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Pizza in Boston like Baba Louie?

wrenhunter Aug 13, 2008 02:07 PM

I had an absolutely fantastic pizza last night at this restaurant in Great Barrington, MA. For those who have not had the pleasure, it is a sourdough thin crust pizza made in a wood-fired oven. Anything similar or -- dare I hope -- better in the Boston area?

Of the usual suspects, I'd say Upper Crust is much greasier. Bertucci's is close, but BL seems to use higher quality ingredients.

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    wrenhunter Aug 15, 2008 09:19 AM

    Nobody has any recommendations for wood-fired, thin crust pizza in Boston?

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      Buddernut Aug 15, 2008 10:12 AM

      Antico Forno on Salem St. in North End is excellent; There is an italian restaurant in Cambridge that I've only been once an the name is escaping me; however they use imported buffala mozzerella on their margharita which is quite authentic... and I actually had a good pizza sitting at the bar of ristorante Toscano on Charles St with a very nice atmosphere. I also enjoy the pizza at Artu in the North End... I particularly like their potato, proscuito, gorgonzola... the salty gooeyness with a cold beer is very nice...... I just remembered the cambridge spot..... gran gusto....very authentic neopolitan pizza.

      1. re: Buddernut
        Bostonbob3 Aug 15, 2008 11:05 AM

        Antico Forno has good pies, but be sure to order them well done.

        And yeah, Gran Gusto is pretty damn good.

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      hyde Aug 17, 2008 02:03 AM

      out this way, Franca's in waltham, (across from the waltham stop on the commuter rail)
      has one of the few actual wood fired oven around. make a pretty good pie.

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        wrenhunter Aug 18, 2008 06:03 PM

        Thanks guys. I know Antico Forno from way back, but never had their pie. It will be worth it to go back for pizza. I'll keep the others in mind also -- Gran Gusto has some great reviews on Yelp.

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        1. re: wrenhunter
          Harp00n Aug 18, 2008 09:02 PM


          Yelp's for Hounds that haven't been whelped yet!


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          Parsnipity Aug 19, 2008 09:58 AM

          On the recommendation of the Chow New England board, my husband and I left Somerville in time to make it to Baba Louie's prior to their 3 pm end of lunch, and before our concert at Tanglewood. Note that we planned our departure time around the food, not the show. What a brilliant recommendation! We had the special pizza of the day which we ordered at 2:55 as we were standing by the front door waiting for our table to be cleared. It was artichoke hearts, mozzerella, chicken sausage, sun dried tomatoes, pesto and a generous amount of flavorful EVOO. I really think this was the best pizza I've ever had, unfortunately including our trip to Italy. Let's hear it for the Berkshires & Baba Louie!

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            wrenhunter Aug 19, 2008 03:34 PM

            I think it was the best I've had, too. I actually drove through the area again this weekend on my way to Albany, but the timing did not work this time. I will be back, though!

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