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Good pizza in West Suburbs??

emilief Jan 12, 2007 04:57 PM

I am not a pizza lover. The only pizza I have ever eaten on a somewhat regular basis ( 1 every 2-3 months) was Figs pizza when they were in Wellesley. Have been wanting pizza lately but don't know of a good place locally. Have tried sweet TOmatoes in Newton but do not like it. The eggplant is blobs of eggplant in a thick soggy breading and the sausage is little thin slices of something. Can anyone recommend a place in Newton, Wellesley, Natick Needham area that has good pizza with crispy crust and nice toppings (crumbled sausage, crispy eggplant, garlicky shrimp etc)??

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    onefoodguy RE: emilief Jan 12, 2007 05:31 PM

    Try Goodies pizza on Concord Street (Rt 126) in Framingham, just north of Routes 9 and 30. Its in a small strip mall next to J&M Diner, another great spot. Goody makes a fantastic veggie special, ask for it well done or you risk having the crust be a little soggy due to all the veggies.

    The cheese pizza and pepperoni pizzas are great too. Nice place. Not gourmet like Figs, but good solid pizza.

    1. finlero RE: emilief Jan 12, 2007 05:39 PM

      It's a little farther west, but you might try Tomasso Trattoria in Southborough, right on Rt. 9. Homemade pasta is their specialty, but they have a limited number of remarkably decent Neapolitan-style pizzas on the menu.

      Alternately, a little farther to the north is Stone Hearth Pizza in Sudbury. This place annoys me, as it is an unabashed "marketing concept" (started by two insufferable MBAs who knew nothing about cooking or restaurants). I've joked before about the imaginary die-yuppie-scum picket line out front, but if you can overlook the cynical gimmickery, the pizzas are actually quite tasty.

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        Blaine_s RE: finlero Aug 16, 2008 05:49 AM

        I have to second this one.

        Tomasso Trattoria did an excellent thin crust with a rare combination of crisp and tender with real flavor. Really good stuff and not your typical insta-crust that I so often see around here.

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          pondrat RE: finlero Aug 16, 2008 06:37 AM

          Unfortunately for us all in the Sudbury area Stone Hearth has closed down.

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            lbfoody RE: finlero Aug 16, 2008 11:59 AM

            The Stone Hearth in Needham is good, and close by.

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            cheesehead in recovery RE: emilief Jan 14, 2007 01:52 PM

            We like pizza-palooza on needham street/highland avenue...

            1. galleygirl RE: emilief Jan 14, 2007 02:42 PM

              Pizza Palooza has a pre-fab crust baked off-site, topped while-u-wait. They are a travesty to the noble calling of pizzaria. Think of professional Boboli. They should not be mentioned in the same breath as "pizza".

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                cheesehead in recovery RE: galleygirl Jan 15, 2007 04:20 PM

                well, the hounds's I fed it to last night liked it, and the place was stacked with delivery and take out orders. So, the owner is doing something right. McDonalds is pre-fab, and crappy, but there sure is a market for it.

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                  galleygirl RE: cheesehead in recovery Jan 15, 2007 04:59 PM

                  "McDonalds is pre-fab, and crappy, but there sure is a market for it."

                  Well, that pretty much says it all, doesn't it? There's usually a stack of take-out delivery and take-out orders at Domino's and Pizza Hut too, I'll bet. But the OP specified "good" pizza...;)

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                    pollystyrene RE: galleygirl Jul 9, 2007 06:26 PM

                    There's a lot of subjectivity in "good."

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                      Blumie RE: pollystyrene Jul 10, 2007 11:20 AM

                      I agree with galleygirl. Even if you like pizzapalooza, it's a completely different product.

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                  Scruffy The Cat RE: galleygirl Jul 9, 2007 10:37 AM

                  Except it's delicious.

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                  qwertyu RE: emilief Jan 14, 2007 08:55 PM

                  Fiorella's on North Street in Newton is fantastic. Great, relatively inexpensive takeout, large menu with great pizzas and pastas, and a surprisingly beautiful decor.

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                    cap RE: qwertyu Jan 15, 2007 07:47 PM

                    Agreed, Fiorella's does excellent thin-crust brick oven pizza.

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                    fabeneag RE: emilief Jan 15, 2007 01:09 AM

                    I have a few pizza favorites in the area. Believe or not, "Not Your Average Joes" has a pretty decent pie. They have locations in Needham and Watertown. BBQ Chicken Pizza is a favorite of mine.

                    I get take out from Delimax off of Route 9 in Natick. Make sure to ask for it "Well Done" as they tend to cook it a bit lightly.

                    Natalies Kitchen in Natick is pretty good too.

                    There really isn't anything decent around that you would want to sit down and eat "in" as opposed to take out.

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                      hotsauceathlete RE: emilief Jan 15, 2007 01:21 AM

                      Danny's in Wellesley used to be awesome....however I'm not sure if it's still open....

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                        emilief RE: emilief Jan 15, 2007 04:44 PM

                        Thank you to everyone for the many choices. No, Danny's is no longer there.

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                          Blumie RE: emilief Jan 15, 2007 10:44 PM

                          I think Sweet Tomatoes is one of the better options in the western suburbs (although it doesn't travel well; you're much better off eating it there). If you're not a fan of the place, you might just be stuck driving into town for Santarpio's or Regina's.

                          BTW, occasionally I'll grab a slice at one of Regina's mall locations, like Burlington. Although it's not even close to replicating the wonderful pizza at the original Regina's, it still is better than most of the pizza places in the 'burbs.

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                            kpro RE: Blumie Aug 31, 2007 12:43 PM

                            Regina's has a new place in Medford next to Kelly's R-Beef (the old krispykreme) in Wellington. Nice, clean free parking, and so close to the original I dont think it could be better without the old oven in the North End.

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                            Framinghound RE: emilief Jan 16, 2007 12:20 AM

                            If out Framingham way, try Gianni's in North Framingham, Edgell Road.

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                              galleygirl RE: Framinghound Jan 16, 2007 01:07 PM

                              We occasionally grab one from there; it's okay, but not stellar. A little thick on the crust- make sure to ask for it well-done. The sad thing is, even tho fresh tomatoes are an option, and it says thinly sliced, they're the diced ones they use for sandwiches, so it makes things a little too wet.

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                                Blumie RE: galleygirl Jan 16, 2007 02:51 PM

                                Do you have them add the tomatoes before or after baking? I haven't done this in 20 years, but when I used to live outside of Harvard Square, I used to have Three Aces make me either a cheese or an onion pizza and then top it with thin tomato slices after removing it from the oven. I think it's time for me to try that again (albeit not at Three Aces!).

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                                  galleygirl RE: Blumie Jan 17, 2007 03:07 PM

                                  But this is the problem here; they aren't thin slices; they're chunks...;(

                                  In general, I prefer fresh tomatoes= slices as an alternative to sauce when i can get it, so i like it during baking, under the cheese, please...In the summer, i sometimes pave my douch with slices, sprinkle some fresh garlic and parmigiano on it, and that's it...but I'm going OT here....

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                                    finlero RE: galleygirl Jan 17, 2007 03:12 PM

                                    galleygirl, you've raised my interest...

                                    You definitely seem to know what you like (and don't like) in/on a pizza, but you haven't thrown out any recs yet -- is there anywhere in the immediate western suburbs that you particularly like?

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                                      Joanie RE: galleygirl Jan 17, 2007 03:38 PM

                                      You "pave your douch with slices"? I'm reading that one wrong.

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                                        Harp00n RE: Joanie Jan 22, 2007 06:22 PM

                                        LOL, the road to hell is paved with whaaat?

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                                          galleygirl RE: Joanie Jan 22, 2007 07:10 PM

                                          I'm an abysmal typist, and I hit "send" before I proofread...I pave my dough with thin slices of fresh tomatoes, laid edge to edge....

                                          The road to hell is paved with slices of anchovie pizza!

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                                          Blumie RE: galleygirl Jan 17, 2007 05:19 PM

                                          Sounds interesting. The way I used to have Three Aces make it was to make a regular cheese or onion pizza, sauce and all, but then add fresh sliced tomatoes on top after it's come out of the oven.

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                                    onefoodguy RE: emilief Jan 17, 2007 02:15 PM

                                    Francesca's on Adam's Street in Nonantum (Newton) has great pizza. All homemade, with love. Family owned, tiny Italian eatery. You need to know where it is to find it, there is a small sign out front, but driving down the street, it blends into the rest of the residential neighborhood.

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                                      Blumie RE: onefoodguy Jan 17, 2007 02:37 PM

                                      I'll give it a shot. Where on Adam's Street is it? Closer to Washington Street or Watertown Street?

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                                        onefoodguy RE: Blumie Jan 22, 2007 03:02 PM

                                        It's just a bit closer to Watertown Street. It is on the west side of the street, there is a sign out front, but it's subtle and easily missed if you aren't looking for it.

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                                        mabelm4050 RE: onefoodguy Jan 18, 2007 02:25 AM

                                        I think it's just slightly closer to Watertown St.

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                                          cheesehead in recovery RE: onefoodguy Jan 23, 2007 05:40 PM

                                          Is that place ever open? I lived in that neighborhood many years ago, and it never looked liked it was open, but when i drive by, the sign is still there.

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                                            hoplover RE: onefoodguy Jul 10, 2007 12:08 PM

                                            Francesca's pizza is very good and the crust stays crisp while you travel home with it. The Family does take the summer off to vacation in Italy.

                                          2. galleygirl RE: emilief Jan 17, 2007 03:40 PM

                                            Does Watertown count as a western suburb? I really like (maybe verging on more) Stella's, along the Armenian strip there. I posted about it another pizza thread; the crust doesn't puff at the edges, but it isn't cracker-like either. Ultra-thin slices of fresh ingredients bake in the time it takes the crust to cook.

                                            The SO lives in Framingham, so I don't usually hit the places in between; it's either Boston/Brookline or out there. We do get a pie from Gianni's occasionally, but like others have ssaid, it's not a destination pie, but very good for the area. The Natick Bertuccis (or is that Framingham) can be good, but bertucci's is uneven. When we eat pizza at his huse, I usually buy dough, and make my own, (I have a stone and a peel in his kitchen) I haven't tried the Newton recs, like Swet Tomatoes, and Francesca's, so I can't comment. I'm a really tough pizza critic, so I do most of my take-out, or eat-out, in town, that's why I have so few recs for the 'burbs.

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                                              Science Chick RE: galleygirl Jan 17, 2007 07:28 PM

                                              Of all the mentioned, I'd have to agree with the Stella's suggestion. Consistent thin crusted, well seasoned and crispy.

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                                                Harp00n RE: galleygirl Jan 22, 2007 06:14 PM

                                                "Does Watertown count as a western suburb?" In a word, "No!", nor does Newton, Brookline or Waltham. The western suburbs are west of I-95/128. :-) I would say that Gianni's, La Cantina and Natalies Kitchen are the best of the bunch I've tried and probably in that order.

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                                                  Blumie RE: Harp00n Jan 23, 2007 07:17 AM

                                                  Are you kidding me? Newton is a suburb and it's west of the city. How is that not a western suburb?

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                                                    Harp00n RE: Blumie Jan 23, 2007 12:52 PM

                                                    As Jack Parr would say; "I kid you not". You can also be in a small slice of Waltham and be west of 128 , as well. There are always going to be some semantical problems with any arbitrarily drawn line of demarcation. The afore mentioned would be classified as the immediate suburbs. as opposed to: the Metro-West, South Shore and North Shore

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                                                      Blumie RE: Harp00n Jan 23, 2007 05:34 PM

                                                      I lived in Lincoln and cut through that strip of Waltham everyday! But I grew up in Newton, and at least in the 1970s and 80s, we thought of Newton as a western 'burb.

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                                                    bartleby RE: Harp00n Jan 23, 2007 11:51 AM

                                                    I live in Newton, and I live west of 128.

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                                                    veggielover RE: galleygirl Jul 11, 2007 09:28 AM

                                                    fyi-Stella's is closed this week for summer vacation.

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                                                    mohotta RE: emilief Jan 18, 2007 06:14 PM

                                                    Ditto Stella's. The best. I grew up on it.

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                                                      Gabatta RE: emilief Jan 18, 2007 06:49 PM

                                                      Franco's in Waltham has some of the best thin crust in these parts.

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                                                        bloomeanie RE: emilief Jan 18, 2007 07:01 PM

                                                        I'm surprised that Sweet Tomatoes got a bad review; before I gave up pizza for a low-carb life I loved their pizza. I grew up in New York in the 70s, where great pizza was literally at every corner, so I do have a soft spot for the thin, crispy crust pizza, and not the fake Greek kind.

                                                        While there isn't much pizza to love in the Suburbs, I did think that the Upper Crust in Brookline was so good that it made my head spin, even though I had to wait an irresponsible 15 minutes for a single slice.

                                                        I was a fan of Figs in Newton, and sometimes trek out to Wellesley for it.

                                                        For regular pizza-shop pizza, Pino's and Presto's in Cleveland Circle are servicable.

                                                        In Watertown Square, I like Napoli, but they serve the smallest pizza slice known to mankind.

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                                                          ieateverything RE: emilief Jan 22, 2007 06:21 PM

                                                          Franca's Pizzeria in Waltham Massachusetts, near moody street and the train tracks. Classic Brick Oven Pizza, amazing

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                                                            alt11 RE: ieateverything Jul 10, 2007 10:36 AM

                                                            I second the Franca's rec. Also in Waltham and worthy of mention is Sabatino's, on Main St., and Gemelli, on upper Moody.

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                                                              LStaff RE: alt11 Oct 21, 2010 06:41 AM

                                                              Franca's is now closed.

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                                                                hiddenboston RE: LStaff Oct 22, 2010 02:19 PM

                                                                Franca's has closed at least a couple of times now, hasn't it?

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                                                            Bighead RE: emilief Jan 23, 2007 12:47 PM

                                                            that area's mostly greek owned shops so the crust is thick and they ALL use mild white cheddar for the cheese.

                                                            Pepperoncini's on 126 at Hartford st in Framngham had the best pie in the metrowest but they recently had a fire and just re-opened and i have not had their pizza again yet.

                                                            You're not far from the Pike, you can turn Santarpio's in Eastie pretty quick when there's no traffic :)

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                                                              jferg18 RE: Bighead Jul 9, 2007 10:30 AM

                                                              pepperoncini's is open again. I think they reopened several months ago now. Still the best pizza in metrowest IMHO!

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                                                                hiddenboston RE: jferg18 Jul 10, 2007 11:34 AM

                                                                I was at pepperoncini's on Sunday. Very good Italian-style thin crust pizza. And as I mentioned before, it was only $5.00 for a large (special deal on Sundays and Tuesdays).

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                                                                  cutmymilk RE: hiddenboston Sep 20, 2007 02:30 PM

                                                                  I gave Pepperoncini's a try for lunch yesterday. It was dire. Raw dough, gloppy cheese, tired old tomatoes on the Margherita. Never again.

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                                                              bear RE: emilief Jul 11, 2007 12:13 PM

                                                              A little further west, T. C. Lando's on Rte. 27 in Acton makes a respectable pie, as does Sorrento Brick Oven Pizzeria, with locations in at the Concord Depot and on Rte. 11 in Acton.



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                                                                Wes Mantooth RE: emilief Sep 3, 2007 06:12 PM

                                                                Framingham top three:
                                                                1. Gianni's
                                                                2. Franco's
                                                                3. Pepperoncini's

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                                                                  galleygirl RE: Wes Mantooth Sep 21, 2007 05:26 AM

                                                                  Actually, I havea new one better than Gianni's....I went in in desperation for a slic, late at night, and it was great!!!! It's in the strip mall next to Gianni's around the side.Called Antonio's, I think.I thought it was going to be Greek syle, but when I went in, the slices were huge, thin and crispy....Light on the cheese, and good tomato flavor on the sauce. I'm in love...

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                                                                    cutmymilk RE: galleygirl Sep 27, 2007 10:20 AM

                                                                    It's called Andrea's. And it is indeed good. The slices are a rip, though. Get the whole pie for $6.95.

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                                                                      galleygirl RE: cutmymilk Oct 1, 2007 04:18 PM

                                                                      Yep, I noticed I had the wrong name today....I have to limit myself to the slices, becasue i would have NO controlif I bought a whole pie!!!!

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                                                                    pondrat RE: Wes Mantooth Aug 16, 2008 06:44 AM

                                                                    This list just further reinforces how dire the pizza choices are out here in Metro West. I'm not arguing that these places aren't OK...but we have no real "destination" pizza joints.

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                                                                    steve999 RE: emilief Sep 28, 2007 08:48 AM

                                                                    A little bit further out, Classic Pizza on Hosmer street in Marlboro makes a really good pie. They make a nice "white" pizza, too if you like them.

                                                                    Classic Pizza
                                                                    72 Hosmer Street, Marlborough, MA

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                                                                      olives RE: emilief Sep 28, 2007 09:11 AM

                                                                      I worked in Wellesley Square for about 6 years and still miss the spinach-feta pizza @ College Square Pizza (located next to White Mountain Creamery on Washington Street).

                                                                      It is greek style pizza, more of an airy-crispy crust (not bready) that stays sog-free. It is crisp enough so that you could pick up a slice with one hand and not have it droop and dump off the toppings. The atmosphere is def. pizza parlor...don't go there on a Wellesley High Footbal team dinner night...best for take out or grabbing a slice. You can easily drive with one hand and munch on a slice with the other...

                                                                      1. pondrat RE: emilief Aug 16, 2008 06:53 AM

                                                                        One other important addition I just thought of that I will get me to drive 10 miles.

                                                                        Framingham Bakery Co. at 840 Waverly Street has arguably one of the best sheet pizza's I've ever had. The dough is as good as the topping. Take out only. Call in advance for full sheets as they go very fast especially on the weekend. Wide variety of choices during the week (the jalapeƱo pizza and the white with broccoli are VERY good)...Strictly regular cheese pizzas during the weekends. reminds me of the sheet pizza's you used to get at the window at the old European on Hanover Street in the "previous century". A must for sports parties and tailgating...and just a few miles west of Chicken Bonz if you need wings..

                                                                        1. dojemi RE: emilief Oct 21, 2010 03:30 AM

                                                                          Which Sweet Tomatoes did you eat at? The one in West Newton is 'much better' than the one in Newton Centre.

                                                                          Alta Strada in Wellesley has great pizza.

                                                                          Fiorella's, North Street, Newtonville and Fiorella's Express on Tremont Street in Brighton.

                                                                          Wherever we order pizza we always ask for it to be well done to ensure a crispy crust.

                                                                          Alta Strada
                                                                          92 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02482

                                                                          187 North St, Newtonville, MA 02460

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