Review: Bertucci’s, Concordville PA

Bertucci’s is a medium-sized regional chain of Italian restaurants, with a home base in Somerville, MA. There are 87 east coast locations, from New England down through Virginia. I was pretty excited when I discovered Bertucci’s in the 1990s. My first few visits yielded good pasta and surprisingly genuine pizza from their brick ovens.

As time passed, though, I had some ho-hum dining experiences, and in my mind there was little to distinguish Bertucci’s from the big bland chains like Olive Garden. By 2000, I had stopped going.

About five years ago, I joined a group of business colleagues to have lunch at a Bertucci’s in Jersey City, NJ. I was not excited by the group’s choice to order pizza, but ended up delighted to find that the pie was thin, crisp, and surprisingly authentic. It’s taken me some time to get back again, but on a recent snowy spring Saturday, we stopped in for a late lunch at the Concordville, PA location.

On the outside, the building looks like one of those places that time forgot. It was hard to find within a huge shopping plaza, and the building offered little visual interest, especially when compared to other Italian chains like Pizzeria Uno.

The interior decor was pleasant and clean, but likewise looked like it hadn’t had a style update since the 90s. We ordered a small pizza and a pasta dish to share. The pasta was a simple spaghetti with meatballs and Bolognese sauce. For our 12″ pizza, we ordered a traditional red pie with pepperoni and Andouille sausage.

Spaghetti Bolognese with meatballs

A quick word about the pasta. While it won’t make you forget Tuscany, the …read more

Source:: Pizza Quixote