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Stone Hearth Pizza, Belmont -pleasant meal for too much $$$

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I saw Joanie's review of Aujourd'hui below and it reminded me that I needed to contribute a review of stone hearth pizza in Belmont. Her title said it all, so I stole it.

Went several days ago with 4 adults, 2 kids. Ordered 4 "large" pizzas and one kid sized pizza. Ended up ordering an extra "large" pizza for the kids as the kid size didn't feed even one child. For that matter, a “large” pizza didn’t really fill up the adults, either. Ordered a few sodas and a bottle of prosecco in addition to the pizzas.

Pizzas are thin crust and quite small. Toppings are fresh and great tasting in general. Salads (none ordered) looked good. The crust on the pizza has a nice toothsome consistency without being chewy. The “large” pizzas are small and thin, however. And expensive, at 12-14 dollars each. And I left not full.

The bill for the above was over $100.

It is a shame. I wanted to love this place, but I can’t imagine going back even though they are one of the few places in (dry) Belmont that serves alcohol.

They were busy – a 20-30 minute wait at 6PM on a weeknight.

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  1. Thanks for the review...

    Based on what you've written, it sounds like it will be a destination restaurant in Belmont for years to come.

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    1. re: Bob Dobalina

      I went to Stone Hearth Pizza for lunch on Saturday. Had the carmelized onion and sausage pizza with their signature sauce for $12. The pizza has very thin crust and delicious fresh toppings. Had an Endurance Pale Ale to go along with it. The regular size pizza is the size of a dinner plate. The toppings are bountiful. I ate the whole thing and was very full.

      1. re: Bob Dobalina

        I went to Stone Hearth Pizza for lunch on Saturday. Had the carmelized onion and sausage pizza with their signature sauce for $12. The pizza has very thin crust and delicious fresh toppings. Had an Endurance Pale Ale to go along with it. The regular size pizza is the size of a dinner plate. The toppings are bountiful. I ate the whole thing and was very full.

      2. I tried Stone Hearth for lunch last week. Aside from the fact that the two servers I dealt with were a little on the dizzy side, it was excellent. The pizza crust was very thin, and the taste was good, although I would like to see them use less sauce on the margherita. The pizza plus a half-liter of mineral water was $12, and I was full-but-not-too-full when I left.

        I wouldn't bother with the gelato, though. It's $4 a pop and they won't combine flavors. The shop that makes it is not even a mile away (until September 15th) and $4 there gets you a pretty large dish of the good stuff.

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        1. re: minsc

          I love the pizza at Stone Hearth too (there is a new one on Mass. Ave in Cambridge and I think they deliver), but I do find it overly pricey. Every once in a while I splurge.

          In season, I love to make our own pizza with our CSA veggies. We buy the dough usually for convenience and then make pizza.

          I'm glad everyone likes it because I worried that it wouldn't last long because of the $$$.

          Leah Klein
          Boston Family Foodie

        2. I've been to the SHP in Needham and it was fine, but unexceptional. Prices are too high and there's nohing distinguished about it, as with Chicago-style deep-dish or Neapolitan pizza.

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          1. re: ShelT54

            Despite my pessimistic comments in the original post, I seem to have gotten over the sticker shock and regularly go. What can I say... the kids like it, we have gotten smarter about ordering, they have good beer on tap, and they are right around the corner. Certainly not destination dining, but not bad when I don't feel like cooking (or my wife doesn't want to eat what I cook)

          2. I finally tried Stone Hearth after my teenage son ate there the other day with friends and raved about it. I live nearby and have never been real interested in eating there as I am very happy with pizza from Stella's and Upper Crust (Watertown), Za (Arlington), Armando's and Emma's (both in Cambridge). Based on his recommendation, my wife and I decided to order a pepperoni pie and a Caesar salad for takeout on Saturday night...

            Let me begin by saying the salad was quite good. The Caesar dressing was very thick, but also very flavorful with the right amount of garlic. It was quite enjoyable. As for the pepperoni pizza, it was probably one of the worst I have had in a long time. First of all, the "all beef, nitrate-free pepperoni" that is used looked terrible and totally lacked flavor. Give me a good pork based pepperoni like they serve in Napoli. I’ll pass on the all beef version… Second, please hold the Provolone mixed with Mozzarella. Classic pizzas don't use Provolone cheese; it tends to add a negative flavor in my opinion. Finally, for a place that uses 700-900 degree ovens, how can the bottom of such a thin, puny crust come out so white? I should have ordered it well done to get some char and color on it... Overall, the pizza was quite disappointing. I probably won’t be going back especially with the other excellent pizza choices not too far from Belmont.