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10 Killer Slices of Pizza in Philly

By Danya Henninger
February 7, 2014
Photo by: Danya Henninger

“If you were the mayor of Philadelphia, would you eat a cheesesteak with a knife and fork?” Such was the rhetorical question indignantly posed by Jon Stewart as he introduced a segment about Bill de Blasio on The Daily Show recently. The NYC mayor, of course, had committed the sin of eating one of his city’s signature foods (pizza) with utensils, and it was captured on video. Forkgate ensued, and it was messier than deep-dish pie.

(For the record, Mayor Nutter does not eat cheesesteaks with a knife and fork, although he also does not eat red meat, so he goes for chicken cheesesteaks, handheld.)

Back on the pizza front: there’s a lot of good pizza in Philadelphia these days, but most of it is either Neapolitan or square-pie/tomato-pie-style. Where can you pick up a good triangular slice, the kind you hold and fold as you chomp from tip to crust? Check out these 10 slice finds around the city. (Did we miss your favorite? Let us know on Twitter or in the comments.)

  • Little Italy Pizza

    Neighborhood: South Street and Queen Village
    Notable: Fresh mushrooms instead of the canned kind; mini sausage meatballs
    Price: $2.65-$3

    901 South St.; 215-922-1440
    342 Queen St.; 267-928-2920

  • Photo by: Danya Henninger

    Rustica

    Neighborhood: Northern Liberties
    Notable: Ultracreative topping combinations like corned beef and pickles
    Price: $2.50-$3.50

    903 N. Second St.; 215-627-1393

  • Slice

    Neighborhood: Italian Market and Rittenhouse
    Notable: Crispy, crunchy, perfectly charred thin-crust
    Price: $3.25-$4

    1180 S. 10th St.; 215-463-0868
    1740 Sansom St.; 215-557-9299

  • Photo by: Danya Henninger

    Pizza Brain

    Neighborhood: Fishtown
    Notable: The shop is also a Guinness World Record-holding pizza museum
    Price: $3-$4

    2313 Frankford Ave.; 215-291-2965

  • Lorenzo & Sons

    Neighborhood: South Street
    Notable: Impossibly huge slices that seem bigger than you even remember
    Price: $3.50

    305 South St.; 215-800-1942

  • Francoluigi’s

    Neighborhood: South Philly
    Notable: Traditional red-sauce that hits all the right notes
    Price: $2-$3.25

    1549 S. 13th St.; 215-755-8900

  • Photo by: Danya Henninger

    Del Rossi’s

    Neighborhood: Northern Liberties
    Notable: Quick, cheap, and you can get a damn good cheesesteak while you’re at it
    Price: $1.75-$2.25

    538 N. Fourth St.; 267-687-8874

  • Rosa’s Fresh Pizza

    Neighborhood: Wash West
    Notable: No-frills, minimal topping choices, just good sauce and cheese - for a buck
    Price: $1

    25 S. 11th St.; 215-815-1399

  • Mix Pizzeria & Bar

    Neighborhood: Rittenhouse
    Notable: A brick oven to cook the pies and booze to wash them down
    Price: $2.75-$3

    2101 Chestnut St.; 215-568-3355

  • Blackbird

    Neighborhood: Society Hill
    Notable: All vegan, all the time
    Price: $2.25-$3

    507 S. Sixth St.; 215-625-6660

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Places Mentioned

Slice

Pizza • Passyunk Square

Food23 Decor13 Service20 Cost$15
 
 
 
Blackbird Pizzeria

Pizza • Society Hill

Food24 Decor15 Service23 Cost$13
 
 
 
Rustica

Pizza • Northern Liberties

Food26 Decor17 Service24 Cost$12
 
 
 
Slice

Pizza • Rittenhouse Square

Food23 Decor13 Service20 Cost$15
 
 
 
 
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