Bon Appetit Salutes Pizzeria Beddia

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Pizzeria Beddia | Photo by Courtney Apple

Last year, Philadelphia magazine named Pizzeria Beddia Best Pizza in Philly and it’s been onwards and upwards for pizza genius Joe Beddia since then. Today Bon Appetit named Beddia the pizzeria… not best in Philly, not best in Pennsylvania, not even best in the Northeast, but the best in AMERICA.

With this news the lines will only get longer, but we’re willing to wait. Huge congrats to Joe, “the Pizza Saint” for this recognition – the man deserves it – after all, he does hand-make every pie himself.

Pizzeria Beddia [Foobooz]

Philadelphia Restaurant Review: Pizzeria Beddia

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Joe Beddia would’ve flunked out of Wharton for sure.

Consider the pizzaiolo’s business plan. He offers three pies, whole only, in a Fishtown storefront that’s legally prohibited from seating customers. There are no logos on his takeout boxes and no takeaway menus on the counter, and the restaurant has no phone.

And a year after he opened, Beddia is a veritable pizza superstar.

At first it was just the neighbors coming — which was all he really envisioned. But then people started schlepping in from Center City to line up outside his door. And then from Delaware and D.C. And soon, Bon Appétit “Foodist” Andrew Knowlton was horning in on the action.

So how does this happen to a place that is open four evenings a week, routinely reaches hour-plus waits less than three minutes after unlocking the door, and requires takeout orders to be placed in person?

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Joe Beddia Opening His Pizzeria in Fishtown

Joe Beddia who previously tried to open a pizzeria in Northern Liberties has won zoning approval from the neighborhood to open Pizzeria Beddia at 115 E Girard Avenue in Fishtown.

Beddia is a familiar face around town having worked at South Philadelphia Taproom, Tria, Osteria and Zavino to name a few.

Michael Klein reports that Beddia’s brick-lined Montague deck will be turning out pizzas in early 2013.

Old-fashioned pizza for Fishtown [The Insider]