pitruco pizza

Pitruco Pizza is a food truck whose specialty is wood fired, brick oven pizza. Despite their debut in September 2011, I just recently got to try them during my lunch break. One of the tastiest things I’ve eaten in the past couple weeks is their Radicchio pizza.

The Radicchio pizza comes with braised radicchio, wild mushrooms, mozzarella, parmesan, and balsamic. I really enjoyed the sweetness of the balsamic contrasting the bitterness of the radicchio. The crust of the pizza was thin, crisp, and delicious. The four slice personal sized pizzas are definitely enough to be split with another, though if you’re hungry, it’ll serve as a filling meal.

I actually had a radicchio pizza for lunch yesterday, too. It was great! Looking forward to trying the other meat varieties after Easter this Sunday.

Pitruco Pizza
Love Park (16th St. & JFK Blvd.) – Mon & Wed
Drexel University (33rd St. & Arch St.) – Tues & Thurs
Temple University (12th St. & Norris St.) – Fri
Philadelphia, PA

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jules thin crust

Work took me to Jenkintown yesterday and I came across Jules Thin Crust for lunch. It’s located in the Noble Square shopping center, off of 611 and close to Noble station on the SEPTA Regional Rail. Jules Thin Crust is a local chain, with two other locations in Doylestown and Newtown, which serves thin crust “flatbread” pizzas featuring local and organic ingredients.

I went with a slice each of veggie pizzas #12 and #14. #12 has organic edamame, ricotta, local organic goat cheese, caramelized onions, mint, lemon vinaigrette, and mozzarella. On the #14 was mushrooms, portobello mushrooms, organic tomato sauce, arugula, and mozzarella. The slices were less than $3 each and weren’t bad. The crust was thin and fairly crisp, though I do think that the slices could have used a little extra zing and crisp.

Jules Thin Crust had several different varieties of pizza. They have about 15 veggie pies and 8 pies with meat. Some of the meat pies looked good. If I find myself back in the area after Easter I’ll definitely look into trying some of them.

Jules Thin Crust
817 Old York Rd.
Jenkintown, PA 19046

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blackbird pizzeria

Located on 6th Street just a block north of South Street is Blackbird Pizzeria. Blackbird serves up vegan pizza, sandwiches, and salads. I’ve been meaning to try this place for a while, but I’m just never in the area. Since I was off last Friday and still vegetarian for Lent, I made it a point to go.

I got to try a lot of food. Slices of seitan pepperoni and bbq “chicken” pizza were ordered in addition to a seitan cheesesteak and a roasted eggplant grinder.

I’ve never had daiya cheese before so I wasn’t sure what kind of flavor to expect. Although not the same as regular cheese, I found nothing wrong with these slices of pizza at all. The pizza was made well and tasted great. The crust was also thin and crisp. Since I ordered slices, they were from the pizzas on the counter. I bet they’re even better when you get em fresh from the oven.

Several people have told me that the yukon pizza is the best. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much choice up front for those ordering slices. I’m definitely going to come back to try the yukon pizza. Anyone down to split it?

seitan cheesesteak

The sandwiches were both served on vegan Baker Street rolls. The eggplant grinder tasted good but the seitan cheesesteak was even better. The seitan was sliced thinly and did a great job resembling a cheesesteak. Daiya cheese, mushrooms, peppers, and onions accompanied the seitan on the roll.

Also, a lot of their desserts are suppled by Bethlehem’s Vegan Treats!

roasted eggplant grinder

I wish I was around this place more often. The food was great and even though Lent is over, I’m definitely looking forward to my next time back.

Blackbird Pizzeria
507 S. 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

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pizzeria stella

I’ve decided, foodie double dates (and I’m sure triple+ too) are fantastic. Why? Because you can get lots of food and try it all! This is exactly what happened a few weekends ago.

eggplant bruschetta

heirloom tomatoes

Venue: Pizzeria Stella, Stephen Starr’s artisanal pizza joint in Society Hill.

They had three specials, a pizza and two appetizers. We ordered both appetizer specials: eggplant bruschetta w/ caramelized onions & ricotta salata and heirloom tomatoes w/ red onion, pesto aioli & ricotta salata.


For the pizzas, we ordered a piccante, spinach (shown at top), and san daniele. The piccante had capicola, aged provolone, crushed red pepper, and tomato. The spinach had baby spinach, oven roasted tomato, mozzarella, and pine nuts. Lastly, the san daniele had prosciutto, smoked mozzarella, and arugula.

san daniele

All the food tasted great, especially the san daniele…seriously, who can resist those ingredients put together?! Ahhhh!

Pizzeria Stella
420 S. 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

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I finally made it to Osteria! All it took was some pressuring from some friends…

Osteria has a really comfortable atmosphere..perfect for a date or a relaxing meal with friends/family. The seats were pretty big and you definitely had a lot of personal space (good and bad, I guess). Waitress was excellent and I couldn’t complain.

The meal started off with a “basket” of bread and breadsticks with olive oil to dip.

For the appetizers…

mozzarella in carrozza

They had the following as one of the specials for the day…

lamb belly w/ sauteed ramps and peas

The entrees we ordered…

robiola francobolli

parma pizza (my order)

margherita pizza

chicken liver rigatoni

Lastly, for dessert…

strawberry zuppa inglese


The meal was fantastic and we were definitely stuffed afterwards. That parma pizza was great. I was gunna order either the parma or the polpo and the parma won since I’m a sucker for arugula and prosciutto. I got to try a little bit of everything at the table and my second favorite was definitely the chicken liver rigatoni. The appetizers and desserts were also fantastic. You bet I’ll be coming back here…once I can save up some money again haha.

640 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130

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