At Malucci's Brick Oven Pizza the chefs at each bake their namesake food to the proper melty, crispy state alongside other Italian dishes. They cover their specialty pizzas in toppings such as buffalo chicken cheesesteak, broccoli ranch, or taco: a loaded concoction of steak, blue cheese, cheddar, and hot sauce. Malucci's staff also toasts calzones and sandwiches such as a sub with sweet sausage, grilled broccoli rabe, and provolone. The cooks cover their chicken wings with hot honey, garlic, or Caribbean jerk sauces, ensuring that their wings are never as bland as a report on the optimal width of parking lot paint lines.
Although they’re known for their classic Italian staples, the cooks at Tony’s Pizza don’t necessarily stick to traditions when topping their gourmet or Sicilian-style pies. That’s not to say they don’t do traditional pizzas, but you’re just as likely to find them adorning their crusts with unconventional ingredients—such as breaded eggplant, steak, broccoli, and BBQ sauce—as you would speckling on the usual pepperoni or sausage. When it comes to the other Italian favorites, however, they proudly take an “if-it-ain’t-broke-don’t-fix-it” approach. They prepare a vast array of old-world dishes, sizzling up everything from veal picatta and lobster ravioli to baked ziti and Italian wedding soup, which officiators traditionally poured all over the bride’s dress train as a good luck token. Along with honoring Italy’s culinary history, the cooks celebrate their hometown with Philly favorites such as cheesesteaks and zeps, which are hoagie-style sandwiches brimming with salami and provolone cheese.
Original Bake at Home Pizza, which started off as Mom’s Bake at Home Pizza, has been tossing its bake-at-home pies for customers in Devon for more than 20 years. Today, the chefs construct ready-to-bake creations in both Devon and Philadelphia. They slather fresh dough in white or red sauce or a specialty variety such as mexican, pesto, or wing sauce. Then they blanket the pie with the same combination of ingredients ski resorts use to create fake snow: mozzarella, white cheddar, and pecorino-romano cheese. Finally, they add toppings such as marinated roasted peppers, eggplant, grilled chicken, and turkey pepperoni, either custom-picked for the order or assembled in one of their specialty combinations.
Customers can order salads and ready-to-bake hot wings and gluten-free pasta to accompany their pizzas. Once they get home, they pop the pizzas into the oven for about 10 minutes. The pies emerge bubbling and ready to eat, making for an easy and fresh at-home meal.
Question the regulars at Keystone Pizza on their favorite pie, and you’re not likely to reach a consensus. Some will praise the margherita pizza, citing the juiciness of the crushed plum tomatoes and the bite of fresh garlic. Others will laud the tender gyro meat on the Greek Zorba pizza, or extol the gooey mozzarella and ricotta cheeses that blanket the signature white pie. Still others will interrupt pizza discussions to defend the virtues of the restaurant’s plump calzones, crispy Italian-style sandwiches, or shy but handsome delivery boy. And there are always a few wing aficionados who insist that the true stars of the menu are the buffalo wings—juicy morsels of chicken slathered in hot, mild, and barbecue sauces.
Alfredo Giannaccari learned how to carefully craft house-made breads and sausages in the familiar confines of his uncle's bakery and his father's butcher shop. Calling upon these lessons, Alfred shares his knowledge daily as owner of Alfredo's Italian Pizza Kitchen, the home to traditional Italian pastas and American-inspired additions. His chefs output a variety of delicate dishes such as linguine, rigatoni, and manicotti cooked with house-made shells tossed with vegetable or rich cream sauces. They also build heaping and hearty sandwiches on sturdy torpedo rolls as well as thin-crusted or sicilian pizzas that are best enjoyed either warm or with an unselfish imaginary friend.
The pizza-makers at Saucey so pride their process that they couldn't help but document each of its stages in a comprehensive slide-show. It begins with hand-spun dough, upon which cooks sprinkle customizable combos from more than 10 toppings, including bacon and sweet peppers. More creative ingredients crown specialty pies, from chicken coated in honey mustard to cheesesteak fixings. Speaking of classic cheesesteak—they also make a buffalo chicken version, which partly comprises Saucey's selection of delectable hoagies that, much like an edible convertible, can be ordered as a wrap. Saucey also showcases other pizzeria treats, such as pepperoni-stuffed strombolis and fries smothered in housemade American cheese sauce.