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Jul 27, 2009 07:48 AM

First trip to Santarpios tonight, any curveballs?

I have to pick someone up at Logan at ten. Finally get to try Santarpios, but then I got nervous. Closed Mondays? Cash only? Monday is Hells angels night? It has happened to me before at other places (not the Hells angels). Any advice?

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  1. Open on Mondays, but cash only (actually, cash only every day, not just Mondays). Order the barbecue combo to start. Don't overload your pizza with toppings; keep it simple.

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    1. re: Blumie

      Agreed- their pizza of just cheese and garlic is perfect in my book. And their Babecue is pretty tasty.
      Not aware of any Hells Angels nights there- though I usually grab it to go when Im heading to the airport to pick up friends so Im not usually in the main part of the restaurant

      1. re: Blumie

        Don't ask for a menu. Know what you want before you get there.
        Your beverage choices are simple - Bud, Bud Light, "red" wine, "white" wine, soda, water.
        I like the sausage and garlic pizza and a combo (lamb and sausage).

        1. re: Bob Dobalina

          Thank you all, this is what I was looking for.

          1. re: uwebres

            I don't think the pizza is that good, but the lamb and sausage bbq is great.

            Insiders tip: Ask for a glass of pickle juice to sprinkle over the meat. No, I'm not punking you. The brine cuts the fat perfectly. They'll serve it to you in the same glasses you'll get your wine in. Which is to say, juice glasses.

            1. re: yumyum

              Many of us think the pizza is great. (Like burgers and barbecue, pizza is a controversial topic.) My favorite is sausage and hot peppers. Here's a link to their menu:


              1. re: Blumie

                What's cool is that you can think the pizza is great and I can think it's MEH and we can both still weigh in.

                I do think the atmosphere is GREAT.

              2. re: yumyum

                There was a time, years ago, when the Pizza was MUCH better.

                1. re: StriperGuy

                  Just a note on pizza. While i have lived in Massachusetts since I was 5 (minus 2 years in NYC and 4 on the west coast) I was born in New Haven. I am aware of pizza disagreements. My father is a Pepes guy to the point of saying Sallys is crap. This is all based on things other then taste. Sallys and Pepes are more similar to each other then to any other pizza. I have learned in my travels that while taste alone is important, set and setting helps. If Santarpios fits in my mind what a good old school Italian/Neapolitan pizza shop is, then all the pizza has to do is be better then average. The ambiance adds to the taste. As it stands now, other then Armandos and Gran Gusto, I live in Cambridge, the capital of both Greek style and yuppie style pizza. All Santarpios has to do is not suck to make me happy.

                  1. re: uwebres

                    My Neapolitan mother tried it for the first time last year and thought that Santarpio's was the best pizza she's had in 30 years (harkening back to Paul's Pizza in Bridgeport, CT).

                    1. re: uwebres

                      That people like Armando's eludes me. Nothing special in my book, a chacun son gout...

                      1. re: StriperGuy

                        I agree, nothing special, but stone hearth and upper crust always let me down, while harvard house and the half shell and until recently three aces are all interchangably bad

                        1. re: uwebres

                          Try Stella's in Watertown. Very good thin crust Pizza. I also recently tried Sabatino's in Arlington which was pretty good.

              3. re: Bob Dobalina

                Bob, the online menu linked by Blumie says there are more beer choices than Bud/Bud Light. if I have the nerve to order a Heineken or a Labatts, will they blow their nose into my pizza?

                1. re: Ralphie_in_Boston

                  LOL - I have never dared to try...
                  Keep It Straight and Simple is the method I always employ there. I just remember the second time I ventured over and asked for a menu - seemed like my pizza took FOREVER! lol

            2. i must be in the minority here-- i do NOT like the lamb/sausage/pepper sampler. we are regulars and order it every 3rd time hoping for a change in the quality of the lamb, but continue to be disappointed. the meat is tough, tasteless, filled with connective tissue and just boring. the sausage is fine; has a decent spice to it. you might as well order it, just to get a perspective of your own.

              as for the pizza, stick with the originals.. cheese, pepperoni, etc. just know that many toppings come underneath a covering of cheese, not ontop. salty too.

              and the waitstaff will know whether you're a regular or not (they know the minute you step in the door), so feel free to get a menu. you're not fooling them.

              1. I prefer sitting at the bar. The pizza is good, but perhaps overhyped; low expectations are better to go in with. Get no more than one added topping (he housemade sausage is a good bet). Eat it quickly; it gets soggy fast.

                I'm a bigger fan of the skewers, which are grilled over real charcoal (indoors, which accounts for the place's smokiness). Get a combo, one sausage and one lamb. This is technically not available for takeout.

                I like the house red, which like the white is on tap (!). The big glass is a better value than the small glass.

                There are more beer options than just Bud and Bud Lite: Coors Light, Miller, Miller Lite, Heineken, and Rolling Rock, at least.

                The reason you don't need a menu is that your options are really limited: lamb and/or sausage skewer. Pizza with the following topping options: extra cheese, mushrooms (canned), peppers, sausage, garlic, onions, pepperoni, hot peppers, anchovies, olives.

                I like the place; it's an original. They're not making them like this anymore, so enjoy it while it lasts. When it closes someday, it will likely be replaced by some casual-dining chain outlet.


                1. The sundried tomato and goat cheese pizza is superb and make sure to ask for extra pickle juice to go with the chicken kabobs. They also make a great vinaigrette to go with the chefs salad. Ask Lefty if there's any cheesecake left, it goes fast!

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                  1. re: absolince

                    Huh? There is no sundried tomato, goat cheese, or chicken kabobs at Santarpio's. Am I not getting a joke? The menu can now be found here: