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Ducali Pizzeria and Bar in the North End is open

StevieC Jul 15, 2009 11:21 AM

After many many months of a sign boasting "Opening Soon," Ducali is now open for dinner. It is on the corner of Prince and Commercial (I think technically the address is Causeway), and has a respectably compact menu of antipasti, panini and pizza. The space looked OK from the outside. Most interesting was the bar facing the back wall. Hopefully there will be a report on the food soon (or at least sooner than I can make it there). Too bad they aren't open for lunch.

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    Pegmeister RE: StevieC Jul 16, 2009 09:45 AM

    Just checking out their website and it says open for lunch Friday 7/17.

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      phatchris RE: Pegmeister Jul 16, 2009 01:48 PM

      I ate there last night. In short ,not bad pizza, freeform in shape, medium density. Smallish pies for the $. Kinda a wannabe figs. Calamari and salad were terrible Ask for the pizza well done. Good beers on tap.

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        larry s RE: phatchris Jul 17, 2009 08:28 AM

        The pizza was really great. Believe it or not, oval pizzas were not invented by Todd English, they are the way large pies are made in Italy. The prices were really good I though, especially for the North End.

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          phatchris RE: larry s Jul 17, 2009 01:41 PM

          $20 for for a not so large pizza with salami, pancetta, and ground sausage. The fact that the Pizza is served on a baking sheet on top of a stand is very Figs, not the freeform shape.Good luck with the place Larry, I hope you do well. Just cook the Pizza a little longer, and the Calamari a lot less.

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            larry s RE: phatchris Jul 17, 2009 03:10 PM

            Its not my place, I am just excited that there is finally a place in the North End that is geared to something other than the 40 something Saugus crowd. And considering the fact that Nebo has $20 individual pizzas and not a drink under $10, I think, the place is a great addition to the neighborhood.

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              phatchris RE: larry s Jul 18, 2009 07:34 AM

              I agree with that. I'll still take Reginas, Ernestos, Waterfront, and Artu over Ducali any day of the week for better pie at a better price.

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                larry s RE: phatchris Jul 18, 2009 12:41 PM

                Agreed with Regina and Artu, but the Waterfront?

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                  hiddenboston RE: larry s Jul 20, 2009 06:50 AM

                  The Waterfront has great pizza, IMO.

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                  9lives RE: phatchris Jul 18, 2009 02:10 PM

                  I'm a great fan of Artu..by coincidence had a lamb/eggplant sandwich forlunch(great as ever); but I've never thought of them for pizza.

                  Is it like Regina's? thin..thick? Worth checking out; or just stick to Regina's and Umberto's? my usual NE pizza spots

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                    Pegmeister RE: 9lives Jul 20, 2009 07:39 AM

                    Artu's is one of my favorite spots for pizza. Their version is nothing like Regina's. Crusts are thin, toppings can be anything from shrimp scampi to sausage & broccoli rabe or potato and prosciutto. I believe I've tried every combination on their menu and have been happy with all.

                    To answer larry s, the Waterfront also has great pizza, more NY style and I actually like it better than Reginas, not to say that Reginas doesn't serve great pizza.

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                      9lives RE: Pegmeister Jul 20, 2009 10:14 AM

                      Thx..sounds great. I'll have to make it my next pizza stop.

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                        Buddernut RE: Pegmeister Jul 21, 2009 09:06 AM

                        Peg = I've always noticed that our tastes ran the same on the pizza issue... the spouse and I love Artu's pizza. We've had some of the best times out sitting at the bar (with comfy stools I might add). Everytime we go, we meet new people who become friendly acquaintances. We've turned so many onto Artu's pizza. I must say if you've not tried Picco in the south end, GO !! You won't be disappointed. You turned me onto the Potato/proscuitto pizza at artu and Picco has an alsation with carmelized onion and smoked bacon that will knock your socks off !

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                          9lives RE: Pegmeister Jul 21, 2009 06:57 PM

                          Artu...sausage, rabe and mozzarella tonight....wow, what a great pizza!

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                            Pegmeister RE: 9lives Jul 22, 2009 04:49 AM

                            So glad you liked Artu's pizza, love the sausage & rabe, but I have an awful hard time passing up the shrimp scampi version.
                            To respond to Buddernut, thanks for the Picco suggestion. I haven't made it there yet, so I'll definitely move it up on my list.

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                              9lives RE: Pegmeister Jul 22, 2009 06:30 AM

                              Our waitress/bartender also raved about the scampi..next time..:) I can't believe how many times I've been at the bar or gotten takeout and NOT gotten pizza.

                              That's the beauty of this board; all the great new ideas.

                              I like Picco also..a little thinner but very good.

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                                Ralphie_in_Boston RE: 9lives Jul 22, 2009 10:20 AM

                                Me too; I've been to Artu quite a few times and it never occurred to me to order pizza. I guess I've been conditioned to go to Ernesto's when I want Pizza in the NE, but I've got to give Artu's pies a try!

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                      plater RE: larry s Jul 21, 2009 10:32 PM

                      Been to nebo many times and never had a $20 pizza. you must of added5 toppings on.

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                      hotoynoodle RE: phatchris Jul 20, 2009 06:58 AM

                      there was a chain years ago, sfuzzi, that served pizza like that, on a tray on a stand, long before figs. they had a branch at the atrium mall. food was decent, but i think the chain had money problems and that location was a cursed space.

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