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Jan 1, 2009 06:47 AM

Santarpios - You've got to be kidding me.

We made a small journey into East Boston to eat a pizza at Santarpios. I was psyched because of all the chatter about the place.

The neighborhood is kind of dirty and slummy. Not a big deal but still a little distracting.

About 15 minute wait outside to get in, no big deal. Over an hour wait for a pizza once inside. Meanwhile the place is over run with little kids with no supervision. It was like a little like a daycare. Majority of eating adults on cell phones. Talking about what, who knows.

Pizza was crispy on the edges and soggy in the middle, and SALTY. Did I say it was SALTY? I just wanted to mention it was SALTY. Reminded me of a chef boyardee pizza kit in a box.

Wife got the lamb and sausage plate. Lamb was not special at all, but the sausage was good.

I know people love the place, but for me not only was I disappointed, I kind of hated the place and hated the experience.

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    1. I don't want to start the new year on a sour note so I'll just say I'm not a fan of Santarpio's but I respect the opinion of their followers. What works for some won't work for others. The neighborhood is what it is. I've had better food in more sketchy areas but so what. It is what it is. A lot of places are not consistant, but if you like the place you give them a pass.
      I'll give them a try again someday if I'm out that-a-way, and who knows, maybe I'll like it.
      Let's keep positive in'09, we got a big big mountain to climb. Cheers everyone..............

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      1. re: catspercapita

        I agree with catspercapita. I've never been impressed with Santarpios. It's just not for me, but I can respect that other people like it. Obviously they're doing something right if so many people like it, but I'll take (the original) Regina's over Santarpio's any day. I might go if it was close to me, but I certainly wouldn't make a special trip there, as I know many people do.

        1. re: catspercapita

          Santarpios is a throw-back to another age.

          It used to be one of the only thin crust pizza places in Boston. Wine is served in juice glasses.

          It is legendary because it seems it has always been there. In context, it serves a very decent slice of pie.

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          1. Really sorry to hear you were disappointed -
            Sounds like the OP was a victim of too high expectations. Based on the comment about the neighborhood being distracting, not sure what was expected, but Santarpio's is similarly distracting on the inside, which is why lots of people like it - for the distraction. ;)
            Sounds like they were slammed and that will effect things - it can take a while - Tho' I thought cell phone usage inside was strictly verboten.

            Anyway, maybe I am drinking the Kool Aid or maybe it just takes someone like my friend from Rev-eeah to introduce it properly, but I love the pizza.

            1. Having differing opinions on a restaurant doesn't bother me (I personally like Santarp's), but I wonder how the people who live in that neighborhood feel about it being called dirty and slummy....

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              1. re: hiddenboston

                I take your point, really. (Living in Billerica, I've heard my share of barbs about the town!)The neighborhood a place is in, however, can be important to people. I am usually with my 10 yr old when we go out to eat and if an area looks rundown but is safe, that's good for me to know. Likewise, if an area is okay during the day but not so much at night or someplace to be on-the-alert, that is important data for me and will influence if I go to a restaurant in that neighborhood.

                1. re: three of us

                  Billlerica, Heck that is N.End North, what is shady 2 u guys anyway, a strip joint on the main drag is upscale ? Eastie is and never was anything but run down But what do or did you expect ? Santarpios you go for the pie ( no one mentioned the convoy of vehicles picking up takeout) . They take double parking to new extremes in Eastie. Santarpios, is almost under an over pass . Yet they are known for one of the best pies in Boston , Baby your not the Best but in the top 10
                  Reginas ! I moved to CC & After visiting friends or Biz in town.
                  I would stop by the N.End and pick up a few so people on the Cape could taste a decent pie, found a few decent ones but noting like the Best Regina's in The North End !

                  1. re: 1mikeyob

                    I need to run that post through a translator...

                  2. re: three of us

                    There's a big difference between looking gritty and "don't walk alone, and watch your valuables". I find that too many people from the suburbs (and even some who live in the city!) can't tell the difference between the two.