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Calzones in Boston area

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  • 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.

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

    1. 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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      1. re: Chris VR

        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.

        1. re: macca

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

          1. re: Chris VR

            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.

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

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        1. re: Mr.Og

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

          1. Does anyone deep fry their calzones in the area?

            1. 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

                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.

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

                1. 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

                    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. Galleria Umberto's in the N. End.

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                    1. re: tomaneng

                      I second this!!!!

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

                      1. 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 :-)