Pizza Brain

Pizza Brain

Pizzeria$$$$
North Philadelphia, Philadelphia
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    The experts at Eater and Philadelphia Magazine recommend this place
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    34th Street Magazine
    "well-done classics like the Forbes Waggensense"(3 Tips)
    Mike D.
    "Incredible pizza, amazing space, cool people."(56 Tips)
    Weston C.
    "BYOB was nice."(4 Tips)
    carly b.
    "leonard bookman."(2 Tips)
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  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauMarch 23, 2017
    Always a must, this pizza shop is dubbed the World's First Pizza Museum. With jumbo slices and tons of great memorabilia to keep you entertained while you wait, get any slice available on rotation.
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineAugust 5, 2014
    The Bob Shieldsmoose is a pizza-fied brisket sandwich, amped up with horseradish and black pepper. The Charlie Mayfer is straight-up dessert. I’d order both again in a flash. Read more
  • Visit Philly
    Visit PhillyOctober 27, 2014
    The world’s first pizza museum and shop has 550+ pizza artifacts in rotation and serves up its own gas oven-fired pies with sustainably sourced toppings. Read more
  • Michael R.
    Michael ReifMay 14, 2015
    Pizza, pizza, pizza, pizza, pizza does it seem like I have pizza for brains well you never know with so many pizza parlors all over the place that it might be a good idea to put some back in, Pizza.
  • Gaya Y.
    Gaya YanDecember 31, 2013
    Pizza is great and the atmosphere is unique with all the funny posters but the place is tiny so you need to fight for a seat and if you eaten up you are expected to leave ASAP
  • Visit Philly
    Visit PhillySeptember 2, 2015
    Inspired by Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia, Pizza Brain will feature a special-edition Pope pizza box. Locally based Savona-Stavola Foodservice is distributing the custom pizza box to area shops. Read more
  • Weston C.heart icon on user image
    Weston ChambersApril 12, 2015
    I had the Jane because I'm low on money. The atmosphere and the memorabilia are cool. The owner (Brian) is the coolest guy I've ever met. BYOB was nice.
  • Lauren R.heart icon on user image
    Lauren RomaoJanuary 1, 2019
    Next level slices (SOOOO big and cheesey) creative toppings + all the throwback zzza memorabilia you can imagine
  • Mehan J.
    Mehan JayasuriyaSeptember 29, 2014
    Cool spot and worth a visit but coming from NYC, the pizza was a bit underwhelming. They even served me a slice lukewarm. More of a restaurant with stuff on the walls than a museum.
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 23, 2013
    Pizza Brain has got a serious amount of national attention, and the pizza quality is no joke, either. A must-visit for everyone. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Erika S.
    Erika SnyderApril 5, 2014
    Awesome atmosphere, great staff and easily some of the best pizza I have ever had. Try everything and anything. You're gonna love it.
  • Daniel V.heart icon on user image
    Daniel VaughanAugust 27, 2014
    This is the greatest pizza I've ever had. Hands down. And the folks making it were super awesome
  • cyn k.
    cyn kDecember 30, 2012
    Simply phenomenal pizza. If they have the brussel sprout and bacon pizza- get it! Otherwise, their white pizzas are fantastic too!
  • Anneliese K.heart icon on user image
    Anneliese KingJanuary 16, 2015
    Amazing pizza! Don't be subjected to the boring same ol' slices everywhere else. BYOB, and pizza museum. Also right next to the best ice cream around
  • Vivian N.heart icon on user image
    Vivian NguyenJanuary 20, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Third Thursday food fights are very cool. Slices are comparable in size to Lorenzo's slices, but have a high quality taste.
  • Bree T.heart icon on user image
    Bree TrooshieJuly 5, 2015
    Great selection of pizza. I got a slice of "Buffy" which was a buffalo chicken pizza and it was delicious!
  • Marc M.
    Marc MayerAugust 9, 2014
    This place has every amazing pizza-related piece of ephemera. The staff is real nice, and the pies are real tasty.
  • Pizza Brainheart icon on user image
    Pizza BrainMarch 6, 2013
    ATTN VEGANS: Want just a slice instead of a whole pie? Order a personal 10" vegan pie (equivalent to 2 slices) for just $5. Add Daiya cheese or any topping for $1 extra.
  • Laura
    LauraAugust 30, 2013
    Goat cheese+honey+arugula is seriously the most brilliant combination for a pizza. Congratulations Pizza Brain for achieving perfection
  • Mike D.heart icon on user image
    Mike DAugust 7, 2014
    Incredible pizza, amazing space, cool people. The hawk krall mural out back is fantastic.
  • Concierge
    ConciergeSeptember 5, 2012
    Be sure to ask for a slice of their sweet potato pie pizza. Bug them if u have to!! It's so worth it!
  • Scott T.heart icon on user image
    Scott TaftFebruary 13, 2015
    Amazing pizza. The granny with bacon is our favorite. Odd soda selection too. Cream soda for the win!
  • 34th Street Magazine
    34th Street MagazineNovember 6, 2012
    Though there are some wacky pies on the menu, you can’t go wrong with well-done classics like the Forbes Waggensense or the Leonard Bookman.
  • Brain D.heart icon on user image
    Brain DwyerMarch 28, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    There are pizza secrets hidden throughout the shop. If you find one, let whoever is working know - they might just feel compelled to kiss your kneecap.
  • Nichole S.heart icon on user image
    Nichole Shrom-KucFebruary 20, 2019
    You should go here. It’s a cool place to bring friends.
  • Pizza Brainheart icon on user image
    Pizza BrainMarch 6, 2013
    SLICE HAPPY HOUR! Every Mon-Thurs 4-6pm. 2 Jane slices + select craft soda for just $5. *special applies for in-house customers only.
  • John H.heart icon on user image
    John HallahanNovember 19, 2016
    Pizza like no other. Very few pizza places can even come close.
  • Sa Rah G.heart icon on user image
    Sa Rah GOctober 13, 2012
    Get the Frankford Taco ...pizza topped with the in house pizza ice cream..and get a the slice n ice cream for a $1 off!
  • Amanda S.
    Amanda SchickMarch 1, 2013
    Very hipsterish. Staff was super sweet :) pizza was pretty good minus the basil leave all in all great atmosphere!
  • Carmen Noire S.heart icon on user image
    Great fresh pizza. Cool décor. Ice cream shop attached too.
  • Campbell B.heart icon on user image
    Campbell BirdOctober 26, 2014
    Less a museum and more a great pizza and ice cream place. Everything's good.
  • Concierge
    ConciergeSeptember 4, 2012
    Taking public transit? Take the EL Eastbound to York Dauphin and head East on Dauphin for 4 blocks then make a left on Frankford Ave. Enjoy!!!!
  • Food G.
    Food GnomeSeptember 18, 2013
    Delicious slice, super friendly owners and just a feast for your eyes. Patio rules!
  • Abigail R.heart icon on user image
    Abigail RobertsonAugust 16, 2015
    The pizza is fresh and you can literally watch them craft it from scratch
  • ESTHERheart icon on user image
    ESTHERJune 7, 2016
    Pizza is great. Nothing to drink but water and service was crappy. No place to sit. Get it to go. The decor was awesome.
  • Dan S.heart icon on user image
    Dan ScanlonApril 10, 2015
    The pizza is huge and great, and it's right next to Little Baby's Ice Cream.
  • Angela N.
    Angela N.May 27, 2016
    Kira Turston: red pie, mozz, smoked bacon, brown sugar, red onion and brussel sprouts
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineApril 10, 2014
    Beneath all the hype and weirdness lies one of Philly’s great pizza joints. Read more
  • Arthur E.
    Arthur EtchellsApril 10, 2014
    Beneath all the hype and weirdness lies one of Philly’s great pizza joints. Read more
  • Chris R.heart icon on user image
    Chris RichardsAugust 8, 2014
    Kind of intimidating with its hipster vibe, but had amazing white pizza with caramelized onions.
  • Chris T.
    Chris TrewMay 6, 2013
    Vanilla Ice ate here once, inspiring Pearl Jam's "nevermind" - @christrew
  • Lamar C.heart icon on user image
    Lamar CruseMay 25, 2016
    Its.... different. Not a bad way different but.....different. keep up the good work guys
  • Sa Rah G.heart icon on user image
    Sa Rah GOctober 13, 2012
    BYOB- Grab a local beer and bring it over to this local pizza "jawn". Mad Decent!
  • NowThis Newsheart icon on user image
    NowThis NewsFebruary 15, 2013
    Get creative here - anything with apples!
  • Scooter V.
    Scooter Van HalenJuly 9, 2015
    Add arugula to any slice because it contains the most bioavailable nutrients
  • Marie Gooddayphoto W.heart icon on user image
    Love the outdoor seating in the back.
  • Nicole P.
    Nicole PharoMay 12, 2015
    So tasty! The Forbes pizza was the tits
  • Jason G.
    Jason GibsonAugust 7, 2014
    Great pizza! Try the Delouche.
  • Maxwell F.heart icon on user image
    Maxwell FoxmanJune 20, 2017
    Has a pizza museum inside. And it's BYOB
  • Pat B.heart icon on user image
    Pat BellotMay 18, 2015
    Pizza is kind of bland. Great crust and texture but flavor is kind of meh overall. If you want to be blown away try Mix in center city
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