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Sep 12, 2012 01:32 PM

Bar pizza that rivals the Alumni in Quincy!

Okay, I say it rivals the Alumni in Quincy but I also feel it's as good as the Lynwood! Out doing errands and the traffic in Quincy today was horrendous, so I ventured off and decided to try the Southside,a local somewhat dive neighborhood spot in Quincy. The bar pie was really spot on. They mastered that cheesy, crispy crunch to the edge that IMHO elevates the flavors you find in this style of pizza. Quite frankly, it was a surprise. I noticed some other bar patrons ordering garlic parm chicken wings that looked interesting and when the meatloaf special came out with au gratin potatoes, I was tempted to get a side order of the potatoes to go. Has anyone else been?

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  1. Wow, have to say I'm surprised at the lack of response to this thread. This is bar pizza, people, while popular on the south shore, not everyone does it well. Lynwood is legendary, Town Spa has it's fans and the Alumni in Quincy has had a following for years. This place has the comfortable dive atmosphere and a good bar pizza. Guess I just thought I would give the thread a bump. After all, Quincy doesn't have a lot of good pizza. Although I still stand by Darcy's.

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    1. re: Pegmeister

      Thanks for the reminder! I am definitely going to check this place out. I loved Alumni the first few times I went, but the last time I went the pizza was really bad. Doughy and under-done and just kind of gross.

    2. Where is this place and is it scarier than the Irish Pub?

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      1. re: C. Hamster

        stopped in there for a pint while waiting for an Open Rice Bistro order. what's scary about it?

        1. re: C. Hamster

          Better lighting than the Irish Pub, and much friendlier bar staff. Very dated, but clean. It's off the Burgin Pkwy extension on Liberty St. Patrons the day I was there were a mix of a few office workers having lunch along with some guys who looked like they probaby worked construction.

          1. re: Pegmeister

            Peg, Sounds interesting to me. Will definately give it a try based on your recommendation. I go by there a lot, but never considered eating there. Was in there once maybe 35 years years ago when it had another name. I like the Alumni, but I find their pizza a little too greasy.
            I like oil, but not grease. Do they have salads? That would go nicely with a good pizza.

            1. re: CocoDan

              Hi Dan, yes they did have salads. Sandwiches that came out looked good as well. I've heard that 35 years ago it was Freddy Bailers (spelling?). Not that I would remember ;). More recently it was Liberty Lounge and then the Irish Cottage.

              1. re: Pegmeister

                I think it was even before Freddy's. Wonder what it will be next week???

        2. I'd suggest Monte's in Lynn for its unique style of bar pizza.

          1. Za. if you get a regular pizza.....not one of the specialty gourmet ones. although i think those are quite good, too.

            1. Is "bar pizza" served anywhere west of town or is this primarily a South Shore phenomenon? Living in the Boston area for almost 40 years now and I don't think I have had the pleasure of trying a bar pizza.

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              1. re: Gordough

                I don't know about west, but you can get a bar pizza that rivals anything on the south shore at La Hacienda in Somerville.

                1. re: Gabatta

                  Gabatta, LaHacienda's pizza looks good on their website, but it's not a bar pizza which is a whole different experience. I've added it to my to list for when I want the traditional style. What else is good there?

                  1. re: Pegmeister

                    Web sites can be deceiving. The picture is one of their regular sized pies which are more thin crust style. However the individual sized pizzas at La Hacienda are indeed bar pies.

                    1. re: Gabatta

                      Also, I can't speak to much beyond the pizza. My daughter eats their pasta and meatballs, but it isn't anything worth seeking out. The cheesy garlic bread is a guilty pleasure of mine though. The portions are all generous and the price is right.

                      I didn't figure out that you have to order the 'individual' size to get a true bar pie as you are thinking of until my 2nd visit. Our first 'small' pie was great, but I wondered why it didn't look like the pizza at the table next to us.

                2. re: Gordough

                  It's more of a south shore thing. I would describe it as an individual size pizza that is cooked in a pan so there is no large crusty edge. The crust is thin, toppings go right to the edge and they tend to have more oil. For me, perfection is when the cheese crisps up along the edge.

                    1. re: C. Hamster

                      Not really, hamster. Much thinner, and the crust gets very crispy on the edges. The dough has an almost pastry-like quality to it. I love Town Spa, but that's the only one I've ever tried. Haven't been in years.

                      1. re: Science Chick

                        After hearing about the place for years, I finally made it to the Cape Cod Cafe in Brockton last month. It lived up to the legend. The bar pizza was mighty tasty. I went for a peperoni; the youngster in our group insisted on the buffalo chicken pizza (with blue cheese dressing on the side) and it was irresistibly indulgent; I'm guessing about 1000 calories in every small slice. The atmosphere -- lots of families, super friendly service -- was great, too. I'd call the Cape Cod Cafe a bar pizza classic.