Florida Style Pizza
by Kevin Courtney
Re-PLACE-ing Philadelphia is building an expanded archive of cultural memory that includes multiple histories, re-place-ing the established with new narratives and understandings. Notes consider place via the street, sound, food, trees, and other portals.
In partnership with educator Joshua Block, students from Philadelphia's Science Leadership Academy are creating and publishing their Philadelphia Field Notes. Kevin Courtney shares his connection to the delicacy of Florida style pizza.
This is Florida style pizza. It is located on Snyder Avenue and Beechwood Street, near the corner of 22nd and Snyder. I’ve been working there with my neighbor and my father since the summer. I’m the delivery person. People call in for orders and they will place an address and I would have to drive and deliver the food to their house or apartment. There will be days I’ll get many deliveries and there will be days I’ll get an average of two deliveries. I make decent money and it helps me get food, gas, and things to do and provide for my lovely girlfriend. I love my job because I’m able to do some of my favorite hobbies and that is to bond with my father before I go off to college and drive my ford focus throughout the streets of Philadelphia.
Florida style is not just any ordinary pizza place. Sure it might be in a banged up building but you can’t judge a book by its cover. The food will always make you want to come back for more. The most popular thing they sell is called an inside out pizza. It is pizza dough cut into circles and laid out. Marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese is added on top and then it is wrapped and pinched down like a calzone. Next the inside out is put into a fryer for 5 minutes. The way it comes out of the oil, it makes your stomach rumble. Seeing the brown crispy inside out makes your tongue get moist. Once you take a bite you will feel the softness and crunchiness of the dough and all of a sudden feel the cheese ooze right out to have that perfect pizza taste. That was just the original inside out. You can put anything you want into the inside out. For example another bestseller is the steak inside out. Steak is added in with the cheese and marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese then put into the fryer. If you check out their instagram page you can find out what they sell and if there is any deals for the week. Just search up the username floridastylepizza.
I encourage people to come down to South Philly and try this awesome pizza place. I want people to have the taste of an inside out. I promise you this is not an expensive place. Florida style has reasonable prices and it is a great place to get food. I guarantee you will be so happy when you try this delicious mouth watering taste of the inside out pizza.