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Aug 13, 2007 07:26 AM

Decent Dorchester Pizza

My husband and I moved to Dorchester a couple of years ago and we've yet to find a decent pizza near us in the Savin Hill area. There's some really places to eat near us, but sometimes we really just want to stay in and order a pizza, ya know? Any suggestions? Thanks!

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  1. Hi Fi in Fields Corner is the best I know in Dorchester. Unfortunately, that's faint praise. They used to be great but they've gone downhill. Not sure if they deliver to SH.

    I've pretty much given up on ordering pizza from neighborhood places. When the craving hits I go to Regina.

    1. CF Donovan's in Savin Hill actually has pretty good pizza, though it has been awhile (about 4 chefs ago) since I've had it. Has anyone tried the pizza there lately?

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      1. re: hiddenboston

        Pizza has been hit or miss at Donovans. I used to get the Bianco pizza and ask them to add shrimp and garlic, but the last time I had it I found it too doughy. Maybe if you ask for it well done it would be ok. Sonny's used to have a decent pizza, but that all changed about a month ago. They no longer offer large pizzas and the crust is different. I think they must have changed the recipe since they went with the $2 special. I find it extremely dissapointing as Sonny's was my local place for pizza and I would order it there at least once a week. So now when I want a pizza fix, I head into the Waterfront. Had a great mushroom, onion and sausage pie there on Sunday. So, in answer to the question, Dorchester is not the place to go when in search of a good pizza.

        1. re: Pegmeister

          That's too bad about Sonny's pizza. I used to enjoy them too but I may have to skip the new version.
          DarkRoux, as for delivery, the only place besides Hi FI I can recommend is L St. diner in S. Boston. Once again, not a gushing rec, and not sure if they'll deliver to you, but I've found it better than most nabe places.

          1. re: joestrummer

            Hi Fi is a has been. After much painful searching, I too concluded that there is really no basic and good Pizza in Dorchester. You may need to go over the bridge to Quincy or snoop around Milton.

            1. re: ipsofatso

              I can't even think of any decent places in Quincy for pizza. Possibly, the Alumuni, but I have to be in the right mood to go there. Villa Rosa is horrid, not sure about the Fowler House. Years ago Fowler House made a decent pizza, but it always depended on who was working. Now, I'm curious, not to steal the thread, but any Quincy recommendations?

              1. re: Pegmeister

                I love the Alumni pizza, but yes, I hear you about being in the right mood for that place. I still like the pizza at Villa Rosa, though everything else there has gone downhill. Other than that, I can't think of anyplace for pizza in Quincy, or Dorchester, for that matter. Hmmmm.....yeah, that's a tough one...not many choices at all.

                1. re: Pegmeister

                  Fowler House still makes a decent bar pizza and the atmosphere, while noisy, is more pleasant than the Alumni's.
                  I haven't found decent delivery in Quincy either.
                  Dark Roux, I'd try to see if L St delivers to SH. It's not the worst and quality and cleaniness there are better than Hi Fi's.

            2. re: Pegmeister

              I am laughing (in a nice way) because I only ate Sonny's pizza because they were cheap and I go there all the time to drink and watch sports. IMO they were quite terrible.

              But I had one last night and noticed that they did change the crust and it tasted SO much better! Plus they finally cooked it properly!!

              Still a place NOT to recommend for the pizza or the other food, but marginally better for me. For $2 I will eat it once a week.

              P-meister knows why I'm laughing ...

              But I am with you on the WTF with only little bitty pizzas from now on?

              1. re: C. Hamster

                Too funny, we obviously have opposite taste buds! Supposedly they went with the small pizzas because they make the dough in house and were wasting too much of it. Well, I guess I can still play Keno.

                1. re: Pegmeister

                  I don't think portion management is their stong suit.

                  The dough last night was stretched thinner, the fillings were spread out to 1/2 an inch from the end (no 2 inch "pizza bones") and it was cooked inthe middle!

                  Come, play Keno, have a $2 beer ("domestic only" yet Sam Adams doesn't count), talk to Mike, watch the Sox and the customers. The people watching is getting better and better there!

            3. re: hiddenboston

              Update on the Bianco pizza. I went last night and ordered it with shrimp, extra oil and garlic and it came out perfect. I don't know what they are using for dough, but the crust is thicker and almost more like a bruschetta. It was delicious though. They also had a double thick pork chop on the menu, which was one of the best I've ever tasted.

              1. re: Pegmeister

                Thanks for the update, Pegmeister. I might need to get back there for pizza one of these days...

                1. re: Pegmeister

                  Were the chops stuffed?
                  I haven't seen baked stuffed chops on any menus lately

                  1. re: joestrummer

                    No, just double thick, and cooked perfectly

              2. I may be biased because I live a block away and the folks there are nice, but I like Pat's of Lower Mills. It's not destination pizza, but it's consistently good, and they do deliver. I don't know if they go up to Savin Hill, but it's worth trying. I'd put it on a par with Brookline Spa or Pino's in Cleveland Circle (just comparisons from places I used to live; obviously not recommending those for delivery in Dot.) - pretty good neighborhood Italian pizza. Certainly it's better than anything I've had from the vast number of greek pizza places whose menus regularly show up in my mailbox. Also much better than the Hi-Fi pizza in Cambridge, although I don't know how that one compares with the one in Fields Corner.

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                1. re: MichaelB

                  Yup, I do recall that Pat's was "decent" on its own terms and they delivered to Ashmont.

                  1. re: ipsofatso

                    Pat's is actually flavorless now. I've never had the pizza at Sonny's, but the other food was decent. 5-Star, Demtrio's, Charlie's, Venice, Puritan, Pizzatalia, and Dominic's are all terrible. I thought Chris' Texas BBQ was OK. And I think I might try Spukie's and Pizza for the first time in at least 8 years. I remember it being OK.

                    1. re: Guinness02122

                      Maybe SOMEONE should open a very happening brick oven pizza place on Dot Ave and make a lot of dough! I haven't lived in the Dirty D for over 15 years,,,,,

                      1. re: ipsofatso

                        I'll certainly patronize the place! Quite bummed to hear that there really is no decent pizza around here- I'm not really looking for restaurant pizza, just a basic delivery pie. I'm originally from New Jersey and there's pretty good pizza pretty much everywhere. Why is it so hard for anyone around here to make a pizza dough that has even a little bit of flavor? I swear, most dough tastes like it doesn't even have any salt in it. Pfft...

                        I'll def. give Pat's a call- it's certainly worth a try, thanks! The only other recommendation I got was for Dominic's, but it sounds like that may not be a good choice.

                        1. re: DarkRoux

                          Hi Fi is OK, the problem is it used to be great. L St in Southie is OK too. I doubt Pat's will deliver to SH. HI Fi and L st are much closer. You could always stop by for a slice before commiting to the whole pie.

                          1. re: joestrummer

                            It is amazing that there is a pizza place on every corner and none of them are very good. Pat's and Hifi are the only italian style thin-ish crust offerings in Dot. I agree with other posters that Pat's has become bland and chewy. Too bad, they used to be quite good. They will not deliver to Savin Hill.

                            I use Uphams house of Pizza on Columbia Road for delivery. It is Greek style but it's the best around. Their "greek" pizza with feta and olives used to be quite good... have not had it for a while.

                            In Quincy, I sometimes go to Darcy's Pub on Willard Street for takeout. Their pepperoni is pretty decent (relative term) with a think-ish crust and lots of grease. It's by no means in the category of Regina, but it gets the job done when you absolutely need a pizza.