I'm submitting this as a new topic rather than adding to the older thread because I want to help this place get the attention it deserves. Those of you who despair of finding real Italian-style pizza in the Philly region need look no further than this modest, unpretentious pizzeria in Phoenixville. I've listened with interest to my in-laws' rave reviews of Vecchia since it opened this past summer, and I finally had my chance to try it this evening. Vecchia makes a pizza precisely as one experiences it in the traditional neapolitan pizzerias of Italy: personal-sized, cooked for approximately a minute at an extremely high temperature, lightly charred on the crust, well done around the edges and slightly underdone at the center, with a runny tomato sauce and a moderate to light topping of mozzarella cheese, or none at all. Though Vecchia cuts the pie into American-style-slices, one wants to eat it from center to edge with knife and fork, as most Italians eat theirs.
Apparently the owner-operator (and chief pizzaiolo) learned the pizza-maker's art in Naples and brought over an Italian company to build his wood-fired oven, which was running at about 1,000 degrees when we were there tonight. He has only four pizza styles on the menu—Margherita (mozz, tom, basil), marinara (tom, garlic), bianca (no tom), and a florentine style that includes arugula, prosciutto, and parm-reg. You can ramp up the Margherita with imported mozzerella di bufala for an additional $5 or $6. The only other item on the menu is a house salad. This is pizza at its purest. I won't suggest that it's a "better" style of pizza than what many of us know and love here in America. It's simply of a different order.
Vecchia offers a standard selection of soft drinks. Ignore this lapse of judgment on their part and bring your own beer, preferably a light, Italian-style brew like Moretti or Peroni. In my opinion, a bolder beer (of the American micro-brew variety for instance) would overpower the delicacy of the pizza experience. Wine would work too, of course.
Vecchia is worth a drive. Don't miss it.
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