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 »
So here we are, another weekend looming before us, and while we all certainly have lots of other things on our minds, we all still have to eat. And that’s where we come in.
Below is a list of everything cool, new interesting or delicious that we’ve been looking at in the past week, offered as a reminder that even though the world might be going to hell, we can always still send it off with a slice, a cocktail and a grilled cheese sandwich.
So here’s what you should be eating (and drinking) this weekend
Spicy Arrabbiata pizza at Pizzeria Beddia
Yesterday I checked out Harp & Crown for the first time. I thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful space. Drank what felt like an especially timely cocktail titled “Dying Declaration” – bourbon, cinnamon tincture, bitters and tried the Spicy Soppressata pizza. Chef Karen Nicholas is the latest to add a deliberately spicy pizza to her pizza list.
At Harp & Crown, the spicy soppressata pizza is made hotter with sliced shishito peppers. Balance is brought to the dish with a drizzle of honey. It got us thinking about some of our other favorite spicy pizzas in Philadelphia.
So we figured we’d rank our favorite spicy pizzas around town »
Food Underground is back with their newest “pop-up”sandwich creation: the Sabih.
We’ve given Food Underground props for their Friz Wit cheesesteak that debuted last fall at the Garage. They’re also hosted several other events around the city.
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Following a year of pop-up bagel days at Pizzeria Beddia (recently named as possessing the best pizza in the United States, which has nothing at all to do with bagels, but we’re gonna keep reminding you anyway), Fishtown’s favorite bagel boys from Philly Style Bagels are in the home stretch of an Indiegogo campaign that will help outfit their new, permanent bake space.
Yes, you read that right. They’ve secured a location right on Palmer Park, but with just a few days left they’re still about $7k shy of the $20,000 they’ll need to buy their own oven, even larger than the one they’ve been using at Beddia, and keep the bagels rolling out hot, fresh, and at reasonable prices.
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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]
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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The Melanzana at Pizzeria Vetri | Photo by Courtney Apple
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.
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This–the new menu at Pizzeria Beddia. Get ’em while you can.
Philadelphia magazine’s 40th anniversary Best of Philly issue is hitting newsstands right now. Philadelphia magazine’s is tweeting out some winners now and we are sharing these best pizza winners with you on Foobooz.
For all the winners, pick up a copy of Philadelphia magazine at your local bookstore or newsstand now.
Any way you slice it, Best of Philly Pizza Choices »