Pizza in Quincy
Earlier today I posted requesting recommended pizza joints in Malden, where I work, and was pleased with the reponse. So, I'll post the same post but, for Quincy, where I live.
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 in the Quincy area. 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...:)
The Italian-American migration to the suburbs from the North End and East Boston generally headed, well, north. Hence why the South Shore has fewer places to consider. My friends who live in Quincy consider none of the local places good (a couple are passable in a pinch, but not for NY-style pizza from what I gather), but that is second-hand, for what it's worth.
I'm from Quincy as well, and I can't say that I know of a place that has NY/NJ stye pizza in the area. Bella's in Rockland makes a bar size pizza with a thin crust and lots of oil that is quite good, but I'm not sure that would qualify. I like the pizza at Sonny's in Adams Village. They have a medium crust baked with the cornmeal on the undercrust. My favorite is the Irish Bacon, mushroom and onion. Again, not NY style but still quite good.
Not much in the way of NY/NJ-style pizza in the Quincy area. Villa Rosa used to be really good for pizza, but they seem to have gone downhill a bit. And the Town Spa in nearby Stoughton used to have great pizza, but it went way downhill of late.
Some good places for bar pizza (10-inch personal pizzas with a cracker-type crust and lots of cheese) are the Alumni Cafe in Wollaston and the Lynwood in nearby Randolph.
The closest to NYC style pizza I have found in that area is Mozzarella's in E. Milton square. I've only been twice so I can't vouch for the consistency.
The pizza at Tosca in Hingham is pretty good and consistent.
Bar style pizza: I like Poopsies, I'll give a nod to the one at Bellas. I also had a pretty good one at the Fowler House the other night. Very thin, extra crispy crust. You could always try Denly's in Weymouth, the pizza there is above average.
I will agree about the pizza at Sonny's, the best pizza in that general area. The pizza joints in Adams village suck.
I had a fantastic pizza at Ashmont grill, based on the merits of crust and sauce and not overdoing the toppings. Unfortunately it was oversalted after cooking. That was corrected the second time I tried it.
Pretty good grilled pizza at Caffe Bella in Randolph. I think they get grilled ahead of time and then put in the oven though which sort of detracts from it a bit.
Being from NY originally, I find most of the pizza in Boston to be horrid. I can't stand that pat-in-the-pan method that they use here, which results in that spongy, tasteless dough.
Having said that, I've found one excellent hand-tossed, Italian, NY-style pizza place in Quincy Center, called Napoli. It's on Hancock St., directly across the street from Little Q, next to Trattoria Alba. I believe that they also have another branch on Rte 53 in Weymouth Landing.
Give it a try and let me know what you think. I'm curious if other people like it as much as I do.
And, of course, there's always Bertuccis in Braintree, which does make a good pizza.