Atmosphere: Pagano’s Pizzeria is located at 701 Market Street near old city Philadelphia. This restaurant is the sister business to Pagano’s Market, which is located right next door. Both establishments are in the Mellon Independence Center on the Concourse level. You can access Pagano’s Pizzeria in a variety of ways including the Market Eat transportation station, The Gallery Mall and 7th street. Pagano’s Pizzeria offers eat-in and take-out options in their spacious restaurant. It does not take long for this eatery to get busy, making it difficult to find a seat.
I had to take my food to-go on numerous occasions when ordering at Pagano’s Pizzeria because of the crowds. The pack of customers tends to slow down right after lunch in the afternoon. I learned that this pizza restaurant is not open all day long. Instead, Pagano’s Pizzeria opens up at lunch time and closes early in the afternoon. That provides only a limited amount of time to get food at this restaurant. Pagano’s Pizzeria is very clean and has friendly staff members who usually greet known patrons. Many people who work near 7th and Market Street frequent this pizza restaurant because of its popularity.
Quality: Pagano’s Pizzeria has a long list of pizza varieties that seem to never end. They serve traditional, tomato, white and Sicilian pizza. I have enjoyed their traditional pizza on a few occasions. The pizza is thin with a crust that is crunchy enough to make it easy to handle. The cheese covers each slice evenly but stretches a lot and may stick to your plate. This restaurant serves mostly pizza, as the other varieties are available from Pagano’s Market. However, you can find great pasta dishes, buffalo wings and salads at Pagano’s Pizzeria.
Price: Pagano’s Pizzeria use to charge $2 per slice but have increased their prices a bit. They do have some bargains where you can get two slices of pizza and a fountain drink for less than $6. Pagano’s Pizzeria also offers calzones and Stromboli’s in two sizes at a decent price. An individual sized Stromboli will not cost more than $8. That may not seem like a bargain for some Philadelphians who can find a large family size Stromboli for the same price in surrounding neighborhoods. However, Pagano’s Pizzeria offers a certain level of quality that is not easy for neighborhood pizza restaurants to match..
Taste Test: Pagano’s Pizzeria makes some of the best tasting food in center city Philadelphia. They have a chicken parmesan menu selection that is marvelous. You can order it to be made with pasta or placed on fresh Italian bread. Both options are delectable options that should not be missed when visiting Pagano’s Pizzeria. Their pizza is also tasty, no matter which variety you buy. It is very rare that you will order anything that tastes just “ok” at Pagano’s Pizzeria.
Verdict: Pagano’s Pizzeria is one of the best pizza restaurants in Philadelphia. Their slices are very big and the food will satisfy your appetite. It seems like everything that they touch turns to gold when it comes to finding flavorful pizza and other Italian food specialties. If you do not like crowds, it may be best to get their hours and go there just before they close. Otherwise, be prepared to stand in a sea of people waiting to receive their order. Pagano’s Pizzeria is a great place to have lunch with a group of friends or family when visiting Philadelphia. The crowd is social, active and provides an enjoyable dining experience.