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Calzones in Boston area

janzy Dec 21, 2006 11:13 PM

I'm looking for good quality calzones in the greater Boston area or the south shore.
Anyone have anyplace.

  1. itaunas Dec 29, 2006 03:49 PM

    The calzone offerings in Boston are a bit all over the map. There are some good suggestions here, but I tend to like Ernestos (the two-slice slice place in the North End) for cheap eats and a good place for pre-made calzones is La Ronga Bakery on Somerville ave in Somerville -- not made to order, but they will heat them up or you can take them home.

    Empanadas are probably the closest you will get to fried calzones around Boston and what Taranta calls "Calzoncini Fritti" is made with calzone dough. While eating calzones at Umbertos you could have a panzarotti to satisfy the fried-craving.

    I am not a fan of Espresso's, but my confession a la Hidden is that I enjoy the calzones from The Snack Bar on Cambridge St -- which have a greek-pizza like crust... My favorite calzone is a sauted salt cod, onions, and portuguese olives one that I make at home though :-)

    1. limster Dec 29, 2006 05:15 AM

      I've enjoyed the calzones from Venice Ristorante on Cambridge Street in Beacon Hill; one caveat -- haven't had them in a while.

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        tomaneng Dec 24, 2006 02:52 AM

        Galleria Umberto's in the N. End.

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        1. re: tomaneng
          Molise Dec 29, 2006 12:39 AM

          I second this!!!!

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          manofgor Dec 23, 2006 07:26 AM

          If you want to scoot up from the South Shore into Savin Hill (Dorchester), there's a pretty good calzone at a little corner pizza joint called Athen's Pizza (Dot and SH avenues). I'm not really an expert on calzones (grew up in the South), but theirs are pretty good. Huge also. In particular, there's a feta and spinach one that's real tasty.

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          1. re: manofgor
            Luther Dec 24, 2006 02:21 AM

            Sorry, if "feta and spinach" is an option, it's a Greek pizza place, and the pizza and calzones will be a horrible disaster of shortened dough.

          2. heathermb Dec 22, 2006 04:13 PM

            Two Paisan's on Malden Center are pretty good. And HUGE.

            1. hiddenboston Dec 22, 2006 01:16 PM

              Yup, I'd agree with the calzones at Bob's in Medford. I also kinda like the ones at Espresso Pizza on nearby Boston Avenue across from Tufts, but I'm thinking I'll be in the minority on that one!

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              1. re: hiddenboston
                amamba Dec 23, 2006 03:39 AM

                Hrmm, I am definitely not a fan of the calzones from Espresso on Boston Ave in Medford, but I do think that the calzones from Avellino's on Mystic Ave. in Medford are even better than Bobs. Avellino's is on the Southbound side of Mystic Ave.

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                LStaff Dec 22, 2006 01:12 PM

                Does anyone deep fry their calzones in the area?

                1. Luther Dec 22, 2006 09:22 AM

                  They make a good one at Il Panino on Mass Av between Central and Harvard.

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                    Mr.Og Dec 22, 2006 01:04 AM

                    Victors in Ball square. The rest of the food is nothing special but the calzones are great.

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                      gourmaniac Dec 29, 2006 03:59 PM

                      I beg to differ about the rest of Victor's food. I think they have the best chicken parm sub in town. Also, re the original post, I was at Galleria Umberto on Tuesday and while I was there for an arancini and a slice, lots of people were getting the calzones.

                    2. Chris VR Dec 22, 2006 12:23 AM

                      Best I've found around here is Baci's in Saugus/Wakefield. They use ricotta, which I don't see often.

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                        macca Dec 22, 2006 10:58 AM

                        Is the one in Wakefield in the same plaza as Portobellos? I was by there yesterday and noticed a pizza place next to the liquor store.

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                          Chris VR Dec 22, 2006 11:06 AM

                          Yep, that's them. Actually I spelled it wrong, it's Bacci's.

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                            macca Dec 22, 2006 02:50 PM

                            Will have to check it out. Funny- I almost popped in last night- I was there to get a gift certificate to Portabello's. Thanks for the tip.

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                        Gabatta Dec 22, 2006 12:02 AM

                        Bob's in Medford. They have been mentioned in a few recent threads, but the calzones are just as good as anything from there.

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