Piesmiths at Apollo Pizza partner an array of sides and salads with made-to-order pizzas slathered with sauce, covered in cheese, and polka-dotted with a potpourri of toppings. Descend fork first in to a chicken-caesar or greek salad before eschewing silverware to grab sides—such as onion rings, jalapeño poppers, or bacon-and-cheese-topped mega fries—with hands or telepathic mind powers. A serving of 10 buffalo wings smothered in sauce round out pre-main-course noshings before a fully customizable pie arrives at tables laden with four toppings plucked from a cache of more than 15 accouterments, including roasted peppers, ricotta cheese, and sausage. Throughout the meal, diners can split 2 liters of Coca-Cola, sipping it from individual glasses or, in accordance with Italian tradition, chugging it straight from the bottle while dancing the tarantella.
Tony Altomare’s Italian eatery crafts Neapolitan-style pizzas with freshly made dough and homemade sauces, gaining accolades such as the title of best pizza from the Philly Hot List in 2010. Diners can peruse the menu and sink teeth into one of the pre-designed pies, such as the mozzarella-, basil-, and tomato-sauce-adorned margherita pizza ($13.99 for a large), or the romano pizza splattered with pepperoni, sausage, philly steak, and bacon ($15.99 for a large). The grilled eggplant and verdant fillings of the veggie delight wrap ($6.59) offer a tastier alternative to nibbling on various houseplants; a buffalo chicken stromboli ($7.59–$15.59) or one of the homemade hoagies ($6.29–$6.59) reenergize patrons who have spent long hours writing a book in binary code. Tony’s menu varies with each location, so check each restaurant’s website for a complete listing of its belly-tickling fare selection.
If the murals inside TreVi could talk, they'd probably order a pizza. The BYOB restaurant serves up 15 different types of thin-crust pie, many topped with a tomato sauce lauded by Philadelphia magazine, which called the sauce "rich, with ample chunks of tomato and the ideal consistency?not too thin, not too thick, but Goldilocks-perfect and made without a hint of sweetness." TreVi is more than a pizza joint, though. The chefs put together charcuterie plates, serve house-made gnocchi with one of eight toppings, and prepare signature entr?es such as parmesan-crusted tilapia straight from the Parmesan Ocean.
When Benito Marcantuono opened his pizzeria in 1999, he chose the name Soprano's because he has a fondness for music. Three months before, however, the HBO series The Sopranos premiered, and its popularity helped this little pizzeria gain a following. That following has stayed with the eatery, due to its vast menu, which lists something for virtually anyone. New York–style pizzas, pasta, hoagies, and calzones present a wide portion of the Italian-food spectrum. Specialty pizzas take on unusual toppings such as provolone cheese, cheesesteak, and hot sauce—making for menu items that are unexpected and delicious, like a plot twist on The Sopranos.
Candida's Pizza?s chefs make gourmet pizzas for every meal of the day. The classic American breakfast of bacon, eggs, and cheese joins a ladle of white sauce atop crusts on the breakfast pizza. The creative ingredient combinations continue with a bacon-cheeseburger pie and an eggplant-parmesan-inspired pizza. The chefs also build an expansive collection of hot and cold sandwiches that range from an oven-toasted tuna-salad hoagie to a chicken-gyro sandwich. And just like any respectable Italian eatery or napkin-stain-a-torium, Candida?s Pizza serves baked ziti and ravioli with meatballs.
Tongues savor the flavors of Il Giardino Pizza Cafe's lunch and dinner menus in a dining room where Pavarotti and Bocelli's arias waft past a traditional tuscan décor of potted plants and roman columns. White garlic sauce or, if it's after Labor Day, marinara sauce drenches an oceanic starter of mussels or clams ($9.50), and lunch's meaty quartet of capicola, salami, pepperoni, and ham stacks muffuletta paninis ($8.50) with piquant protein. Crème fraîche and yellow peppers ornament the spinach-ricotta-dolce pizza ($10.75), and the grilled-salmon salad's ($12.99) title character waltzes atop a stage of leafy spring-mix greens. Veal marsala ($20.99) joins up with the BYOB eatery's house-made bread, and the spaghetti pescatore ($22.99) yields more pasta than Strega Nona's magic pot.