Take a Look Around the New Pizzeria Beddia in Fishtown
Pizzeria Beddia is now open in Fishtown, serving a tiny menu of small plates, pies, natural wine and soft serve ice cream.
The first thing I want you to know about the new Pizzeria Beddia is that it’s a very pretty place. It’s bright and white, filled with clean lines and modular booths. Joe Beddia, showing me around the space, pointed to the lamps hanging over the picnic tables in the dining room, delighting in the fact that they don’t have actual light bulbs, just a ring of light on the outer edge — “It’s an optical illusion!”
You’ve seen the cloud, I assume. That cloud (made by a fine art collective called FriendsWithYou) could very well become the city’s next LOVE statue — a thing somehow associated with Philly, even though, like the cloud, it was a thing that existed elsewhere before it became our thing.
The second thing I want you to know about the new Pizzeria Beddia is that the neon logo outside, the green peace symbol hanging above the restaurant actually means “two” — as in: the second Pizzeria Beddia. And also that the menu is tiny. Seven small plates, three pizzas, a tomato pie, and one dessert: soft serve ice cream. The bar offers a tight list of natural wine, three cocktails and just a few beers. Scroll down for the full menu.
The third thing I want you to know about the new Pizzeria Beddia is that it has a tiny private dining room in the back he calls the Hoagie Room (no pictures of it yet, it’s currently being used as storage space). The Hoagie Room, once it’s ready to go, will be only available by reservation, it will be a set price (Beddia is thinking, “around $65-ish”), and can seat about six people comfortably — eight people max. There’s a bar in the Hoagie Room, similar in style to a fancy sushi bar. You can order the full menu there, but it’s the only place in the restaurant that you can order Joe Beddia’s hoagies built on Joe Beddia’s hoagie rolls. It’s a room Beddia specially made for his buddy John Walker, his only help at the original Pizzeria Beddia on Girard Avenue.
The last thing I want you to know about Pizzeria Beddia is that it’s booked solid for about two months. But the cool thing is that he keeps 60 percent of the dining room open and available to walk-ins. Get there early, make your reservation, stick around Fishtown for a few hours, and you’ll probably get a table. No need to plan three months in advance. It’s open for dinner till 11 p.m. every day.