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itryalot Apr 28, 2010 04:29 AM

Square sicilian style and thin, wood fired Neopolitan style?

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    Pegmeister RE: itryalot Apr 28, 2010 06:11 AM

    Many, many opinions of pizza on this board. Do a North End search or just a pizza search. My favorites in the North End:
    Waterfront Cafe: NY style, foldable crust, great toppings
    Reginas: Old brick oven, ask for it well done and add extra oil:
    Artu: Thin crust, shrimp scampi, sausage & rabe or potato and prosciutto

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      phatchris RE: Pegmeister Apr 28, 2010 02:11 PM

      I'd add the Pushcart and Umberto in the North End and Picco in the South End to Pegmeister's list and that would be my list.

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      kimfair1 RE: itryalot Apr 28, 2010 06:16 AM

      For the square Sicilian style, go to Gallaria Umberto on Hanover St in the North End. Cheap, great, and they have other great stuff like arancini (rice balls), panzarotti (mashed potato with cheese log), various calzones, and other items. The pizza is $1.35 a slice.

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        baldbert RE: kimfair1 Apr 28, 2010 06:31 AM

        The great East Coast pizza belt stretches from northern Jersey to just outside of New Haven. Sure, there are exceptions to that rule, but basically Boston's behind the curve when it comes to pizza. Umberto's pizza is square without being Sicilian. Regina's is OK but not great. Armando's in Cambridge has a good Sicilian slice. Upper Crust, however well intentioned doesnt measure up. I can't remember the name of the place in north Cambridge, but their pizza is quite good, the exception, I'm afraid.

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          StriperGuy RE: baldbert Apr 28, 2010 08:40 AM

          Not an Armando's fan myself. But Stella's in Watertown is pretty good thin crust. I like Umberto, but agree that is is not what folks call Sicilian in the NY area.

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            kimfair1 RE: StriperGuy Apr 28, 2010 08:47 AM

            For more "true" Sicilian, I prefer Imperial in brighton Center. Excellent crust, and not quite as thick as PInoccchios in Hardvard SQ, but I love the Umberto Sicilian "style".

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              StriperGuy RE: kimfair1 Apr 28, 2010 09:05 AM

              See even Pinocchio's, which I like, is quite thin by NYC Sicilian standards. That said, will try Imperial... thanks for the tip.

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                hyde RE: StriperGuy Apr 28, 2010 07:11 PM

                striper,
                you and i have been on the same page for pizza in the past ( at least same chapter), that said, you should like Imperial, make sure its well done and if you can get the older italian guy with the glasses to make it hes a good old school pizzaiolo. the place itself is a hoot, with old men arguing in italian, a wall full of polaroids of neighborhood kids in halloween costumes and tacky murals. a sicilian garlic is under 14 bucks and will feed six. its my other go to place after stellas.

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                  kimfair1 RE: hyde Apr 29, 2010 05:31 AM

                  Pass on the regular pie, however. It's nothing special. that said, I do love the crust on Imperial's sicilian, and all Hyde's other points are also valid.

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                    StriperGuy RE: hyde Apr 29, 2010 02:58 PM

                    Noice, very noice. Now I have to hit it.

                    Thanks hyde.

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                    lc02139 RE: StriperGuy Mar 7, 2011 07:07 AM

                    I know it is a bit far but cafe abondonza in norwood has a thick crust sicillian that is quite good, for a regular slice Casa Bella in medfield is a good ny type slice.

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                  jpepin RE: StriperGuy Mar 7, 2011 06:44 AM

                  a thin crust slice from Armando's is the best in the area (they recently started selling sicilian but not a real difference between theirs and Pinnichio's). StriperGuy, please keep not going to Armando's; more slices for me.

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                    scotty27 RE: jpepin Mar 7, 2011 07:09 AM

                    How funny. I went to Armando's on Friday and they put a slice in the oven and let me tell you: It was pretty darn wonderful. Maybe the trick is getting it hot & fresh 'cause sometimes the take out isn't as good. This slice...absolutely wonderful. Made me realize that a lot of the new places are not as good. Now if we could only convince Armando to deliver!

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                      CoffeeKemist RE: scotty27 Jul 23, 2012 09:16 PM

                      Now they deliver!

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                      PinchOfSalt RE: jpepin Mar 7, 2011 07:18 AM

                      Know what you mean. I used to work not terribly far away and an occasional slice from Armando's was pizza perfection.

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                        scotty27 RE: PinchOfSalt Mar 7, 2011 07:24 AM

                        I love being there, too: Firemen, cops, astrophysicists, little leaguers. The place is a gm and Armando is a mensch.

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                        FoodDabbler RE: jpepin Mar 7, 2011 03:03 PM

                        To say "best in the area" is rather damning Armando's with faint praise, don't you think?

                        I like Armando's too. There was this funny period once when Hi-Rise opened its own pizza operation further down Huron (across from Fresh Pond Market). It was viewed locally as the old vs the new (and expensive). Armando's won without even trying.

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                          scotty27 RE: FoodDabbler Mar 7, 2011 04:28 PM

                          No, I really love Armando's; I never said "best in area." I loved Real Pizza, too, but the prices were too high and the attitude was overwhelming despite the obvious superiority of house-made mozzarella. I reported on them for public radio the first week they opened.

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                            FoodDabbler RE: scotty27 Mar 7, 2011 04:38 PM

                            You didn't say "best in area"; jpepin did. I was responding to him/her. Real Pizza was terrific, and all their ingredients were top notch. But they *were* too expensive. That's one high-ticket item on which we agree.

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                      tomjb27 RE: baldbert Apr 28, 2010 09:04 AM

                      As a transplant from Connecticut, I agree, although I do think the average Boston pizza has improved in the past ten years that I've been here. Circa 2000, I had a hard time finding even half-way decent take out pizza, where the norm in, say, Fairfield or New Haven counties, has always been of a very high quality. I always tell people from Boston to make it a point to get down to New Haven at some point for Sallys or Pepes. Anyone who has listened always reports back how far the bar has been raised in their eyes. My selfish motive is the hope that, eventually, some ambitious and talented soul will try to bring New Haven-style pizza to Boston.

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                        justbeingpolite RE: baldbert Apr 28, 2010 02:13 PM

                        Gran Gusto?

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                          ecwashere7 RE: baldbert Apr 28, 2010 08:37 PM

                          I completely agree with baldbert. There are a lot of "well-intentioned" pizza places in the Boston area that still don't deliver. Gran Gusto is solid, but I still don't think it measures up to the pizza you can find in that East Coast pizza belt.

                          My boss at the pizza place I worked in back in New York would always say that good dough was the key to good pizza and he wouldn't share his recipe with anyone. He said it had to do with the water. Generally, my complaint with any pizza that doesn't measure up has to do with the crust. Boston pizza is either too thin and crispy that its almost like a cracker or its too doughy or its too chewy. For some reason, the good places in the New York metro area (that East Coast pizza belt) manage to get a thin and crispy crust that is still soft with minimal chew.

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                            barleywino RE: ecwashere7 Apr 29, 2010 03:42 AM

                            do you think Santarpio's comes close to that "East Coast" ideal (thin soft crust with a bit of crisp)? (personally i'm more of a Chicago deep dish pizza fan (Lou Malnati's, for example), although I grew up on NJ thin-crust)

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                              Chris VR RE: barleywino Apr 29, 2010 05:07 AM

                              I don't think Santarpio's is anything like what I grew up with on Long Island (especially with the way the toppings are laid below the cheese layer), it's too thin and the cornmeal on the bottom is completely wrong. That being said, it's still one of my favorite pizzas around.

                              So far, The Corner Deli in Melrose is one of the few places I've found that delivers a pizza that's like what I grew up with- the crust has a bit of malt, with a slightly crisp bottom and a nice chewiness, perfect for a fold. Their sauce isn't quite right and it's too much cheese for me, but actually the LI pizzas I grew up were loaded with cheese (if you didn't use up a few napkins blotting the oil from the top, it wasn't LI pizza) so that's probably more right than wrong.

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                                ecwashere7 RE: barleywino Apr 29, 2010 12:00 PM

                                I'm a fan of a New Haven style pizza (apizza) as well as what you'd find in Brooklyn (and even the Bronx) and I thought Santarpio's was disgusting. I felt like there was nothing soft about the crust. It almost seemed like a cracker. I also didn't love the toppings underneath the cheese.

                                The cornmeal versus flour issue is even regional to the New York area. I lived north of the city and I would sometimes get cornmeal on my crust and sometimes flour and sometimes both. I'm ok with either. I guess that Brooklyn (and most of NYC) uses just flour. NYT had an article that talked about the regional differences of NY pizza a few years back and Brooklyn pizza actually compared to Dominos' "Brooklyn Style Pizza" (notice how I made sure to include "pizza" in quotes). Their conclusion was that there really wasn't a "Brooklyn Style."

                                http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/08/din...

                                What bothers me about lesser quality pizza is the dough itself and how its cooked (too long/ too low of temp is usually the main issue). The pizza place I worked in would have their oven cranked to around 1000 degrees, and it allowed us to get a perfectly crispy crust that was still foldable (soft) and wasn't overly chewy.

                                Oh if only I could have a Baker's Pride oven in my condo.

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                                  barleywino RE: ecwashere7 Apr 29, 2010 05:13 PM

                                  That's odd because i was at Santarpio's on Tuesday (2 days ago) and had the pizza, it was definitely a soft crust with no cracker like character at all. I actually ate it with a knife and fork because it was a bit too floppy to hold up with one hand. Perhaps you're thinking of some other place? it was certainly one of the "juiciest" pizzas I've had lately, with plenty of sauce (maybe olive oil?), a bit sparse on the sausage compared to say Reginas but still good.

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                                    bizkat RE: barleywino Apr 30, 2010 03:54 PM

                                    In my opinion, Santarpio's is very inconsistent. Sometimes soft crust, sometimes hard. Their quality control has decreased over the years.

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                                      devilham RE: bizkat Mar 7, 2011 06:01 AM

                                      couldn't agree with bizkat more, I have only recently tried Santarpio's (first time, 2 weeks ago), and the first time it was amazing, this was on a saturday night, and the pizza was perfect. My little guy ate 3 slices....trust me that is an insane amount for a guy we have to basically arm twist into eating anything! Then we went this sunday....and the pizza was just poorly assembled, cheese clumped in one area of the pie, not spread around....waaaaaaaaaaaaay too much cornmeal on the bottom (I don't remember it being there on the first saturday, this time it was like sand on the bottom of the crust) and clumps of sauce in some areas (good thing I really like the sauce, or this would have been a real propblem). So yeah, clearly the B team was cooking on sunday....inconsistent is the exact word I would use to describe them.

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                                StriperGuy RE: ecwashere7 Apr 29, 2010 03:01 PM

                                See NYC style (non-Sicilian) pizza is not thin. Slightly thick, some good chew. A bit of yeasty flavor. Original Rays (when there weren't 200 of them) did the semi-definitive rendition.

                                Heck, we make an awesome pizza at home, but having 150 chowhounds over for za would be a bit much... ;-)

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                                Delhiwala RE: baldbert Apr 29, 2010 01:27 PM

                                I totally disagree. The view that the only good pizza is found in and around New York City and New Haven is simply not true. Regina's Pirzza (from the Thatcher Street location in the North End) is excellent. It is not the same as pizza from New York or New Haven, but it is not inferior to pizza from theire either.

                            2. greenzebra RE: itryalot Apr 28, 2010 07:57 AM

                              For wood fired Neopolitan style, try Posto in Davis Square or Gran Gusto in Cambridge (I have not been to the latter, but it gets great reviews on the boards -- I suspect Gran Gusto is the place in north Cambridge baldbert is referring to).

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                                baldbert RE: greenzebra Apr 28, 2010 03:40 PM

                                Thank you.

                              2. nsenada RE: itryalot Apr 28, 2010 08:06 AM

                                I think Picco in the South End might have the best pizza I've tried in the area, though it was non-traditional (the Alstatian).

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                                  Soxfan49 RE: nsenada Apr 28, 2010 08:50 AM

                                  Picco and Gran Gusto produce some wonderful Neopolitan pizza. I'm also a big fan of Armando's, but for their Sicilian, not the normal thin crust.

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                                    celeriac RE: Soxfan49 Apr 28, 2010 09:17 AM

                                    I've only been there once, and I was a little tipsy, but in my recollection Picco is definitely not Neapolitan style pizza, though it is excellent and may be my favorite in town. Gran Gusto on the other hand is textbook Neapolitan.

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                                    Shootflyguy RE: nsenada Jul 30, 2011 10:51 AM

                                    Agreed, Picco is delicious. The crust is cooked to perfection. Upper-Crust who?......lol
                                    I pretty much love all pizza, even Regina's. It's a Boston classic and really consistent. Whenever my parents visit we go there for Sunday brunch. Seriously ;-)

                                  3. L2k RE: itryalot Apr 28, 2010 08:56 AM

                                    Going to be great tonight, wife is bringing home Pepe's from New Haven! :)

                                    1. yumyum RE: itryalot Apr 28, 2010 09:31 AM

                                      Funny you should ask. At this moment I am digging into a nice sicilian slice from Leone's in Somerville (reminded by AmbigEthnic's recent post). Spinach, lotsa garlic, super crispy crust. Mmmmm.

                                      I think we do pretty well here for pizza.

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                                        ipsofatso RE: yumyum Apr 28, 2010 10:13 AM

                                        J & M Pizza
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                                        Saugus MA

                                        NY Style - really. Really good.

                                      2. ChefJune RE: itryalot Apr 28, 2010 11:50 AM

                                        When I lived in the North End, I used to love the squares at Boschetto's on the corner of Salem and Sheafe. as well as Artu's and Umbertos. and I've long been a fan of Santarpio's in Eastie.

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                                          blink617 RE: itryalot Apr 28, 2010 06:26 PM

                                          Leone's on Winter Hill in Somerville is a great place to get square Sicilian style slices.

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                                            baldbert RE: blink617 Apr 28, 2010 08:37 PM

                                            where exactly is Leone's?

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                                              Gio RE: baldbert Apr 29, 2010 05:39 AM

                                              Leones Sub & Pizza‎
                                              294 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145-2935
                                              (617) 776-2511‎

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                                                Aromatherapy RE: Gio Apr 29, 2010 09:01 AM

                                                Slice selection is better mid-day on weekdays; I haven't had much luck evenings. Weekends he just puts out a few basics. Personally I wish for less cheese.

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                                                  baldbert RE: Aromatherapy Apr 29, 2010 03:29 PM

                                                  Im there!

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                                            Otm_Shank RE: itryalot Apr 28, 2010 07:21 PM

                                            I really enjoy Emma's in Kendall Sq - good quality ingredients and nice crispy crust.

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                                              nightsky RE: itryalot Apr 28, 2010 09:07 PM

                                              Haymarket Pizza is very good, if you can get past the grunge and the surrealness of it. Definitely best slice (if it hasn't been sitting out too long) in the city.

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                                                ipsofatso RE: nightsky Apr 29, 2010 10:55 AM

                                                2nd Haymarket. Its the best street slice in town.

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                                                  bizkat RE: nightsky Apr 30, 2010 03:56 PM

                                                  I've been going there for a long time but sometimes the pizza can be kinda heavy. Too much oil.

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                                                    devilham RE: bizkat Mar 7, 2011 06:19 AM

                                                    I don't get Haymarket pizza, I have never gotten a good slice there. The slices I have gotten invariably have a wet soft crease in the middle of the dough that just turns to mush.....I don't like it....I never understood the attraction

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                                                      scotty27 RE: devilham Mar 7, 2011 06:33 AM

                                                      Back in the day, it was delicious. And it was great fun standing outside at the long table observing passersby. I haven't been in awhile.

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                                                  smtucker RE: itryalot Apr 29, 2010 03:35 PM

                                                  In this house, we are true Pesactore pizza fans. Now, if you want 26 toppings [or even 6] this isn't the pizza for you, but we really enjoy the balance and flavor of the pizzas we have had from this restaurant.

                                                  1. kelly001 RE: itryalot Apr 29, 2010 06:46 PM

                                                    One place in my book for Neopolitan style: Gran Gusto in Cambridge. Not a fan of Regina, which is what most people associate with Boston pizza.

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                                                      bartleby RE: kelly001 May 26, 2010 01:56 PM

                                                      Was in NY this weekend and had lunch at Motorino, which Sam Sifton of the New York Times recently anointed as NY's best pizza. And it was amazing, but I have to say, it wasn't as amazing as Gran Gusto. That place is a treasure.

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                                                        hcbk0702 RE: bartleby May 26, 2010 03:06 PM

                                                        I like Gran Gusto quite a bit, but I don't think it's nearly as good as Motorino.

                                                        I'm not convinced Motorino has the "best" pizza in NYC, though it's probably up there.

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                                                    2. dmullin699 RE: itryalot May 5, 2010 08:42 PM

                                                      Galleria Humberto's . I am sure it has been mentioned, but I went to high school in the North End and we would literally run to get the last slices of the day.
                                                      Now on Hanover Street. Get there early.

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                                                        scotty27 RE: dmullin699 May 6, 2010 12:59 PM

                                                        Boston has one pizza place deserving of a pilgrimage: Galleria Umberto.
                                                        It has two others that are very good: Santarpio's and Haymarket.
                                                        It has two others that are good: Ernie's and Armando's.
                                                        Regina's once was very good, not any more: greasy and whatever the cheese is, it's not very good.
                                                        With the exception of Galleria Umberto, none of these come close to Grimaldi's, Sally's, Pepe's, or Lombardi's.

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                                                          nsenada RE: scotty27 May 26, 2010 09:47 AM

                                                          I was at Russo's a couple of weeks ago and saw some pizza out in the prepared foods area. It looked somewhat Umberto-esque, and if I wasn't pressed for time would have gotten some. Anyone tried it, and is it good?

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                                                            Jenny Ondioline RE: nsenada May 26, 2010 01:06 PM

                                                            I've tried a slice a few times. It's just OK. Not worth a special trip unless you happen to be going to Russo's anyway.

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                                                              nsenada RE: Jenny Ondioline May 26, 2010 06:14 PM

                                                              Thanks! I'll probably just stick with chicken salad subs. Love your eponymous song, by the way.

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                                                                bear RE: nsenada May 26, 2010 06:37 PM

                                                                Agree with Jenny O. If you do try it, the pepperoni has more flavor than the cheese.

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                                                        BackBayGirl RE: itryalot May 26, 2010 02:56 PM

                                                        Don't expect pizza reminiscent of NYC, but that isn't to say there aren't great places here. They're just different. Pinocchio's in Harvard Sq. does a good Sicilian pizza. I'm not sure what style they'd be classified under, but I do like Oggi in Harvard Sq. as well. For wood fired pizza I do like Pizzeria Regina in the N. End (not the mall locations). They're probably my favorite by far in Boston.

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                                                          T.Clark RE: BackBayGirl May 27, 2010 08:17 AM

                                                          I don't think Regina's is wood fired. I think at one time it was coal fired but was converted to gas years ago. That aside I used to think Regina's was the best, but now it's just good. I bring out of towners to the original once in a while more for the kitch factor than the pie. Regina's is owned by a private equity firm which, for me, takes away some of the lore that has made it so popular with tourists. Does anyone know if the original location makes their own dough?

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                                                            scotty27 RE: BackBayGirl Mar 6, 2011 01:01 PM

                                                            I agree. in the past few months, lots has changed: Otto & Pizzeria Posto are wonderful.

                                                            If you go to the website, you find that Pizzeria Regina is brick oven pizza, not wood fired.

                                                            I also think that Santarpio's, Regina's, Oggi, Cambridge One, Pinocchio, TJ's, Armando's--all good.

                                                            On a level ll its own: Galleria Umberto.

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                                                            robertlf RE: itryalot May 26, 2010 08:19 PM

                                                            Galleria Umberto
                                                            Gran Gusto
                                                            Pizzeria Regina (Thatcher St.)
                                                            Fig's
                                                            Upper Crust
                                                            Santarpio's
                                                            Country Pizza (Greek style in Lincoln, MA) - has same chef as Stella's in Watertown

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                                                              ipsofatso RE: robertlf May 27, 2010 04:36 PM

                                                              Antico Forno makes a nice wood fired za but its not NY style. Its their style. Too bad the wine list does not match up to the pizza.

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                                                              weloveheidi RE: itryalot Jun 19, 2010 02:26 PM

                                                              Recently did a pizza crawl, over many places - me, the partner, and the kid - we all loved Santarpio's the best (East Boston), though Regina's (North End) was pretty good too. Both are thin crust. Santarpio's has a floopy tip, but that's half the fun.

                                                              For thick sicilian slices, we like Pinnochio's in Harvard Square, and Umberto's in the North End.

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                                                                bklynsausage RE: itryalot Mar 6, 2011 11:58 AM

                                                                Coming from Bklyn. NY I am no stranger to great pizza. When is Boston My favorite is Santarpios in EB and Galeria Umberto in the North End. Both of these places are definatly worth going to not just good pizza but an experience as well. Santarpios has great grilled shish ka bob also (why a pizzeria serves grilled meat i do not know) however it is very good also. Umbria has some real Italian specialities probably the best potato crocquette I have ever had (i hope my aunt does not have a computer) Either way you will not regret either trip.
                                                                Ciao-

                                                                 
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                                                                  tamerlanenj RE: itryalot Mar 6, 2011 12:11 PM

                                                                  Hey, good, we bumped an old pizza thread.

                                                                  I used to have a snobbish attitude about Boston pizza, coming from New Jersey. Gradually, over time, I realized a few things. One: there is plenty of good pizza in Boston, but you DO have to avoid all the lousy indistinguishable greek style college-kid slice joints throughout the Boston metro area. Two: the pizza in Boston is better than in most of the world. I moved to Maine, and I would kill for the following: Pizzeria Regina, Bostone pizza, Galleria Umberto, Posto, Ernesto's, or even Two Paisan's in Malden. Three: NYC and NJ are now full of lousy lousy pizza. You can more just wander into any random place in NYC and get good pizza than you can in Boston. The fact that it's crappy NY style instead of crappy Greek STyle doesn't really matter.

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                                                                    viperlush RE: Blumie Mar 8, 2011 07:27 AM

                                                                    After reading this post I saw this on boston.com

                                                                    http://www.boston.com/ae/restaurants/...

                                                                    I feel that what we are lacking are places where you can get quick a slice of pie like Ernesto's and Nino's.

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                                                                      robwat36 RE: viperlush Mar 8, 2011 07:42 AM

                                                                      I buy that. Plenty of great pizza in sit-down restaurants, but delivery and grabbing a slice is often a crapshoot.

                                                                      Am I the only one who occasionally likes the carb-coma-inducing crust and solid pound of cheese at Sal's?

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                                                                        Blumie RE: viperlush Mar 8, 2011 07:46 AM

                                                                        Thanks for the link, viperlush. Proof that while Boston may not have NYC's numbers, its pizza is nothing to be embarrassed about! (BTW, I would add Mistral's grilled pizzas to the list in the article.)

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                                                                      The_Bayou RE: itryalot Mar 7, 2011 09:17 AM

                                                                      Not exactly Boston, but Stellina's on Main St. in Watertown makes a great pizza as a dinner. Thin crust, but not too thing, and with excellent toppings. I had one there a few weeks ago and it was the first thing that came to my mind when I saw this topic.

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                                                                      Stellina Restaurant
                                                                      47 Main St, Watertown, MA 02472

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