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Mar 29, 2008 03:21 PM

Brick Oven Pizza

any good brick oven pizza in the beacon hill area. or really close by. We won't have a car and will be arriving kind of late so I don't want to travel too far. Thanks!

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  1. Bona fide brick oven pizza is actually something of a rarity up here. The only nearby purveyor I can think of is Antico Forno in the North End, which would be about a 15 minute walk from Beacon Hill. The Neapolitan-style pizza is very good, if not exactly life-altering. Go to Caffe Vittoria for dessert, a fun Italian caffe with a bustling old world feel.

    Not brick oven, but right on Beacon Hill is Figs, a mid-scale Todd Enlgish venture. The schamncy pizzas there have never quite done it for me, but the restaurant has its apologists on CH.

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    1. re: finlero

      I think I will give Antico Forno a try. Thanks

      1. re: arizonagirl

        I do suggest that you order your pizza well-done. While I like AF's pizza's quite a bit, the crust can be on the bready side if underdone.

    2. I've been to the new place on Belgrade in Roslindale for pizza twice now. (Boston Brick Oven). Good choice of toppings, etc. but one I rave about, the other I rant. I think it's their kitchen help. anyone else have experience with them?

      1. by 'brick oven' do you mean in an actual Brick Oven or just on a stone hearth type thing? you know, as opposed to pizza cooked in a pan?

        1. This may sound weird but I was picking up groceries at the Whole Foods in Woburn last Friday evening on my way up to a VT weekend, and there in the middle of the store was a genuine brick oven turning out some surprisingly impressive pizza! Like everything WF, it was both good and pricey - they make the pies in a freeform rounded-off rectangle shape and sell by the pound, not the slice. A plain cheese piece about 5" x 10" cost me $3, but it was fresh and delicious!

          Anyway, I know they're not on Beacon Hill but I thought one of the other 'Hounds might know if any of the other Whole Foods in the area have pizza ovens like this.

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          1. re: BobB

            The way WF sells their pizza reminds me a lot of how I've seen a lot of pizza sold in Italy, kinda shaped along those lines and you just show how much you want them to cut off and you get charged on the weight.

            1. re: BobB

              Whole Foods Market
              181 Cambridge St
              Boston, MA 02114
              617.723.0404 fax
              Store Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. seven days a week

              they have the brick oven also

              1. re: BobB

                Sure they're in Beacon Hill...or does that count as across the street from Beacon Hill. In the shopping plaza next to the Holdiay Inn right on Cambridge Street. They serve those pizzas at that location....but I honestly haven't noticed what type of oven they've got there.

                1. re: Ralphie_in_Boston

                  It is a brick oven and thry're quite good. There is one pizza maker there that overcooks them so the cheese is brown, so if that's not the way you like it, tell him not to brown it.

                  1. re: Ralphie_in_Boston

                    Charles River Plaza. Its more of a MGH complex which has some storefronts by the parking lot than a shopping plaza (WF, CVS & Cold Stone)

                2. Woody's bar and grill on Hemenway St. has pretty good brick oven pizza. It's about 3 blocks from the Hynes stop.