There’s a reason you’ll walk past 15 Boardwalk pizza places in the hot sun to get to your favorite: A good slice is worth the extra effort. So which Shore joint is truly the King of all Pizza? That’s for you to decide. We’ve picked the top places in each South Jersey Shore town, and are asking for you to vote for your favorite (once a day, every day) from now until July 26th. (No, you don’t have to vote for a spot in every town to have your say.) Then we’ll take the top vote-getter in each town and have a final face-off, to name the absolute best pizza place down the Shore. The winner will be announced online and featured in next summer’s annual shore guide in the magazine.
Confession of a city critic: Whenever I have to schlep out to the suburbs, I can’t help but grit my teeth. Expectations drop beyond the county line. For every Junto, there are three Saint Jameses, and there goes an hour’s worth of unleaded into the ledger of our atmospheric doom.
But I exaggerate. The Saint James’s awfulness lay far beyond the reach of replication, much less in triplicate. Yet trepidation nevertheless filled the family wagon as we made our way to its replacement in Ardmore’s Suburban Square. Owner Rob Wasserman rebooted the ill-starred concept in March as a pizzeria called Parlor, where pies bearing somewhat distressing names such as Buffy and Beastmode awaited us. Read more »
In a Facebook post, Pizzeria Vetri declares that the weekend starts at 3 p.m. A sentiment that we can certainly get behind today. And the Chancellor Street location is offering happy hour beginning at 4 p.m. That means $2 off of draft beer and wine plus half-priced margherita pizzas.
We’ll see you there.
Pizzeria Vetri – Rittenhouse [Foobooz]
It’s been clear since the get go that Marc Vetri, Jeff Benjamin and the rest of the Vetri Family team planned to expand their Pizzeria Vetri concept beyond Philadelphia. And now through their connections with Urban Outfitters, they’ve locked up their first out-of-market location. Benjamin tells Danya Heninger for Billy Penn that the Pizzeria Vetri will be opening next to an Austin Urban Outfitters.
Closer to home, Vetri’s restaurants could become part of Urban Outfitters’ lifestyle village in Devon. That project is slated to include an Urban Outfitters store plus a Terrain and Anthropologie, as well as 138-unit apartment building and restaurants. Though the deal isn’t finalized, Benjamin tells Heninger that there will likely be more than one Vetri Family restaurant in the Devon Yard project.
The second branch of Vetri Family’s Pizzeria Vetri opens today at 1615 Chancellor Street (between Walnut and Locust Streets). The second Pizzeria Vetri shares a lot in common with the original, though it is about 500 square feet bigger. Part of that room goes to establishing a true bar with eight seats. Another similarity is the Renato pizza oven that will pump out pizzas daily from 11 am to 11 pm (1 am on weekends).
The event kicks off at Lorenzo’s (305 South Street) at 10 pm where participants will grab their oversized piece of pizza. Then it’s a short walk to Jim’s for cheesesteaks and a Philly Taco beer. Yes, there is a Philly Taco beer. It’s the collaboration of two out-of-town brewers, Perennial Artisan Ales (St. Louis) and Cigar City Brewing (Tampa). Perennial co-owner Phil Wymore met Cigar City founder Joey Redner at Philly Beer Week a few years ago. The two hit it off and after a beer soaked evening, wound up eating Philly Tacos on South Street.
SliCE is showing off its new Spring pizza by giving sliCEs away between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. The samples are of the ramp and ricotta pie, made with locally sourced ramps, ricotta, mozzarella, olive oil, garlic, 1732 Meats Garlic Insanity bacon and finished with pine nuts. The pizza is available for a limited time. A small is $17.99, a large is $23.99.
SliCE has locations near Rittenhouse Square, South Philadelphia and Washington Township, NJ.
East Passyunk is one of the most bumping of stretches in Philadelphia. And with that energy comes change.
Just this weekend saw the opening of Grace and Pat’s. The owner of Gennaro’s Tomato Pie, Michael Giammarino has opened another BYOB pizzeria at 1533 S 11th Street, across from the fountain on East Passyunk. Giammarino is serving up thicker pizza than the Neapolitan pies he serves at Gennaro’s, but it wouldn’t be fair to call it Sicilian-style.
Today marks the opening of the new location of the Bottle Shop. Previously located at 1837 East Passyunk Avenue is now it is located at 1616 E Passyunk, next to Green Aisle Grocery. The new space is brighter than the original spot. In common, hundreds of beers available by the bottle.