Review: Tonito’s Pizza – West Chester, PA
When I moved from Bucks County PA (near Trenton NJ) to West Chester PA in 2009, it was only one hour west. But when I begin searching for good pizza near my home, I felt like I’d gone to Montana.
There were three or four pizza joints within a mile of my house, but each was standard strip mall pizza made with mass-sourced ingredients. Big, soft, floppy slices overloaded with generic mozzarella and processed red sauce.
It wasn’t until 2017 that you could find true “destination pizza” in West Chester, when Rize opened on Market Street with its unique take on a Sicilian-style pan pizza.
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The final frontier is my own suburban neighborhood. One small strip mall has always housed a pizzeria, and it has changed hands 2 or 3 times since I’ve been here. The great news is that the newest occupant – Tonito’s Pizza – is operated by the Spatola family. I ate and loved the Trenton and Brooklyn style pies at the Spatola’s Pizza in Paoli PA, and I saw them on the menu at Tonito’s.
|Every bite is different|
In Trenton, a tomato pie is a round pizza that is made with cheese applied first, then large clumps of chunky red sauce on top. It is generally superior to conventional pizza because the cheese protects the crust from becoming soggy. It is better than “upside down” pies where a sea of red sauce covers the entire pie, because much of the cheese is still exposed to oven browning.