Tacconelli's (Philadelphia) Report
This is one of Philly's most lauded pizzerias, so we finally went yesterday.
On a side street in a pretty residential neighborhood, Tacconelli's is so unassuming that you can't guarantee being there until inside. There's a lot of charm (the "guys and dolls" rest room doors complete with sketches, the amazing brick oven that you have to peek in to see), and a lot of twists (no prices on the menu, and get this---you have to call ahead to order your dough). Guessing, we ordered three pies for three healthy appetites and came up about 33% short.
These are round brick-oven pies, extremely thin---great crusts.
First up, the white garlic pie---no sauce, just a lot of crunch. The thin-crust, garlic/oil/cheese combination was perfect. EXCELLENT!!
Second, the tomato and cheese pie topped with pepperoni. Great crust, but for me...the sauce could've been a little sweeter. The combination didn't work out the way I liked. Still that crust, makes a world of difference. GOOD!
Third, the tomato pie with 1/2 onion. The tomatoes (a thicker spread) were piled high and had a bit more tang than on pie #2. By this point we were stuffed, but this combination worked. VERY GOOD!
For me...this can't compare to the very best New Haven or Old Forge pizza, but the white garlic comes pretty darn close! Just remember to call ahead for your dough!