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Who makes the best clam pizza?

nasilemak Aug 3, 2009 02:16 PM

Lately i've been hankering for one so which is your fave clam pizza in the greater Boston area?
Is Scampo's version worth trying?
thanks for your input!

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    catsmeow Aug 3, 2009 03:13 PM

    I can tell you where not to try it.... LTK in the seaport district. It was a soggy mess.

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      Pegmeister Aug 4, 2009 04:57 AM

      Cafe Porta Bella in South Boston does an amazing seafood pizza with clams, scallops and shrimp. I'm sure they would make an all clam one if you requested it. Haven't had the clam pizza at Scampo but their lobster version is quite good. Love the thin, crisp crust.

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        Taralli Aug 4, 2009 07:52 AM

        Cafe Porto Bello: http://www.cafeportobelloonline.com/. How are the other items on the menu?

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          Pegmeister Aug 5, 2009 04:43 AM

          I don't think I've tried anything else here, not sure why, guess I just enjoy the pizza that much. They do, however, make a really nice antipasto.

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        bostongal Aug 4, 2009 07:17 AM

        Honestly, get in your car and drive to Pepe's in New Haven.

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          katzzz Aug 5, 2009 06:06 AM

          Pepe's opened a branch in Manchester CT about a year ago. It's not as atmospheric as the original location and maybe the pizza isn't quite as wonderful (I've heard debates about the question). But it's about an hour closer to Boston than New Haven and easy to get to: less than a five minute jump from I-84. Despite it's suburban, across-the-road-from-a-mall location (in a little shopping plaza), the place is not entirely lacking in charm. And, most importantly, the clam pizza is much better than anything I've found around Boston.The other pizza varieties approach pizza greatness, too. Also worth mentioning, unlike Pepe's in New Haven, I haven't had to wait on a line to get in yet!

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            overproofed Aug 5, 2009 12:25 PM

            They opened another branch in Mohegan Sun last month. It's almost the same distance from Boston as Manchester, CT. No idea about the quality. Another location is opening soon in Yonkers, NY. They seem to be in a rapid expansion mode.

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          lergnom Aug 4, 2009 07:21 AM

          Never had a good one around here. Many years ago, Bertucci's actually made a decent one.

          You'd think clams would be a natural topping here.

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            Joanie Aug 5, 2009 06:11 AM

            I wonder if Bertucci's clam pizza didn't sell. I sure liked it and was bummed to see it go away.

          2. StriperGuy Aug 4, 2009 07:25 AM

            Clam pizza is not really a Boston phenomena. Nor really is it a NYC phenomena. I agree with bostongal, head to New Haven.

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              Calico Jack Aug 4, 2009 07:52 AM


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                threedogs Aug 4, 2009 11:44 AM


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              CambridgeFoodie Aug 4, 2009 07:53 AM

              It is a shame, Figs used to have an outstanding clam pizza but took it off the menu because it became too expensive.

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                grant.cook Aug 4, 2009 01:42 PM

                I've never had a clam pizza in Boston that rivaled Frank Pepe's, which is surprising - its not like its a secret recipe... I would love to find even a close approximation, but c'est la vie.

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                  River19 Aug 4, 2009 04:49 PM

                  I agree....Pepe's, why screw around ......

                2. Essex County Aug 5, 2009 06:26 AM

                  Woody's has a fine clam pizza. Lots of clam and bacon. I now ask for a crisp, or well-done crust.

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                    StriperGuy Aug 5, 2009 07:45 AM

                    Where is Woody's?

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                      Prav Aug 5, 2009 08:42 AM

                      Is that in Revere?

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                        phatchris Aug 5, 2009 08:59 AM

                        I assume its Woddy's bar and grill on Hemingway. Really good pizza.

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                          marais Aug 5, 2009 11:44 AM

                          That is correct, Woody's on Hemenway St has a really good clam pizza. I like adding linguica along with the bacon.

                    2. rlh Aug 5, 2009 01:46 PM

                      It is definitely NOT the one at Bond in the Langham - incredibly dry, tough, and flavorless - pretty much inedible - stick with the housemade chips and beer if you go there.

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