Mike Giammarino, whose Lombardi's Pizza on 18th Street was displaced in 2005 for the construction of the 10 Rittenhouse condos, found a corner spot in South Philly for his month-old revival, Gennaro's Tomato Pie.
Giammarino - whose Lombardi's in New York is acknowledged as the oldest pizzeria in the United States - puts out old-school, well-done New York-style pizza. The signature white pizza has a sturdy yet lightweight crust that holds generous portions of fresh mozzarella and ricotta salata, bubbling and brown. Plenty of garlic, subtle spicing - not too much oregano - and a splash of olive oil.
The ricotta salata results in New York pricing. A 16-inch white pie like the one pictured is $23 - $18 for the pie, $2 for the tomatoes, $3 for the spinach. The 16-inch tomato pie is $15.