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Pizza slices: variety & high quality?

retrofabulousity Mar 14, 2012 10:57 AM

So the thread on Umberto got me thinking...what pizza places here do high quality slices preferably with a lot of variety?

I also found Umberto's to be pretty mediocre. I spent much of my life in Rome where you have a wonderful variety of slices and very high quality (where you tell them how much to cut or buy by price).

So far I have enjoyed Iggy's but they only bring it out at lunch and are not a reliable producer as such unfortunately.

I have stopped into Otto and thought it was fine for what it was but am a little surprised again that it seems to be so well considered here

I do like Gran Gusto obviously but was mostly thinking of places by the slice (unless there is someplace I just have to try :)

Any others I should try?

Thanks in advance!

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    emannths RE: retrofabulousity Mar 14, 2012 11:06 AM

    God it's been a long time, but maybe Pinocchio's in Harvard Sq?

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      devilham RE: emannths Mar 14, 2012 01:36 PM

      I went and brought my little guy to Pinoch's last summer, they haven't missed a beat since I used to work in the Square (like 20 years ago), hell, the same people making the pizza actually....simply love their sicilian slice, it's just about perfect. And the little guy loved the Pinochio mural to boot!

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        viperlush RE: emannths Mar 19, 2012 12:59 PM

        I had a great corner slice of spinach sicilian at Pinocchio's this past Saturday for lunch. The crust was light, fluffy, and left no grease on the plate. I also enjoyed that it had a light amount of garlic and didn't have tomatoe sauce. The BF's corner slice of pepperoni also looked good.

      2. Bob Dobalina RE: retrofabulousity Mar 14, 2012 12:23 PM

        Those Iggy's slices are like crack.

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          retrofabulousity RE: Bob Dobalina Mar 14, 2012 01:10 PM

          I like them a lot too but I wish they made them all day....hence my query :)

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          robwat36 RE: retrofabulousity Mar 14, 2012 01:48 PM

          I feel like pizza by the slice lives or dies by how recently it came out of the oven. Even the most delicious slice is less tasty if it's been sitting out and then reheated. When I go to Otto's, for example, I usually just ask for whatever came out last.

          Basically, I'm reluctant to recommend places because timing is everything.

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            ScotchandSirloin RE: retrofabulousity Mar 14, 2012 03:37 PM

            Haven't been there in a few years, but I always liked the slices at Ernesto's on Salem Street.

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              viperlush RE: ScotchandSirloin Mar 14, 2012 03:43 PM

              As much as I enjoy Ernesto's, the OP's lack of enthusiasm for Otto's makes me think that they would be disappointed. But for size and price I think Ernesto's is the best.

              I agree with Pinocchios for the Sicilian and add Emma's for the thin cracker like crust. And maybe suggest that the OP consider embracing the personal pie? Most are small enough to equal 2/3 slices of a large, and there are many out there. Downside is they are more expensive.

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                lergnom RE: viperlush Mar 15, 2012 08:37 AM

                Important thing at Ernesto's is to make sure they heat the slice properly.

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                  retrofabulousity RE: lergnom Mar 15, 2012 09:20 AM

                  Thanks I will give Ernesto's a try as well :)

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                  Dave MP RE: viperlush Mar 19, 2012 12:45 PM

                  I am someone who thinks slices at Otto are just okay, but thinks slices at Ernesto's are generally very good. Especially sausage slice from Ernesto's, drizzled with some extra olive oil which is on the tables, and topped with a bit of Parmesan cheese

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                  jpeezey12 RE: ScotchandSirloin Mar 19, 2012 12:59 PM

                  Another vote for Ernesto's. My favorite pizza in Boston hands down.

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                  sadflour RE: retrofabulousity Mar 14, 2012 04:20 PM

                  I assume you mean pizza cooked with toppings for slices rather than toppings added after the fact. Slim pickings, I'm afraid. Harvard Sq. might be your best option with Pinocchio and Otto. Both have a variety of slices of varying quality. Avoid the sausage at Pinnochios cause it's more a sausage product than actual sausage, this sort of shaved, off-tasting thing. Otto has a lot of variety, but the basic stuff is better. I recall a non-traditional combo of potatoes and bacon being tasty. As already discussed, excepting Regina's and Il panino Express, the North End is a pizza wasteland.

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                    katzzz RE: sadflour Mar 15, 2012 07:20 AM

                    I find the off-the-wall combos at Otto's to be surprisingly good. They're what makes the place special. For example, the one with squash and cranberries, which sounds like a bad idea for a pizza, won me over at first bite.

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                      retrofabulousity RE: katzzz Mar 15, 2012 09:19 AM

                      Thanks I ended up trying Otto last night and found it to be pretty good for what it is and better than it had seemed to me when I stopped by last time...

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                      mkfisher RE: sadflour Mar 15, 2012 07:25 AM

                      I would add Pushcart to your North End list. It's my favorite of the North End spots.

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                        Beachowolfe RE: mkfisher Mar 21, 2012 07:46 PM

                        +1 for Pushcart

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                          9lives RE: Beachowolfe Mar 28, 2012 08:06 PM

                          I had my first slice at Pushcart today and really enjoyed it. Definitely be back. The whole pizza that someone ordered for takeout (I saw it cuz she was sitting next to me and added red pepper, so she had to open the box) looked fantastic.

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                        Alcachofa RE: sadflour Mar 29, 2012 01:57 PM

                        I'd go to Ernesto's before Il Panino Express. Subject to the caveats everyone else has already made about timing, etc.

                        The OP should check out Crazy Dough's as well.

                      3. mjg0725 RE: retrofabulousity Mar 15, 2012 07:43 AM

                        Pizza King in Lawrence has a couple of pies out for slices each day. Best one I have ever had is their Spinach slice. They make a spinach and cheese mixture that they dollop on this pizza and put in their Spinach pies that is sublime. They also do a Turkey BLT pizza that is also great. Easy on and off of exit 43 on RTE 495 and you do not venture into any dangerous hoods if you take that exit because it's basically 2 blocks from the exit.

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                        1. KWagle RE: retrofabulousity Mar 20, 2012 01:44 AM

                          Antonio's in Amherst. Antonio's in Provdence is almost as good and much closer, but the Amherst location is noticeably better. They have both variety and quality on their side.

                          ~ Kiran

                          1. galleygirl RE: retrofabulousity Mar 20, 2012 06:11 AM

                            Well, my favorite is Otto's, too, but, when last I stopped in, Il Mondo (on Huntington, in the old Penguin Pizza location) had a good variety of slices to choose from...

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                              chuck s RE: retrofabulousity Mar 20, 2012 07:12 AM

                              I tried Ecco in Allston for the first time and find it very promising. I'll have to try it again to make sure. Very conscientious owner. Also Emma's for a slice and when I'm back in my old home turf I usually stop at Bianchi's on Revere Beach (cheese slices only).

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                                catsmeow RE: chuck s Mar 20, 2012 08:51 AM

                                I use to be a big fan of Bianchis until the last time I went about 2 months ago. Maybe it was an off day but I got a cheese pizza. It was very oily and the cheese was concentrated in the center with a noticeably large radius of just tomato sauce and crust. It wasn't good. Has anyone been there recently?

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                                joth68 RE: retrofabulousity Mar 29, 2012 06:06 AM

                                Leones in Winter Hill is fantastic for sicilian squares and has a big variety at lunch time. I think the selection is limited in the evening though. Cash only.

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                                  Aromatherapy RE: joth68 Mar 29, 2012 01:42 PM

                                  Early weekday evenings you can get lucky, but you're right, weekday mid-day is the time to go. Weekends are very limited in my experience.

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