisk RE: glamazonjade Jun 7, 2011 12:24 PM

                                  Thanks. I will need to check out Sarcones. I see Big Sky at both the RTM and a few of the local farmers markets. Maybe I will see if they ever offer there Tomato Pie at any of those places.

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                                    glamazonjade RE: DougRisk Jun 7, 2011 12:48 PM

                                    If you get to the local farmer's market and see the Big Sky is there, make a beeline, hiss at the people in the way of you and the tomato pie, make them scatter, grab the pie and buy it. Srsly, it's worth it. It never makes it home from the market. I used to get into the habit of buying two just so I can have one for later.

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                                      94Bravo RE: glamazonjade Jun 7, 2011 05:34 PM

                                      Another vote for Corropolese!

                                      2014 Old Arch Rd
                                      Norristown, PA 19401
                                      (610) 275-6664

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                                        Bashful3 RE: 94Bravo Mar 3, 2012 04:03 AM

                                        This thread made me homesick for what in Trenton, N. J. was called tomato pie. No such word as pizza existed during my childhood there. But, lovely
                                        as it was, it was not what is described here. It was pizza. It had cheese in it.
                                        I'm talking about 65 or so years ago. Does that ring a bell with anyone?

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                                          sadiefox RE: Bashful3 Mar 5, 2012 07:41 AM

                                          Sure, you can still get Trenton tomato pies in Trenton. DeLorenzo's on Hudson Street has closed but Papa's Tomato Pies is still going strong. It's more like "pizza" -- round, with a thin crispy crust. Chunky tomato, olive oil and light on the cheese.

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                                            cwdonald RE: sadiefox Mar 5, 2012 07:50 AM

                                            I second papa's and DeLorenzo's is also still going strong on Hamilton, and the son of the folks at Hudson street is running DeLorenzo's in Robbinsville. That is the one to go to if you want a great clam pie.

                                            In the Philadelphia suburbs, the closest you come to a Trenton style tomato pie is Tony's place in Ivyland. They are related to Tony's Tomato Pies on Frankford Ave in the Northeast.

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                                hillster RE: glamazonjade Mar 12, 2012 08:34 PM

                                Conshohcken Italian Bakery tomato pie is the best!

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