The Best Pizza I Ate on the Cheesesteak Trail

When I was growing up, almost all of the places I was aware of that sold cheesesteaks also had pizza on the menu. That’s probably still the case more often than not in the Philly region. So when I knew in advance that a restaurant I would be visiting for a cheesesteak was known toContinue reading “The Best Pizza I Ate on the Cheesesteak Trail”

My Year-Long Cheesesteak Odyssey – and What’s Next

*There is an alphabetical list of links to all of my cheesesteak posts at the bottom of this post. While I’ve always lived in the Philadelphia region, I didn’t start eating cheesesteaks at the rate of a little over one per week until roughly a year ago. It was at that point that circumstances andContinue reading “My Year-Long Cheesesteak Odyssey – and What’s Next”

Back to South Philly – This Time for An Old Standby

After my memorable visit to South Philadelphia’s Angelo’s Pizzeria to try their cheesesteak and pizza earlier this week, I had long-standing plans to meet up with two friends and former colleagues Friday for lunch at another well-known South Philly establishment. Kamala and Helene have been with me for a few of the meals I’ve reportedContinue reading “Back to South Philly – This Time for An Old Standby”

Belated Visit to a Vaunted South Philly Standout

As was the case for my visit to Curly’s in March, there had been a huge amount of anticipation building up within me for almost as long as I’ve been blogging about cheesesteaks to try the steak – and pizza – at Angelo’s Pizzeria in South Philly. Their reputation is at a lofty level thatContinue reading “Belated Visit to a Vaunted South Philly Standout”

Late Addition to My Steak List – with Pizza to Boot

There are probably hundreds of cheesesteaks available in Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs. I have never had any intention of attempting to try anywhere near all of them. After casting a wider net during the early months of this project, in the interest of saving time and calories, I’ve limited myself to visiting shops thatContinue reading “Late Addition to My Steak List – with Pizza to Boot”

The Collegeville Italian Bakery: Part 2

As I’m sure regular readers have noticed, in addition to working my way through the last handful of steak shops on my list that I’ve yet to visit, I have also been revisiting some of the places I wrote about last year. Aside from the need to refresh my memory on how a few ofContinue reading “The Collegeville Italian Bakery: Part 2”

My Steak and Pizza Momentum Continues

While my main eating focus going back to last summer has obviously been cheesesteaks, a handful of the restaurants I’ve visited for those have also excelled at pizza. At least one place’s pizza even outshined its steak in my opinion. And two of the past three restaurants I had visited for steaks – Da Vinci’sContinue reading “My Steak and Pizza Momentum Continues”

A New Contender: Lillo’s of Hainesport, New Jersey

Last week’s visit to one of the area’s most highly touted steak shops didn’t turn out as anticipated. I moved on to another red hot purveyor of Philly’s trademark sandwich today. As was the case the last time I crossed the Betsy Ross Bridge to sample two of South Jersey’s best cheesesteaks, my friend JimContinue reading “A New Contender: Lillo’s of Hainesport, New Jersey”

Return to Da Vinci’s to Try the Pizza and Revisit their Steak

I gave a glowing report on Da Vinci’s Brick Oven Pizzeria of Feasterville, PA, back in January. But while that cheesesteak was fantastic, I regretted not being able to try their pizza. I went alone, leaving me to eat the entire steak. And they don’t sell pizza by the individual slice. It’s a large –Continue reading “Return to Da Vinci’s to Try the Pizza and Revisit their Steak”

Semolina Pizzeria of Southampton, PA

As promised in a recent post on my pizza roots, I returned to Semolina Pizzeria in Southampton, Pennsylvania – the town in which I grew up – after finding out the hard way last week that they are closed Tuesdays.  My friend, Andy, and I met there for lunch today – a Thursday. It’s aContinue reading “Semolina Pizzeria of Southampton, PA”