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Why Tacconelli's is One of Our Favorite Pizzerias in Philadelphia

While New York City and Chicago may be more globally famous for their pizza, anyone who's spent significant time in Philadelphia knows that City of Brotherly Love has more than its share of excellent pizzerias. The diverse restaurant scene in this city extends to the pizza scene, with everything from classic Sicilian pies to pizzas with fancy toppings like beef brisket and coleslaw. Our Richmond personal injury lawyers generally gravitate more towards the classic pizzas, and in our opinion, no one does it better than Tacconelli's. This historic pizza place is located in Port Richmond and has gained the reputation as one of the best pizza places not just in Philly, but in this entire region.

History

The story of Tacconelli's begins 100 years ago when Giovanni Tacconelli immigrated to Philadelphia from Italy. Giovanni spent his first several years in the United States as a laborer before he decided to return to his roots and do what he'd done while living in Italy - baking bread. He did so using "the best and only way" - in a brick oven. Giovanni and a few friends worked to build a 20 by 20-foot brick oven and the bread-baking business was born. Giovanni did well with this business for a couple of decades, but the business suffered when World War II began and all of his sons were drafted. This led to the bakery shutting down, as Giovanni could not manage it on his own.

However, this bakery was only the beginning for the Tacconelli family. In 1946, after the war had ended, Giovanni decided to use his brick oven to bake tomato pies. His mother had taught him how to do this back in Italy, and that tradition has been upheld into the 21st Century. Made with fresh-made dough, just a bit of cheese and plenty of sauce, Tacconelli's has been serving up these authentic Italian tomato pies for over 70 years.

The restaurant had to replace the original brick oven in 1992, which turned out to be a 7-month renovation project. Today, the Tacconelli family is in its 5th generation and still baking tomato pies the way Giovanni did.

Ordering at Tacconelli's

Tacconelli's has a bit of an unorthodox way of ordering - you need to call ahead and reserve your dough. This isn't always necessary, but it's better to be safe, as this is definitely one of the most popular pizzerias in the city. According to the website, the best time to call is between Wednesday and Sunday after 10 a.m. Call and reserve a pie and feel free to bring beer or wine, as the restaurant is also a BYOB.

Tacconelli's offers four types of pies:

  • Tomato Pie
  • Regular Pie
  • White Pie
  • Margerita Pie

Toppings offered here include:

  • Spinach
  • Whole Tomatoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Pepperoni
  • Sausage
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Anchovies
  • Onions
  • Prosciutto
  • Basil
  • Extra Cheese

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David Petrone
Date Published: October 9, 2020
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