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Guido Aug 5, 2010 05:37 PM

Haven't been there in decades. Used to go religiously on Sunday afternoons. Anyone have a comment on whether it's worth going again or should I just keep my fond memories of the old days.

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    bakerboyz Aug 12, 2010 03:26 PM

    How is Coppa's pizza?

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    Coppa
    253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

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      cambridgedoctpr Aug 12, 2010 06:53 PM

      the best that i have tried in boston

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        Alcachofa Aug 13, 2010 06:45 AM

        I liked it better than Gran Gusto's pizza.

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        FeastNut2008 Aug 7, 2010 06:03 PM

        The Regina is great - love a nice salami pizza - small, well done not burnt. They also have other locations where the pizza is just as good - particularly in Medford at Wellington Circle. They have a much larger space and parking. And no line half way down the street, although you may have to wait for a seat if you hit it at a peak time. They're also opening a new location at the old Sports Depot in Allston. The best pizza in Boston! Well worth going again.

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        Sports Depot
        353 Cambridge St, Allston, MA 02134

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          baldbert Aug 7, 2010 06:33 PM

          Once the Holy Grail of Boston pizza (not a hard thing to be) they still rock a good pie. As for toppings, less is more because more is soggy. I find the pizza on recent visits to be hit or miss. I ate there twice a week for 10 years and it has always been the same and the waitresses used to be surlier. Maybe a top ten still, maybe not.

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            BJK Aug 7, 2010 07:10 PM

            Maybe top ten? What other places maybe higher on that list?

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              baldbert Aug 7, 2010 07:30 PM

              Just personal preference:

              Gran Gusto
              Armandos
              Leones
              Santarpios

              to name a few

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              Gran Gusto
              90 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140

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                Infomaniac Aug 7, 2010 09:29 PM

                While I love Gran Gusto's pies, it iisn't a pizza place and my experiences the few times I've been haven't equaled the 30 plus years I've had at Regina's. It's a different kind of pie too, and hard to replicate the same over and over like a Regina's pie.
                Santarpio's for me over the last two years has become the most inconsistant pizza place in the city, and I used to love Santarpio's. I don't know what happened but it's been real hit or miss for me. Leones and Umberto's are both solid for Scilian style pizza but if you don't make it to Umberto's before they sell out, you are SOL and thats my only grip with them but thats just the way it is.
                I haven't had an Armanos pie in a long time, but I wouldn't hesitate to get one if I was in the area more.

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                Gran Gusto
                90 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140

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                  baldbert Aug 8, 2010 04:18 AM

                  Agree with everything you say, mostly. For my money, Armandos is the best slice in the city, the Sicilian, that is. Reginas was the only game in town for so long, until Newbury pizza came along (in the late 80's?) that people still defer to the experience (and the pizza). Both it and Santarpios are up and down quality-wise. I'm not a fan of Umberto's while liking the set-up there. The pizza, not Sicilian but more like "Grandma's pizza" is overrated I think. Boston, Royal Bakery does a better Grandma slice but you have to take it home and heat it up. Here's my all time best pizza in Boston over the last 30 years.

                  Trios on Salem St. Very thick Sicilian. Family then opened high-end grocery in Cambridge on Putnam Ave, where they still made great pizza once and a while.

                  Newbury Pizza- Classic NY slice. Could have stood up to any joint in NY

                  Primo's on Beacon Hill. Great pizza plus the first potato and egg sandwich I had in Boston. (mid 80's?)

                  Santarpios. Back in the day- amazing.

                  Reginas. Very good. Never did/ does hit the highest notes

                  European on Salem St. Dapper, tomato-sauce stained waiters, big room, pizza wasn't off the charts but the experience was.

                  Armandos- nothing has changed there in a long time. Family place. Best Sicilian slice in the city, still.

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                    BJK Aug 8, 2010 05:07 AM

                    Sounds like you may have a preference for Sicilian slices. I like them well enough, and my wife prefers them, but I'm definitely a thin crust NY style pizza fan myself.

                    IMHO, Regina's is and always has been the gold standard in Boston.

                    I like Armando's a lot, and had many a pie there (never a slice, for whatever that's worth). Thin, crispy crust, especially if you order it well done. But lacking in seasoning. The sauce, crust and cheese are all little on the bland side (or maybe simply not salty enough).

                    Only been to Santarpio's once, and liked it well enough, but it did not live up to my perhaps inflated expectations.

                    Still haven't been to Gran Gusto but am eager to try it. Wife used to live within walking distance, but the neighborhood is no longer convenient to us, so we'd have to make it a destination.

                    I've also thoroughly enjoyed multiple visits to many other establishments, including Ernesto's, Galleria Umberto (not my favorite as, again, I'm a thin crust guy), Upper Crust, Figs, Flatbread, Pino's, Emma's, and Za.

                    I also know there are numerous places I've never tried.

                    Maybe I'm overly sentimental, but I still have a hard time swallowing that Regina's only "maybe" in the top 10. I could understand saying it only "maybe" the best, as you may prefer someplace else yourself.

                    But I think it's obviously in the top 10 on anyone's list.

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                    Gran Gusto
                    90 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140

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                      baldbert Aug 8, 2010 07:01 AM

                      maybe just not in my top 10--to be fair

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                        BJK Aug 8, 2010 07:54 AM

                        Fair enough.

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                      southie_chick Aug 8, 2010 12:05 PM

                      Primo's in the 80's - now THAT brings back memories! I went to high school on Beacon Hill & we used to get in trouble for going to Primo's for pizza 'cause we'd come back late for class. LOVED their Italian calzone too. Haven't been back in ages - wonder if it's still any good.

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                        baldbert Aug 8, 2010 01:29 PM

                        yeah, Primo's rocked back in the day. You're right, great calzones too.

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                        bear Aug 10, 2010 04:41 AM

                        baldbert, your post had me craving a Sicilian and I didn't have time to cook last night, so I ordered a whole pie from Armando's (half a sheet would have done the trick for three of us, but I wanted leftovers). Really tasty. We particularly liked the sauce. Thanks for the reminder since it's been a few years since we hit up Armando's.

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                          baldbert Aug 11, 2010 11:18 AM

                          Nothing like coming home with 2 boxes of Armando's. On your next trip to NY try Spumoni Garden in Brooklyn, it's the pizza i grew up eating and it is the best Sicilian pizza you'll ever have.

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                          Alcachofa Aug 10, 2010 11:13 AM

                          I'm glad you specified the Sicilian at Armando's, because the regular is just OK. Better than average, but not great. The sauce is the best part of it.

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                            kimfair1 Aug 10, 2010 12:31 PM

                            Any Sicilian pie fans need to try the Sicilian at Imperial Pizza in Brighton Center. Their regular pie is nothing special, but their Sicilian is the best Sicilian I've had (haven't tried Armando's in the interest of fairness).

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                            Imperial Pizza
                            329 Washington St, Brighton, MA 02135

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                              Alcachofa Aug 10, 2010 12:42 PM

                              Pinocchio's in Harvard Square, also.

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                                Jenny Ondioline Aug 10, 2010 07:45 PM

                                Yes, Pinocchio's is my Sicilian of choice, although in fairness I still haven't made it over to Imperial for a comparison slice.

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                                  bear Aug 11, 2010 04:23 AM

                                  I actually preferred the Sicilian at Armando's to the one at Pinocchio's. The slices from the whole pie the first day hot out of the oven were delicious, with a great balance of sauce, crust and cheese. The reheated slices yesterday were still tasty, but a bit drier.

                                  I haven't had Imperial's Sicilian, either.

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                                    kimfair1 Aug 11, 2010 08:11 AM

                                    I like the Sicilian at Pinocchio's, but it doesn't hold a candle to the one at Imperial IMHO. They do have more toppings available premade than Imperial does. Imperial only has cheese slices, though they will throw toppings on them and toss it in the oven for you if you wish. I think their dough is really good, and ultimately pizza for me is all about the dough.

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                                  heathermb Aug 13, 2010 09:59 AM

                                  Yummmm, love Pinoccio's!

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                          phatchris Aug 12, 2010 02:03 PM

                          I'd throw Picco, Bianchi's and The Brown Jug in the mix.

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                      Guido Aug 8, 2010 01:15 PM

                      Thanks, everyone, for weighing in. Seems that this post hit a chord with a lot of us. SO and I did make the trek to Thatcher St yesterday. Planned to get there around 2-3pm, figured there wouldn't be much of a line. Walking by the long line at Mike's Pastry gave us pause - but nah, people eat pastry at any time. Pizza is mostly a meal-time thing, right? Not. When we arrived there was a long line; figured it would be about 45 minutes in the hot sun. I said I'd walk up and see if there was a seat at the bar. No sooner than the manager came out and hollered "2 seats at the bar". And since nobody else wanted to bite, we took them. Since the bar was my place every Sunday lunch for maybe 3-4 years in the early '80s, it was even more nostalgic than it would have been otherwise. I had a small pepperoni well done, SO had cherry tomato and spinach. Yeah, the pizza is a little thicker now (at least thicker than I remember it) but the taste is identical. Not much change to the decor either (except the flat screen TV). The staff, however, were much friendlier than the gruff older waitresses from that era. Guess I don't really miss that. All in all a great experience. The cherry-tomato spinach was a little wet, would probably have benefitted from "well done".
                      Again, thanks to all the CHs for weighing in on this Boston tradition. Will have to try the Medford branch some time, too, strictly for comparison purposes :-)
                      Anyone remember Apleys?

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                      Mike's Pastry
                      300 Hanover St, Boston, MA

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                      pemma Aug 6, 2010 06:30 AM

                      Pizza is still excellent. At Regina's I like just plain cheese, so you can clearly taste the delicious crust, sauce and cheese.

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                        BJK Aug 6, 2010 10:14 AM

                        Agreed across the board. As good as ever and, IMHO, the best around.

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                          BosRick Aug 6, 2010 10:34 AM

                          Regina's is still awesome. Don't let the line scare you away, it moves quickly! Try the Saint Anthony pizza.....it is great!

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                        treb Aug 6, 2010 05:54 AM

                        My fav za at Regina's is anchovie with romano cheese, extra oil on top, yum! only at Thatcher.

                        1. CocoDan Aug 6, 2010 05:29 AM

                          The one and only!
                          Enjoy,
                          CocoDan

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                            powerfulpierre Aug 6, 2010 05:20 AM

                            Regina = Great Pizza. Nothing like the Giambotta, well done, anchovies on the side (ask for fish in the dish). For one of the best people-watching seats in town have a glass of red and a slice at the bar!

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                            Regina Pizza
                            11 1/2 Thacher St, Boston, MA 02113

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                              Velda Mae Aug 6, 2010 04:07 AM

                              I was there two weeks ago and the food was as good as ever. FYI, Regina's now accepts credit cards.

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                                purple bot Aug 5, 2010 08:45 PM

                                Still the same. Go.

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                                  Northender Aug 5, 2010 06:02 PM

                                  go and eat and have new great memories

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                                    sinned61 Aug 5, 2010 08:18 PM

                                    This is THE PLACE for the ABSOLUTE BEST Pizza in Boston! PERIOD!!!

                                  2. Infomaniac Aug 5, 2010 05:47 PM

                                    It probably hasn't skipped a beat since your last visit.

                                    It gets my vote for the most consistant pizza place in Boston.

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                                      galleygirl Aug 5, 2010 05:58 PM

                                      Agree(1)

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                                        southie_chick Aug 5, 2010 06:48 PM

                                        Regina's pepperoni & Umberto's slices get my vote as the most consistant pizza in Boston. Choosing between them is like trying to pick your favorite child ..........

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                                          robertlf Aug 5, 2010 08:53 PM

                                          Ditto. Both are great. I also like Fig's (Oliver's and Classico di Baffetti), Upper Crust (super thin sausage) and Flatbread (Jay's Heart). I want pizza now!

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