Established in 1972 and now run by the third generation of its founding family, Uncle Tomy's Pizzeria fills its menu with comfort food such as pizzas, hoagies, and freshly fried sides. After hand-tossing disks of pizza dough, cooks layer each crust with sauce, cheese, and 11 regular or 12 gourmet toppings—which include prosciutto, eggplant, and diced chef's hat. Oven-baked fries and homemade meatball sandwiches round out the menu alongside orders of buffalo wings.
Housed inside what was once an old pharmacy, Rimedio—which is Italian for “remedy”—serves refined northern Italian cuisine amid white tablecloths and vintage light fixtures. Chef Dan Freeman seeks out quality proteins—including free-range chicken and grass-fed beef—to fill his seasonal menu, and even incorporates homemade flavors by curing his own pork belly and making his own pastas and sausages. Although the space has an old-timey ambiance, contemporary art adorns its walls alongside a large chalkboard imported from the future.
For most restaurants, remodeling is limited to subtle changes to the menu or interior. La Stanza, on the other hand, recently went through a complete overhaul before thousands of viewers on the Food Network's Restaurant: Impossible. Now, the restaurant is decked out with rich burgundy accents and mod metal artwork. Lamps with twisted metal hang from the ceiling, brightening up a space that was previously considered to be too dark. But what really takes center stage is the food.
According to a South Philly Review, the food was never really an issue for the Food Network show. La Stanza's chef, Marco Decotiis told the Review that: “The Food Network told me it had looked into me and realized I’m a good cook." The show's focus was more on updating the decor.
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.
The calzone constructivists at D.P. Dough comfort stomachs 'til the wee hours of the morning every night, using made-to-order dough stuffed with a multitude of tasty ingredients. Topping a menu of more than 40 'zones ($6.85 each), and carefully chaperoned by sides of marinara sauce, are a bevy of breaded-bird beauties like the Chicken Parma-Zone and the bleu-cheese-bedecked Buffer Zone. Gift a generous green thumb with veggie variables like the Time Zone, which is a garden of peppers, mushrooms, onions, and cheeses. Outside the doughy dimension, the baked D.P. Dough Wings let taste buds takeoff with six ($4.50) to 24 ($16.05) wings sheathed in hot sauce, barbecue, or ranch seasoning.
Named after the proprietors' father—a longtime veteran of the restaurant trade—Mikey's American Grill & Sports Bar continues the family's tradition of serving good food in a congenial atmosphere. Seated in the light-filled dining room, guests peel their eyes away from the sports-filled big-screen TVs above the bar to peruse a menu of classic bar standbys. Juicy 8-ounce burgers arrive piled high with tantalizing toppings including bacon, goat cheese, and fried eggs. Their tater tot brethren are no less decorated, coming tricked out with extras ranging from jalapenos and blue cheese to grilled chicken. The thirsty receive equal consideration, with bartenders pouring beer, original cocktails, and fishbowls that let friends share their libations or help pet tetras just loosen up for once in their lives.