Head chef Robert D’Adamo works the oven at Marra's in South Philadelphia (Nathaniel Hamilton/for NewsWorks)
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Marra's 90-year-old oven keeping up just fine with upstart pizzerias

Marra's pizza is a South Philly institution since 1925. When Salvatore and Chiarina Marra moved the business to its current home on East Passyunk Avenue, they dismantled and reassemble the original oven — designed and built by Salvatore out of bricks from Mount Vesuvius.

Chef Luca Sena Jr. at Revolution House, adds the finishing touches to a pizza before putting it into the wood burning oven (Nathaniel Hamilton/for NewsWorks)
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Revolution House pies borne of the 'king and queen of pizza'

While many places use gas or oil to keep the temperature steady through the day, Revolution House's Chef Luca Sena, Jr., believes that would ruin the flavor of the oven. He burns red oak instead.

Nomad Roman’s arugula and prosciutto, and margherita pizzas (Nathaniel Hamilton/for NewsWorks)
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Fast-rising Nomad and Nomad Roman, from pizza truck to 5-oven operation

With three pizzerias, a mobile pizza truck and five different ovens, the Nomad crew has had quite the rise of pizza star power.

Are words even necessary? Pizza Brain. (Nathaniel Hamilton/for NewsWorks)
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American kitsch a main ingredient at Fishtown/Kenzo hipster haven Pizza Brain

Pizza Brain opened in 2012 to much fanfare as the world's first pizza museum and pizzeria, and a culinary destination in Philadelphia's Fishtown and East Kensington.

Anastasia Tanellari works the pizza oven at La Rosa Pizza. (Nathaniel Hamilton/for NewsWorks)
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La Rosa Pizza a diamond in South Philly's rough

If you ever find yourself at Broad and Snyder, wondering where things went so terribly wrong, take a breather and pop on into La Rosa Pizza.

A fresh pizza in the oven at Bufad (Nathaniel Hamilton/for NewsWorks)
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Bufad Pizza creates a modern anchor for Philly's less-industrial Eraserhood

It's in the Eraserhood that Bufad Pizza has found its home. The clean lines of the dining room make for a modern pizzeria experience, but the Neapolitan pies are as traditional as they come.

At Pizzeria Stella the pizza oven was built and designed by a group from Dallas, Texas to burn oak wood and ash (Nathaniel Hamilton/for NewsWorks)
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Pizzeria Stella endures as an early entry in Philly's pizza renaissance

When taste-maker Stephen Starr's Pizzeria Stella opened in 2009, it was at the top of its game. And while a recent rise in boutique pizzerias is giving Starr a run for his money, he can rest easy knowing his Headhouse locale was first out of the gate.

Roseanne Tacconelli puts the finishing touches before she hands it to a customer (Nathaniel Hamilton/for NewsWorks)
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The Original Tacconelli's Pizzeria sticks to the old ways — with legendary results

There are few places with the kind of following that Tacconelli's has garnered over the years. And for good reason. In an age of hybrid ovens and express service, Tacconelli's holds its own, throwing common practice to the wind.

The Pitruco Pizza truck has a custom imported Italian Valoriani wood burning oven (Nathaniel Hamilton/for NewsWorks)
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Mobile pizzeria Pitruco trucking through Philly three years strong

While the logistical challenges of installing a wood-fired oven plague pizza makers of every caliber, the stakes are higher when the oven is on the move.

Pizzeria Vetri hybrid oven has duel openings allowing for better circulation of air and use of the oven by the chefs. (Nathaniel Hamilton/for NewsWorks)
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A stylistic Neapolitan from Pizzeria Vetri's uncommon oven

Marc Vetri's latest foray into the approachable and hip has yielded a Fairmount destination in Pizzeria Vetri. Vetri's pizza doesn't self-identify as one particular style.

Nunzio Esimeo shows off a fresh cheese pizza, with Danielle Lagomarisno at Montesini Pizza (Nathaniel Hamilton/for NewsWorks)
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Montesini Pizza a greasy draw for in-the-know Mayfair locals

As old-school pizza parlors go, Montesini's in Mayfair sets the bar. Owner Nunzio Esimeo credits the original stones in the Baker's Pride oven for the tasty pies he's putting out.

12 outstanding ovens that prove Philly knows pizza (Photos by Nathaniel Hamilton/for NewsWorks)
April 17, 2014 | Philly pizza unboxed

12 outstanding ovens that prove Philly knows pizza [photos]

Over the past few years there's been a full-on renaissance when it comes to Philadelphia's pizza scene. We did some digging to learn about the ovens that make our favorite pizzas.

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