Gratzfeed Review: The Angelo Pizza

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?

Yes.

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.

Head on over to Gratzfeed on Instagram for a pic of pure deliciousness.

Gratzfood Review: Pizzeria Beddia

Hey! It’s been a while since I wrote anything but I’m trying to get back in the swing of things. I credit my lack of written content to seasonal depression, lack of creativity and poor time management. Plus, does anyone actually read these things? Anyways I figured I’d post a review for Pizzeria Beddia, a pretty well known spot in Fishtown.

Pizzeria Beddia has an interesting history. I’ll spare the whole backstory as a quick Google search will probably be way more effective than any explanation I can provide. The basics though are that Joe Beddia had a tiny spot in Fishtown. 40 pies a day, no phone, no seats (standing room only). The place was highly regarded to say the least, even receiving an award for best pizza in the country. Then it closed, presumably to make way for a bigger place that can better handle the demand of Philadelphians craving good pizza.

I must say, since moving to Philly I’ve been a little disappointed in the pizza scene. I always just assumed the pizza would be great since it’s a major city and growing up in Jersey I was always used to solid pizza. I found that the pizza in Jersey is better which in hindsight makes sense, due to its proximity to New York.

Well, Pizzeria Beddia is a contender for best pizza in Philly.

Let’s talk about the new spot. I’ve never been to the old one but this place is bustling and energetic. It was a lot bigger than I expected and even had a bar and outdoor area, kinda the vibe of a little mini beer garden. The seating area, like the space as a whole is modern and clean. The staff was very friendly and I felt well taken care of. No arrogance, which can sometimes be the case with places who know their product is good. I was able to snag a reservation for 5 but they apparently reserve 60-70% of seats for walk ins. Our server told us that if you walk in and there’s a wait that they will text you which is super convenient considering there’s lots of places to have a drink close by while you wait.

We started with a tomato pie small plate which is basically just a square slice of tomato pie. It was delicious. The fresh Jersey tomatoes were bright tasting without too much acid. Well seasoned on homemade focaccia bread and a finish of good EVOO. I honestly wish the tomato pie was available as a bigger pie instead of just an appetizer.

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Since it’s a busier place, there was a wait for the pizza. I’m pleased to report it was well worth it. They don’t rush perfection and it was close to perfect. The crust cracks when you bite into it and still delivers nice chew. The bitterness of the char was a great juxtaposition to the sauce, not overpowering, light and flavorful with creamy mozzarella. The old gold gruyere was a surprising complement to the cheese pie. Top notch quality sausage was used for the sausage pie.

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Overall, Pizzeria Beddia lives up to the hype. I’ve heard a few people here and there say otherwise, but if you appreciate real, quality pizza, Beddia is certainly worth your time.

Gratzfood Episode 2: The Philly Taco

The Philly Taco is a concoction so foul that it can only belong to…well, Philly. A South Street legend that few have tried and even fewer have finished, Gratzfeed investigates the notorious creation firsthand. Will he live to tell about it? Click the video and find out. Warning, this is not for the faint of the heart.

 

Pizza Hut Aiming to Revolutionize Pizza

Have you seen yet? OK, here’s the deal: Pizza Hut is going to start having pizzas with hot dog stuffed crust. Allow me to elaborate, THE CRUST OF THE PIZZA IS LITERALLY MADE OUT HOT DOGS, LIKE PIGS IN A BLANKET. Apparently this has existed in the UK for years already, IDK why this is just now becoming a thing in America, but I’m down. There’s 28 dogs around the perimeter of the crust and will cost $11.99 for a one topping pie starting on June 18th. Last time I ate that many dogs was Bar Mitzvah season ’04-’05, when I was like a size 46 waist and weighed less than I do now. Stay tuned for an in depth review and total breakdown of Pizza Hut’s new masterpiece, right here on Gratzfeed.

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