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Sep 4, 2005 10:52 PM

best pizza in boston area

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globe listed great pies in somerville anyone know the name?

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  1. The only pizza I've read about in the Globe lately is Stone Hearth Pizza in Belmont. I don't recall them ever writing a "best pizza in Boston" feature.

    The topic always starts a quasi-religious argument on this board. Everyone has their preferences, pets, and taboos. I can't recall getting an extraordinary pizza anywhere in Somerville, though I'm sure there must be a good pie to be had there somewhere.

    My personal favorites include: (old school) the original Pizzeria Regina, Santarpio's; (modern) Emma's, Figs, Upper Crust; (Alsatian) Sandrine's. R.I.P. Rossini's.

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    1. re: MC Slim JB

      I'll add Pinocchio's for Sicilian slices and Ernesto's (good thin and very crispy crust, above average toppings). Had a good pizza (beautiful thin crust) once a upon a time at Antico Forno, but never followed up. Hoping to hear of a more recent experience from some of the hounds out there.

      1. re: Limster

        Sweet Tomatoes in Newton Center and West Newton are the best!!

        1. re: pizza lover

          I really like Sweet Tomatoes, too, but do not consider it a contender for "the best." I'd take Regina's and Santarpio's over Sweet Tomatoes any day.

      2. re: MC Slim JB

        In addition to the spot-on suggestions so far, I'll add Armando's in Huron Village to the traditional list (not quite up to the Regina standard, but close, and much more convenient out here in Medford/Somerville/Cambridge) and Za in Arlington to the gourmet list. Still not sure where in Somerville there's a worthy pie.


        1. re: BK

          The Paddock in Somerville has outstanding pizza, and few people seem to know about it. It is on Pearl Street below City Hall. Their pizza is a bit like Villa Rosa in Quincy or Regina's, although Regina's is better than both.

          1. re: hiddenboston

            god I hate the villa rosa. I live next door and I have been there 2 or 3 times (always takeout) for the pizza and every time it has been horrible. I'd rather drive a mile down the street to get to papa gino's.

            plus I love the people who hang out of the villa rosa late at night screaming into their cell phones

            1. re: bitsubeats

              I grew up in that neighborhood and I remember getting pizzas there when they came in a brown paper bag for take-out. Years and years ago, they were good. The staff has always been surly, but every once in awhile I'll go back and try again.

              1. re: Pegmeister

                never had a problem with the staff, but I remember getting a drink at the bar and the bartender seemed a bit grumpy. Otherwise the people at take-out have been pretty nice, its just a few of the clientele are a little out there. I guess thats how it always is at a place that serves booze though?

        2. re: MC Slim JB

          I'm glad you mention Sandrine's, b/c I think the flammekueche is awesome and that the place is itself is quite enjoyable. Not in my top tier, but certainly in my second tier...

        3. I think it could be this place:
          Urban Gourmet
          688 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144
          I've never tried it, but I've heard good things.

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          1. re: kt

            Urban Gourmet is good, but I think Pini's is better.


            1. re: kt

              Love Urban Gourmet! The crust is super greasy, though. There's a pie with bechamel, chicken, and bacon (Urban Cowboy, maybe?) that is out of this world.

              1. re: nicoleberry83

                FYI, There was a fire in Urban Gourmet a week or two ago. Place is closed for now.

            2. God we are in despaerate need of a real pizza place. save Regina on good days ( most of the time).

              1. santarpios is good, but I HATE when they put the pepperoni underneath the cheese. When it's done that way the pepperoni doesn't crisp up, instead it just kind of bakes underneath the cheese. Am I the only one who hates this?

                and you may say "why don't you just get cheese?"
                answer: because I want pepperoni, dammit

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                1. re: bitsubeats

                  I agree with this. Plus you don't know how much of the toppings will come in each bite. A friend bit into our pepperoni and sausage and he counted 10+ slice of pepperoni in that one bite. Odd.

                  1. re: bitsubeats

                    No,you are not the only one who hates this and that is why I have only been to Santarpios once.Nothing against them, it's just my preference.

                  2. I think Ernestos is very good as mentioned above. they have huge variety of toppings for slices everyday and generous portions.

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                    1. re: Winemark

                      Is Ernestos on Salem St in the North End? I seem to remember walking by a place called Ernestos and it was quite busy. When I'm not in the mood for Regina's I head over to the Waterfront Cafe in the North End, and in some ways I actually like it better!

                      1. re: Pegmeister

                        Yes. It has its partisans and detractors.