Pizza Brain is two things: a great local shop for slices and full pies of straight up good pizza AND and home to the world’s largest collection of pizza memorabilia (as certified by the Guinness Book of World Records).
The Forbes was unpretentiously awesome. Thin crust, fresh red sauce, tasty pepperoni and delicious basil. I'm originally from a NJ town close to New York and prefer the thin crust NY-style pizza. This was one of the first pizzas I've had in Philly that reminded me of that.
Pizza Brain also rotates a couple big slices per day. I was starving and the full pies take a little time since they are spun, topped and baked upon order, so I got a slice of the Jane. It's Pizza Brain's basic red slice with mozzarella, aged provolone, grana padano, fresh basil. The slice was great but basically tasted like the Forbes without the pepperoni. So review the ingredients carefully if you're ordering a few things to make sure the pizzas are different enough. I want to go back again soon and try the Bernie Templeton (sharp white cheddar, mozzarella, seasonal potato, garlic, goat cheese, fresh rosemary, black pepper, scallion) or Bob Shieldsmoose (blue cheese, mozzarella, house roasted beef brisket, garlic, horseradish, black pepper, fresh rosemary).
|Inside Pizza Brain: pizza memorabilia all over the walls and very friendly service|
In addition to serving great pizza, Pizza Brain something fun and different to check out one night - weekday or weekend. We especially liked the community vibe as we watched Fishtown locals streaming in for to-go pizza and being greeted every time with warmth from the staff. It's also a BYOB and has Little Baby's Ice Cream (which is awesome) next door, so bring a bottle of wine and save room for dessert. Don't get discouraged if the few seats inside Pizza Brain are filled. You can still order and then go sit on the Little Baby's side to eat.
Where else have you had great pizza lately?