Did you know that the average American consumes about 46 slices of pizza every year? We’re willing to bet that in Delco, it’s even higher than that! There are so many great pizza places in the county — from casual slice shops to fancy wood-fired pizza restaurants — that we just had to put out a second installment to our pizza post from a few years back.
With such a delicious abundance of pizza joints in every corner of Delco, there’s no way we can pick favorites! But here are a few that are definitely worth checking out:
How’s this for a Delco success story?
Before the pandemic, Chester residents Kyla Smith and her fiancé Sam Pollino were involved with a commercial construction company that was working on a huge project in University City in Philly. However, as the world shut down, so did their job site. Pollino, who had previously owned a pizza parlor in Ocean City, New Jersey, used this potentially tough downturn as an opportunity to pursue a new kind of project.
The couple live in a well-known house on 22nd Street in Chester, formerly known as Marlene’s Doll Hospital. Inspired by the foot- and road-traffic on the street, Pollino started looking into putting out a hot dog cart, but soon revamped the idea to be a full-on pizza restaurant in an outdoor shed. The couple decided to go for it, and had the entire operation licensed and inspected by the township and opened to the public in November of 2020.
Even though in the beginning, Pollino’s space was just mud on the ground, a few firepits and a tent, locals began to show up. Spurred on by that reception, Smith and Pollino built a more structured gazebo in 2021, and since then, business has been booming! They sell New York-style pizza, as well as breakfast all day, hoagies, burgers, cheesesteaks, wings, and water ice and ice cream in the summer. People from all walks of life, including families, students and workers all gather at this welcoming, truly homespun spot.
Pollino’s is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
528 E. 22nd St., Chester; (267) 276-8047.
Photo courtesy of Pollino’s Pizza
This no-frills spot, right on State Street in the heart of Media, stands out from the crowd, thanks to its fresh ingredients and its signature white gourmet pie. There is a lot to choose from on the menu here, and locals often rave about the stromboli and calzones. When it comes to pizza, there’s Sicilian-style, Neapolitan pizza (the owner is from a small town outside of Naples!), stuffed pizza, seafood pizza and more! Appetizers, hoagies, salads, burgers, cheesesteaks, pasta and takeout beer are also available.
There are a handful of tables inside, with takeout offered, as well. Little Anthony’s is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 9 p.m.
8 W. State St., Media, (610) 565-1117.
The watchword at Toscana Gourmet is “housemade.” Unlike so many pizza places, all of the dough and sauce are made in-house at this shop, and every single menu item is made fresh to order using high-quality ingredients. That all translates to amazing flavor in the wide array of pizza styles offered here, including traditional hand-tossed pies and Capri pies (which have no red sauce). Toppings lovers will want to check out the “Pizza Specialties” section of the menu, included loaded pies like The Liguria Pizza, with mozzarella, broccoli rabe, sausage and plum tomato sauce, or the Sweet and Sassy, loaded with mozz, crispy chicken tenders, sweet chili sauces and ranch dressing. Slices of cheese and pepperoni are also available!
Besides pizza, find a huge selection of salads, stromboli, parm sandwiches, hoagies and wraps, pasta and baked dishes, and a lot more. Dine-in, takeout and delivery are all offered. Toscana Gourmet is open Monday and Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m.; closed on Tuesdays.
825 W. Sproul Rd., Springfield; (610) 690-3600.
We’re not sure what kind of magic they’re working at Rize Pizza, but its eponymous “Rize Crust” here is some of the lightest and fluffiest we’ve ever had. This unique style is coated with sesame seeds and comes in a square pie, perfect for cradling the interesting toppings, like Cajun chicken breast, fig jam and rosemary ham, that this gourmet eatery offers. The menu also includes “Traditional Crust” (thin, Neapolitan-style) pizzas, and a gluten-free cauliflower crust, as well! Go for one of Rize’s signature pies, like The Green Dream with baby spinach, roasted peppers, Gouda, mozzarella, roasted garlic and fig balsamic glaze, or create your own masterpiece, choosing from a long list of toppings.
Make it a meal with fun starters, such as avocado egg rolls and mac-and-cheese sticks, or sneak in some extra veggies with a fresh salad. Or, if for some reason you’re not in the mood for pizza, try a sandwich or wrap.
Rize Pizza offers delivery, pick-up and dine-in, and is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m.
1991 Sproul Rd., Broomall; (610) 325-7493.
Photo courtesy of Rize Pizza
This is a quintessential neighborhood pizza joint: nothing fancy, but delicious, affordable pies, sandwiches and other Italian-American fare in a family-friendly environment. One fun thing about Piazza Napoli is that all of its pizzas are cooked in a rotating deck oven, which spins around and around while multiple pizzas bake! If you love variety on a menu, you’ll be happy with the many options on offer here; from dozens of kinds of pizza, including Upside Down Pizza, with provolone and sauce on top, to apps like onion rings and garlic knots, to soups and salads, to a wide array of sandwiches and steaks, to pasta and seafood platters — there really is something for everyone!
Piazza Napoli offers takeout, delivery and has a few seats for dine-in. It’s open Monday through Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 9 p.m.
351 S. MacDade Blvd., Glenolden; (484) 497-5750.
Photo courtesy of Crust Pizzeria
If you’re only familiar with East Coast-style pizza, buckle up for Detroit-style pizza. This beast is no joke! Sometimes called “grandma pizza” this square style is known for its extra-thick crust, and is traditionally topped with Wisconsin brick cheese with the sauce on top! However, these days, Detroit-style pies are topped with all kinds of things, but almost always have a craveable gooey, crispy crust from where the cheese and dough meets the sides of the blue-steel pans they’re baked in.
In Delco, no one is doing Detroit-style quite like Crust, a new-ish spot from Havertown Grille owners Nick and Stacie Haselidis, that opened during the pandemic. These pies are no joke: thoroughly loaded with cheese, sauce and toppings. Keep it classic with the classic Detroit 1946 (essentially a “plain” pizza), or if you’re feeling adventurous, try the Detroit H-Town Hot Honey, with pepperoni, jalapeños, brick cheese, sauce and spicy hot honey. The menu includes round pizzas, wings, hoagies and more to choose from.
Crust Pizzeria offers takeout and delivery, and it’s open Sunday through Thursday from noon to 8 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from noon to 9 p.m.
2415 Darby Rd., Havertown; (610) 449-5500.
This aptly-named pizza parlor is like a little slice of heaven right at the border of Upper Darby and Drexel Hill (just down the road from Upper Darby High School!). It’s got the classics, like cheese pies, wings and burgers, and regulars keep coming back for the veggie calzones, chicken cheesesteaks and gyro platters. Specialty pies, like Upside Down Pizza, Chicken Fajita and Heavenly Steak are also popular.
Pick up and local delivery are available. Pizza Heaven is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from noon to 10 p.m.
2216 State Rd., Drexel Hill; (610) 626-1170.
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– Emily Kovach
Featured photo courtesy of Rize Pizza