Philly's Phatties is all about uniting the community, bringing folks together seven days a week to dig into hearty helpings of casual Italian food, which earned a Best of South Jersey 2011 nod from Courier-Post readers. Gooey cheese oozes from traditional cheesesteaks and veggie-stuffed stromboli, and orders of the shop's famous chicken wings are doused in mild, medium, fire, franks, barbecue, or garlic-parmesan sauce. The cooks toss handcrafted pizzas into more than 10 specialty varieties, which are crowned with buffalo chicken, white alfredo sauce, and broccoli.
Their hometown dedication is echoed in the eatery's extracurriculars. They teach local community groups and special-needs students how to whip up pizzas, according to the Courier-Post, and support Boy Scout troops and Little League teams.
Lorenzo's pizza purveyors stack disks of fresh dough with a panoply of gourmet ingredients before sliding them into brick ovens to seal in a smoky redolence. Classic pies such as the sweet Hawaiian and the basil-infused margherita send taste buds back in time more quickly than wormhole-flavored toothpaste, and innovative recipes set palates ablaze with creations such as the spicy buffalo-chicken pizza adorned with wing sauce and blue cheese. Chefs saddle up the Ranchero with bacon, spinach, and tomatoes in melty mozzarella and cool ranch dressing. Greener eats include the eggplant-parmesan pizza and the Mediterranean, which flaunts its sauceless façade with roasted peppers, spinach, olives, and garlic. A savory side of garlic knots and a two-liter bottle of Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, or Sprite accompany pizzas shared inside the eatery or savored at home in front of shamed frozen pizzas.
Though it is arguably Iannelli’s most famous pizza, the tomato pie barely resembles a traditional pizza. Its rectangular-shaped Sicilian-style dough is covered in a thick layer of housemade sauce (called “gravy”) and baked in a brick oven. But ever since owners Terry and Mirna Iannelli introduced this cheese-less wonder to South Philly in 1910, it has been a hit.
Now more than a century later, the Iannelli’s grandson Vincent still churns out the tomato pie, which was said to have one of the Best Crusts by Philadelphia magazine and was featured in a video by Thrillist. Vincent’s chefs also create fried meatballs the way Nonna made them—by using pork and veal and cooking them over a horse-drawn stove. And in keeping with tradition, they freshly bake breads, decorate special-occasion cakes, and fill cannoli with a sweet creamy filling.
It’s rare to witness a moment of silence at The Pizza Pub, where the air is constantly filled with the uncapping of Miller High Life bottles, the roar of football games, and the animated chatter of friends. Bartenders scurry about behind the bar, blending up mixed drinks and pouring pints of draft beers. Servers bring out plates of plump wings, juicy burgers, and grilled-sirloin sandwiches dripping with gooey cheese. As its name suggests, though, the eatery is part pizzeria, so the chefs also bake specialty pies speckled with gourmet toppings such as grilled chicken, roasted eggplant, and blue cheese. High-top tables set the stage for those pizzas or comfort food such as beer-battered onion rings, while out on the front patio, cheerful umbrellas mimic Clifford the Dog’s ability to be both red and grant shade for lots of people. On weekend nights, this lively eatery hosts DJ'ed karaoke nights and DJ'ed dance parties.