For those who don’t know, the Philly tomato pie is a variation on classic Sicilian pizza recipes, for which chopped vegetables, and anchovies would stand in for cheese as a pie’s topping. Having had an enormous influx of Italian immigrants in the early 1900s, Philly was an early landmark for those seeking great tomato pies in the states. These are some of the best spots to score a slice today:
This Philadelphia tomato pie staple is likely to be one of the first spots any local refers you to for a great tomato pie. Using the same recipe since the business began in 1918, Sarcone’s delivers large slices with heaping layers of sauce on a simple sheet of wax paper for your enjoyment.
Sarcone’s Bakery. 758 S 9th St.
Another long-standing, locally-beloved proprietor of tomato pies in Philadelphia, Tony’s is known for a family-friendly atmosphere, thin-crust pies, and a can’t-beat tomato slice. The shop also serves up classic, cheesy pies if that’s more your thing.
Tony’s Famous Tomato Pie. 6300 Frankford Ave.
This is the perfect Philadelphia tomato pie spot for those of you looking for a no-frills environment, or a delicious slice on the go. Baking all of its classic pies, tomato pies, and also-famous house stromboli in a brick oven, Gaeta’s gets every dish right.
Gaeta’s Tomato Pies. 7616 Castor Ave.
As is a common theme amongst Italian restaurants, Iannelli’s is another family-run establishment that’s been feeding South Philly for generations. The brick-oven tomato pies are saucy and crispy, and the famous Italian desserts are to die for.
Iannelli’s Bakery. 1155 E Passyunk Ave.
Marchiano’s is a bakery first, which means they make some of the best fresh Italian bread in town. This means that it’s a great spot to take a loaf to go, or to sit down and enjoy one the raved-about house calzones, or one if its famous tomato pies.
Marchiano’s Bakery. 4653 Umbria St.