"The Joey" is a must-order here: Berkshire pork sausage, mozz, provolone, crushed tomato, spinach and garlic
When the weather starts getting colder, warm up with a margarita pizza and grab a seat towards the end of the bar section where the pizza oven is.
Yet another entry into the increasingly serious pizza culture that's developing in Philly. Not only are the pies and sides great, but there's a lovely selection of wines to enjoy alongside them. Heated outdoor seating, too.
Non-White Patrons Beware!.
I was recommended Zavino by my father who lives a few blocks away. So one day I figured that I stop by and check it out. On first sight the place is impressive in an intimate way, but generally a very small space. I took a seat at the bar and had to get the bartender's attention although the bar was sparsely populated. He provided me a menu and made me a pretty good martini as I waited for my pizza's (ordered 2 to go). It wasn't until a white couple came into the restaurant and sat next to me that I realized how much I was treated differently. The bartender's attitude immediately turned to perky and welcoming when attending to the white couple (also, there was no indication from their conversation to say that they were familiar with each other). He subsequently went into full service mode - explaining all the specials, other intricacies of the menu, etc. I felt extremely insulted. I did what was the only thing left for me to do - I requested the manager and explained in detail how the service that I received was sub-par to other customers and that I was not only disappointed but insulted. The Manager was decent enough to offer an apology of which I accepted. However, what I witnessed was far from a pleasant dining experience. I encourage all Non-white paying customers - if you get treated in an insufficient manner at any restaurant, request the manager, blog about your experience, and never support them again financially.
Otherwise, the pizza was OK.
GREAT PIZZA, BAD WINE.
Finally a good REAL Italian Pizza down-town Philly.
Great Claudio's mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce.
Too bad the wine is overpriced and poor quality.
Citysearch Editorial Review. With a stretchy marble bar that encourages chatting, tables that live in close quarters, a lack of sound-proofing to hush the bricked and wooded lair, classic rock crooning from the speakers and bartenders trained to be approachable, this wine and pizza den is the kind of place to come by yourself when you wish for some fresh conversation. It’s also the kind of place where residents of the gentrifying Gayborhood eat and drink frequently and comfortably without overshadowing or being overshadowed by the influx of (often straight) creative and white-collar shoppers, daters, and workers from all over the city. Simple, seasonal, homemade small plates and pizzas accompany a classic cocktail list, a local-friendly craft beer menu and a selection of 30 bottled wines and a dozen by the glass.
Great place!. I went to Zavino for my birthday with a group of friends. I showed up with 11 people and had a reservation for 8. The staff was extremely accommodating, and managed to seat us all together. The staff were all really nice – the host, manager, wait staff were all polite and cheerful despite the fact that my party was bigger than expected. The food was great – everything was really fresh. We all had a great time, and will definitely go back there again.
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