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Pizza Roma in Watertown

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Chef Bwana Apr 20, 2012 08:37 PM

Ah, the ever contentious pizza discussions! Well, after moving to Belmont and chowing through an inordinate amount of conveyor belt *greek* style pizza, we were about to give up hope. We tried virtually every place in town before casting our net into nearby Watertown. We felt we were getting close with Stella's, but still not there. Somehow we came across the magical hole-in-the-wall that is Pizza Roma. A true Mom & Pop (and sons) shop. I'd hold this pie up against anything within 20 miles for a solid top-ten finish in the Classic Italian Style category. My wife and I feel it recalls The European in the North End circa 1988 on a good night.

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  1. StriperGuy Apr 21, 2012 03:53 AM

    Gosh, I have only found their pie to be middling... Stella's is still our go-to.

    1. Science Chick Apr 21, 2012 05:33 AM

      have you tried the 18" at Stellas? That is how you get the thin crust there. They use the 16" dough and stretch it farther.

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        hyde Apr 22, 2012 12:08 PM

        my only suggestion here is that you consume the 18" in house, piping hot. do not think it travels well.

      2. opinionatedchef Apr 21, 2012 11:55 PM

        Wow, you must not have had a StoneHearth whole wheat well done crust pizza. I was always a Regina's- over- The European girl, but Stone Hearth is now our wkly delight.

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          StriperGuy Apr 22, 2012 10:44 AM

          Yah, forgot that Stone Heath is also great!

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            Science Chick Apr 27, 2012 12:20 PM

            Hadn't heard of Stone Hearth before but I just checked out their website....wow! Looks great.....I may hit up the Needham shop this weekend and report back.....

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          hyde Apr 27, 2012 08:34 PM

          also a shout out to max and leos just up the hill from watertown square (in newton). i think it beats stone hearth, but thats me.

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            Chef Bwana Apr 27, 2012 09:25 PM

            Stone Hearth is way too upscale trendy for our weekly pizza night tastes (and expensive). I'm basically a cash-only, hole-in-the-wall, hold-the-arugula type guy when it comes to friday night pizza. And it also has to appeal to my sons. I have tried the 18" at Stellas, and maybe the 6 minute ride home is what didn't do it justice. Part of the appeal of The European was the whole experience: Being seated by the guy in the pastel blue polyester tux, the tacky wood paneling, the glass of cheap red. Sure the pizza at Regina's was usually better, but I often had to wait there awkwardly for 30 minutes (after the 30 minutes they had said on the phone) before an almost comically rude waitress handed me a burnt pizza. Ahh, the 80's in the North End…

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              hyde Apr 28, 2012 05:25 AM

              bwana, while possibly outside of your usual travel zone for easy friday night pizza, if you find yourself in woburn, at some point, at 118 main street is a joint called Louie's pizza. been there since '52,
              no pesto/arugula place this! slices only until 3 oclock, the make one batch of dough in the morning and when its gone, they close ( usually around 7p). old school.

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                Chef Bwana Apr 28, 2012 09:46 AM

                I've had Louie's. A guy I worked with for years frequented the Irish American Club across the street and had known Louie for years. Definitely on The Hole-in-the-wall Pizza Joint Tour of Metro-Boston!

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                  hyde Apr 28, 2012 11:19 AM

                  cool. does the pleasant cafe in rozzie count?

                  echo bridge restaurant @ 1068 Chestnut St
                  Newton. really needs to go on this list, no?

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