You want fancy pizza? Yeah? Think you can handle fancy pizza? OK, go somewhere else. You won’t find it at Tony’s, thank all things holy. Like several great pizzerias on this list, Tony’s started as a place that only served tasty, salty things in order for you to buy more booze. Yes, Tony Mallamaci opened a small bar on the corner of 10th and Jackson Streets in South Philly in the late 1940s. His brother Dominic joined him, and they started selling homemade sandwiches (specialties included roast beef and meatballs) as well as thin crusts with homemade tomato sauce on top (no mozz!).
Dominic and Tony moved to the present location in 1951, drawing customers in with free slices of tomato pie. The menu has long since expanded to include pasta dinners, burgers, chicken Parm, "filet of flounder," jalapeño poppers, and a variety of other doubtful bar menu, Italian-American, and Restaurant Impossible standards. But the pizza? As anyone from Philly will tell you, “Best. Tomato. Pies. Ever.” You can top them with anchovies, pepperoni, green peppers, mushroom, sausage, and onion, and, for a limited time around Valentine’s Day, they’re even served in the shape of a heart.
— Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Pizzas in America 2015, 8/6/2015