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Al Dente, Santarpio's or Regina???????????

Okay, this might take some explanation. We will only have one night in Boston prior to leaving for a circle trip of New England, Starting October 7th. Yes, we know it's Columbus Day weekend, but not much we can do about that. Anyway, we have narrowed our choices down to Al Dente for Italian...or either Santarpio's or Regina for pizza. If someone was holding a gun to your head (let's hope that not really the case) and you were offered these three choices for your one and only meal in Boston, which would you choose? If you have a better choice, go for it...but after a ton of research we (finally) narrowed it down to these three. By the way, we'll be going with the consensus choice so choose carefully as the decision will formulate our opinion of Boston Italian/pizza. No pressure...

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Al Dente Restaurant
109 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113

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  1. Actually you would not need a gun.

    Santarpios. Is my choice. There is no better

    1. I am a Regina's man myslef, Santarpios can be too inconsistent with cheese placement for my liking. That being said, each place has it's own fans, and it's own merits.....but at the end of the day...Regina's. Also, I resent paying the toll to get back into boston as well!

      1. When Santarpio's is good, it's good, but it's way too inconsistent; too many times I've had a soggy center to my crust. Regina's (either the mother ship in the North End or the satellite at Station Landing in Medford, which has a wider menu; but none of the "Regina's" elsewhere) is consistently great, so long as you get it well done and not a lot of toppings, and few if any wet ingredient toppings.

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        1. Santarpios:
          -cheese pizza -well done
          -sausage from the grill
          -miller lites

          DONE, enjoy

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          1. re: NahantNative

            also a santarpio's vote here. weekend nights it's packed with tourists but any other time, mostly friendly townie central.

            yes, on the well done pizza. yes on the sausage, but the tips are also excellent and the in-house baked bread and the hot cherry peppers are killah.

            1. re: hotoynoodle

              Really? I love Santarpio's, but the bread, like the pizza dough, is usually in dire need of salt. It's like the founders learned to bake in Tuscany or something.

              1. re: emannths

                Wow, really? The bread is almost better than the sausage. I don't usually look for 'salty' as a quality in my bread. It's crunchy and soft and could pair better with nothing but the cherry peppers.

                1. re: NahantNative

                  Part of it is also that the bread (and crust in particular) tends to be more crumbly than chewy, if I'm remembering it correctly. I dunno, not my style. S'ok though--just means I order more pizza!

                  1. re: emannths

                    I agree---Santarpio's crust lacks flavor (due to lack of salt) and has a crumbly/cardboard texture. Regina's has chew and flavor, and good toppings to boot. So for pizza I vote for Regina.

                    1. re: bella_sarda

                      Salt isn't good for you anyhow. I really like both ..but the edge goes to Santarpio's. Regina pizza is really good..but in the end tastes like pizza I can get at 2 or 3 other places. I've never tasted pizza quite like Santarpio's anywhere else. I've had it a couple of times..and it's been just as good each time.

          2. Hmmm...looks like a battle between the two pizza places and not a whole lot of love for Al Dente. Actually, that's okay because we're leaning towards pizza, since we will be staying near Quincy when we return to the area the following Friday and plan to go for Italian to Gennaro's in Quincy then (unless, of course, someone talks us out of it.)

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            Al Dente Restaurant
            109 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113

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            1. re: gbpakrfan

              It might just be because the North End Italian joints on a jammed high-tourist holiday weekend are not the taste of most regulars on this Board.

              1. re: gbpakrfan

                Gennaro's is a good solid Italian neighborhood spot. I get take out from there fairly often. Dining there can be rushed and there's not much atmosphere. Since you may finding yourself opting for something in the North End, I might suggest checking out a few of the restaurants at Marina Bay in
                Quincy. I especially like Port 305 for fried clams, lobster sliders etc. and nice Boston skyline and harbor views. A little more upscale is Siros, also nice views.

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                Siros
                Marina Bay, Quincy, MA 02169

                Port 305
                305 Victory Rd, Quincy, MA 02171

                1. re: Pegmeister

                  LOVE Gennaro's! That used to be my "big slurge" when I was single & living in Quincy. I'd get lunch for takeout on Friday or Saturday (portions are about the same as dinner time - & cheaper) & Gerry would sometimes throw me in a couple of biscotti for desert. Gerry made the biscotti, & they weren't those hard, break your teeth consistancy - they kinda had the same hardness of a Stella Doro biscut but taste a LOT better!
                  Lemon chicken or one of the specials would be what I would order - I miss that place (& Gerry too)!