Refiew: Capofitto – Philadelpha PA

For a long time, Philadelphia had only one notable pizza place – the legendary Click on any image for full size resolution

Fast forward to 2015, and Philly is one of the best pizza towns in America. The renaissance may have started when Stephen Starr opened Stella in Head House Square, bringing an authentic Neapolitan to town. Another pioneer was Marc Vetri, who offered even better Neapolitans at Osteria and later opened Pizzeria Vetri. Zavino and Nomad also offer up world-class Neapolitan pies.

But unlike most cities where Neapolitan pies are popping up all over, Philly has gained some traditional American pies (thin, crisp, sturdy crust) at places like Beddia, Pizza Brain, SLiCE, and Rustica. Philly is rich in great pizza.

Is there room for one more? Stephanie & John Reitano are known in Philly for Capogiro and its excellent gelato. Their newest venture Capofitto offers that same gelato. It is also a full-service Italian restaurant featuring a daily pasta, a fascinating assortment of appetizers, a few calzones, and many 12″ pizzas, priced from $12 – $19. Despite the glut of Neapolitan pizzas in town, food critic Craig Laban awarded two bells to Capofitto, and that put it on my radar.

I arrived on a Wednesday as the 11:30 lunch service was beginning. I ordered the Calabrese pizza, which features Mozzarella di Bufala, Piennolo tomatoes (from Vesuvius), N’duja salame, pecorino Romano, Sicilian extra virgin olive oil, and fresh basil.

In the rear dining room

My server asked if I wanted the pie cut (Medigan style) or not (Neapolitan style). I was advised that the …read more

Source:: Pizza Quixote