Tomato pies are one of Philadelphia’s most famous specialties. Like Sicilian pizza, the tomato pies are usually baked in rectangular pans. You should expect a lightly golden and crispy crust square slice. Tomato pie is the perfect takeout option because it’s served at room temperature. It’s delicious when you get it and will also be great the following day. Philadelphia is the kind of city where people will line up for hours to get a piece of this sought-after pie. However, you can’t find the best tomato pie anywhere in the city. There are so many new pizzerias popping up every day. That is why we have this list of our favorite tomato pie spots around the city. Listed below in no particular order.
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1. Cacia’s Bakery
1526 W Ritner St, Philadelphia, PA 19145, United States
This is one of the few brick ovens left in the city. The Bakery is famous for pizza, Stromboli, Italian bread, and tomato pie. They have been in South Philly for over sixty years. It’s a family-owned business with more than four different locations. There is no dine-in, but you can order your pie and have it delivered. Cacia’s Bakery is open every day except Christmas and New Year’s Day. You can always count on them to quench your tomato pie craving. The gravy pie is extra saucy, which is very appealing. Cacia’s Bakery has turned out excellent and delicious tomato pies for four generations.
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2. Pizzeria Beddia
1313 N Lee St, Philadelphia, PA 19125, United States
Pizzeria Beddia is one of the new pizzerias in Philadelphia. It was established in 2013, and they have managed to capture the hearts of the locals. Beddia believes that dough is the most crucial component in making a tomato pie. Fermenting it for the right amount of time and using high-quality dough will make the pie exceptional. All this is true because their tomato pies are a unique experience. Trying new food spots can be scary because you don’t know what to expect. Pizzeria Beddia will quickly grow on you because everything they serve has something different to offer.
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3. Corropolese Italian Bakery & Deli
2014 Old Arch Rd # 2, Norristown, PA 19401, United States
Romano cheese, spongy dough, and sweet tomato sauce make the best combination. Tomato pies stay fresh for about two days. If you want to taste every goodness in Corropolese pie, get the ones that have been baked fresh that day. This is not your usual tomato pie; the Bakery offers a variety of toppings. You can get hot peppers, eggplant, cheese, pepperoni, and other vegetables on your pie. You have to try the supreme tomato pie on their menu; it’s only available on Sundays. It’s loaded with sweet peppers, cheddar cheese, and pepperoni. An adventurous eater will enjoy the different types of pies in the Corropolese menu.
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4. Marchiano’s Bakery
4653 Umbria St, Philadelphia, PA 19127, United States
This family-run Bakery focuses on Italian bread and tomato pies. Their tomato pie is rolled by hand into long sheets, and it’s covered with olive oil, crushed tomatoes, and other Italian spices. They won Philadelphia Magazine’s best tomato pie in 2006. They also offer cheese steak tomato pie if you are looking for something new. Usually, their tomato pies are first come, first serve. You have to be early; otherwise, you will keep missing your chance to taste their exceptional pie. There is a chart on the website that indicates what can be pre-ordered on certain days. It also shows when the Bakery is open and when they are closed.
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5. Sarcone’s Bakery
758 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, United States
This bakeshop has become a staple in South Philadelphia because of the integrity in every slice. They put out delicious old-school bread and traditional tomato pie. The pie has thick tomato sauce and focaccia-like crust. Sometimes they sell out before noon, so head out early for your slice. They bake in a massive brick heart oven until the pies are juicy in the middle and crispy on the edges. The Bakery has had five generations to perfect the art of making tomato pies. They have a vibrant history, and it shows in all their products. They also offer other baked goods like sweet treats, bread, and pizza.
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6. Park Pizza
434 S 52nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19143, United States
This is a father-son duo legacy that goes beyond fifty years. They both have experience in Philadelphia-style and New York-style pizzas. This experience shows in the tomato pies. The pies have a thinner crust, unlike most tomato pies. But despite being thin and crispier, it still holds the thick or chunky tomato sauce. Their famous tomato pie is vegan. Those on a vegan diet will appreciate this fact more than anyone else. You won’t understand the authenticity of their tomato pies until you taste them. They have the dine-in option if you want to enjoy the whole experience. Be sure to check their opening and closing hours before you stop by for a slice.
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7. Conshohocken Italian Bakery
79 Jones St, Conshohocken, PA 19428, United States
Tomato pies are what they are known for, but they also bake cookies, pizza, ciabatta bread, and so much more. They were voted the best Bakery in Philly HotList for five years. Such recognition doesn’t just happen; it means the Bakery is doing something different. They make a mean tomato pie with various toppings to make every bite different. They are your best option if you want tomato pies for a party. They customize pies and even write whatever you want on top. They have been serving baked fresh pies and pizzas to Philadelphians since 1973. If you stay in the neighborhood, it can be your go-to takeaway spot for all your tomato pie needs.
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8. Liberty Kitchen
1244 N Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19122
Liberty Kitchen serves a mean tomato pie that takes 2 hours from proof to bake to cook. Their tomato pies are naturally vegan, or you can top it with Italian anchovies, locally made pepperoni or fresh mozzarella. The sauce is made with vine-ripened tomatoes and Tuscan olive oil, and the dough has an airy texture to it, originally inspired from a focaccia recipe.
9. Pizza Shackamaxon
115 E Girard Ave Philadelphia, PA 19125, United States
Pizza Shackamaxon serves a stellar tomato pie, with a crust that is crisp and slightly charred. And if the tomato pie doesn’t strike your fancy, dig into a New York style pie here that’s thin and crisp and not too saucy. The slices are large and you can order by the slice instead of by the whole pie.
10. Circles + Squares
2513 Tulip St, Philadelphia, PA 19125, United States
Small in square footage but huge in taste, Circles + Squares is serving up two variety of tomato pies for whatever craving you have. Enjoy their classic thick-crust square pie or a circular and hand-tossed thin version that’s more akin to New York style slices. The sauce is garlicky with hints of oregano, made with California EVOO. Cash only and vegan friendly!
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11. New York Bakery
2215 S 11TH St, Philadelphia, PA 19148, United States
Don’t let the name fool you; the Bakery has mastered the art of making Philadelphia’s beloved tomato pie. However, they don’t have an official website; you have to keep up with their social media pages if you want updates. But you can always call and pre-order your tomato pie. The Bakery has become a popular destination and a neighborhood favorite for many years. You can quickly tell the tomato pie dough is crafted with expertise. There is no delivery and no dine-in, but you can take away the pie and enjoy it at home. You will also enjoy the old-school vibe at the location every time you visit. You have probably noticed that the best tomato pies in Philadelphia have a rich history attached to them. New York Bakery tomato pies are no exception; they have been in existence since the 1950s.
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published December 28, 2021 and last updated September 9, 2022.