Hard to compare to others because it’s a unique pie. Not my favorite style but it’s definitely good.
ryan.rutherford10/6/23, 3:58 a.m.
The original Santucci’s opened in 1959 on O Street in Northeast Philly. Since then, they have added 9 total franchises with 6 locations in Pennsylvania (3 in Philadelphia) & 3 spots in New Jersey. This Italian Market location is considered one of the top spots for squares in Philly. With pies & slices that are more rectangular than square, the dough isn’t super thick like Sicilian pizza; this is actually an “upside down” pie with Grandma pie style thinness. Considered “upside down” because the cheese is beneath the sauce, hugging the dough while the sauce is lightly smattered across the surface. The dough has a firm undercarriage but is very soft & somewhat spongy; despite feeling rather heavy, it’s actually fairly light & airy but minimally fluffy, with the cheese & sauce adding most of the weight to the pie. The only crisped component of the pizza is the deliciously crunch crust, my favorite aspect of the pie. Nestled against the dough, the cheese blankets the entire surface of the pizza. Thickish, heavy, melted well and mildly flavorful, this feels more like slices from a block of Polly-O than a shredded mozzarella blend. A little too thick for the scant amount of sauce, the cheese-to-sauce ratio is a bit unbalanced. Speaking of the sauce, it’s a beautifully deep red blend, not particularly sweet, not very hearty, dulled & partially bitter from the excess oregano mixed in. When the sauce isn’t super sweet, oregano is more detrimental to pies and should be used sparingly or optional. Overall, the upside down style squares (rectangles) make for a fine change of pace pie from traditional circles & Neapolitan pizzas. While the sauce is somewhat of an acquired taste, it’s not bad; combined with the other ingredients, this is very good, yet unspectacular franchise square pizza.
michael.cocosis9/23/23, 6:46 p.m.
Finally tried this. I could eat this all day long. Sauce to cheese ratio was perfect, however neither stood out. Reminded me of Little Caesars a bit, but cooked much better. The white slice was an easy 8.4, but doing the normal slice here. 👌🏼
evan.dunbar8/11/23, 5:53 p.m.
Great crust and not too greasy. Would come back next time I’m in Philly
pizzaldo6/25/23, 5:23 p.m.
Good crisp on the bottom, good cheese to sauce ratio on top. It’s a unique style of pizza but good.
matthew.kelly35/25/23, 10:31 p.m.
Idk man idk, it should be higher but it’s just not, it’s interesting I guess but you’d rather have basic football pie than this I think.
jonathon.stack10/3/22, 12:47 a.m.
Classic Italian bar pizza. Chicken wing pizza is good too. Go Birds!
jersey.gio8/14/22, 1:13 a.m.
“The Philly-Styled Tomato Pie” ...Taste Analysis... Sauce: On Top. Cheese: Power Bottom.
stooliepizzaguy6/20/22, 4:31 p.m.
Not my favorite style pizza. Sauce and cheese is good but not incredible. Service was quick and server was outstanding.
km0113/21/22, 9:23 a.m.
Santucci's was quite unique and for anyone simply looking at the photographs or watching the Prez's review, you really shouldn't judge a book by its cover on this one! I have been a little turned off from upside down pizza after going to Osugnizzo's in Utica and being unimpressed with their Pizza as a whole. Santucci's was a whole different story however, is while their pizza looks like it'd be a heavy floppy mess based on the photographs, in reality it was very nice and light and had really good crisp throughout the entire pie! The sauce was extremely flavorful and quite sweet. The flavor seems more intense than it does on most pies as I think it being on top actually tricks your brain into noticing it more than you would on the average pie.
kevin.price12/24/21, 11:59 p.m.
Blown away and more surprised that this is a grandma style think crust. Cooked to absolute perfection crispy crunchy light and airy. That buttery taste from the oil in the pan is incredible. Sauce is sweet, zesty and garlicky and perfect consistency as it’s a simmered sauce no bitterness. But what hit me first bite was the cheese. It had such a great taste melted perfectly to the top of the crust. This is the perfect combo and no question why all the talk about it but believe me the hype is real even if it’s not your style.
theflyingkale9/23/21, 10:51 p.m.
probably my favorite pizza I’ve tried, neck and neck with Angelo’s and Prince St in NY. The sauce is amazing and putting it over the cheese makes it great