Philadelphia, PA - Authentic artisan pizza is made by hand by pizza chefs dedicated to their craft and carefully source their ingredients. Often—but not always—taking Neapolitan style as a starting point, these pies reinvent the genre with unique toppings and personal flourishes or mix and match styles for a diverse pizza experience.
Philadelphia's Best Artisan Pizza Shops
While not the main focus at Midtown Village's Mediterranean wine bar Barbuzzo. There is no denying the lure of Chef Marcie Turney's famed asparagus Pizza is a must-try. With shaved asparagus, secret white sauce, mozzarella, guanciale, truffled egg, parmesan. 110 S. 13th Street, (215) 546-9300
Chef Peter McAndrew's La Porta makes his own style-pizza, a thin charred crust with a crispy bite. The must-try is the Original Jersey Boy, which combines provolone, crabmeat, pistachio pesto, and roasted peppers. 1192 N. Middletown Road, Media, (610) 358-5104
Chef Marc Vetri's first pizza offering, Osteria, set a new standard for Philadelphia pizza joints. Serving up both traditional Roman-style pies such as octopus and smoked mozzarella. And Napoletana pizzas, including grilled peaches and prosciutto. 640 N. Broad Street, (215) 763-0920.
Pizza Brain houses over 550 pizza artifacts in rotation at its Fishtown location and doubled the world's first pizza museum. This pizza shop features oven-fired pies using only the freshest sourced toppings such as kale, bacon, and mushrooms. 2313 Frankford Avenue, (215) 291-2965.
Fishtown's Pizzeria Beddia has a few rules: no slices, no phone, cash only, two pies per party, and 40-pie output per day. These 16-inch pies are topped with Jersey tomatoes, sea salt, two kinds of mozzarella, Gouda-like Old Gold cheese, and a sprinkling of oregano. 115 E. Girard Avenue.
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