October 15th, 2016
We were visiting Philadelphia for a housewarming party on Saturday, and so we stopped at Santucci’s Original Square Pizza for a late lunch. This place wasn’t on the 2015 list, but it made it on to the 2016 list at #65. It serves, obviously, square pizza, but in three different sizes. We tried the original, which has a layer of sauce on top of a layer of cheese, and a Veggie Works, both in the “personal” size.
The original location of Santucci’s was on “O” street in Northeast Philadelphia, and was opened in 1959! That location has since been closed, but the children of the Santucci’s have opened a few newer pizza places at different locations. We went to the location in the Italian Market area of the city, which seems to be one of the popular spots.
The pizza stays true to the original pan style of the first Santucci’s, although we have had feedback (from Instagram) that it doesn’t taste exactly the same.
We aren’t complaining, though. We really liked this pizza. The crust wasn’t as thick as a NY Sicilian slice, so it wasn’t as heavy. We have come to really appreciate good sauce, and this pizza had it.
We also loved the chopped veggies on the Veggie Works. Two pizzas was just enough for the two of us, and we had a nice walk through the market afterwards. Next time we will save some room for dessert, though, because they also have a great selection of cookies and baked goods on display when we walked in.
Santucci’s Original Square Pizza
901 S 10th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147