Anyone who claims Philly has no good pizza is a) an idiot; b) is not even TRYING to look, aka some snot from NYC; c) both. This here guide's substantive proof that our city brings it in the realm of consistent quality pies, ranging from low- to high-end.
First of all, don't be intimidated by the order-ahead system — it's super easy. Secondly, Tacc's is BYO for alcohol, but they won't raise an eyebrow if you bring sides, too. It's common to see big parties toting along Tupperware'd salads or boxed-up birthday cakes.
Neighborhood takeout/delivery fave for solid thin-crust. Ask for your pie well-done if you like a crispy crunchy crust. And get garlic knots!
Have always been a big fan of the tartufo, a black truffle pie topped with a fried egg whose yolk is broken and smeared tableside.
"The Joey" is a must-order here: Berkshire pork sausage, mozz, provolone, crushed tomato, spinach and garlic
Nothing quite like a Santucci's pie, but there are quite a few other must-orders here: the farmers' salad and Uncle Joe's stromboli, to name just two.
Well-known (and deservedly so) for their pizza, but they also do some cool stuff upstairs, from the crafty bar program to regular classic movie nights.
The "zucca" — spicy Italian sausage cooked down with butternut squash — is one of the simplest and most satisfying pasta dishes out there.
Don't forget that these guys are cash only, and don't protest if you do forget — the note on the door specifically outlaws crybabies.
Get there right at 530 and get your order in before it starts humming. Joe's the only guy making these awesome pizzas so it's worth the early effort.