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Apr 19, 2008 04:25 AM

Pizza Dough Sources now that Bertucci's is Closed

I can't say that it came as a surprise that the Bertucci's on Stanhope St. closed down. Over the years it went from average to bad to consistently horrible as the crowd dwindled. But their pizza dough was always very good.

One of my favorite easy dinners was to pick up dough at Bertucci's on the way home to make a pizza in my home oven. No limit on toppings or sauces, and no watching the waiter make faces at some of my more esoteric combinations.

But my dough source is gone! No more home-baked pizzas!

Does anyone know of pizzerias or restaurants in the South End or Back Bay that sells their pizza dough?

I've tried both supermarkets' doughs. Shaws' seems to have absolutely no elasticity and creates strangely chewy pizzas. Whole Foods seems to have frozen dough only, and although it's pretty good it takes much too much planning ahead for what I always see as a spontaneous treat.

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    1. Try Viga on Stuart and Arlington.

    2. Most bread bakeries or pizza shops will sell dough. Some mega marts have it frozen but, the quality is

      1. Many Whole Foods stores carry pizza crusts from Maxie's bakery in Rhode Island. They are very thin, fresh and outstanding. 2 per bag....Thoughtfully coated on the back with corn meal and ready to go. White and Whole grain (w/spelt) varieties. Each store places them in a separate place, but usually they can be found stashed in a corner in the either produce or bakery sections. If you ask a clerk, but be sure you specify Maxie's fresh....otherwise they always take me to the frozen isle and point out the bags of frozen dough.

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        1. re: Science Chick

          Tried to find Maxie pizza crusts at the Fresh Pond Whole Foods today. They told me they used to carry it but it isn't available now. Apparently, there was a problem with one of the owners of Maxie's and he/she took off with some of the company's money.

          1. re: bearzie

            Oh no!! Y'know, I couldn't find them last week at the Newton Whole Foods, but I just figured they were out. Bummer!

        2. Have you tried Trader Joe's dough? I keep approximately five in my freezer at any given time. I have no complaints -- it seems appropriately elastic and makes a nice crispy crust. They sell it refrigerated but it keeps well in the freezer; I think it costs maybe a dollar per.

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          1. re: hckybg

            I love Trader Joe's dough. They also have wheat and herb pizza dough.

          2. Not really in the South End or Back Bay, but Clear Flour puts out fresh doughs daily (I think at 1pm). They're unbeatable in my experience.

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            1. re: maxinboston

              Clear Flour is an excellent choice, and my second option would be Bova in the North End.

              1. re: trotliner

                If you're near Downtown Xing, Pizzeria Rico 0n Bromfield..sort of across from Silvertones..little further down Bromfield sells pizza dough.

                Don't know if it's any better than others mentioned but it works and is convenient if you're in the area.

                Haymarket Pizza sells it too.

                1. re: 9lives

                  I didn't think about Downtown Crossing - thanks for the tip. I am there frequently.

                  1. re: 9lives

                    Also, thanks for the Rico tip. I walk by there constantly - how's the cooked pizza there?

                    1. re: Bob Dobalina

                      I haven't had it lately but I don't recall it being anything special. I'd walk to Haymarket for a slice over them.

                      They do a good roast turkey/stuffing sandwich..Thurs only.

                2. re: maxinboston

                  Clear Flour not only sells the dough, they also have a small selection of Capone Foods sauces!