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Finding good pizza in the Boston area is a tough task for this former Jersey boy so, this may be a stretch but, I'm going to ask if anyone can recommend a good pizza joint around the area of the Malden Center T stop? Anything close to the likes of NY/NJ style pizza (thin crust, gooey cheese, tangy flavorful sauce, pies more than 18 inches in diameter ~ I know that's a REAL stretch)? Driving small distance is OK. Please, no greek style and thanks in advance...:)

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  1. try Avellino's in Medford - don't know how far it is from you, but having lived in NY for 8 years, this place does not dissapoint. Not to mention the gigantic portions for the menu fare - and their weekday specials, 2 large pie for $10 - google it or try the link below - you won't be sorry!


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    1. re: sml779

      I ordered from Avellino's tonight (the Malden location, as I live in Melrose) to check it out, and was sorely disappointed; as delivered, the crust was so tough and stiff that it was virtually inedible (I ordered 2 different pies, and both were this way). A bare minimum of sauce and cheese (I actually don't like a lot of either, but this was the barest of each). Didn't remind me of good NY pizza at all.

    2. Bianchi's in Revere has pretty amazing pizza. It's pretty close to New York-style, I'd say.

      1. Is there some reason that you don't recommend the Malden location for Avellino's? It has a location in Malden, too.

        1. OK, I once heard someone in a bar RAVE about Two Paisan's Pizza in Malden Center. He was pretty convincing. Was he just nuts or drunk?

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          1. re: tamerlanenj

            I worked in Malden Center for a year in 2004/5 and ate at Two Paisan's fairly often as it was one of the very limited options for quick lunch near my office.

            I found the pizza to be pretty good and loved their calzones (I would do a make-my-own creation w/artichoke hearts, roasted peppers, sauteed onions, spinach, tomato sauce and just a touch of cheese - yum!)

            Like I said, it was pretty good - but since I stopped working there I haven't been back for it as I live as close to Malden as I do to the North End.

            1. re: heathermb

              Do you recall if the pizza is a new york style? As in, a big ol' triangular foldable thin (but not too thin)

              1. re: tamerlanenj

                Not super big, but thin, yes and not crispy.

          2. BTW, I'm also from New Jersey and have shared your pain for four years. There are only a couple palces in Boston that really come close to satisfying me:

            1)Newbury Pizza in the Back Bay.
            2)Santarpio's in East Boston
            3)A well done Regina's pie (on a good day.)
            4)T. Anthony's at the corner of Babcock and Comm. in Allston.

            Honestly, that's about it, and even the above places don't hit that SPOT 100%. I long for the big, drippy, foldable, slices from Pizzatown USA in Elmwood Park and PJs in New Brunswick.

            1. oh, and upper crust can be really good too...though it's definitely not the precise style you're looking for. That's not necessarily a bad thing--it's a thin thin crisp crust, almost faux neopolitan style. I like it. Unfortunately, they don't have a location in the medford/somerville/malden area, yet. Closest one is Beacon Hill.

              1. Pisa Pizza is a short walk from Malden Center T and is one of the closest to NY-style pizza (or, more specifically, Long Island style, which is what I grew up with) I've found around here.

                The other great NY-style pizza around that area that I've found is at Big Lou's House of Ribs on Rte 60 in Revere (yes, really!)

                A short drive north in Melrose is Caruso's. I haven't been there in a while but had a "Zazza" recently and rememebered how good it is. And in Saugus across from J. Pace's is Bacci's (another location in Wakefield) which is my standard for delivery.

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                  1. re: lisa13

                    Pisa stopped delivering to me (it was always a negotiation to get them to do it because I guess I'm on the outside of their delivery area) so I have't had them in a while.

                    Lately we've been ordering from Vinnie's. Their prices are great, the cheese pizza is fine (sauce is a bit too sweet and I have to ask them to go light on the cheese) but I really love a pizza they make for me which is a white pizza with garlic and prosciutto. I think they have a very good crust.

                    Place page:

                    Vinnie's Pizza
                    198 Salem St, Malden, MA 02148

                    1. re: Chris VR

                      Since this thread came back from the dead, I'll mention that we also like Two Paisan's a lot, and will add a few Place links:

                      Pisa Pizza
                      133 Pearl St, Malden, MA 02148

                      Two Paisan's Pizzeria
                      390 Main St, Malden, MA 02148

                1. Neapoli's pizza in Maplewood Square has been really good lately.
                  Not huge but thin and foldable, good sauce, good cheese.

                  1. Nana's pizza on Main St is actually very good and so is Angelina's on Cross St. (they have a double pizza -- try it w/garlic -- two pizzas stacked on top of each other, so it's dough, sauce, dough, sauce, cheese...)

                    1. Faccia Bella makes a wonderful brick oven pizza. I don't think it's 18 inches in diameter but I don't think you'll be dissapointed if you try it.

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                      1. re: yankeebbq

                        Is that the place in Maplewood square? I drove past it last week on my way home from a football game, and vaguely ermember hearing good things about it- but not sure if the good things were on this site or not. Will have to check it out.

                        1. re: macca

                          Yes that's where it is. They also have excellent Italian food. Try the Cavatappi with Eggplant it's one of my favorites.

                          1. re: yankeebbq

                            Thanksk for the tip. Always great to hear about new restaurants nearby ( I live in Melrose). And I love eggplant. Don't have an entire meal with eggplant that often, as the family is not too fond of it. Usually end of buying a small eggplant, and making it for a take to work lunch.

                      2. Faccia Bella is no more. There's a huge orange "SEIZED" sticker on the window. There's an article in the Malden Observer today.
                        The usual non-payment of taxes.

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                        1. re: PrincessBakesALot

                          Wow that's too bad. I really liked the place.

                        2. tryout Piza Pizza on pearl st. in Malden!!
                          they make awsome pizza!! you definately will not be dissapointed!! they do make 18" pies as well!!
                          they have a great choice of toppings!!

                          enjoy Piza Pizza!!
                          Frankie Imbergamo

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                          1. re: frankie Imbergamo

                            It's actually "Pisa" Pizza, but as I said above, I agree.

                            1. re: Chris VR

                              I liked Pisa Pizza when they were in the original location on Highland Ave. When I tried them at the Pearl street location it just wasn't the same. I thought maybe they changed ovens or something. Maybe they are back to making good Pizza. I'll have to give them another try.

                              1. re: yankeebbq

                                Pisa is still owned by the same guy and we love their pizza. It's our favorite in Malden. Every Tuesday if you buy one pizza, you get one free.

                          2. I had the thinnest crust pizza Friday night from the Corner Deli in Melrose, across from the Wyoming Train station. Only 14" not 18" but it's thinner than Bacci's.

                            Teena B

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                            1. re: TeenaB

                              I noticed that place a few weeks ago. It is new- though there was a deli place there for a few years ago befor Corner Deli opened. Was thinking of trying it for subs. We make our own pizza at home, so do n ot need to find pizza places, but we do love Italian subs. Did you try the sandwiches?

                              1. re: macca

                                I haven't tried it yet but did note that the sign said they use Boars Head for sandwiches. Too bad that location is so terrible for parking.

                                1. re: Chris VR

                                  Y"eah- I always park on the side street, behind the storefronts. Probably another thread, but we usually don't get subs in Melrose. I like PAce in Saugus and there is a place in Stoneham, right in the square at the lights ( across from the theatre) that has wonderful sandwhiches on freash rolls- but I they seem to have funny hours. Like with the pizza, we usually make subs at home.

                            2. Highland Cafe in Malden has fabulous pizza and is pretty handy to Malden Center. It's not super thin, but it is thin, def not Greek, and a big yes on the gooey, yes on the sauce, yes on the yum. We prefer to eat in rather than do takeout because it's so awesome straight out of their oven.

                              They have scandalously good buffalo tenders, too!

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                              1. re: ginafly

                                Pisa Pizza is great! The owner is a friendly guy and they have a large assortment of toppings. I would suggest you give them a try.

                                1. re: tcj11

                                  Oh, I have, several times, but strongly prefer Highland Cafe.