It seems most pizza fans know a place where the best pizza ever is made. Everyone has their own favorite slice. But, like the debate over where the best cheesesteaks or soft pretzels can be found, you can tack pizza on to the list of unknowns.
In a search for Mt. Airy's best pie, I visited three pizzerias: Toto’s, Golden Crust and Fino’s. All the restaurants offer the standard toppings that can whet any appetite.
What I've found allows each place to stand apart are the additional options available.
Toto’s, 6555 Greene Street
Pros: Toto’s slices have a thin crust with a minimal amount of cheese.
Cons: For this visit, I ordered my pizza with pepperoni and mushrooms. I found it served with a normal amount of meat, but the sliced mushrooms overloaded the pizza.
Golden Crust, 7155 Germantown Avenue
Pros: If you prefer a crust with a thicker depth then Golden Crust might be ideal for you. Only slightly denser than a standard pie, but much thinner than a Sicilian slice. This slice also had more mushrooms than meat.
Since I added mushrooms to the pre-made pepperoni slice, my server added additional cheese to lessen the chance of the toppings falling off.
Cons: Golden Crust’s pie wasn’t as fresh as their competitors’ pizza. It appeared to be sitting under a heat lamp for some time.
Fino’s Pizza, 6784 Germantown Avenue
Pros: Of the three, Fino’s had a more consistent amount of toppings so I tasted all the flavors in each bite.
If you want to experience an interpretation of the pizza of Italy, Fino’s allows you to order by the regional origins of Italian pizza. Go from Lombardy to Sicily without a passport or a scan from the TSA.
Fino’s also offers gluten-free crusts if you are allergic to wheat-based flour.
Those who refrain from dairy no longer have to miss out on a steaming slice with a dairy-free option on Golden Crust and Fino’s menus.
Cons: Slices are only available for lunchtime, but don’t let that stop you. If you fear gluttony, you can always share a pie with a friend.