Best of Philly: In Search of Philly’s Best Quick-Serve Pizza

Best of Philly 2017 is now online as well as at newsstands. Check out the best in pizza as well as the rest of the Best in food, drink, shopping, beauty, health, fitness, fun and games. 

Judging on a variety of factors, eight Philly Mag taste-testers dug into margherita pies (or whatever the “plain version was) from &pizza, MOD Pizza, Blaze Pizza, and Snap Custom Pizza. And, ding! Ding! Ding! The results were unanimous: Snap Custom Pizza takes the cake — er, pie.

Here, what our tasters had to say:

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This West Philly Artist Will Bring You a Surprise Pizza

Photo by Alex Jones

Wanna crush some ‘za but don’t feel like going outside? You’ve got several options for delivery, from schmancy chef-driven pizza through Caviar to your neighborhood pizza joint. With luck, you’ll be eating an ok-to-pretty-good (depending on your location and desired price point), still-hot pizza within an hour.

But where’s the fun in that?

Instead, you could let West Philly-based theater artist and performer Donna Oblongata bring you a pizza…sometime. Somewhere, at a location you’re likely to be (a little social media sleuthing might be involved). And there’s no telling what she’ll put on it.

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Brigantessa Makes Tuesdays Awesome With $10 Pizza Deal


The good folks at Brigantessa already know how to make Tuesdays — one of the most mediocre days of the week — a little bit special with their late-night Family Meal partnerships. And now, they’re offering a super sweet deal on pizzas that night, too.

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Neapolitan Pizza, Craft Beer, and Comfort Food Coming to Chestnut Street This Fall


Chestnut Street in Midtown Village is heating up. Last week, we announced that beer and BBQ hall Tradesman’s would be opening late this year on the 1300 block. And nearby at 12th and Market, construction on the East Market project continues apace.

Now, the Asbury Park-based creative collective and restaurant group Smith will be opening two restaurants on the 1200 block of Chestnut. Neapolitan pizzeria Porta and comfort food and craft beer-focused Brickwall Tavern will set up outposts at 1214 and 1216 Chestnut Street, respectively.

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Hey Philly, It’s Time to Hop on the Pizza al Taglio Train



Philly is no stranger to the square pie. I mean, we literally have an award-winning restaurant in Queen Village called Square Pie that specializes in four-cornered pan pizzas, not to mention a storied history with Sicilian pies and hybrid-types like La Rosa and, more recently, Pizza Gutt. But for a city so comfortable with straight-edges, Roman-style al taglio — the Italian king of rectangular pizza — stays put right under the radar. Few restaurants have tried it out in Philly, and even fewer were successful when they did.

But pizza al taglio is the hot, new thing in the States, what with Roman-style shops opening in big food cities like New York, Chicago, San Fransisco, and Portland. Philly is joining the movement with a new shop called Rione opening at 102 South 21st Street in just a few short months.

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