I found it. The best pizza in Philly: Gennaro's Tomato Pie. This is a bold statement, but I'm not lying. Short of mental fantasies of what I think pizza will be like when I'm in Italy, THIS is exactly what pizza should taste like. I read dozens of reviews online, and like most people, I was thinking I mean how good can it be. I was wrong. It was THAT good. It was SO good that I tried to recreate it the next day at home, and failed miserably.
Four couples, eight of us, headed out for a friend's birthday on a Friday night. Gennaro's doesn't take reservations, so while we were waiting for our table to get ready, we grabbed drinks across the street. Once they called us (which I love!), we walked into the newly launched Gennaro's on East Passyunk. With [copious] bottles of wine on-hand (it's BYO), we settled into the bright room, where the walls were covered with a red textured wallpaper that made me want to redecorate my dining room.
We started with a few house salads, and an antipasto that I completely neglected to take photos of because 1- I was starving 2- it was really good 3- I'm human. Both were perfect! We decided to order three pies: white, pesto, and tomato pie. I have a slight garlic allergy and assumed I would be mainly eating the tomato pie. I WAS WRONG! I was sooooooooooooo wrong! This pizza wasn't garlicky AT ALL and the pesto ended up being my favorite! Folks, I couldn't even stand how magnificent the texture and combo of flavors were. Just outstanding.
I'm not sure how there was even a millimeter of space left in our stomachs with all of the food and wine we'd already consumed, but somehow we squeezed an extra few inches of space for Neapolitan ice cream sandwiches on waffles, and creamy ice box cake. Belly overload, but worth it 100%.
If you've ever paid attention to anything I've ever said before, move Gennaro's up to the top of your To Do list. Like, ASAP.
Gennaro's Tomato Pie 1533 South 11th Street Philadelphia, PA (215) 463-5070