Sunday, January 30, 2011

Pizzeria Pesto

1925 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 271-6840

When I heard there was another potato pie on Broad Street, I new I had to make it a point to get there to check it out. After the snow started this week, I figured it was as good a time as any to grab a couple of pizzas and wait out the "thundersnow."

I called ahead and it took only 15 minutes to prepare my pies because there was no one out, due to the aforementioned storm. I decided to go for the potato pie, and the "Quattro Stagioni." The potato pie featured thin sliced potatoes, ricotta, rosemary, roasted garlic, and mozzarella. This is a bit of a change up from the potato pie by which all others are measured, but I was willing to give it a go. Well, it wasn't too bad. It was actually pretty okay, but no match for the current champ. Not enough garlic, or rosemary for my taste, and the cheese was good, but made it really quite rich. La Rosa wins on simplicity in my book.

The Quattro was also good, a four section pie with prosciutto, (canned) mushrooms, (canned) artichokes, and (canned) black olives. This was also a decent pie, but it wasn't as good as my usual go-to, the Italian, from Franco Luigi's. The Italian is basically the same deal, but not in quarters, holding prosciutto, olives, and roasted peppers. Except it is also better. I guess the Quattro would be good if you had a picky group of eaters and each person wanted one of those four options exclusively. However, at that point, I would probably question my choice of friends and then order whatever I felt like.

It's nice having another pizza option in South Philly, but there are two places within a couple of blocks that do some of the same things better.

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