For the uninitiated, it may be hard to believe you can find a decent slice of pizza in Philly. But finding that perfect slice is easier than you think. Check out a few of our favorite places that are putting out some perfect pizza. – Ted Scheid
Gianfranco Pizza Rustica
6 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Sometimes you just need a slice, and Gianfranco Pizza Rustica is here for you. This small storefront in the heart of Old City houses some of the best pizza in the area. The perfect blend of sauce and cheese atop a chewy crust makes their plain slices stand out. Once you throw in toppings like broccoli rabe, prosciutto and avocado, you’ll being coming back for more.
Luigi’s Pizza Fresca
2401 Fairmount Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19130
There’s nothing better than getting home after a long day, calling up your favorite pizza place and having comfort food delivered to your door. Luigi’s Pizza Fresca may not have the fanciest slice in town, but it sure has one of the tastiest. One of the simplest pies on the menu, the margherita, is also one of the best, with fresh mozzarella, basil and a slightly crispy crust. If you’ll excuse me, I think I need to go place an order right now…
420 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
It’s hard to walk a block in the city without running into a Stephen Starr restaurant, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Pizzeria Stella is a relative newcomer to his cuisine collection, and the pies coming out of here are a thing of beauty. A wood-fired oven provides a healthy char on a wide variety of pizzas, ranging from the traditional margherita to the unique tartufo, which is topped with black truffle, fontina and egg. You may be paying a little more, as these medium sized pies range from $10 to $17, but you’ll be getting true bang for your buck.
2604 E Somerset St
Philadelphia, PA 19134
The only bad words you’ll find about Tacconelli’s Pizza are the people cursing how good it is. When heading to this BYOB, you may also want to CAFD, call ahead for dough. There may be a slight wait in this small space, but time will stand still once you get to take a bite of their fantastic slices. Just don’t bring plastic, because Tacconelli’s keeps it old school and accepts cash only.
1900 Grant Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19115
You may not have a lot of choice at Vince’s Pizzeria in Northeast Philly, but that’s because you only need to know one thing; this pizza is great. With fresh mozzarella, tangy sauce and a crispy crust, Vince’s brings pizza back to its simplest, most delicious form. You may have a little time on your hands after you order, but just know you’ll soon have some tasty pizza in your stomach!