Whether you heat them up or eat them cold, Carangi Baking Company's square slices are a delicious piece of the Philadelphia bakery pizza puzzle. On a recent visit, Philly Slice correspondent Hawk Krall tried all their varieties—right out of the case and hot from the oven.
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I've been on a little bit of a mission to put Philadelphia bakery-style tomato pie on the pizza map. And for me it all goes back to Sam's Italian Market, a bakery and Italian prepared foods spot close to where I grew up outside of Philadelphia.
To be clear on definitions right off the bat—the "Tomato Pie" we're talking about here is very different from Trenton Tomato Pie, or even the Northeast Philly version. In the Tomato Pie Belt that runs roughly from South Philly through the western suburbs of Manayunk , Conshocken and Norristown, it's a square pie that consists only of soft, foccocia-like dough, thick, slow-cooked sauce, herbs and a shake of parm or romano, and is ideally purchased at room temperature at a bakery, not a pizzeria.
Conshohocken Bakery's storefront is open to the public, even though it's a full service commercial bakery. No tables, chairs, slices, or drinks—just bread, rolls, Italian pastries, and slabs of some of the city's finest tomato pie.