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FoonFan Jul 24, 2008 06:11 AM

I stopped in at Pino's in Cleveland Circle yesterday and a veggie pie had just come out of the oven. I had a slice and it was perfect. Wonderful bready crust, loaded with fresh tomato, peppers and mushrooms. Good sauce and cheese. Pleasant surprise, because I've always considered Pino's good but not great. This slice compares well to the best I've ever had, including those paragons of my youth at Tony's on 2004th Street in the Bronx. So, Hounds - what's your perfect slice?

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  1. hiddenboston RE: FoonFan Jul 24, 2008 06:26 AM

    I don't really have a perfect slice in Boston, but Bostone Pizza on Newbury Street comes close. Excellent New York style thin crust slices there. Sabatino's in Arlington also has good slices, too, IMO. But neither approaches the greatness of slices I've had in NYC.

    There are a few places that have good Sicilian slices in the area, including Galleria Umberto in the North End, and Tripoli and Napoli, both in Lawrence.

    BTW, is there really a 2004th Street in the Bronx? How far up is that? ;-b

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      BiscuitBoy RE: hiddenboston Jul 24, 2008 07:37 AM

      Hey hidden....Where is that pie from in your avatar? Looks delicious

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        wilbanks RE: hiddenboston Jul 24, 2008 05:58 PM

        Tomato basil sicilian slices at Pinocchio's in Harvard Square are pretty outstanding, especially if the pie is fresh out of the oven...

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          FoonFan RE: hiddenboston Jul 25, 2008 09:16 AM

          I meant 204th Street. If there was a 2004th Street it would be half way to Albany!

        2. mjg0725 RE: FoonFan Jul 24, 2008 06:28 AM

          Little Stevies at 2am.

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            pondrat RE: mjg0725 Jul 24, 2008 07:21 AM

            History tells me that any pizza is perfect at 2am :)

            If you've ever had Pepe's White Clam Pizza in New Haven, CT you'll always be disappointed with other slices until you return. That said I've had some VERY good slices at Pizzapalooza in Needham Highlands.

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              Prav RE: pondrat Jul 24, 2008 10:14 AM

              Can you get slices there? I'm dying to try my first Pepe's but I can't get a whole pie. :(

              To keep this thread officially on topic - a nice crispy slice from Pino's does the trick.

              Also, I just moved to Somerville - I have had epic-fail luck finding the thread about the amazing "Somerville slice crawl" thread that someone (so bravely) wrote. Must find it!

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                yumyum RE: Prav Jul 24, 2008 11:11 AM

                I win the internet!

                http://www.chowhound.com/topics/477021

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                  pondrat RE: Prav Jul 24, 2008 11:43 AM

                  In the spirit of full disclosure only full pies at Pepe's...but eating only one slice is like eating just one piece of popcorn..

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                  Bob Dobalina RE: pondrat Jul 25, 2008 06:37 AM

                  Sorry, I like the Pepe's white clam, but the best pizza is still the shrimp oreganato pizza at Roseland Apizza in Derby, CT. White/butter "sauce," well done thin crust, a ton of giant, butterflied shrimp, breadcrumbs, garlic - order it with bacon. As Speed's is to hot dogs, this is to pizza.

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                  failingwannabevegan RE: mjg0725 Jul 24, 2008 07:50 AM

                  "Little Stevies at 2am."
                  amen.

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                    Dax RE: mjg0725 Jul 24, 2008 04:17 PM

                    A perfect nightmare maybe. That pizza is about as bad as HiFi's.

                  2. Science Chick RE: FoonFan Jul 24, 2008 07:35 AM

                    Stellas.......Thin, crisp, perfect sauce/cheese balance....

                    1. franksnbeans RE: FoonFan Jul 24, 2008 08:00 AM

                      Great question, FF. Not to get all philosophical, but you hit on the thing about slices, which is that sometimes the perfect slice comes from an unexpected place. We could all name our go-to places, but slices are less consistent than whole pies, so occasionally our old standbys disappoint. Too many variables: How long has the slice been sitting? Do you get it reheated? Do they overcrisp it on the second go-round?

                      I had a perfect slice recently @ Armando's, but like your experience, it had to do a bit with timing. I ordered a slice, and they happened to have a fresh pie right there; didn't even need to reheat it. They make a great pie to begin with, but this slice was the perfect temp, the cheese had just the right amount of melt to it, etc.

                      I don't know; as always, more research needed!

                      1. fmcoxe6188 RE: FoonFan Jul 24, 2008 08:24 AM

                        I realise-its not in Boston- but Antonio's in Amherst MA. Fresh mozzarella, basil and tomato...in my book- every other pizza pales in comparison...

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                          hiddenboston RE: fmcoxe6188 Jul 24, 2008 09:12 AM

                          Is Antonio's still open? Looks like their Web site has expired...

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                            fmcoxe6188 RE: hiddenboston Jul 24, 2008 10:03 AM

                            OF COURSE IT IS! haha- you just gave me a mini heart attack at even the thought of it closing. I dont think that they are too website concerned there but that place is an institution. I think that there would be riots if it closed...what am I talking about- its by UMass of course there would be riots

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                              hiddenboston RE: fmcoxe6188 Jul 24, 2008 10:26 AM

                              Sorry about your mini heart attack. And hopefully I didn't start a riot! I would feel bad about that... ;-b

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                          bizzy50 RE: FoonFan Jul 24, 2008 09:27 AM

                          Pino's is hard to beat, especially when it is fresh from the oven. In fact, my husband and I made a pilgrimage on Saturday night for a fresh baked pie. Mmm!

                          Other favorites are Bianchi's on Revere Beach (very short on decor but the pizza is excellent!) and Amici's in Medford Square.

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                            Ralphie_in_Boston RE: FoonFan Jul 24, 2008 09:32 AM

                            Pino's has always been the best in the CC area. I've also noticed that they seem to be favorites of folks from NYC, for whatever that is worth.

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                              FoonFan RE: Ralphie_in_Boston Jul 25, 2008 09:18 AM

                              Because they have that nice bready crust reminiscent of the Italian neighborhood pizzerias that abounded in NYC.

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                              blackcoffee RE: FoonFan Jul 24, 2008 09:26 PM

                              I had my first Pino's slice on Monday, after I saw 'Dark Knight' at Cleveland Circle. Awesome pie.

                              My go-to for delivery is Big Daddy's in Allston -- easily the best I've had in the city.

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                                lycheefloat RE: FoonFan Jul 25, 2008 06:47 AM

                                I love Haymarket Pizza. The place is literally a hole in the wall, but their slices are delicious (and less than 2 dollars!)

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                                  marcusnaz14 RE: lycheefloat Jul 30, 2008 06:43 AM

                                  Their sauce sucks though

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                                    threedogs RE: marcusnaz14 Jul 30, 2008 10:01 AM

                                    My one and only time I got a slice at Haymarket Pizza - it was awful. Is there a 'best time' to get one there?

                                    Also, while I think Bianchi's is much better than most, their sauce leaves lots to be desired - more like tomato paste straight from the can. But then again, I haven't had any of theirs for about a year...

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                                  couldliveonpizza RE: FoonFan Jul 27, 2008 06:28 AM

                                  I'm not sure if the perfect slice exists but my go to's are:

                                  Armando's - i have to get a slice and a scilian which is the lightest thick crust i've ever had and the combo is unbeatable.
                                  T Anthony's
                                  New York Pizza

                                  Sidebar. I've only been to Presto's a couple of times but I thought it was a good slice.
                                  The best pizza in Boston is the original Regina's and the best pizza in the world is Frank Pepe's in New Haven.

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                                    BackBayGirl RE: FoonFan Jul 28, 2008 08:35 AM

                                    Though it's not a NY slice by any stretch, the slices at Pizza Oggi in Harvard Square are really good! You can get 2 for $5.25.

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                                      maxim0512 RE: FoonFan Jul 28, 2008 01:56 PM

                                      I don't think anyone in Boston can beat Pizzeria Regina for straight-up, New York style cheese pizza. Some of my other favorites include the genuine Chicago-style baked stuffed pizza at Sicilia's near BU. (I prefer the "original" stuffed with spinach.) Out in Medford, I'm a big fan of Espresso Pizza, which gratefully delivers to my house. :)

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                                        Dreamworks RE: maxim0512 Jul 29, 2008 09:04 PM

                                        Regina's isn't NYC pizza. Well, unless you count Lombardi's or John's, the brick oven places. For a real New York slice, the kind you can find on a corner in Brooklyn where they also serve garlic knots and italian ice, I go to Armando's. It's real and good. The sicilian is also great there. It's not greek style.

                                        Never trust a pizza oven that has a conveyor belt.

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