But, you can't get great tomato pie just anywhere. You'll need to head to an old school bakery, who bakes their tomato pie using the same family recipe passed down generations. We've got the insider info on the very best spots to indulge your senses with this classic Philadelphia cultural food.
Marchiano's Bakery - Marchiano's tomato pie is rolled into long sheets by hand, and is then covered with crushed tomatoes, olive oil, and spices. Finally, a dusting of parmesan is added before you enjoy. Served at room temperature, this is a nod to how family matriarch Nunziata Marchiano believed the pie to be best enjoyed - to bring out the true taste and texture of the tomatoes. The business is still owned and operated by the Marchiano family, bringing an old-world charm to the location and it's goods. Glance behind their counter when you're in - you'll see photographs of the many celebrities who have also enjoyed Marchiano's baked Italian goods.
Sarcone's Bakery - Another Italian bakery with a rich history, the Sarcones have gained many fans of their tomato pie throughout their 5 generations of ownership. Their tomato pie is made traditionally - with a focaccia-like crust and thick tomato sauce. Head early for yours, as they sometimes sell out before noon.
Cacia's Bakery - Completely cheese-less, this tomato pie differs from it's counterparts in a few other aspects as well. The crust is airy and light, but slightly more thin than a typical tomato pie. The tomato sauce is generous, with a strong flavor of oregano. Family-owned and operated, Cacia's has 8 locations for those seeking high quality tomato pie in the burbs. Pro Tip: Grab a cannoli while you're there; it's another of their specialties.
Tony Roni's - Tony has honed his grandmother's recipe into one of the best tomato pies in Philadelphia, with a crisp crust and a secret herb seasoning that leaves a distinct impression after each bite. They also won Best Of Philly for Tomato Pie in 2008, as well as numerous other awards from the locals.
New York Italian Style Bakery - So cool, they don't even need a website. Truly - word of mouth alone has this South Street location always hopping. And don't let the name fool you - this place is all Philly, and completely deserving of being included in every list of Philadelphia's best tomato pie. Expect a delicious but no-frills experience, tomato pie served room temp, and bring cash to purchase a whole pie or by the slice.
Gaeta's Tomato Pie - In the tomato pie biz for over 75 years, this place was originally named Scalea's and was located over in Germantown. Currently in the Northeast, owner Frank Straface still uses the recipes that Mary and Buscalene used all those years ago, (he was a frequent customer as a child, and would never alter their famous recipe).
Tony's Famous Tomato Pie - Another Tony on our list, their Philadelphia tomato pies are served up in the heart of Mayfair, and locals can attest their tomato pies are some of the best in Philadelphia, (and their customer service is acclaimed, too).
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Corropolese Deli - Since 1924, their sweet sauce has been winning hearts with the locals. While more sweet than many of the tomato pies in Philly, Corropolese's famous pie also has a rich, satisfying taste paired with a delicate but crisp crust.
Conshohocken Bakery - The go-to of Sorentino's Deli for their hoagie rolls paired with their cheesesteak and served on our Authentic Philly Food Tour, this bakery is also known for their tomato pie. Also check out their custom Philadelphia Tomato Pies...the Philadelphia Eagles, Phillies, or Flyers logo featured on your pie, or any logo or message you'd like!