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Sep 30, 2010 11:44 AM

pizza help -- STAT !

Arrrfgghh......I need to bring some out-of-towners for pizza, salad and wine around 5 pm. Problem being I need to stay North / Northwest of Boston. Preferable Arlington, Waltham, Belmont, Lexington, Burlington. I don't want to go to Flatbreads in Burlington....I just want a really good old-fashioned pizza. NOOOO Greek-style ("sorry"). This is hard for me because I just hate baad pizza. I'm a Picco, Artu, Gran Gusto....and sometime Regina's fan. If anyone knows of a spot that I don't know about, I'd be chow-indebted !!!!!

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  1. Cafe Capri
    355 Main St
    Reading, MA 01867
    (781) 944-9898

    Really good!

    1. The pizza at Franco's in Waltham is very good, though the atmosphere is more dive bar than pizza joint.
      Does Medford work for you? If so, Bocelli's in South Medford is a classic Italian restaurant with good pizza.

      1. If you're willing to go to Arlington, why not go to Gran Gusto? Not much farther, and hard to beat. I haven't been, but there are lot's of fans of Za in Arlington. Stone Hearth in Belmont is good, but along the lines of Flatbread, which I guess you dislike.

        Gran Gusto
        90 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140

        7 Replies
        1. re: justbeingpolite

          Thanks for the tips...I'll keep checking back. I actually like Flatbread, but the request was for "Good Old fashion Italian pizza with a good airy, charred crust"....but in the areas as aforementioned. Boy, you'd think I was a miracle worker! I think Flatbread would not fit the bill for the pain in the butt making the request !

          How does Za compare to a Regina's or Upper Crust ?

          1. re: Buddernut

            I haven't been personally, but I'm afraid it's a "natural fresh ingredient" place along the lines of Stone Hearth (and Flatbread). Might not satisfy your pain in the butt.

            1. re: justbeingpolite

              My only visit to Flatbread was to the store in Portsmouth, and while I found the hippie salad a touch annoying, I did like the pizza - certainly more than most I've had in the Boston area. (I should admit, here, that I was on a kidless weekend, so I may have been a bit blinded by bliss.) I have yet to visit Gran Gusto, though, and I look forward to doing so. For the record I haven't met many pizzas I like here; probably my favorite (besides at home) was at the now defunct Real Pizza in Huron Village.

              Gran Gusto
              90 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140

                1. re: Gabatta

                  "Organic mesclun and sweet leaf lettuces tossed with organic celery and carrots, toasted sesame seeds, arame seaweed and our homemade berry vinaigrette dressing." I dunno, it just reminds me of college.

                  1. re: almansa

                    Got it, I wasn't sure if you were talking about the Portsmouth factor (which can be a bit grungy) or the food. The flatbread in Somerville has the same deal, the servers are extremely friendly but obviously forced to start off with the local, sustainable, organic bit. While I have always supported all of it (except maybe the questionable ways organic is tossed around), it IS getting tiring of with every new restaurant beating it to death from a marketing and PR perspective.

                    I guess it reminds me more of the current restaurant industry as a whole rather than college. Thought I went to a very hippyish college, it was before the organic craze really took hold.

                    FWIW I really like the pizzas at Flatbread. Their sauce is excellent, and the service really is excellent.

                    1. re: Gabatta

                      I, too, went with a very hippyish college. And don't get me wrong, I liked the salad, pizza and the restaurant very much.

        2. The Village Kitchen
          359 Huron Avenue
          Cambridge, MA 02138

          best around - real Italian pizza

          Village Kitchen
          359 Huron Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

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          1. re: johnnymac

            Hmmm, 2nd time I have heard about Village Kitchen this week. Maybe its a sign. Will check it out soon.

            1. re: johnnymac

              No on so many counts.
              "Real Italian pizza". No--more like the Stone Hearth variety.
              "Best Around". No--Armando's, just up the street, is much better, and Stella's, a little further away in H2Otown, is ten times better than that. Not to mention Gran Gusto, which also isn't far from Village Kitchen.

              Stella's Pizza
              605 Mount Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472

              1. re: Alcachofa

                10x? Wow, that sounds significant. I guess I will have to try Stella as that is a strong claim.

                1. re: Gabatta

                  Make certain you order the extra large if you go to Stellas (which is what they use for their slices). They use the same amount of dough as for the large, just stretch it out more. That is the killer pie with the thin, crispier crust....the large is pretty good, just not awesome.

                2. re: Alcachofa

                  I am also increasingly a fan of Sabatino's in Arlington. Not a place for sit down dinner and wine, just a pizza joint, but thicker, more NY style crust and REALLY good. Got some good semolina flour in the crust and it just has that great chew/crunch so hard to find in Boston.

                  That said I am also a big Stella's fan.


                  242 Massachusetts Avenue
                  Arlington, MA 02476
                  (781) 646-4126
                  Open Daily 11:00 AM - 10:00PM

                  Massachusetts Avenue Restaurant
                  906 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

                  Sabatino's Restaurant
                  735 Broadway, Malden, MA 02148

                3. re: johnnymac

                  If you are on Huron Ave, why would you ever go to The Village Kitchen when Armando's is right up the block!?

                  Village Kitchen
                  359 Huron Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

                4. Not much for atmosphere, and doubt they have wine. But really good Italian pizza: