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Jan 10, 2007 01:40 PM

If Santarpio's and Regina's weren't around....

....what would be your favorite place in the immediate Boston area for a traditional pizza?

I know this topic has been covered to death, but I'd love to hear what people think is the 3rd best old-style Italian pizza joint within, say, Route 128.

My vote probably goes to the Paddock (Somerville) or Bianchi's (Revere)...

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  1. The Paddock now that I've discovered it. Especially since it's right in my 'hood!

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    1. For "traditional" pizzas, the Paddock and Bianchi's are both contenders for sure (although the crust at The Paddock leans more to "bar" pie than "traditional," I still love the stuff).

      Not that it's a transcendant pie, but I'll throw in a vote for Haymarket Pizza. It's quite good, very consistent, available on the cheap by the slice, and the toppings are surprisingly fresh and well-prepared. It's really quite a hidden gem.

      Marc, would you consider The Dogwood (well-done of course) a "traditional" pizza? I certainly would for some of them at least. The Maple, for instance. If so, I'd put that in the running, too.

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      1. re: Bostonbob3

        I'd probably put the Dogwood in that blurry area between traditional and gourmet. Traditional because they have a wood-fired oven and the pizza are pretty thin; gourmet because of all the funky toppings they use.

        I have to get to Haymarket Pizza. How late are they open on weeknights? Do they have much in the way of seating?

        1. re: hiddenboston

          They're open to about 8:15-8:30 every night. Seating is pretty limited (it's not exactly "charming" in any way; sort of an open space with a couple tables, and pizza boxes stacked along the wall.).

          Of course, you could do what I do: get your pie and walk it over four steps to Pete's Pub and wash it down with cheap beer.

          One other suggestion about Haymarket: if you order a fresh pie versus slices, always get it "well-done." Since the slices have obviously already been cooked, all they need is a quick heat-up.

      2. The Paddock would be my favorite pizza place. I have never had a bad pizza from the Paddock. I always get my pizza cooked well done. The Paddock also has delivery service. Santarpio's and Pizzeria Regina do not have delivery service.

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        1. re: buffet king

          I should have mentioned that - I had my first delivery from The Paddock not too long ago and it was wonderful - my expectations are always a bit lower when there is delivery involved, but I was very pleasantly surprised. The pizza was still piping hot and the crust was nice and crisp.

        2. I'd say Haymarket Pizza....Do you guys consider Revere and Somerville in the immediate Boston area?

          1. I would consider Revere and Somerville to be in the immediate Boston area. They are in the greater Boston area. Obviously they are not in Boston proper. The question was within Route 128 and they are in that area.

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            1. re: buffet king

              Then I would add the Brown Jug in Chelsea. I don't see it mentioned to often here, but I really like their pizza.

              1. re: Infomaniac

                I was reading about the Brown Jug on my PDA the other day (love that wi-fi!). It sounds like a great place. How long has it been there? I'm on the parkway a lot, but don't remember seeing it.

                1. re: hiddenboston

                  I'm not sure exactly how long it's been there, but I would say at least 25 years.

                  1. re: hiddenboston

                    Brown Jug is great. I've only been once, though, about 5 or 6 years ago.

                    Just... don't go there in a pink Lacoste! Even if you're a woman!

                    Upper Crust would be my favorite.

                    1. re: Alcachofa

                      Well, I'm not a woman, and I don't know what a Lacoste is, so I guess I'll be ok! :-D

                      I don't mind sketchy places, so I get the feeling I'll probably like the Brown Jug...

                  2. re: Infomaniac

                    Anybody up for a Hound get-together at the Brown Jug? A reprise of our Paddock success?

                    1. re: Bostonbob3

                      I'd be game for that....wish I could have made it to the Paddock one, as I still haven't been there yet.
                      I'm not sure how the natives would react to a Hound gathering at The Brown Jug, but it's worth a try.

                      1. re: Infomaniac

                        Eh, my local is Pete's Pub, and I've also been known to pop into the Chelsea Walk Pub on occasion, so I'm used to (as Marc put it), "sketchy" places.

                        Not only used to them, LIKE them.

                        We just need to enforce your No Pink Lacoste rule. In fact, it should be amended to No Lacoste of Any Color.

                        1. re: Bostonbob3

                          Thats was Alcachofa NPP (no pink policy), but it might be good to have a contingency plan too.