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Clam Pizza in Philadelphia?

MaxTartuffo May 10, 2012 11:57 AM

Hello Chowhounders,

Years ago, when I was a grad student at Penn, I visited a pizzeria who did clam pizza once or twice a week? It was extraordinary and we don't have anything like it in California where I now reside. Any opinions on whether this still exists in Philly? I've tried reading other threads. Thanks in advance!

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    cwdonald RE: MaxTartuffo May 10, 2012 12:11 PM

    I am not aware of it being permanently on menus of the better pizza places. But I have seen versions of a clam pie at Osteria, and Nomad. The best place for clam pies is in the greater Trenton area. DeLorenzo's on Hamilton makes one, as does the DeLorenzos in Robbinsville NJ. Worth a drive.

    Of course the best clam pie is in New Haven...

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      purplesachi RE: MaxTartuffo May 10, 2012 12:28 PM

      agree with cwdonald...best clam pie is in new haven.

      but, locally, there's a clam pizza at caputo's on main street in manayunk. i've never gotten it, but a lot of people seem to like caputo's in general. (personally, i don't really like their pizza...too much cheese, which makes the crust soggy, especially when you get to the center of the pie).

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        MaxTartuffo RE: purplesachi May 10, 2012 02:57 PM

        Thank you both for your suggestions. I booked at Osteria since we are staying in Center City. Will be a nice walk down Broad Street. I did come across a passionate pizza blogger who shredded Osteria. I appreciate his passion but I'm going with cwdonald's advice. We'll probably try a couple of dishes. You may be interested in this other resource.

        Best Philadelphia Pizza Blog

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          Buckethead RE: MaxTartuffo May 11, 2012 11:31 AM

          FYI, the walk up Broad St. to Osteria is not particularly nice. You may want to take a cab (at least on the way back, later at night).

          And yeah, I think it's safe to discard the opinions of an apparently 11-year old blogger..

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            Delucacheesemonger RE: MaxTartuffo May 14, 2012 02:53 AM

            l live right there and as Buckethead says, the walk may be challenging. You can subway to Spring Garden exit and it is a 1.5 block walk from there.
            l am another naysayer on Osteria's pizza and am over 11, in fact old enough to legally drink an adult beverage.

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          barryg RE: MaxTartuffo May 10, 2012 05:03 PM

          The gold standard for clam pizza is I think Pepe's in New Haven CT.

          Birra in E Passyunk has a "frutti di mare" pizza with clams, mussels and shrimp. It flavor is ok but I didn't like it because it had so many many toppings that is became a sloppy mess with a soft crust.

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            Philly Ray RE: MaxTartuffo May 10, 2012 06:12 PM

            I haven't had it, but Slice offers a clam pizza (and a clams casino pizza).

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              lbmsw RE: Philly Ray May 11, 2012 10:32 AM

              Love the clams casino pizza at Slice. Also, I believe Mamma Palma's has a straight up clam pizza and as I recall, it's pretty tasty.

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                Philly Ray RE: lbmsw May 12, 2012 09:05 AM

                As luck would have it, we ended up at the Slice in Wash. Twp. last night and we ordered the clams casino pizza. It was very good.

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                  Bigley9 RE: Philly Ray May 15, 2012 10:13 AM

                  +1 for Slice's clam pizza - never had it in New Haven though!

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                    cwdonald RE: Bigley9 May 15, 2012 10:17 AM

                    Question about Slice's clam pizza. Is it only available in a full pie? Do you have an option of red or white?

                    And seriously folks if you have not had it, try Delorenzos clam pie (Robbinsville or Hamilton St in Trenton).

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                      Philly Ray RE: cwdonald May 15, 2012 11:14 AM

                      I'm looking at their menu and I don't see clams offered as an extra topping, but you could always ask. Our clams casino pizza was white, but if I remember, we could have ordered it red.

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                        purplesachi RE: cwdonald May 16, 2012 07:32 AM

                        yes! thanks for reminding me about this. the pie from delorenzos (at least then one in robbinsville) is awesome, and i've had the clam pie from there before, and it's fantastic (obviously not as good as pepe's in new haven), but definitely really good, if you are in that part of town (or have a spouse that sometimes drives through there and doesn't mind picking it up and traveling with it in the car and not being tempted to have a slice!)

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                      brightman RE: Philly Ray May 15, 2012 06:15 PM

                      We have a Slice in Washington Twp? I hope you mean 08080 (googling furiously)

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                        Philly Ray RE: brightman May 15, 2012 06:30 PM

                        Yep, it's in the shopping center on Egg Harbor Rd. Right near Delsea Dr. and County House Rd.

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                          mmgth RE: Philly Ray May 15, 2012 09:59 PM

                          I stopped at Slice this afternoon (late) being out that way and curious due to the clam pizza conversation (place is new, I've never tried). Not many single slices left but all were delicious (especially the carmelized onion and goat cheese). Clam pizza does sound weird but intriguing.

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                  jeanmarieok RE: MaxTartuffo May 15, 2012 06:34 PM

                  There used to be a pizza joint on Walnut, somewhere near 16th, across from Barnes and Noble, that had a decent clam pizza.

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