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Campo di Fiore, Harvard Square

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Just went to a place called "Campo di Fiore" in the Holyoke Center arcade in Harvard Square (the same building as Au Bon Pain). It's a high-volume lunch spot (take-out and food court-style seating) with surly staff, but they do have really delicious food.

They sell a variant on pizza that they call pani romano, or "roman bread." It's essentially pizza, but in the dimensions of one of those superbowl party sub sandwiches -- very long and narrow. The crust is the centerpiece of this stuff -- it's very crispy, chewy, and tasty. A square piece of the pre-made pie that you choose (there are seven or eight varieties) is reheated, cut in half or in quarters and then assembled like a sandwich.

Prices are rather high for what you get (they've basically found a way to make you pay $7 for what would otherwise be two small slices of pizza and a small soda), but it's tasty enough that I don't mind.

Go for the varieties without cheese -- I find these to be better than the more traditional pizza types.

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  1. I love that place! I have been going since they opened.
    I have to disagree with first time visitor Gabe.
    The staff is pleasant, chatty and they always have a smile.
    Maybe it was due to the Mercury [planet of communication] retrograde from june 4-27? ;-D!

    I think their combo meals are an excellent deal
    as are their sandwiches listed on the black board.

    Try the Spring sandwich for an excellent vegetarian
    meal- avocado, mozzerella, portabello/a, lettuce and tomato on their phenomenal Italian flat bread.
    The Roast Beef is pretty amazing too. Well...they all are.

    Excellent desserts as well. Plus their Ciambella [a sweet, puffy donut type confection] for breakfast is great for those with a sweet tooth.

    Also for breakfast they have a ham, cheese and scrambled egg sandwich for 3.99.

    In the Mount Holyoke Arcade by the chess playing Au Bon Pain.

    Miiki

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      Seth Ditchik

      I'd have to agree with you, Miiki. The combo meals are one of the best lunches you can get in Harvard Square for around $5, and the Arcade is a great people-watching spot (air-conditioned, too!).

      1. re: Miiki

        "I have to disagree with first time visitor Gabe.
        The staff is pleasant, chatty and they always have a smile.
        Maybe it was due to the Mercury [planet of communication] retrograde from
        june 4-27? ;-D!"

        More likely Mars, still retro until July 19th. People are angry but they're not talking about it! (OK, Jim, I promise to move this to the NAF board if discussion continues!)

      2. This is such a great place, especially the trastevere.

        Reputedly, Christopher Walken is a co-owner.

        Also, beware, they're closed on Sundays. This has severely disappointed me and my short memory several times.