Reading Terminal Market
12th and Arch Street
The Reading Terminal Market has been an iconic part of Philadelphia ever since its doors were first opened in 1892. People flock from all over this fine country to check out not only historic Philadelphia, but Philly’s impressive eats as well. Almost as if it’s a supermarket of the world, it’s one of the only places in the city where you can find almost any kind of food under one massive 78,000 sq ft roof. Dutch? Cheesesteaks? Pizza? Asian? Southern? They got it. I’ve been coming here since I was a kid and I still love everything about it. Although I’ve tried most all of the vendors here throughout my many visits, the one place that I’ve overlooked is “Mezze.” It’s a small Mediterranean eatery that has an extensive menu including a rather unusual selection of bruschetta and hot sang’wiches.
On the counter, staring at me like an ugly dog in a pet store window was a slice of breakfast pizza. I normally wouldn’t mix the 2 foods but my mouth was watering at the sight of this beautiful bastard. A diced up fried egg, provolone and fresh mozzarella cheeses topped with sweet, sliced breakfast sausage. The crust had some nice, crispy char spots on it too. After spending a few minutes in their 500-degree, all gas fire, door less oven…my breakfast/lunch/pizza was ready for consumption.
This slice was outstanding. The sweet taste of the breakfast sausage hits you in the jaw like a roundhouse kick from the pizza delivery kid in the secret of the ooze. The combined forces of the provolone and mozzarella were a perfect selection for this particular pie. And if you’ve never had egg on a pizza, you’re seriously missing out and you’re probably gonna die a miserable person. If you’re unlucky enough to get picked for jury duty or you’re just downtown getting sued for child support, do yourself a favor and stop by the terminal for this pizza. At $3.25 a slice, you can’t possibly go wrong.