South Philly stalwart Santucci's was founded by the late Joseph and Philomena Santucci. Since then, it's passed down to the third generation, with granddaughter Alicia at the helm. Given the popularity of their square slices, it seems as though the quality built on the foundation of a strong family business has held true through the years.
So when the GF's family was in town and we were itching for a proper slice by Italian Market, I knew to take them here.
You can dine al fresco, but there's plenty of seating inside as well.
Fried Mozzarella with Marinara [$7]
The GF's a bit of a nut for mozzarella sticks and thankfully Santucci's were clearly homemade. Fresh, creamy mozzarella was coated with a nice breading studded with Italian seasonings. The tangy, sweet marinara was the perfect complement.
Grilled Chicken Sandwich [$9]
Grilled chicken, mild provolone, bacon, lettuce, tomato, avocado, mayo
Being the odd person out, the GF was more in the mood for a sandwich. The grilled chicken was good - great provolone, good seasoning on the chicken, and crusty bread. For me though, the sandwich ate slightly dry - it needed a bit more mayo and the bread to meat ratio was a bit skewed. You get a choice of hand-cut or sweet potato fries and the GF went with the latter. The sea salt was the perfect accent to the sweetness of the crisp fries.
The Works Square Pizza - Medium [$13]
Extra cheese, pepperoni, sausage, green peppers, mushrooms, onions
For the rest of us though? We knew to get the square pizza. With the works no less. The creamy base of mozzarella was a nice contrast against the crispy, thin-crust dough, which was seasoned nicely with salt. The tangy, sweet marinara went swimmingly against the spicy Italian sausage, salty pepperoni, and the freshness of the mushrooms, green peppers, and onions. It's all about the corners for me - and I had 3 of them. My greed game is good.
Keep in mind - Santucci's is cash only. And the only way Santucci's could improve upon their pizza ? Delivery to Fairmount - stat! South Philly clearly has it in spades with the affordable, fresh, and delicious options at Santucci's. Not surprising considering it's right by Italian Market!