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The Top 10 Pizzas in Philly: Santucci’s, Tacconelli’s, Osteria, Franzone’s and more…

santuccis pizza 300x200 The Top 10 Pizzas in Philly: Santuccis, Tacconelli’s, Osteria, Franzone’s and more…The Sweet Sauce and the Square Pie Revolutionize the Best Pizza in Philadelphia!

By Michelle Reynolds, Jeremy Thomson, Pat Smith, Paul Reiter, Tim Rodgers, Andy Marcus, Dianne D’aulerio, Carolynn Chapman and Matt Goldstein

Featured Photo by Drew Lazor of the City Paper

Santucci’s Square Pizza is expanding all over the area and for good reason, it’s the best pizza in Philadelphia. The square pie with the sauce on top is being mimicked all over the city, but others just can’t touch the style that has been perfected by Santucci’s Square Pizza.

Yup, you’re probably shocked not to see Lorenzo’s on the list, let alone the top 5. You probably think Lorenzo’s got the shaft. The truth of the matter is that Lorenzo’s hasn’t been good in a long time. For far too long and far too many times, Lorenzo’s has undercooked the pizza in order to sell more pies. That strategy is slowly killing what used to be great pizza.

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santuccis pizza logo The Top 10 Pizzas in Philly: Santuccis, Tacconelli’s, Osteria, Franzone’s and more…1. Santucci’s Square Pizza

Since 1959, Santucci’s has been revolutionizing the square pizza. With the sauce on top, and a perfect crust, getting the corner slice of the pie cannot be defined in words. Order a Santucci’s pie with extra cheese. Trust us… We’ve been eating Santucci’s for about 30 years now. There are now six locations throughout the Philadelphia area.

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2. The Original Tacconelli’s Pizzeria

Internationally known, nationally recognized and considered the best of Philly by most people in the know. Tacconelli’s is so popular that sometimes you have to order a pizza three days in advance. Tacconelli’s has been baking bread out of the same brick oven since 1918 and has been making pizzas since 1946. 2604 E. Somerset St., Philadelphia, PA 19134.

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osteria pizza 300x200 The Top 10 Pizzas in Philly: Santuccis, Tacconelli’s, Osteria, Franzone’s and more…3.  Osteria

More of an artisan gourmet style pizza, but it’s so damn good that it would have been criminal not to be included on the list. Osteria takes a thin crust Naples style pie and creates a literal masterpiece. 640 N. Broad St., Philadelphia PA 19130

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4. Franzone’s Pizzeria

Kings of the sweet sauce, Franzone’s has a beautiful flaky style crust that is completely unmatched.  The sauce and crust combined stand far apart from the competition and the scent alone will drive you crazy. One Franzone’s customer was so obsessed that when he moved to the Midwest for a new job, this guy paid Franzone’s to freeze the pizza and ship it out. Ya gotta respect that type of dedication.  Franzone’s has two locations, one in Conshohocken and one in Bridgeport.

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5.  Vince’s Pizzeria

Vince’s Pizza is probably the most underrated pizza in the entire Philadelphia area. Vince’s is easily one of the best slices of pizza you will ever have period. It’s absolutely insane that we haven’t seen Vince’s on a top 10 list yet considering it makes a case to be #1. Vince’s pizza is top 5, no question. 1900 Grant Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19115

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6. Pica’s Restaurant

Brick oven style square pizza with cheese on the bottom, Pica’s has been at the same location since 1956. 7803 West Chester Pike, Upper Darby, PA 19082 .

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7.  Rustica

A brick oven style with pizza with slightly sweet sauce, Rustica has some of the best slices in the city. With lots of unique toppings, their all worth a try. 903 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania .

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slice pizza pic whole pizza pie 300x199 The Top 10 Pizzas in Philly: Santuccis, Tacconelli’s, Osteria, Franzone’s and more…8.  Stogie Joe’s

Here’s another square pie that crushes the average triangle style pizza slice. Philadelphia is making a culinary statement to the world with unbelievable square pizza pies. 1801 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

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9.  Mama Palma’s

Mama Palma’s maybe the best brick oven style pizza around. Try the Polena, it’s pretty crazy. 2229 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA

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10.  Marra’s Cucina Italiana

Since 1927, Marra’s has graced Passyunk Ave with great Italian food and has been making some of the best pizza in Philadelphia for 40 years. When crispy, Mara’s might be the best dough in the city. 1734 E. Passyunk Ave. Philadelphia, PA.

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11.  Lazaro’s Pizza House

Here’s another pizzeria making a masterful pie with the sweet sauce. The sweet sauce is not for everybody, but god-like to many. 1743 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146

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12.  From the Boot

From the Boot in Lafayette Hill is mostly known for being a very inexpensive BYOB with good family style Italian cuisine. It’s basically a 1-2 hour wait every single Friday and Saturday night. But the best food about this BYOB is their gourmet pizza. Forget waiting in line for 2 hours; just order a large Pomodoro pie for take out. The Pomodoro adds pesto, prosciutto, fresh basil and plum tomatoes, and is completely out of control. One of the most underrated pizza houses in the area. 517 Germantown Pike, Philadelphia, PA.

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13.  Fame’s Famous Pizza

The Fame’s Famous Pizza gets a lot of Temple students through some rough times when the only meal they can afford is a $2 slice. And what a slice it is. It’s shocking that Fame’s doesn’t more respect throughout the city so we’re putting it out there. It’s a must try! We love Fame’s so much we even made a movie about it. Seriously. 1835 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA.

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14.  Alex’s Pizzeria

Alex’s doesn’t sell anything else but pizza and it’s almost impossible to get a pie on a Friday night.  Alex’s certainly made a name as the best pizza in Roxborough and Manayunk.  Wait a minute, Santucci’s has a new location in Manayunk. This sounds like the latest neighborhood pizza challenge. Somebody call Food Wars. 400 Leverington Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19128

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15.  Slice

Slice is just a flat out murderous slice of pizza and an authentic Italian style. There are two Slice locations, one in Rittenhouse and one in the Italian market.

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17 comments to The Top 10 Pizzas in Philly: Santucci’s, Tacconelli’s, Osteria, Franzone’s and more…

  • mr. moonboots

    As far as local chains go, has anyone had Tony Roni’s? I think it smacks most of the independents around with ease. The Sinatra and their flip pie is kinda outstanding. I don’t know how many there are around the way, but i mess with the one outside Drexel Hill and for a strip mall status, it has a decent crowd every single visit.

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  • JD

    Penny’s Pizza in Limerick should be given consideration. Like Franzone’s, their sauce is sweet and delicious.

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    Tim Rodgers Reply:

    I live 5 minutes from Penny’s Pizza and it’s horrible. The crust has those granules of wheat on the bottom like an English muffin. Too much sauce and subpar quality cheese that is oily

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    Hank Reply:

    you got a lot of growing up to do pal, its called cornmeal, and there pizza is delicious

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  • The Man in the Big Office

    You down with NJP, Yeah you know me. Not Just Pizza. Steak ‘em up is pretty decent as well. SIKE.

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  • […] has been named one of the Top 10 pizza’s in the Philly […]

  • mr. moonboots

    Although the Santucci’s name is strewn across the Northeast, there is only one real Santucci’s and that is the joint on O Street near the Juniata section of town. I wouldn’t include all of the other locations with the O Street, although a plan to open one up in Bella Vista is still in the works.

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  • Tim Rodgers

    A food wars episode should be based upon charlies and vince’s in the northeast.

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  • FRANZONE’S! that is all. :-)

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  • Hey guys. I don’t mind you using my photo (Santucci’s, @ the top), but can you please credit/link it back to its original post? Thank you!

    http://citypaper.net/blogs/mealticket/2010/08/26/confirmed-santuccis-to-south-philly/

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    Matt Goldstein Reply:

    Thanks Drew! I posted the link and photo credit above. Let me know if that works.

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    Drew Lazor Reply:

    Appreciate it Matt

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  • Attention pizza joints not on the list- comp us a pie and we will review it!

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    Matt Goldstein Reply:

    Look, we’re not saying you automatically get a good review for a free pizza, but free always seems to taste better. LOL

    Seriously though, if we’ve never had it, we can’t rank it. Send us an email and we’ll set up a review…

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  • Howard

    Pizza Rustica on Second Street is just fabulous, always.

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  • Marcus

    Great list/ with Santucci’s coming in #1/ vinces is Def a top 5 joint, funny thing is Vinces father Charlie has his own spot in feltonville on B street and the blvd called you guessed it “charlies Pizzaria” / / Charlies is main stay and should get an honorable mention at the very least!

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    Matt Goldstein Reply:

    Charlie’s was actually being considered but didn’t make the cut. Santucci’s the GOAT!

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