Vecchia in Phoenixville
This is a pizza joint. The menu has about 4 pizzas to choose from. 3 possible additional toppings (mushrooms not on the list). That's all. But what you also get is intense seriousness about pizza. From the ingredients to the oven, everything seems to be imported from Naples.
The result is an excellent pizza, right up there with what I remember from Osteria. I am just delighted to have this place added to the options in our part of the world. An excellent option for pre-Colonial.
The highest price is $15 for the house specialty, the Regina Margherita pizza (which is what we tried). Worth every penny in my view. Others are around $9 with the usual charge for additional toppings.
A new pizza place may not sound like a big deal, but to devoted foodies, especially in the nearby parts of Chester and Montgomery counties, this is the best news I have heard all year.
One hint. Don't order in advance, as you do at your regular pizza joint, knowing it will be ready in 20 min. This oven is supposed to turn out pizzas in about one minute. Order when you get there and you can take it home piping hot, or eat there if you want. It welcomes BYO, but looks small (and deservedly popular).
After hearing rumors for a while I got a chance to stop in last week. It was excellent pizza. Thin crust, just the right amount of char, not too much crust on the edge. Wood fired from a tiled domed oven. Small place with maybe tables for 24. A handful of bottled soft drinks. Pizza. That's it. Extras include only extra cheese, sopresetta and anchovies. If you are in the mood for a purist's pizza, this will be the place. BYO so you can bring your favorite drink.