Pizza Capital of the World
If any NEPA town knows pizza, it’s Old Forge – the famously self-titled “Pizza Capital of the World.” Since the 1920s, when the foundations of Old forge-style pizza were laid, this little borough has been cranking out tray after tray of its namesake culinary curiosity from several, time-tested family-run pizza joints.
Each of these unforgettably delightful, rectangular pizzas, whether stuffed into a shirt box to go or on one of those well-known red plastic trays, is an expression of authentic mastery over simple ingredients.
Old Forge Pizza is a true NEPA original. And if you want to try the best there is, you’ve got to go to the source. We’ve rounded up some of the most iconic places to get authentic Old Forge-style pizza. Trust us, you’ll want to hit em’ all.
Classic Old Forge Pizza Joints:
Arcaro & Genell Restaurant
This Main Street favorite has been a staple of the Old Forge pizza scene since 1962. Arcaro and Genell’s boasts a true “family feel” from the moment you sit down to the happy wave goodbye. Their simple Peasant Style tray with just basil, fresh garlic and Romano cheese will linger in your thoughts for eternity.
A neighborhood mainstay for over 90 years, Salerno’s Café on Moosic Rd. must be doing something right. Our guess is it’s the pizza. Salerno’s is just off of Main Street, but easy enough to find as it is the house with the two tables out front and the unbelievable smell of hot, fresh pizza wafting from the kitchen. Stop by during Lent for their incredibly, delicious Pagach tray.
This family operated gem on Main Street has been baking traditional Old Forge trays for over 50 years. Family atmosphere, fresh ingredients and time-honored recipes are the secrets to success at Revello’s. You can also find their delectable pizzas at locations in Kingston and the Marketplace at Steamtown. Revello’s is also the official pizza of the Mohegan Sun Arena and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders.
With original recipes that trace back to Philomena Ghigiarelli, the saintly woman credited with creating Old Forge pizza in 1926, this tiny take-out only shop on the south end of town has locals lining up and calling ahead to get their hands on a cut of the original Nonni’s Italian Classic – the tray that started it all.
Mary Lou’s Pizza
Truly a hidden treasure, Mary Lou’s quaint pizza shop on Dunn Ave. is a perennial local favorite. This newly redecorated shop is famous for having what many believe is the most delectable pizza crust in town. Locals recommend the Fresh Tomato tray when in season of course.
This popular Italian restaurant in the center of it all on Main Street traces its roots back to Louisa Laurenzi, one of the original Old Forge pizza grandmas. With a huge dining space and a full bar, Cafe Rinaldi has all the ingredients for a pizza night to remember. The spicy and salty red tray with hot seeds and anchovies pairs perfectly with an ice cold beer from the bar.
Augustine’s Club 17
Located on the north end of Old Forge, this old school bar and restaurant serves up tasty, traditional trays of red and white. With a large dining room and a classic bright red upholstered bar, Augustine’s offers a nod to its own unique history as a hopping venue for big band music and dancing. And while the good old days have come and gone, the pizza remains the same. Get the classic tomato and garlic tray.