Pizza and meat go together like...well...pizza and meat, I guess. But if anyone is familiar with putting meat on top of pizza, it's Frank Maimone, owner of Rustica Pizza in the Northern Liberty neighborhood of Philadelphia.
His restaurant has all kinds of nutty pizzas, like a rueben pizza, a BBQ pulled pork pizza with slaw, a brisket pizza, and a chicken molé pizza. (His motto: "If you like it as a food, you can make it work.")
If I'd known about this restaurant before last week, I probably would have a different reaction to his scrapple pizza. Instead of, "THAT'S AMAZING THAT'S AMAZING THAT'S AMAZING!!" I would have said, "Dude, what took you so long?!"
Regardless, here we are. Rustica Pizza has created a scrapple pizza and it sounds tremendous.
Before we get into how this was created, let's go over what makes up the original scrapple pizza:
- It's a white pie.
- They put scrapple on the dough. (He uses Habbersett. He is from Philly after all)
- Drizzle some Pennsylvania maple syrup on top.
- Cover it in mozzerella.
- Then after it's cooked, squirt some ketchup on each slice.
You can see from the photo, we're not talking about a few crumbs of scrapple either. Whole slices! The scrapple itself is deep fried before putting it onto the pizza and into the oven. They slice it a bit thicker than normal so it stays soft in the middle (as scrapple should be) even after frying and cooking inside a 600 degree oven.
How Did the Scrapple Pizza Get Made in the First Place?
Rustica is next door to a tavern named Standard Tap. One day after their brunch, one of the folks from Standard Tap came over to Frank with a brick of Habbersett scrapple and said, "Can you do anything with this?"
Frank made the creation above thinking it would be a one-time thing.
"Literally 5 minutes after it was out of the oven, it was gone." And now Frank's buying 30lbs of scrapple a week to make this pie every day.
I don't live in Philadelphia, but I know my friends that do will be seeing me soon so I can get some of this pizza into my belly. Rustica, welcome to #ScrappleNation.