I'm from northern NJ, just outside of New York. I've lived in Philadelphia for 12 years. When I first moved into Philly, there was a Lombardi's Pizza on 18th Street, just off of Rittenhouse Square. Unfortunately, when 10 Rittenhouse was being built, the location closed to make way for new condos. The owners were going to open another restaurant, but a family illness forced them to run the New York location of Lombardi's in Little Italy. Since 2005, Philadelphia has been without great New York style pizza. I learned to like Zavino and Mama Palma's, but the sugary sweet crusts and sugary sauces that make traditional Philadelphia pizza, even those places that call themselves New York pizza, left me unsatisfied until I made trips back to New York. I have looked forward to the day when great pizza would return, and thank God it has! We visited the new location (as of January 2013) on May 31, 2013, after I did some research on new pizza in Philadelphia. I didn't know beforehand that the former owner of Lombardi's Philly opened Gennaro's Tomato Pie! Michael and his wife are as friendly as ever, and the pizza is delicious!! Amazing thin crust done crispy, with just the right acidity to the sauce! It doesn't taste sugary sweet, like most Philadelphia pizza. The decor it really cute, done in 1940s style, really feels like small Italian restaurants in Little Italy or Brooklyn. It's also BYOB, so you can bring your favorite beer or red wine. I highly recommend this pizza and am overjoyed to have these guys back in Philly making the best tasting pizza in town! They do not deliver, but you can order to go.
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