Sweet Spot With Mike Sugerman: Is Old Forge, Pennsylvania The Pizza Capital Of The World?

Mike Sugerman
November 08, 2019 - 5:00 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — In this week's Sweet Spot, Mike Sugerman traveled to the pizza capital of the world.

It's not New York or anywhere else in the Tri-State area. Not even Chicago or Italy.

It's downtown Old Forge in northeastern Pennsylvania about two hours from both New York and Philadelphia.

"Everybody always says, 'Oh we have the best pizza.' No you don't, you have to come to Old Forge to get the best pizza," said Nicole Ferentino, an Old Forge resident.

That of course is a matter of taste, and as Sugerman reports, it tastes pretty good. But the claim is made mostly on the matter of abundance.

Old Forge, Pennsylvania
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It's a town of about 7,000 people and Stephen Gasdik guesses there's about 25 pizza joints in this tiny town.

Sugerman can't confirm exactly how many there are, but he says it's definitely more than it should be for this small of a town.

Customers come from all over just to get a slice.

"A lot of the places have been here 50-plus years," said Angelo Genell, who with his brother, Mark, runs Arcaro & Genell which is probably the best-known of the pizza places in Old Forge. "It started out with people making it on bread for the coal miners."

Arcaro & Genell has its own style of pizza. It's not a pie, it's a tray.

Old Forge pizza
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There's a red pizza and white pizza.

The white has dough on top and bottom. In between there's a mix of three types of cheeses.

The dough is fresh, thicker than New York, thinner than Chicago, served on a tray more in the sicilian way than neopolitan.