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Aug 11, 2008 05:46 PM

Best pizza in or near Waltham

This question is as simple as it gets: what's the best pizza in or near Waltham?

I searched the boards but couldn't find much for that area - if there's been a previous thread on this I apologize for the repeat.

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  1. Stone Hearth Pizza in Belmont is my new favorite in the area thanks to opinionatedchef's posting of a couple of weeks back. When ordered extra-crispy it delivers a North End worthy pie with nice char, spring (blister), center chew and a perfectly balanced tomato sauce. I haven't been to their Needham location but would think it the same.


    Stone Hearth Pizza
    57 Leonard St, Belmont, MA 02478

    Stone Hearth Pizza
    974 Great Plain Ave, Needham, MA 02492

    1. Depends on what kind of pizza you prefer I guess. Lots of bad pies being made for sure in Waltham.

      My wife have been searching since we moved here in the fall for NY/NJ style and have eaten alot of bad pizza. Closest and most consistent we have found is Sabatino's on main st. Thought I had a good place when I stopped for lunch at the new place that opened accross the street from Sabatino's adjacent to the Gordon's lot that advertised NY style pizza. The pizza was exactly what I grew up with when I got a couple of slices with chewy yet crispy crust on the edges, but ordered one for delivery and it was horrible with a completey different crust. Would love some other recs for NY style pizza in town. Not a fan of that outrageously priced semi-chain place on moody that people here rave about - I nearly broke my jaw chewing on that thing.

      1. "Best" is never a simple question, sorry. Been 2 or 3 years since I made the rounds of Waltham pizza shops, but my two favorites have for a long time been Franco's, on the upper end of Moody St for a thin crust pie, and Franca's Wood-fired on Felton St near Moody.

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        1. re: AHan

          Definitely Franco's for a great thin crust slice. One of the best in the area IMO.

        2. Yeah, I would go with Franco's or Franca's. Franco's is going to come closer to that NY pizza place experience, for those who care. They also make some nice red-sauce entrees (eggplant parm, spaghetti & meatballs), etc.

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          1. re: bartleby

            Agreed - Franco's and Franca's are the best I've found in Waltham so far. Gemilli, on upper Moody, also has very good pizza albeit a bit pricey.

            1. re: alt11

              If Franco's is on par with Franca's I'd look for a third choice. I don't get the whole Franca's infatuation. Average at best despite the wood fired moniker. I'd go to Upper Crust on Moody Street well before Franca's.

              Stone Hearth is also very good but a bit of a hike.

          2. I actually quite like the pizza at the Chateau as well as Upper Crust. Very different from each other, though.