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Dec 2, 2009 04:24 AM

Wakefield, MA- Pizza black hole

Alright, I have been living in Wakefield in the Greenwood area right near Melrose and Saugus for a year now. I have put up a great fight, but it seems that I have been defeated in trying to find good pizza, save for Papa Ginos in Melrose. I have never lived in a place where papa gino's is the best pizza around. HELP!!!!!!!!!!!! Just so you can have an idea of the type of pizza i like: Sal's is the benchmark for me for takeout pizza. I also like Bertucci's style Neopolitan brick oven pizza (have eaten it in Naples a couple of times). But for average night pizza takeout- I like Sal's style or Papa Ginos. Here are the places i have tried:

baccis in Saugus: I have gotten the sicilian a few times. the crust is great, the cheese is nice and melty and the toppings are good. The sauce, however, taste like absolutely NOTHING. No flavor whatsoever, which in turn makes the pizza taste like NOTHING.

Greenwood house of pizza in Wakefield- Meh.

Mothers in Melrose- Meh greek style pizza.

Melrose House of Pizza- Nasty

Toody's- Meh. seems more like frozen pizza than fresh made.

Prince Pizza on Route 1- Nasty- dumbfounded at how this place is so popular!

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  1. Have you tried Polcari's? Their "Pizzeria Regina" pizza is not as good as the original in the North End or the Medford location (crust lacks depth), but it is tasty in it's own right. I prefer it to Papa Gino's and find it a decent option in the area.

    1. Did your post get cut off? I was looking forward to reading more about the places you have tried!

      There's a new Sal's open in Woburn near BJs, the Hilton, etc (Washington ST).

      You might also try Capri in Reading on Rt 28 (my favorite place in the area).


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      1. re: owen_meany

        It did get cut off orignally, but I edited it and posted some short reviews (A.d.d kicking in).

        Wow, Sal's in Woburn. Did not know that. That is totally worth the drive. I can be there in probably 10-15 min from my house. Not too shabby. Not perfect, but hey that is why we have toaster ovens to heat up slices of pizza right?

          1. re: bostonfoodie111

            I third Capri! This is my go-to spot. They make an excellent pie, albeit a tad expensive. Well done crust comes perfectly charred, crispy and delicious, and the toppings are always fresh. I used to do the traditional Neapolitan style, which is phenomenal in its own right, but after discovering their North End Thin Crust, I have never gone back. Try a bacon and red onion North End Thin Crust well done. You can thank me later!

            Also - I have tried Slice in Wakefield, and thought it was excellent. My one gripe was that the sauce was maybe a tad acidic for my taste. I'm not a big "sweet sauce" guy, I like it well balanced, but I definitely had a little bit of heart burn after Slice. Almost worth the suffering though, the pie was very tasty going down the gullet. And if you like your sauce that way anyway, then this will probably become a favorite quickly.

            Lastly - Colombo's in Reading is hit or miss, IMO. I will say, their meatball topping is fantastic. I've had a few meatball and green pepper pizzas from here that knocked my socks off.

        1. Yeah we are sort of a black hole of pizza. Bacci's has a decent crust and I think their sauce is too sweet now (I'd swear it used to be better).

          You ought to give a try to Caruso's ZaZa pizza. It's pretty good. Cash only, no delivery,

          My friends who live in Wakefield get Nonno's (Nonni's?) and like it- I've never had it so I can't recommend.

          There are a few places in Malden that are decent, including Vinnie's and Pisa Pizza but nothing really outstanding worth the drive from Wakefield.

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          1. re: Chris VR

            Pizza is VERY inconsistent in Melrose/Wakefield from any outlet, Caruso's in particular (the old man has simply burned too many of my pies in the past decade. Sadly, it's a far cry from it's 1980s glory days.) We've had decent luck with Gerry's on Main Street in Melrose, though I consider it no better than 'pedestrian' Neopolitan-style. You can get a great pie in Medford at Bocelli's, a fairly good pie at Regina's at Station Landing (provided you ask for well done) or take ride down to Eastie and get some Santarpio's.

            1. re: Chris VR

              I haven't had Caruso's Melrose in over a decade (it was highly rated at the time) but there's got to be better. I don't remember it being all that great.

            2. Well- I donm't care for Sals pizza, and have never tried Bertuccis's- but here are a few suggestins:
              Corner Deli in Melrose ( on Wyoming Ave across from the train station)
              MArios in North Reading- on Rte 28, in the strip mall at the intersection of 28 and park.
              Also, I have had a good sandwich from Pizza Express & NY Deli on Albion Street in Wakefield, but have never tried their pizza.

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              1. re: macca

                macca, I think you've recommended Corner Deli's pizza before, along with maybe Gio? and someone else, and I wanted to thank you all for the recommendation. I've been a fan of their sandwiches for a while but just never got around to the pizza. I had a slice for lunch today and it was really good. The crust was just perfect, with the right chewiness and just a touch of maltiness. They're a bit overenthusiastic with the cheese, and it reminded me of the Long Island pizzas I grew up with, in the "blot the oil with a napkin" sense, but that wasn't necessarily bad. It has the perfect floppy/thinness needed for a decent fold and the price/value is excellent- $2 for a very large slice- maybe 1/5 of a pie? This is going to be our Melrose "go-to" pizza, I think.

                1. re: Chris VR

                  I started out with thier sandwiches, too- and tried thier pizzas one Sunday when I was too lazy to cook, and had a houseful! The kids love the chicken broccoli alfredo pizza- it is good, but a bit too heavy for me. Plus- they deliver!

                  1. re: macca

                    I've actually had them deliver cold cuts before, which is AWESOME. Looking forward to some pizza... maybe tonight!

                    1. re: Chris VR

                      Love the idea of cold cuts delivered. Will have to remember this! Thanks

                      1. re: macca

                        Don't forget to get some of the bread too. One of those large braided (La Cascia?) rolls will make 2-3 sandwiches easily.

                        1. re: Chris VR

                          Another great place for bread- and pastires- in Wakefield is D'Amicis on New Salem Street. Just a small place, but they make bread every day, and have all kinds of pastries. No need to preorder the small pastries, wither. Great if you are having unexpected cpmpany and dont want to bake! They also have sandwiches, aricinii, pasta, eggplant, etc. Have not tried thier meals, but I would bet they are good.

                          1. re: macca

                            D'Amici's makes the best kalamata olive bread in the world! well, at least the best I have had.

                            1. re: powerfulpierre

                              Will have to try that. I have had their rosemary bread and their scali- though they do sell out of bread early some days. Love the old time bread slicing machine. And the last time I stopped in for cannolis's, they stuffed them fresh- so good.

              2. you may want to try Columbos in Reading near the Depot....