Joe Beddia with a copy of the new Best of Philly issue inside his Fishtown pizzeria.
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The 2017 edition of Best of Philly is now out, so we thought we’d pay a visit to the guy whose pizza graces the cover: Fishtown pizza guru Joe Beddia. We caught up with him on Thursday morning inside his perpetually sweltering Girard Avenue shop. Read more »
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]
Photo by Courtney Apple
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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Last time we checked in with Brad Podray he was rapping about Federal Donuts. And now he’s back with a rap about the “Jesus of Pizza, the messiah of dough,” Joe Beddia and his Pizzeria Beddia.
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Pizzeria Beddia [Official Site]
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]