Calling all pizza lovers...
I'm in Haverhill, MA for the week. I've made the commitment to find some excellent pizza in Boston as part of my visit. I've had the BEST in New York, Wash DC, and Philly. I've been to New Haven, CT to dine at both Frank Pepe's and Sally's. So, you can tell I mean business. Let's hear some suggestions for pizza in Boston.
Hi Pained- If you're a fan of a "classic pie", we are hugs fans of both Pushcart Pizza and Pizzeria Regina. Both are in the north end and a short walk from the North Station T stop. Pushcart (117 Salem St.) is not fancy and not that well known, but we go out of our way to eat there anytime we're in Beantown. They are very good with service and the pizzas/calzones are fantastic (I'm married to a picky Italian and he swears by this place) . Pizzeria Regina's original location at 11 1/2 Thatcher Street is small as well, and if you don't get in line before the dinner rush (they open at 11 a.m.) you'll probably be standing on the sidewalk for a while. I think part of the charm at PR is that the wait staff is snarky, curt and almost obnoxious (hence not my absolute favorite but the food is delish). They have 21 locations at last count so you can pick up a slice somewhere in your Mass. travels. Here's a link: Regina Pizzeria - Locations
I'm sure some locals will chime in as well with other great suggestions. And joshm was right on sending you his link. Enjoy!
Pizza is a touchy subject; it's all so subjective depending on one's preferences as Shoeman stated. I agree with avoiding chains but this is one that I sometimes make an exception to when in need of a pizza fix and there is one handy. Santorpio's is also very good. But for me, I prefer thin crust. I grew up 15 minutes from Frank Pepe's/Sally's/Modern so I have a natural predilection toward those (no one beats a Pepe's white clam pie). I have eaten at most of the 13 named in anady'rs Boston Globe list and thought they all had merit but again, some people (like my husband) don't want "an everything but the kitchen sink pie" but the classic. Enjoy whatever you choose, and let us know where you finally end up. Mangia!
Grimaldi's and Ledo's are both excellent. We have chosen Don Antonio by Starita, 309 W. 50th st for our NY favorite. We even rode the train from Trenton just to eat our favorite pie a few weeks ago! In DC, we really enjoyed 2 Amys, 3715 Macomb St NW. The pizza is fantastic and the atmosphere is almost as good.
1) I completely agree with Shoeman.
2) I have never been to Boston.
Having said that, as some may know, I have become an ardent fan of napoletana vera style pizza as defined strictly by the associazione verace pizza napoletana. It is made to specific standards, and restaurant members must be trained in Naples, Italy in the arts of napoletana vera pizza making. When it's done correctly, it is divine. There is an American chapter of AVPN, and when I went to DC a few months ago, I found an AVPN restaurant in Georgetown. It was a good restaurant, but the pizza was lacking to my standards. For one thing, the edge of the crust was too thick and I didn't like the sauce, which is everything in a good pizza, to me. Well, there's more to it, but you get my drift. The reason I go to the effort to describe all of this on my i"bad" is because there is an American AVPN restaurant member that makes napoletana vera "style" pizza in Somerville, MA. Don't know how close that is to where you are at, and of course I can't vouch for it. But just the same, here is the website: www.postoboston.com. Good luck, and wherever you end up, make sure there is a wood fire oven.
Here's a list from the Boston Globe, for what it's worth
anadyr Lou Malnotti's I believe you were referring - and yes, this Italian restaurant is almost always in the top-3 pizza reviews around Chicago.
painedplatinum I realize these posts are almost 3 years old, but they came up when I was researching Boston on MI. Did you find any pizza places that you could compare favorably to those that you called the BEST in NY, DC, Philly, and New Haven, CT. ? In your quest for the best pizza in Boston, did you find any other casual places that you would recommend?
I agree Jerry. The original Pizzeria Regina Thacher Street in the North end is great. Sassy waitresses. And reasonably priced! Ask for the special oil if you like a little heat! Plus I like drinking chianti out of a jelly jar.
Cambridge has Area 4 where President Obama made a detour to eat and brought home a meat lovers!
Another favorite North End is Fiore's for pizza and calamari before a Bruins game. Off Hanover street I like Pagliuca's - again sassy seasoned waitresses and great food!
I found Santarpio's (two locations) to be my favorite. The East Boston location is the original and the neighborhood was a bit spotty. They also have a place off of Route 1 in Peabody. They both do an excellent job
Posto in Somerville was also very good. True to the AVPN experience.
Get the pizza while in Boston, BUT you must get the Clam Chowder!!! Almost everywhere has a good batch, but I enjoy Legal Sea Foods as much as any.
Thanks for recommendations. I am going to ask the hotel airport shuttle driver if he would take us by Santarpio's on the way to the hotel to pick up a pizza. I have tried clam chowder in a couple of places and just don't like it. Maybe if they left out the clams, I might like it. To be honest, I don't like clams, mussels, oysters, etc. Now, if it had crab, crawfish, or shrimp in it, I'm sure I would enjoy it.
You might want the driver to take you to the one in Peabody then. It's on route 1. Then he can jump on 95 north to take you to Haverhill. Pizza should still be warm when you get there. If he brings you to the original East Boston Location it will be cold by Haverhill! Mangia!