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Pizza Dough Sources now that Bertucci's is Closed

patiofixture Apr 19, 2008 04:25 AM

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.

  1. almansa Apr 19, 2008 06:22 AM

    Try Viga on Stuart and Arlington.

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      treb Apr 19, 2008 06:55 AM

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

      1. Science Chick Apr 19, 2008 07:27 AM

        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
          bearzie Apr 20, 2008 08:08 PM

          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
            Science Chick Apr 21, 2008 06:25 AM

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

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          hckybg Apr 19, 2008 07:51 AM

          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
            pamalamb Apr 21, 2008 08:56 AM

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

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            maxinboston Apr 19, 2008 10:33 AM

            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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              trotliner Apr 19, 2008 10:40 PM

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

              1. re: trotliner
                9lives Apr 20, 2008 02:42 PM

                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
                  patiofixture Apr 22, 2008 11:33 AM

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

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                    Bob Dobalina Apr 22, 2008 11:56 AM

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

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                      9lives Apr 23, 2008 08:16 AM

                      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
                  BobB Apr 23, 2008 07:04 AM

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

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                  eastiefoodie Apr 20, 2008 01:01 PM

                  I was in Formaggio Kitchen in Cambridge this afternoon and they carry pizza dough. I think the Formaggio Kitchen in the South End might carry it too? Worth a shot.

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                  1. re: eastiefoodie
                    Carp85 Apr 21, 2008 10:29 AM

                    Formaggio Kitchen in Cambridge usually has decent pizza dough. It's not overly elastic, but still makes for a good pie

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                    eatingdrinking Apr 23, 2008 07:34 AM

                    Its not in the So. End or BB, but Capones in Somerville Union Sq or on Mass ave N. or Porter has the best dough!! Frozen, but made from imported italian "00" flour. Actually everything here is great. Cannoli shells, you can fill yourseld also a great treat.

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