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Jun 5, 2011 07:32 AM

Tomato Pie in Philly Burbs?

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. 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. 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.

      1. 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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        1. re: mkertello

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

          1. re: glamazonjade

            corropolese is of sicilian thickness I would say.

          2. re: mkertello

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

            1. re: isadorasmama

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

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            1. re: mangeur

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

              1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                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.

                1. re: mangeur

                  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.

                  1. re: lsmutko

                    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..

                    1. re: cwdonald

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

                    2. re: lsmutko

                      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

              2. Carlino's has the best tomato pie I've ever had... locations in Ardmore & West Chester - probably right around your 10 mile rule.

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                1. re: rumorsofsurf

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

                  1. re: glamazonjade

                    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).

                    1. re: paychecktoday

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