Former Buckeye players never say Ohio State, it’s imperative to add a “The” in front of it. Similarly, the new pizza spot in Old City isn’t Angelo Pizza, it’s The Angelo Pizza.
The name of the shop is actually the name of its owner, Angelo Pizza….. seriously. Yep, that’s part of the whole schtick, the dudes name is literally Pizza. Perhaps we should go over some backstory first.
Dave Portnoy, founder of Barstool Sports has a wildly popular pizza review operation in place. He goes to a spot, orders some pizza and scores it from 0-10. There was a problem though, because of Covid he couldn’t actually go out to get pizza, so instead he started reviewing frozen pizzas. Enter Angelo Pizza, who was selling frozen pies and decided to send one over to be reviewed. It scored an 8.1, which is high for Mr. Portnoy’s standards. Suddenly, demand for his pies went through the roof. Demand was hard to keep up with…not bad for a global pandemic.
Mr. Pizza, whose passion is…pizza, then decided to parlay the success of his frozen pizza business into opening a full fledged pizza shop in the Old City neighborhood of Philadelphia.
Ok cool. Guy makes frozen pizzas, name is Pizza, frozen pie scored well. But is it actually…good? I mean he had radio spots, a lot of hype, but again…is it actually good?
Old City has plenty of places to eat a cheesesteak, but sorely needed some good pizza. The Angelo Pizza fills that void, 1000%.
The first time I went I had to keep it simple, plain pie, known as the “The Angelo Pizza” on the menu. It was amazing. Thin crust, perfectly baked, the San Marzano tomatoes giving the pie a burst of flavor. The perfect amount of cheese enough to compliment but not overhwhelm. Make no mistake, these are no frozen pies, they’re hand made to order and I was lucky enough to have The Angelo Pizza make it himself. This is no gimmick. The pizza is legit.
Apparently though the talk of the town is the meatball pizza, known on the menu as “The Paulie”. Well, of course I tried it. This didn’t taste like pizza, this tasted like Sunday Dinner. The meatballs were fresh and delicious. On top of an already great pizza, it was easy to understand why this was the go-to.
I appreciate what Mr. Pizza is doing for….pizza. He cares about the product and you can taste it in each slice. My recommendation? Eat it hot and right out front, pizza tends to taste best when its fresh out of the oven.
He might be from Baltimore and a Ravens fan, but in the city of brotherly love, we accept characters of all kind. Especially when their pizza is fucking amazing.
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