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Suzie11 Mar 10, 2012 12:01 PM

Hi. I was just reminded that I owe pizza and beer as part of a bet. I'm looking for a place that serves a great pie. I like thin crust but can adapt to thick if it's really good. I personally don't care for the kind that drips oil on your chin. Also should be a place that serves drinks. Can be a pub or dining establishment, but preferrably a casual/relaxing atmosphere. I'm near Danvers, but North of Boston stretches to Salem, Cape Ann, Southern NH, out to Haverhill and North Reading. Thanks.

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    chuck s Mar 10, 2012 12:04 PM

    Angela's Coal Fired Pizza. Rt 1 north. Try the wings also.

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      treb Mar 11, 2012 07:53 AM

      2nd Angela's, also Orzo in N. Andover serves a pretty good za.

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      phatchris Mar 11, 2012 01:48 PM

      Kruegars flatbread in Haverhill is good.

      1. BlueMagic Mar 11, 2012 03:55 PM

        Angela's on Rt. 1 is good..Santarpio's on Rt. 1 is better...lately I think Teresa's Italian Eatery on Rte 114 in Middleton beats them both. Also beats both for atmosphere...sort of trendy casual..with a martini bar. Angela's and Santarpio's are beer and wine only. ( if that is an important consideration)

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          chompie Mar 11, 2012 09:38 PM

          Suzie11, to get a better idea of what you like, what places in your area are your favorites and least favorites now? Do you prfer a small quiet place, or a big happening bar? Also, just curious what you think of Calitris pizza since its in Danvers and its a different style than most places in the area?

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          Suzie11 Mar 12, 2012 03:58 AM

          I've been to Kruegar's, Teresa's and Flatbread in Amesbury. I liked both the atmosphere and pizza in all. I would enjoy goinng back to any of them but was hoping to try something new. Probably not looking for a "big happening bar".... I like a place where you can have a conversation and be heard. I haven't been to Calitri's in 5 or so years. I remember thinking the pizza was pretty good, but don't remember anything about the "style" that it was.

          1. ecwashere7 Mar 12, 2012 10:07 AM

            I am a big fan of Crush in Nashua. They serve Neopolitan style pizza, so it is a pizza that is wetter than what most people in the area are familiar with. There is also a good char to the crust. They serve beer and wine, too.

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              Cheffrank Mar 13, 2012 05:42 AM

              If you like thin crust bar style pizza, I would recommend The Brown Jug in Chelsea. Since their move from the former cellblock-like location, the place has become somewhat gentrified and you can't beat their prices. It is now located adjacent to the shopping center on rt. 16, set back between a McDonalds and a CVS.

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                chompie Oct 31, 2013 12:00 AM

                resurrecting a north shore pizza thread since there are probably some new places around so maybe time for an update.. We have recently become addicted to the four cheese pizza at Yardhouse in Lynnfield. Its a bit different because it has ricotta in it, so its very soft and droopy and the dough is like nice warm bread dough, thin, good all the way to the puffy edges with a nice basil-ish flavor and the oven taste reminds me of Reginas flavor. I think the cheeses are whole milk mozz, fontina, parm and ricotta. very melty, not chewy cheese.. Its pretty addictive, but not for those who like a hard crunch to their pizza. and its half price at happy hour times, I think 3 to 6 and 9 to 12, for about 5 bucks.
                Oh, also a very good regular Itallian style thin crust 16 ' pizza can be found in Melrose at Comellas for $5 anytime plus about 2 bucks a topping. The onions are excellent, sauteed in their homemade dressing. Its a great take out place for all Italian but we enjoyed eating there as well, although smallish but I always like pizza best right out of the oven..

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                  opinionatedchef Oct 31, 2013 12:13 AM

                  Our go-to (after Regina's No.End) is Stone Hearth in Winchester. Whole wheat crust, the spicy sauce (not the regular, though i don't consider it spicy) and the caramelized onion with their own unique sausage and freshly roasted peppers. really well done only. full bar as well. easy parking.

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                    macca Oct 31, 2013 11:13 AM

                    Will have to check out Comellas. Such a crazy place to tuck in a little restaurant! Our go to for pizza delivery in Melrose is Lisa's Pizzeria on West Wyoming Ave. Have enjoyed the chicken parm from Alfredos on West Emerson, but have not tried their pizza.

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                phonelady Oct 31, 2013 05:08 AM

                Portland Pie Company Reading!

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                  melissawong2 Oct 31, 2013 09:10 AM

                  The best pizza I've found is at Short & Main in downtown Gloucester. They have a wood-fired oven straight from Italy and their Neapolitan style pizzas trump any other pizza I've had in the North Shore and the greater Boston area. Probably because their chefs are from Chez Panisse...
                  They have oysters, small bites, and other hot entrees if you're looking for a little something extra. All so incredibly well executed. Delicious!
                  http://shortandmain.com/

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                    SEH Oct 31, 2013 12:43 PM

                    +1 for Short & Main. Fun vibe too.

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                    thedryer Oct 31, 2013 10:46 AM

                    The Chateau in Andover on 93 has really good pizza. Their sausage and hot cherry pepper is my absolute favorite!

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                      Northshoregirl Oct 31, 2013 11:06 AM

                      I haven't been to Short & Main yet, and I hear good things, but I love the pizza at Flying Saucer Pizza Co in Salem (next to Gulu Gulu. Generous toppings, somewhere in between thin and thick, definitely lots of thought put into the ingredients.

                      1. ipsofatso Oct 31, 2013 05:20 PM

                        Daniellas in Hamilton. No seriously. Another Short & Main fan here. Always room for better pizza on the La Dee Da North Shore.

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