1145 W. Baltimore Pike
Media, PA 19063
One thing about the Philadelphia suburbs is that the average pizzeria is significantly better than every corner pizza shop in the city. All around the city, many shops roll out "Greek style" pan pizza shit. This is the East Coast. We want our pizza thin, slightly crispy, and with foldability.
I was recommended Pappone's by a couple of people, so I figured it was worth a try. Not wood fired, no organic flour, no cheese from a cow with a lineage much more impressive than my own. Just cheap, thin crust, seasoned sauce, pizza.
The staff here is about as DelCo as it gets, and I love it. No nonsense, polite, but would not hesitate to drag you out by your ear.
I ordered two pies to get a feel for the place. The large cheese was perfect. Again, nothing fancy, just a thin pizza, well cooked, with a slightly sweet sauce, and perfect amount of cheese.
They use Grande brand mozzarella and it tastes like there's a little prov in the mix - there's a welcome sharpness that you don't find on a usual pie.
The cheesesteak pizza (one of my guilty pleasures) comes with steak, sauce, fried onions, and fried long hots! I am not sure if I have ever seen this before, and while I am usually not a huge fan of the whole roasted pieces (I prefer my peppers to be cut up so I am not pulling a whole pepper out with one bite or trying to gnaw through it awkwardly with a hoagie dripping down my hands) they worked pretty well in this application. It definitely gave the pie a smokey, sweet, and spicy zing. Big fan.
Pappone's is not the best pizza I have ever had. But it is EXACTLY what I am looking for on a night when you just want to order in and watch TV/sports and mow down some slices. I ate almost a whole pie in one sitting.