Come to Dock Street Brewing Co. for the Beer and Pizza

Baltimore Avenue in West Philadelphia is an evolving area.  Greater numbers of university students and professors as well as hipsters have gravitated to the area.  Summer farmers markets at Clark Park have become big draws. 

Over at 50th Street and Baltimore Avenue, in a converted fire station, is Dock Street Brewing Company.  Dock Street has a long and storied history in the Philadelphia beer scene.  Founded in 1985, it was the city’s first microbrewery.  It continues to brew some pretty exceptional craft beers, such as its pilsner and Rye IPA. 

At the brew pub, beer, of course, is the specialty.  The food menu, and specifically, the pizza, is also worth checking out.   There’s a pretty good menu selection of pizzas and calzones as well as appetizers, burgers, wraps, salads.  Dock Street offers twelve different pizzas, each of them hand thrown, using stone ground flour and heated in a “hardwood-fired” oven.  Continue reading

Marra’s Offers Old School Italian and Philly’s Oldest Pizza

Deep in the heart of South Philadelphia’s Passyunk Avenue, alongside the newer, trendier establishments, is Marra’s.  It’s an old school, Italian restaurant in the tradition of Ralph’s, Villa di Roma and Dante and Luigi’s.  Many visitors and celebrities from out of town have dined here through the years.

Perhaps its claim to fame is that Marra’s has been in business and serving pizza since 1927.  That’s before any current Philadelphia restaurant (including Tacconelli’s, which is older but did not start making pizza until the 1940s).  Continue reading

Pitruco Pizza: Food Truck Producing Restaurant-Quality Wood-Fired Pizzas

The Philadelphia food truck/cart scene has definitely taken leaps and bounds forward.  While it still has a ways to go to come close to the variety and quality of the New York, Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon vendors, there’s been much progress.  Just a few short years ago, we were, more or less, limited to long-standing, stationary trucks parked in University City and Temple and relatively average carts in Center City.  There were no Twittering trucks announcing their location and presence to their followers.  Food trucks were notably absent from Center City.

Thankfully, things have gone up and up.  New food trucks and carts have popped up, including roving ones.  The variety and quality have vastly improved, with cupcake trucks, a taco truck from an Iron Chef, as well as other ethnic specialty foods.  Events such as the Night Market and Vendy Awards have also helped spotlight the scene.

And now, the next step in the evolution is the pizza food truck in Center City.  And not just any pizza, but wood-fired, Neapolitan-style pizza.  Pitruco Pizza recently made its debut, with a current rotation of two days at Love Park in Center City and two days in University City.  Continue reading