Review: Tony’s Place Tomato Pie, Philadelphia PA

Despite the many new and wonderful artisan pizza shops opening all over America, my heart is most warmed by the old-school pie slingers, where you can absorb the ambiance and the flavors of pizza the way that your parents, perhaps even your grandparents did.

With that as background, I was excited to learn about an old-time Philly pizzamaker that had flown under my radar. An anonymous comment left on this blog cited Tony’s Place as one of the last hidden culinary gems in Philly. Well, hidden no more!

The Northeast section of Philly has long been a residential – almost suburban – section of the city with an entirely different feel and culture than center city or South Philly. Always home to immigrants and the next generation, the Irish and Italians have made way for a wonderful melting pot of new immigrants and their restaurants.

According to Philadelphia food critic Craig Laban, one in five residents in the Northeast are immigrants; we tried one of his recommended Uzbeki restaurants and it was a superb meal and a great value. Laban says:

Russian, Ukrainian, and Indian immigrants are easily found in the Somerton and Bustleton neighborhoods; Brazilians have settled in Rhawnhurst; and Vietnamese and Chinese predominate in Crescentville and Castor.

Tony’s Place has been a Mayfair (section of NE Philly) landmark since 1951, and even though the current location was entirely rebuilt after a fire in 1989, the feel inside (and the look outside) has a 1950s or 1960s vibe.

Before considering the pizza at Tony’s Place, we need to define tomato pie.

In the parts of Jersey where I grew up, tomato pie can be a synonym for pizza, or it can be the very Trenton-specific version where the round …read more

Source:: Pizza Quixote