More Than Just Pizza at Santucci’s, But It’s Still About the Pizza

Steaming pizza pie from Santucci’s

We agree with Adam Erace that the rest of the menu at Santucci’s deserves investigation and praise. But it still comes down to the pizza.

[T]he best pizza I’ve had in months, a 9-by-9-inch “personal” pie with a mottled brown bottom and tall crusty corners, melty aged mozzarella underlay and liberally spiced tomato-sauce top striped with roasted long hots. It’s magnificent.The magic is in the pans, heavy cast-iron bastards that are black with seasoning built up over countless oven firings. They’re never washed with soap, only water, after each pie is lifted out and then re-oiled for the next dough. So each new pizza, in a way, contains some DNA of all the pizzas that have come before it, like sourdough made from a starter passed down through the generations.

Square Biz [City Paper]
Santucci’s [Official Site]

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  • Mike

    No menu on the website?

  • http://twitter.com/kb0r kbor

    found the menu:
    http://philadelphia.menupages.com/restaurants/santuccis-pizza/menu

    I’ve gotten delivery from this spot and the pizza rules! Moved to queen village from fishtown earlier this year and Santucci’s was one of the things I missed most. Also, try the spaghetti and meatballs (beef,boar,veal i believe).

  • lilpit

    I love what I know as either red sicilian or upside down sicilian. That said, although the crust & sauce are very good, I feel like Santucci’s could up the cheese a little bit. Best place I’ve had this style is Rosa’s in NYC Penn Station. Awesome. If that’s a 10 Santucci’s is an 8.
    I’ve had a couple of the non-pizza menu items and they are good. Nice salads.
    Mas cheese, por favor.

    Anybody know where in Philly you can get a good “Grandma” pizza? That is, square crust about as thick as Santuccis, lots of cheese, lots of oregano & just a bit of sauce in the middle of the slice?

  • lilpit

    Hmmm… I’m looking at the accompanying pic and that pizza looks like it has a good deal more cheese than mine had. Maybe it was just a badly made example that I had. Will have to give it another shot.