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Okay, so I'm not sure if anyone knows what this is. I'm from New York City, and I'm not going to start whining about how good the pizza is there compared to here...blah blah blah.

However, when I lived in Astoria, Queens there was this bakery near my house that served sicilian pizza. But it wasn't really sicilian, as the sauce was on top. I called it bakery pizza, and one of my paisans from Brooklyn says they call it Grandma pizza out there.

I just had a hankering for it. Buttery crispy dough, and great cheese that doesn't overpower. (Sigh, everytime I visit this board, I get hungry. Really hungry.) Anybody have any idea what I'm talking about and where to find it?

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  1. Well, there's Galleria Umberto in the North End (lunch only), which kind of fits your description.

    In Providence, Caserta's is also a good choice for the type of pie you're seeking.

    1. Sicilia's on Comm Ave near BU makes them. They call them "Stuffed" Pizzas. The rest of their food is pretty standard pizza joint stuff, but I love those stuffed crust pizzas. We used to order them all the time back in college, and now when my roomates and I need some comfort food, we always turn to those!

      Here's the entry on menupages:

      http://boston.menupages.com/restauran...

      1. Bova's Bakery in the North End has it in big sheets.

        1. Galleria Umberto on Hanover serves a great hot version of what you describe..lunch only..closed til 7/31.

          Parziale's and Bova are both bakeries that serve a room temp version of what it sounds like you mean. I much prefer Parziale's..80 Prince St..North End.

          Parziale's is only a few doors away from Bova's; to the right, looking at Bova's.

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          1. re: 9lives

            Galleria Umberto's is definitely superior; BUT, what I always understood to be Grandma pizza, or bakery pizza, was the kind you get in bakeries, not always hot at all...They call them pizza strips in Providence, I think, tho they don't always have cheese on them there...When I was a teenager, before the North End was so gentrified, there used to be scads of bakeries that would start baking that stuff early in the day. The only time you'd get it hot would be early in the morning. 25 cents a slice for breakfast.

            1. re: galleygirl

              Galleria Umberto was 1 of those bakeries..down a few steps near Sulmona on Parmenter St. They sold bread and the pizza and the other cooked items. They moved to Hanover (maybe early 80s?)and became so popular that the pizza rarely drops to room temp..:)and they stopped baking bread.

              Maria's Pastry..on Cross St near Pace used to sell the bread pizza; room temp.. but I'm not sure if they still do.

          2. Yeah, I forgot about Bova's. Hint: Do not let them nuke your pizza. That thick-ish dough turns to chewing gum after a few seconds in the microwave.

            1. They make pizza like this at Dominic's bakery in Waltham (two blocks down from where rt.'s 20 and 117 split, on 117). While you're there have one of the best sandwiches in Boston on great Italian bread.
              They also have this kind of pizza at the Breadsong Bakery in Auburndale ,Newton.

              1. They make pizza like this at Dominic's bakery in Waltham (two blocks down from where rt.'s 20 and 117 split, on 117). While you're there have one of the best sandwiches in Boston on great Italian bread.
                They also have this kind of pizza at the Breadsong Bakery in Auburndale ,Newton.

                1. Maria's Pastry on Cross still serves this style pizza. Also Framingham Bakery in, you guessed it, Framingham.

                  1. Thanks everybody. You never fail me.

                    1. "Grandma" pizza is a Long Island (including the boroughs) term, IIRC, and was pioneered by places near the Queens-Nassau border.

                      1. They also have it at Royal Pastry/Bakery on Cambridge Street in East Cambridge! I love this place!!

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                        1. re: JudyHP

                          For Sicilian, Umberto's is my favorate, but I also like pinnochio's in harvard square. Skampa on Cambridge st in Cambridge is a good value -- $1.5 for a huge slice and lots of cheese, but the crust doesn't compare.

                          Of the bakeries, I think my favorite is La Cascia's in Medford. The sauce is a bit sweet for me, but the crust is very doughy. They also have arrancini. Royal Pastry usually has a couple of selections and is less expensive (it used to be 75c for cheese, but I think it went up), but I find myself going to Skampa more. I usually frequent Parziale's over Bova, but only for pizza I must say I like Bova and they have nice calzones. As someone mentioned they like to nuke everything, so beware. All of these are cheese on top.

                        2. Tripoli Bakery in Lawrence has that type of pizza. You can buy a sheet of 20 for about $25, I believe.

                          1. Joseph's Bakery on K St (I think) in S. Boston has a good version of this type of pizza.

                            1. I was walking by Panificio in Beacon Hill and it looked like it had this type of pizza (at least what I could see in the window). Has anyone tried it? If so, what did you think?

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                              1. re: BackBayGirl

                                I haven't had it lately; but I remember not liking it..which is why I haven't had it lately..:) I recall it as being too thick and bready.

                                Maybe it's improved and maybe our tastes are different..so give it a try.