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Jun 4, 2007 07:51 AM

Santarpio's - can't reach

I need to know if Santarpio's has gift cards. Every time I call the phone is constantly busy or they never answer.


PS...I know they only take cash!

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  1. Gift cards, you must be kidding.

    The place is an old school hole in the wall. They don't even answer the phone, no way they have gift cards. Though I would love to see the look on their faces when you asked them...

    Heck, if you are really nice, you might be able to sweet talk them into doing something, but I guarantee you will be the first Santarpios "gift card" ever.

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      1. You'd be lucky to find tp in the bathroom at Santarpio's. I think asking about gift cards would be inviting abuse.

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        1. re: Steve L

          I remember being there years ago with someone who had never been. First mistake, she asked for a menu and then ordered scotch and water with a twist to which the waiter very digustedly replied "no twists". I can still hear him. It was actually quite funny.

          1. re: edgewater

            I took a woman I was seeing there once with a group of friends. She ordered something from the bar they didn't have and the conversation with the waiter was something like:

            Waiter: "We ain't got that."
            Girlfriend: "Then I'll have..."
            Waiter: "We ain't got that either."
            Girlfriend: "Well then, I'll..."
            Waiter: "You want it...we ain't got it. What's yours, pal?"

            I grew up in Revere and she couldn't understand why I found the whole thing so funny.

            1. re: Steve L

              Edgewater & SteveL awesome, totally awesome.

              It takes a certain radar in a certain place. It's not rocket science, but at Santarpio's you are much better off ordering the following:

              "pizza, I'll take pizza, and some beer, thanks."

              1. re: StriperGuy

                A safe order and a complete Santarpio's experience would be a lamb and sausage combo, a cheese pizza and a Bud. If your glass is dirty, for God's sake drink out of the bottle!

                1. re: MC Slim JB

                  My husband and I love this order: sausage & garlic pizza, bottle of chianti (you have to appreciate drinking your wine out of a juice glass - which we do) all for $27. And the wine isn't bad!

                  1. re: emc

                    I usually order a glass (ok, maybe a bottle) of Chianti at Santarpio's. Seems to be an acceptable order - the sweet old man has never hit me over the head with his notepad when I do.

                    1. re: gini

                      Yep, pizza and wine. My first time at Santarpio's was a Friday afternoon with the 'Hounds and included multiple carafes ("okay, just one more" - we should have ordered bottles), excellent well-done pizzas, a fun and gregarious waiter, and for dessert - another order of grilled sausage and lamb with his tip to ask for a glass of 'pepper juice'. What a nice long afternoon that was and a great introduction to Santarpio's. I couldn't find the old post of the report, unfortunately.

                        1. re: 9lives

                          Hey! How did you find that? I googled for 20 minutes.

                          Nice memory, fun day. As YY said, "Our server was great -- encouraged our lingering and ordering more wine (we were in the mood and he was the perfect enabler)". ; )

                  2. re: StriperGuy

                    With the pizza? Might be a plan for a quick takeout order.
                    Seriously, I've neutralized the Blues Brother factor in many divey joints by ordering the house specialty drink. (Bottle of Bud in these parts.)
                    If not Bud, Chianti seems the way to go at Santarpio's.
                    Don't judge me by the company I keep but my friend used to always pronounce it like the Chia pets ads. Chia-Chia-Chiantiiie?
                    Think that would go over at S.'s?

                    1. re: joestrummer

                      This might actually improve your cred at Santarpio's. It reminds me of the business dinner where a client grabbed the wine list, insisting on his credentials as a wine connoisseur, then ordered a bottle of the mondaVEE KARdonnay.

                      Incidentally, a local confided to me how to get Santarpio's BBQ for takeout: order it at the bar, take a bite, protest that you're suddenly stuffed, and get the rest to go. Probably helps to be a regular.

          2. They might be able to write you a gift card on a napkin, much in the way that they used to occasionally take my orders there! :-D

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            1. re: hiddenboston

              Had to add a Santarpio's story...actually happened to some friends of mine who were in the restaurant biz. They used to get a lot of Susan B. Anthony coins from customers and one night they went to S'pio's for a pizza before depositing their daily at the bank. They left a few SBAs with their tip and walked out towards their car. Suddenly, they heard someone shouting and turned around to see their waiter throwing the coins at them, yelling, "You can keep ya f__kin' Quaaaataaahs!!" They had no hard feelings and continue to go back, as do's some kind of good pizza place that can make you want to go back after being assaulted with your own tip!

              1. re: powella

                Very funny Santarpio's story. It made me laugh. I can picture in my head the waiter swearing and throwing the Susan B. Anthony coins at your friends. I've been to Santarpio's once and thought that the pizza was very good. I need to return soon.