Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Gianfranco Pizza Rustica: Center City Review

In the mood for a white slice, the GF and I decided to try another Philly pizzeria in my perpetual search for the perfect slice. So we hopped on Grubhub and happened upon Gianfranco Pizza Rustica, which has three locations in South Philly, Old City, and Center City. The latter was closest so we went with them. The person who took the order was friendly and amenable, especially considering the fact that we had a bunch of specific instructions.

Large Half White / Half Tomato ($14.85)
Tomato, garlic, spinach

One of those instructions was for a half red, half white pie so we could try both - for the sake of the blog of course! The pizza had a decent crust with nice char. Overall, the pizza was also well-seasoned. 

However, the red pie could have definitely done with more cheese. If the dough wasn't seasoned, this could have been inedible. The white slice was a lot better - nicely seasoned with garlic and with an abundant amount of cheese, tomatoes, and spinach. Dollops of ricotta would have been a nice creamy element though.

Eggplant Parmigiana Sandwich ($6.50)

We also ordered an eggplant parm sandwich, which was housed by crusty bread. However, while the eggplant was fresh and thickly sliced, it was over-breaded and not crisp at all. I appreciated that the sandwich wasn't drenched in sauce, but overall, it was definitely dry from the lack of marinara. There was a nice amount o cheese though.

Large Cheese Fries ($4)

Cheese fries can come with either mozzarella or cheese whiz. As Philly transplants, we opted for the latter. The fries were crisp and well-seasoned, with the whiz adding
a creamy, salty element to the fries.

The pizza at Gianfranco Pizza Rustica is decent, but isn't the best in Philly. I would stay away from the eggplant parm sandwich, but wouldn't mind another order of those fries. 

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