Where will you find the best pizza in the United States?
Philadelphia -- that part is obvious. But more specifically, Pizzeria Beddia, according to a nationally renowned food magazine.
Bon Appetit this morning pronounced the Fishtown pizzeria the best in the nation, shocking pizza observers nationwide, in an article entitled "This Is the Best Pizza in America (Yep, We Said It)."
Food critic Andrew Knowlton calls pizza chef and Zavino alum Joe Beddia a "pizza saint."
"Beddia’s pizza isn’t one of those precious pies with a bit of mozzarella and a few basil leaves," Knowlton gushes. "It’s the execution and the repetition that really hook me. It’s the always-crispy-chewy crust. It’s the invariably perfect ratio of sauce to cheese to toppings. Every time I get to eat it, I consider myself the luckiest person on the planet."
From the article:
"It looks like the pizza you’ve had a million times. And then you take a bite. It’s what I always imagined New York pizza should taste like. At the same time, it makes me nostalgic for the pies I devoured after winning a T-ball game as a kid, combined with the traditional ingredients and flavors of the pizza I fell in love with on a trip to Naples years ago. Some locals call Beddia the Pizza Jesus. Others refer to him as the Jiro of Pizza. They’re all right. Beddia counters: “It’s just f*#%ing pizza.”
Pizzeria Beddia opened in 2013 at 115 East Girard Ave.
The cash-only restaurant is only open for 20 hours a week -- from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., between Wednesday and Saturday.