Pizza in Philadelphia proves that some cliches are true – even bad pizza is still really good. But this isn’t a list about bad pizzas. We’re talking about Philly’s BEST pizzas – pizzas so doughy, saucy, and cheesy that you’ll remember every bite. Plus we’re covering every style of pizza – from New York style to Roman Pizzas to Detroit style pies – all in the list below!
Pizza Plus: 1846 S 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19148
Circles and Squares: 2513 Tulip St, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Daniel Gutter started as a guy focused on his pizza related Instagram account, Pizza Gutt. But after you review all the best pizzas in the area, you kind of become an expert. Gutter took that expertise, and turned it into Pizza Plus and Circles and Squares – two of Philadelphia’s best pizza places. They do everything from Traditional pies to Detroit style square pizzas with caramelized cheese on the crust. And Pizza Plus has some extras for the really hungry person in your group, like the mouthwatering Smash Burgers or pizza curly fries!
2. Pizza Jawn
4330 Main St, Philadelphia, PA 19127
If you live in Philly, you learned pretty quick what a Jawn is (translation for the non Philly folks – jawn is basically a person/place/thing). But unless you’ve been out to Manayunk lately, you haven’t had a chance to try Pizza Jawn. After 10 years of experimenting with pizza recipes and 2 years operating as a mobile food truck, that jawn is now locked in place as one of Philly’s best pies – and maybe Philly’s best pepperoni altogether!
1313 N Lee St, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Pizzeria Beddia has been dubbed America’s best pizza at one point by Bon Appetit magazine. Because of this distinction, the pies are a little on the pricier side, but still worth it. Also, get your reservations in early – these guys were still drawing crowds pre-COVID.
115 E Girard Ave #3907, Philadelphia, PA 19125
At Pizza Shackamaxon, they’re focused on the perfect slice. With a thin and crispy crust, these floppy bites are perfect in every way. Opened in 2018, this humble corner shop at Shackamaxon and Girard does not deliver! If you want a large pie, you’ll have to come by, order it and wait – and trust us, it’s worth it!
5. Pizza Brain + Pizza Dads
Pizza Brain: 2313 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Pizza Dads: 2843 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130
With creative names like the Forbes Waggensense and Leonard Bookman, you know the pies are going to be a little off the wall. But they’re still delicious, mouthwatering, thin crust pies. Top off your pizza meal with a little dessert, too – they have gelatos and sorbets, including CBD infused gelatos!
2604 E Somerset St, Philadelphia, PA 19134
The oven has been around since 1918 and has been churning out “tomato pies” since 1946. Known for a heavy-on-the-sauce approach, these guys deliver truly classic Philadelphia pizza. Now in its fifth generation, Tacconellis continues serving out pizzas just as delicious as the hot new restaurant in your neighborhood.
736 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
You may have seen the hype around this place when Dave Portnoy of Barstool Sports gave his 5 star review – lines were out the door for weeks. Opened 2013 in South Philly there’s a reason for the hype – the pizzas are an incredible, foldable and floppy delight. They also make excellent hoagies and cheesesteaks!
611 S 7th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Nomad came by its name honestly, starting as a catering company that served delicious, Neapolitan style pizzas out of their REO Speedwagon pizza oven. With a big, big focus on fresh ingredients, they’ve kept the pies simple, while expanding the menu to include some roman style pizzas too. Make sure you check out their beer list when you visit for a great selection of 12+ drafts.
655 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia PA 19123
901 S. 10th Street, Philadelphia PA 19147
6164 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19128
Established in 1959, Santucci’s is Philly’s famous original square pizza. The business has passed down three generations, but the pizza has not. These square pies take the sauce-on-top-of-cheese approach and with the gravy their grandma is making, it’s the right approach. If you’re testing out all of Philly’s best pies you have to stop at Santucci’s.
10. Enjay’s Pizza
210 S 40th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Brought to you by the folks behind Pitruco Pizza, a wood-fired pizza truck, is Enjay’s Pizza. This spot, right inside of storied Philly bar Smokey Joe’s, has been bringing passionate and quality Italian bar food to University City since 2013, and the best is yet to come. You can enjoy your cheesesteaks, garlic knots, and pies of all types every day of the week for dinner as well as Fridays for lunch.
11. Lorenzo and Sons
305 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Lorenzo and Sons, established in South Philly in 1970, offers slices literally bigger than your head. Their lunch and dinner menu is chock full of tasty pizzas, wings, and sandwiches, but the real move at Lorenzo and Sons is to go after hours. That’s not even an inside tip: they have an exclusive late night menu, which you can only order from on Friday and Saturday nights between midnight and 3 AM! Jumbo slices, fried mac & cheese bites, and mozzarella sticks are best enjoyed in those hours anyway.
12. Pizzata Pizzeria
240 S 22nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Pizzata Pizzeria was brought to life by classically-trained third-generation pizzaiolo (AKA a professional pizza guy) Davide Lubrano and self-taught pizza aficionado and winner of the 2019 USA Caputo Cup (a pizza-making contest in Naples) Vinny Gallagher. The result is quite the pizzata, or “pizza party”, with obsessively-selected ingredients and naturally-leavened dough, the product of a slower fermentation process that makes it easier to digest and more flavorful. You can taste the Pizzata difference in everything from the straightforward Burrata pie, with red sauce, mozzarella, grape tomatoes, and burrata, to the more out there Salsiccia pie, with red sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, sausage, ricotta, and a finish of hot honey.
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on November 30, 2020 and last updated on April 27, 2022. Please refer to restaurant websites and social media pages for the most up-to-date information.