Carangi Baking Co. – Philadelphia, PA
My second of five consecutive Philadelphia pizza reviews is of Carangi Baking Company. I’ll get right to the point and tell you that you will not find a negative review of Carangi Baking Company, neither here nor anywhere else online. As the name implies they have plenty to offer a carb loving person like myself, AND, they serve coffees and lattes to boot!
The outside of Carangi’s is inviting, the inside even more so. The place is small and personable. All of the baked goods sit behind glassed cabinets at the front counter, and the counter on the front wall holds a variety of coffees. The ovens that bake their breads are the same ovens used for their square pizzas, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that the rolls they bake are the ones used to supply Philadelphia’s famous John’s Roast Pork, which has garnered praise from the Adam Richman’s and Andrew Zimmer’s of the world.
The variety of breads, muffins, stromboli’s, etc. were inviting, but with three more meals to follow this one I needed to hold strong and only try their pizza. I chose one square of red and one square featuring a long-hot.
On both pieces the crust was light golden brown; the bottom crust was stiff and crunchy as was the handle, but the inside was soft and airy. Being a sauce guy I found the sauce to be proportionate to the size of the foundation; it was lightly seasoned and exhibited a good tomato pie taste. The piece with the long-hot had a little cheese dropped on it, but not enough for me to detect what type it was. The long-hot added a little heat, but it quickly dissipated before becoming too much.
If you crave a cut of Sicilian done right I suggest stopping by Carangi Baking Company and trying some of theirs. My only regret was not being able to try everything else they have to offer.
Carangi Baking Company
2655 S. Iseminger St.
Philadelphia, PA 19148
Payment: cash only
Other: on-street parking, served room temperature
Bang for the buck: $1.00 – $1.25 / piece
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