Last night, Stu and I made the trek out to the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia to visit Tacconelli’s Pizza with his family. Along with Osteria, this place was listed among GQ Magazine’s Top 25 Pizzas in the country. After sampling some of Osteria’s most beloved slices at the Foster’s Homewares demonstration with Jeff Michaud, we thought we’d have a go with one of Philadelphia’s other well-recognized pizza joint. (Face it, Philadelphia is not known for it’s pizza.)

At Tacconelli’s you have to call at least a day before to order your dough, even if you are eating in. You must tell them how many pies you plan on eating with your party and they’ll set it aside for you. Otherwise, you probably won’t get a slice of the action. (Har har.) You’re also only allowed to order two pies at a time and they’ll take your other orders after the first two are finished.

The first two pizzas we ordered were the Margarita Pizza and the white pizza with Spinach and Tomatoes, which they are known for. The pies are a very thin crust and the toppings to choose from are minimal, with Spinach, Whole Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Pepperoni, Sausage, Sweet Peppers, Anchovies, Onions, Proscuitto, Basil, and Extra Cheese. Nothing fancy here. Just your average Italian Pizza Pies. They suggest that you don’t ask for more than three toppings per pizza, as it will be too overloaded to appreciate the thin crust.

The Margarita Pizza was very similar to Osteria’s, with a very sweet sauce with a heavy presence of basil, only a few pieces of fresh mozzarella and topped with a lot of fresh basil on top to finish it off.

Margarita Pizza

Margarita Pizza

The white pizza, which I am sorry to say had no comparison to Osteria’s white zucchini pizza, thought it was very delicious. It was an olive oil based sauce with garlic and cheese, topped with roasted spinach and tomatoes.  I ate 2 and a half pieces of it.

White Spinach and Tomato Pizza

White Spinach and Tomato Pizza

The third pizza we put in for was sausage and pepperoni. I have never been a lover of meat-topped pizza, but even I had to have a sample. I will say that it was a bit salty for my liking, but that the sausage was very delicious and flavorful, unlike other sausage toppings that you can find on other pizzas. The basil presence of the sauce definitely showed through all of the meatiness, which was a redeeming quality.

Sausage and Pepperoni Pizza

Sausage and Pepperoni Pizza

All in all, it was a great night out. It’s a BYOB so we had plenty of wine flowing, which made the long wait a little more bearable. That’s right- we waited at least an hour for our first two pizzas. The waitress was kind and explained that there was only one person working in the kitchen, but then suggested that next time we should bring out own salads to keep us occupied. I was a little less than impressed with that comment. By the time our pizza came, we were faint with hunger, but we sure did make up for it- devouring all three pizzas between five people.

The crust of the pizza was perfect. I am from Connecticut and I am a big fan of the crunchy, crispy crust. It was so crunchy, in fact that the roof of my mouth is still sore from all of my chomping. But I’d do it all over again tonight if I could!

In short, if you want a simple, basic, and delicious pizza, Tacconelli’s is the place to go. Order your dough ahead of time, expect a long wait for your food, and bring a bottle of wine, or two to pass the time. But be prepared to put those slices away like you never have before! It is a great, fun family experience and should be a trip to put on your to-do list at some point in your life! Great job, Tacconelli’s!

Next weekend: The Osteria Birthday Pizza Dinner! Can’t wait!

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