10 Killer Slices of Pizza in Philly

By Danya Henninger  |  May 26, 2015
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Tomato pies are great, and wood-fired Neapolitan crusts are special, but sometimes you just want to chow down on a great slice. Here are 10 spots around the Philly that’ll satisfy your triangular pizza craving, and do it right.

  • Rosa’s Fresh Pizza

    Stand-straight crust and an abundance of stretchy cheese aren’t the only things going for the slices at this Wash West joint. First, they’re only $1 each. Second, drop an extra buck (and write an optional Post-It Note for the wall) and owner Mason Wartman will use it to give a slice away to someone hungry and in need.

    25 S. 11th St.; 215-627-6727

  • Little Italy Pizza

    The closest you’ll find to a classic NY-style slice in Philly. Tangy sauce and fresh toppings make the South Street outpost worth a slight detour if you’re headed to the Italian Market or the eastern end of the strip. Ask for extra-well-done for a crisp finish and burn-your-mouth cheese ($2.45 and up).

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

  • Francoluigi’s Pizzeria

    Live piano and opera (sometimes from the cords of the owner himself) ring through the Italian dining room at Frank Borda’s South Philly mainstay, but out front is a casual counter-service shop slinging pies both traditional and toppings-loaded — chicken cheesesteak pizza, anyone ($2 and up)?

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

  • Slice 

    Extra time in the oven gives the ultra-thin crusts on these pies — available at either the South Philly or Rittenhouse storefronts — a charred edge and a shattering crunch, and that’s just how proprietors (and P’unk Burger owners) Jason and Marlo Dilks like it ($2 and up).

    1180 S. 10th St.; 215-463-0868
    1740 Sansom St.; 215-527-929

  • Lorenzo & Sons

    It’s not the flavor of the sauce or the provenance of the cheese that leads to the long lines at this South Street standby (recently rebuilt after a devastating fire) — here, size matters. Truly gargantuan slices that overwhelm their duo of paper plates taste even better late at night, or, if you dare, wrapped around a Jim’s cheesesteak as a “Philly Taco” ($2.75).

    305 South St.; 215-800-1942

  • Pizza Brain

    When it opened as the world’s first pizza memorabilia museum and one of the first spots to stretch Fishtown’s hip vibe north toward Kensington, people wondered if the shop would survive the hype. It did, for this reason: the pizza itself is delicious, with flavorful crust that soaks up top-notch fresh ingredients ($3 and up).

    2313 Frankford Ave.; 215-291-2965

  • Kermit’s Bake Shoppe

    Three kinds of cheese — mozzarella, Grana Padano and Romano — top each pie at this pizzeria-slash-cake shop that invades the mostly industrial west end of Washington Avenue. Word of warning: it will be tough to avoid copping a sweet treat to accompany your triangular slice ($2.25 and up).

    2204 Washington Ave.; 267-639-4267

  • Lazaro’s Pizzeria and Grill

    Even though it has a similar-sounding name, and offers a similar jumbo pie, this joint is not affiliated with the pizzeria at the opposite end of South Street. What the spot is most famous for, however, is being name-checked by Little League star Mo’ne Davis as one of her post-practice go-tos ($2.25 and up).

    1743 South St.; 215-545-2775

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    When you stop in for a quick one at this Northern Liberties favorite, you’re not limited to just sauce and cheese — creative toppings are a specialty, and there’s always a good selection, from chicken mole to brisket and gravy to sausage and mustard to the NOLA-inspired “Crawdaddy” ($2.50 and up).

    903 N. Second St.; 215-627-1993

  • Luigi’s Pizza Fresca

    This unassuming neighborhood fave is about to make a big splash: soon, it will open a Center City storefront (at 707 Chestnut Street) to complement the Fairmount and New Jersey outposts. Mark it down and then stop in for a slice — you can go for regular or live large with a stuffed version, packed with meat, veggies or interesting combos ($1.90 and up).

    2401 Fairmount Ave.; 215-769-8888