It was just two and a half years ago that we did our massive roundup of all the best (and worst) pies in the Philadelphia area. But since then, Philly has experienced something of a pizza boom, with amazing joints opening all over the city. Here are the best of the newcomers shaping our scene today.
Nomad Pizza’s new outpost at 13th and Locust has softly opened. The Roman-style pizzeria was serving guests last night and will do so again this evening as they continue to test things out.
The menu consists of salads, meatballs and twelve pizzas. Pizzas range in price from teh $11 Marinara to the $19 Truffle Pecorino.
The grand opening is set for Friday, October 25th.
Nomad Roman Opening Menu (image)
Nomad Roman [Foobooz]
Yesterday I referred to Nomad’s new Roman pizzeria as having Roman Al Taglio-style slices of pizza. I was wrong. Al Taglia pizza is common in Rome and almost exclusively served from street vendors. What Nomad’s Tom Grim has in mind is very thin round pies with toppings going right to the edge. I’ll let him explain it from here.
Philadelphia pizza has come a long way in a short time. Vote for the 2013 Best of Philly winner in pizza.
The Great Best of Philly Poll [Philadelphia Magazine]
This month Hot Diggity is collaborating with Nomad Pizza on their hot dog of the month. The NJ Italian Dog features “pizza bread,” slow roasted peppers and onions, fried potatoes, extra virgin olive oil, and a deep fried hot dog.
Tom Grim, co-owner of Nomad Pizza wanted us to pass along that Nomad Pizza’s two locations will be closed for ten days starting on Sunday, January 20th. Perhaps he was also bragging that he and 14 other staffers will be flying from Philadelphia to Rome to do some reconnaissance.
Grim says they’ll be eating lots of pizza, drinking good Italian wine and beer as well as visiting purveyors including a buffalo mozzarella farm, touring a tomato packer and visiting their organic Parmesan supplier. As Grim said, “there has to be some benefit to working in a business where you work every weekend.”
Both Nomad locations will be reopening on Thursday, January 31st. And if you’re looking for Super Bowl plans, the game will be shown on the big screen on Sunday, February 3rd.
Nomad Pizza [Official Site]
As we let you know last week in our food truck guide, four Philly food trucks show up at the Farmer’s Market each week. Today’s trucks include Zea May’s Kitchen, Spot Burger, Say Cheese, and Nomad Pizza.
The Porch Farmer’s Market [Official Site]
On Friday, July 27th London kicks off its Olympics. Eight days earlier in South Philadelphia, we have the Pizza Olympics. From 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 19th, South Philly Review is holding its fourth annual Pizza Olympics down at Penns Landing Caterers at 1301 S. Columbus Blvd. A reasonable $10 gets you admission to the event and free samples from 15 local pizza joints.
There will be music, raffles, giveaways and DJs. You must be 18 to attend and tickets are available online or at the door (in limited quantity).
Though Adam Erace would have chosen something besides A Clockwork Orange to play at Nomad Pizza‘s movie night, he claims it “might just be worth the Malcolm McDowell-induced indigestion.”
With pies as winning as their mozzarella and spicy sopressata, bright with oregano and sticky with honey (a Hopewell waitress’s money recommendation), you’ll want to get in the duo’s good graces. I love the dynamic, chewy/crispy texture and yeasty, subtly sour flavor of their pizzas, a credit to the dough, which ages four to six days before seeing 800 to 850 degrees ?inside the copper-plated, Italian wood-burning oven.
The quibbles are minor and the praise major, in Craig LaBan’s review of Nomad Pizza.
[A]s far as I’m concerned, they are all chasing Nomad Pizza, whose most elemental pizzas, the Margherita and Marinara, are as close to perfection as I’ve tasted this side of Napoli. It begins with the dough, which is left to ferment for several days before cooking, and develops a complex malty sweetness. In the oven, it takes on an elegant constellation of char-spots, and an irresistibly savory, luxurious chew that dusts my lips with flour when my teeth sink deep into its crackly crust. It has a profoundly roasted flavor that lingers for hours after the meal is over.
Two Bells – Very Good
Photo via The Susquehanna Photographic