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.
Angelino's Restaurant Pizzeria crafts a confluence of Italian favorites spattered in house-made sauces and ready-to-complement-BYOB selections. Ovens melt cheese over a host of roasting goodies atop hand-tossed pizzas, such as the jumbo pepperoni on an Angelino's house special ($10.50 for 14" / $15.50 for 18") or the onions and peppers nestled inside a steak stromboli sleeping bag ($13.50). Chef-churned sauces splash into entrees, soaking up a garden's worth of flavors in the vegetable lasagna and its team of homemade garlic-stick sidekicks ($11.50). An array of sandwiches and hoagies are also available, capturing a variety of flavors in bready bun traps.
Gianfranco’s has been feeding famished Philadelphians fresh fare from their extensive menu of pizzas, pastas, sandwiches, and more for more than a decade. The aroma of Gianfranco’s specialty pizza pies—like the caper, anchovy, and romano puttanesca pie ($11+) or the aromatic broccoli rabe and garlic white pie ($10.50)—will summon the book club even more effectively than shining its Book Signal. Gianfranco's namesake pie ($18.50) blends prosciutto, salami, mushrooms, and onions, while Hawaiian pizza ($16.99) puts a grass skirt on the crust with pineapple, ham, and your choice of red or white sauce (additional toppings of coconut husks, gaudy shirts, and leis cost $2.50 each). Gianfranco’s selection of warm and cold sandwiches, calzones, veggie wraps, gyros, and burgers will supply even the most ardent pizza-protester with a satisfying supper of stromboli ($12.80+) or a midday meatball sandwich ($6.75) covered in your choice of cheese.
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.
Flush with the success of their first restaurant, The Couch Tomato Cafe, business partners and college buddies Craig Mosmen and Michael Cassano have expanded their plant-themed empire with The Tomato Bistro. Situated in the Manayunk district among an array of boutiques, salons, and nightclubs, the comfortable yet formal dining space surrounds diners with loft seating, cut-stone walls, hardwood floors, and modern lighting fixtures.
The Bistro’s dinner menu is filled with thin-crust, New York style gourmet pizza creations topped in San Marzano sauces and Grande mozzarella cheese. Produce is ordered and prepared daily and used to cover pizzas, fill salads served with homemade dressings and rolls, and add splashes of color to otherwise lackluster chef uniforms. Gourmet small plates encourage sharing, while an intentionally limited menu of specialty pizzas, salads, wraps, paninis, and homemade soups allows The Tomato Bistro’s cooks to maintain a high level of quality.
Contrary to what its name may suggest, South Side Pizza offers a lot more than cheesy pies. Don’t get it wrong, though—the restaurant lures in most of its patrons with gourmet pies, such as the Southphilly pizza topped with steak, onions, and green peppers. But the eclectic menu also includes entrees to satisfy all kinds of comfort-food cravings, including fried chicken wings, crab cakes, chicken gyros, and tuna hoagies. South Side Pizza is open seven days a week and makes most deliveries in less than 45 minutes, perfect for catering impromptu Wednesday-afternoon Ninja Turtles parties.