Jules Thin Crust Pizza
817 Old York Road, Jenkintown PA
It’s really hard for a Dough Boy like myself to appease all my followers with so many recommendations constantly coming in. Work and geographic location prevent me from eating pizza in the Philadelphia area more than once a week if I’m lucky, so every suggestion is considered thoroughly before we visit. But after being badgered by Pat Sicilia and Brian Drennen for long enough, I knew there was one place in particular that was overdue for a review: Jules.
While many pizzerias claim to use only the freshest ingredients (like that crap factory Papa John’s), Jules puts them all to shame. The fact that all of their ingredients are locally produced and organic is certainly something to boast about. Their sauce is made fresh daily with organic tomatoes and olive oil. Only the finest mozzarella and parmesan cheeses are used. Aside from traditional topping selections, gourmet choices such as portabella mushrooms and roasted eggplant break the mundane mold that has become the standard. They also offer a gluten-free pizza for those with food allergies or celiac disease, allowing those affected to enjoy a dish that was once intolerable. With so many options to choose from and none of their pies exceeding $20, the possibilities are endless.
I started off with a slice of the Meat Selection #3: Hormone-free roasted chicken, chopped organic tomatoes and onions, mozzarella, limejuice, cilantro, and extra virgin olive oil. Even though their pizzas may sound expensive, a slice of this elegant bastard was only about three bucks. The unique, oblong, thin crust was a crispy and sturdy enough base for the toppings above. I honestly think that this topping combination had to have been handed down from God himself, as if he passed off two stone tablet pizza menus to a pie-slinging Moses. Never could I fathom such a winning combination. The hint of limejuice with every bite was a welcomed change from the norm, while the fresh ingredients really cut through the clutter and stood out. Whereas it sometimes gets lost in a sea of flavor with the other toppings at certain pizzerias, the cilantro at Jules served a purpose.
Just as I finished my individual slice of #3, our other pizza had arrived. “Kim’s Pie” starts with the same hormone-free roasted chicken as before, but with portobello mushroom, caramelized onion, mozzarella, balsamic BBQ sauce, and chives. If I had given that first slice a perfect 10 rating, this one was an 11. The balsamic BBQ was a little lighter and tart than your normal BBQ sauce, which totally meshed well with the mozzarella. I never had caramelized onion on anything other than red meat, but I’ll def be adding it to my chicken and pizzas after this experience. Again, the freshness of the chives allowed them to transcend garnish status. This was the type of pizza that you buy a couple of when you’re there so you can enjoy the leftovers for a few days afterwards.
Jules Thin Crust Pizza meets at the intersection of Chic Street and Appetizing Avenue. I was skeptical of their trendy interior and exterior, but their pizza speaks for itself. An original and delectable take on an old classic, the options at this distinctive pizzeria will certainly have me coming back for more. Outstanding.