Two Bells for Fishtown’s Pizza Brain

Craig LaBan reviews Pizza Brain on on Frankford Avenue in Fishtown. Fresh ingredients and balanced flavors furnish the Guinness World Recorded pizza museum/shop with two bells.

But while there are certainly more exquisite and inventive pizzas in town, Dwyer and partners Ryan Anderson, Mike Carter, and chef Joe Hunter have done a surprisingly respectable job of spinning some worthy variations on the classic crispy American genre. No puffy, personal Neapolitan pies here. This dough, created by sous chef Austin Adams, is touched by the DNA of sourdough starter and delivers personality.

And while the toppings don’t always quite match the zaniness of the pizzas’ names (most culled from Dwyer’s days as a young data-entry Dilbert), they highlight good ingredients and a fine sense of balance.

Two Bells – Very Good

Pizza Brain [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Pizza Brain [Official Site]

  • Craigiepoo

    Pizza Brain and Will both have 2 bells. Tell me how that make sense?

  • Little Timmy

    Surprise surprise. More armpit hair. Fucking unbelievable.

  • pmci

    Do people seriously still not understand how star ratings work, and that restaurants are reviewed to a large extent against their peers? How does it make sense that those 2 places each get 2 bells? Because single human being Craig LaBan thinks that a casual pizza place is doing what they do really well while a more upscale spot has room to improve. How does this NOT make sense?

  • WILL GRELLO

    PIZZA BRAIN SHOULD HAVE BEEN ATLEAST 3 STARS. THE BEST PIZZA IN THE CITY BY FAR AND AN AWESOME ATMOSPHERE WITH AWESOME PEOPLE. I AM IN THERE ATLEAST 3 TIMES A WEEK AND YOU SEE ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORHOOD FRIENDS AND THEY ALL SAY HI.

  • Alimentarian

    @1, it’s not like Will is Sketchburger.

  • Harry

    I can’t wait for the papa johns review in a couple weeks. I’m predicting a 3 beller. Good stuff

  • Pizza Shame

    this is laban pandering to the new generation of “foodie hipsters”. It used to be record shop employees that would drone endlessly about some rare Uk import with a sense of knowing entitlement. Now, its the twenty-something restaurant yelpsters who know more about rare truffle oil then how to hold a steady job.

  • http://www.philthycanuck.com/ Adam

    If the refs ever attempt to slow down the game, it’ll be an embarrassment to the NFL. The refs need to catch up with the game… that’s all there is to it.

    • PhEaglesPhan

      I agree, this is absurd if we have to wait on 75 yr old refs to do their pre snap set up and are indeed slowing the pace of the game then we need younger refs.

      I would like to know what rule in the refs rule book states that they control the pace of the game.

  • G_WallyHunter

    good read, that clears up any confusion from before :)

  • Scott J610

    Blandino doesn’t want any of his refs working up a sweat. They might lose too much weight.

  • Dutch

    Kelly, hasn’t found a reason for concern. Everybody has to play by the same rules. The refs can only slow down the game in instances of the ball being exchanged after an incomplete pass or players going out of bounds which blows a play dead.

    In each case the ball has to be changed. So long as the Eagles rushers don’t leave the playing boundaries the same ball is set for the next play. The defense can not bring in substitutes unless they call a timeout or the Offense substitutes. If there isn’t a called time out, injury or one of the circumstances listed here and the refs are purposely delaying the next play by preventing the Eagles to go into their next play then that’s a problem.

    This is one of the reasons Kelly requires smart conscious players in his system. Player should know the rules and how to make them benefit their efforts.

  • Max Lightfoot

    Don’t be too zippy, Chip, ’cause I might miss Andy Reid and his wild-eyed, thousand -mile stare as precious seconds expire … well, not really.

    • Dutch

      This scene was to familiar in Philly over Reid’s 14 year tenure. Amazing this situation never got better for a guy with 30 plus years of football under his belt.

  • PsychoPathetic1

    Refs controlling the tempo equals refs controlling the outcome. Maybe the NFL should realize that up tempo means more possession changes in the game which means more commercials, which means more $$$ for the league.

  • GreenBleedin

    I agree. I read that comment and immediately thought here is some dude who needs to understand that the players make the game, not the ref’s. Serious narcissist candidate in that VP.

  • knighn

    OK… so commercial breaks are part of the network/NFL contract and don’t change based on number of scores? And the NFL wants less scoring and fewer highlight plays? It’s all about the NFL Red Zone these days. It’s all about fantasy stats. The refs might want to slow things down but the NFL certainly does not!

    There are certainly rules in place to keep things fair for the defense (substitution rules), but the NFL is not about to slow down. In fact, I’m betting you’re going to hear more fallout from opposing players faking injuries than from the pace of the game. The game is speeding up. This year the NFL should once again set a record for number of plays from scrimmage, yards and points scored. Once again: Refs need to shut their fat faces and get running.

    EDIT: And one more thing… the LAST thing the NFL wants to hear is that they have an inferior product to the NCAA. Once again, refs: Step Up or Step Out.

  • UKEagle99

    Lol… I agree with you though.

  • UKEagle99

    Mate you are killing me :-)

  • Donnieb

    That’s actually a great explanation of how Chip Kelly’s offense should operate. Nicely done.