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Mar 12, 2008 11:10 AM

Pizzeria Regina for a novice

I'm going to be in Boston on Thursday night by myself and I'm wondering whether I should go to Pizzeria Regina. I'm going to be in the Back Bay, which looks to be a chowhound desert, so I thought I'd venture over to the North End. Regina sounds great, but will I have to wait a million years to get a table? Are there tables for one? Or a bar? I've got a fairly large appetite, so I'm not too worried about putting away a single pizza by myself, or at least a respectable portion of it. Or am I deluding myself? Finally, what kind is the best?

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  1. There are plenty of good eats to be had in or near the Back Bay. Boston is so small that you're never too far from a particular neighborhood. Back Bay is adjacent to the South End, home to many Chowhound favorites. With that said, keep in mind that it's Restaurant Week here, which means that you should definitely call ahead for reservations but also that you could try a high-end place for $30.08. Several recent threads have reported mixed RW experiences, so the experience may not be as much of a treat as you'd hope. With that said, I love Regina's. It offers superb food and local color. The line moves but there is usually a wait. There is a bar and you can get small pizzas, which could be a good single-serving. They serve pizza and beverages (beer and wine) only, no salads. If my eyes didn't deceive me when I was there a month ago, I saw people paying with a credit card, though I'd come with cash just in case I was hallucinating. As for best, I like the sausage, which is housemade. If you have room for dessert when you're done, wander over to the Modern Pastry shop on Hanover St. for a cannoli.

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    1. re: Velda Mae

      I have never seen them take credit, always cash-only. Perhaps this is a recent development? Sitting at the bar with a small, well-done pepperoni and sausage over a couple of beers is heaven. However, if you are on the stool at the end closest to the kitchen, prepare ahead of time to get bumped a lot.

      1. re: Dax

        They definitely take credit cards now, I used one last time I was there.

    2. Don't get more than one or two toppings and order it "well done"

      1. Depending on where you are from and how available good pizza is there, Regina is not really worth it. It's decent enough pizza if you live in Boston, but I wouldn't travel more than a mile to get it. If you're willing to drop a little more money, I'd go to Neptune Oyster instead and have a lobster roll or the ciopinno. It won't be as good as it will be in a few months, but it's a little more Boston exclusive, imo. If you don't want to spend the extra 15, regina is a good pizza, if not a real destination place.

        Also, not to start a riot or anything, but I prefer both Maria's and Mike's cannoli to Modern.

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        1. re: bza

          No riot but I will respectfully object to virtually all of your post.

          1. Regina is quite good and worth the trip to the N. End from anywhere in greater Boston. The restaurant itself is a unique experience.
          2. Regina and Neptune Oyster are answers to two radically different questions and can in no way be compared.
          3. I am content to not have you make the line at Modern even longer


          1. re: Carty

            As a big pizza person in general, I really feel that Regina is a great pizza place for Boston, a mediocre pizza place as a national competitor.

            I was only comparing regina and neptune in the sense that they are both considered destination restaurants and the op was really talking about having one night in boston rather than specifically asking about regina.

            And unfortunately, I still go to modern for their ricotta pie, so you're just going to have to get there before me. ;)

            1. re: bza

              "Regina is a great pizza place for Boston, a mediocre pizza place as a national competitor." I strongly agree with the first part, almost as much as I strongly disagree with the second part. While some (not me) may argue that Regina does not compare some New York and New Haven (and I guess I'll throw Chicago in too) places, most other regions I have visited in the states are weak on the pizza front. The South is mostly horrible for pizza with the exception of a few places that use real wood-burning ovens imported from Italy and god my few forays into pizza in Texas and California, and a few other places, was a total waste time. You may not like it as much as some other places, but it's far from "mediocre ... as a national competitor." Just my $.02.

              1. re: Dax

                Unsurprisingly perhaps given the large Italian population in New Orleans one can find excellent pizza, but I still very much like Regina's in the North End.

                California, on the other hand, I'd rather eat Regina's in the mall (which is not terribly good).

        2. There is a small bar, seats maybe 5. Oftentimes if there is a line out the door you can just pass by and grab a seat at the bar. I actually prefer it as the service doesn't seem as rushed. IMHO you stick with the basics like a pepperoni or mushrooom onion and ask for it well done. I think it's what they do best. As for small or large, for some reason I prefer the large, but I really can't explain why.

          1. The wait shouldn't be too long for one person, something will probably open up at the bar quickly. The weather is supposed to be decent on Thursday, so the wait will not be terrible. IMO Regina is worth the visit regardless of where you come from, or where you are staying if you like good pizza.

            I would go for a large pepperoni well done. I agree with Pegmeister, the large just seems to cook up better. You can take the leftovers back to the hotel.