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Philadelphians Review Snap Pizza’s New Cheesesteak Pizza

State College’s Snap Pizza is trying to bring a little piece of the City of Brotherly Love to Happy Valley with its new “King Of Cheesesteak Pizza.”

The new signature pie appears to be a collaboration with Philly cheesesteak joint Pat’s King of Steaks, hence its clever name. The pizza features steak from Pat’s itself, creme fraiche, sharp provolone cheese, and grilled onions.

Naturally, we sent a couple of Philadelphians (or “just-outside-of-Philadelphians”) over to Snap to try out the cheesesteak pizza and weigh in with their culinary expertise.

Ryan Parsons (Yardley, Pa.)

Going into this review, I had incredibly low expectations. I don’t really think I’m a cheesesteak snob, but I definitely am a gatekeeper and often shoot down cheesesteak-related foods that aren’t from Philly. And for the record, my favorite steak in the city is probably Joe’s in Fishtown (provolone, wit.)

However, I was actually pleasantly surprised by this pie. When I took the first bite, I instantly said something along the lines of, “Yeah, this is garbage,” but that was purely an overreaction. Once the taste of the provolone hit my taste buds, things changed. Although the pie didn’t taste exactly like a cheesesteak, it was pretty solid.

I’m not a big fan of sour cream or really any dairy, so the Creme Fraiche was questionable for me. However, it turned out well. My major critique of this pizza is the onions, which were grilled instead of fried. Not a deal-breaker, but there was quite a bit of onion on each slice.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with this pizza. I’m not sure if I would ever choose it again over a Margherita or Hot Lil’ Honey, but it was a nice change of pace.

Ryen Gailey (Ambler, Pa.)

First off: Dad, if you’re reading this, I must address and apologize for two things. First, I know I am not actually from Philadelphia. But for the sake of this review, I’m close enough. This is in no way, shape, or form comparable to an actual cheesesteak. I’m not pretending that it is and the fact that I had to try a “cheesesteak” on a pizza was not my choice.

I already had a really delicious dinner in mind for this evening before I was forced kindly asked to try this cheesesteak pizza. Truthfully I was less than pleased. Out of all of my friends, I am probably the pickiest eater I know, and as soon as I found out that there were onions on this pizza, I was ready to bail.

The pizza was not what I expected, though. I imagined a traditional pizza with red sauce and shredded steak meat on top. When I found out that the base was a white pizza, I was pleasantly surprised. I admittedly tried to scrape off as much of the onions as possible, much to the dismay of my fellow reviewers (Editor’s note: Not a single onion remained on that slice, folks).

The overall taste of the pizza was pretty good. Honestly, though, it did not taste like a cheesesteak at all, and certainly not a cheesesteak comparable to one from Philadelphia. My Philadelphian father would probably never eat this, but I wouldn’t object to eating this a second time as much as I did the first.

I still have to say though that Snap’s Margherita pizza and cheesy bread is always No. 1 in my heart.

Matt DiSanto (Collegeville, Pa.)

Ah, cheesesteaks. Philadelphia’s signature sandwich is the life force of every individual in the Delaware Valley. From Dalessandro’s to Tony Luke’s, everybody’s got a favorite joint, a favorite cheesesteak-eating memory, or even a favorite form (provolone, wit.)

That said, this pizza pales in comparison to any semblance of a Philadelphia cheesesteak.

I’ve never been a huge cheesesteak guy. It’s just not my jam. But I was still rather excited to give this pie a try. However, I knew I was in for a doozy when this pizza box reeked of onions from a mile away. The onions were incredibly powerful with each bite, which really killed my vibe and stopped me from fully enjoying it. As I type this, I can still smell them in the kitchen a few rooms away.

The provolone cheese balanced out the onions a bit, and the shredded steak meat gave the dish a few more dimensions. Overall, it was a fun novelty item that makes for a good reason to head to Snap. But if you’re heading in dead-set on eating a recreation of Philadelphia’s favorite sandwich, you’ll be less than satisfied.

Even though I wasn’t completely happy, I was thrilled to know Snap donates $1 from each purchase of this pizza to the Spread The Whiz Foundation, a non-profit that works to provide nutritional education for both children and adults in the Philadelphia area. Now that’s some Brotherly Love.

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