Almost every pizzeria in South Philly offers a breakfast pizza. At first, I assumed that these pies would be regular pizzas with eggs and maybe bacon or sausage thrown on top. So one hungover Sunday morning I ordered a small plain breakfast pizza ($4.95) at J&J South Philly Pizza.
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Francoluigi's has long been one of my favorite pizza places in Philadelphia. They have a great selection of South Philly gourmet pies layered with Italian sausage, broccoli rabe, fresh ricotta, roast pork, and so on. All the toppings are the real deal—these folks also operate a full-service red-sauce Italian restaurant next door, complete with waiters who sing opera.
Stogie Joe's serves upside-down pizza, which in Philly means the cheese layer is topped with sauce. The super crispy, square crust, much thinner than Sicilian, is light and crunchy.
We head to the City of Brotherly Love with resident eater Joy Manning, restaurant critic at Philadelphia magazine. Best water ice? Mancuso & Sons. Best cheesesteak? Tony Luke's. And many more picks. Add your 2¢.