Zavino is now offering food and beverage pairings Monday through Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30pm. Tonight getÂ Fried Green Tomato with olive tapenade and Mozzarella paired with a Troegs Sunshine Pilsner for $8.
Drew Lazor takes umbrage to the premise that you cannot get good pizza in Philadelphia in his cover story in today’s City Paper. Lazor winds his way through Philadelphia’s best pizza haunts collecting opinions and theories galore on pizza in Philadelphia.
Pizzeria Stella’s expansion is due to open today. The former pilates studio has been transformed into a bar area plus additional seating for the popular 2nd and Lombard pizzeria. All-tolled it’s an additional 40 seats available. [The Insider]
La Rosa Pizza gets another devotee as Philly Phoodie discovers the wonders of these square pies, one topped with pepperoni, onions and mushrooms, the second a split between their famous potato pie and half sausage and green pepper. [Philly Phoodie]
Craig LaBan finds the nightly specials to be the real treat at Zavino but what does he say about the pizza?
But I’m not on the Zavino-as-Pizza-King bandwagon quite yet. In my ever-evolving scale of micro-ratings between the “good” and the “great,” Zavino’s pies are still not quite on par with those at Stella or Osteria. They have a pliantly soft Neapolitan-style puff that could benefit from a hint more crusty snap. The array of toppings, while built on such quality elements as Claudio’s mozzarella and Kennett Square mushrooms, is limited and predictable. The bright Stanislaus tomato sauce is milled a bit too chunky for my tastes, then ladled on too thick.
Adam Erace reviews Zavino, Midtown Village’s new pizza trattoria and he finds some Philadelphia’s best pizza plus some other surprises like house-made headcheese ravioli. But it’s the pizza you’ll come for.