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Mar 24, 2012 07:37 AM

Andrina's Pizza - Arlington - Best pizza I have had in MA

To start, I am one of those people who originally came from NJ, and will say things like "every random corner frankie's or joey's pizzeria in NJ beats out most of Boston without even trying". I have lived here about 15 years, and have tried MANY of the places in the area.

With that out of the way, it's kind of hard for me to believe that no one has written about Andrina's just yet.

We've had delivery from them twice, and yesterday I picked up a couple of plain slices to go around lunchtime from a fresh pie. I am not necessarily saying that Andrina's is the best there is, but for *me*, it's perfect. Previously I held Sabatino's in this regard, and if you like that style you will LOVE this. It features good char on the chewy and thin crust, a good amount of garlicky sauce (this is an area Sabatino's lacks), salty cheese with the just the right amount of grease, and, in the case of previous orders, very fresh toppings (large artichoke heart quarters, big pieces of ham, etc.).

I made sure to get food from here several times before writing to make sure there wasn't any consistency issue, and I have not been disappointed. This is definitely not any kind of fancy/attempted fancy pie like Cambridge 1 or Picco but just very well-executed NJ/NY style thin-crust pizza. I would say this is not to be missed.

For reference of my particular style, pizza around here I would vouch for:
Andrina's (duh)
Sabatino's (also duh)
Mangia (South End)
New York Pizza (Roxbury)
Cappy's II (Huntington Ave., Fenway)
Gran Gusto
When Pigs Fly Pizzeria (Kittery, ME)

I do not care for the pizza referred to around here as "greek"-style, or anything that comes off a conveyor belt. For places like this, I find I appreciate the plain slices so much that it's hard to convince me to cover up the awesomeness with a topping.
1060 Massachusetts Ave.
Arlington, MA

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  1. Will have to check it out. I grew up in the NY 'tri state' area and you are right that Boston pizza by comparison is generally severely lacking. I also like Nicola in Arlington.

    1. I'm really glad to read this. Some neighborhood young people work there and this adds to my reasons to stop in.

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      1. re: GretchenS

        My neighbor in Arlington, an older Italian guy, raves about Andrina's.. but being that I live 100 yards from Sabatino's, its hard to justify driving through Arlington Center to try it out. Maybe I'll make the case for a drive to the wife next time pizza comes up..

      2. Thanks for the tip... will give it a whirl.

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        1. re: StriperGuy

          Hard to believe we ID'd a place BassMan has NOT chowed! Mark this thread!

        2. What I find interesting is that the photo on Andrina's website makes the pizza look a lot more like traditional Boston-area Greek pizza than it does NY-style pizza.

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          1. re: Blumie

            You know I thought that too on the web site. I ASSURE you it's not that kind of pizza. Guessing that it's some kind of stock photo.

          2. Thanks for this post! I'll be right by Andrina's tonight. Do you know if they sell slices? Their website only lists prices for whole pies.

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            1. re: TownSpa

              They sell slices. I had a couple of plain ones on Friday at lunchtime.

              1. re: marcreichman

                A lot of neighborhood places offer slices at lunch time, but only pies in the evening. Amici's in Medford is one.