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Who is making good Greek-style pizza in Boston or burbs?

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MESsmate Dec 12, 2012 09:03 AM

With soooo many "House of x pizza" places in and around Boston, there has got to be one that breaks the mold and makes an exemplary version of this style of pie. What are some favorites?

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    bakerboyz RE: MESsmate Dec 12, 2012 09:20 AM

    Isn't "Greek-Style" Pizza and good Pizza an oxymoron? I certainly wouldn't want to start a war with any Chicago or mid-western transplants but I even consider Chicago Deep Dish Pizza not to be "real" pizza but that's just semantics; if you want to call it a pizza, I'm good with that.

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      Gabatta RE: bakerboyz Dec 12, 2012 09:24 AM

      I'm not from Chicago but I would kill for good deep dish pizza place around here.

      I've got to agree that all Greek pizza is pretty much the same to me. Which is just okay in a pinch.

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        Allstonian RE: Gabatta Dec 12, 2012 09:36 AM

        I've got nothing against Chicago-style pizza, but Greek-style? Not worth eating, even in a pinch.

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          Gabatta RE: Allstonian Dec 12, 2012 09:51 AM

          You're right. When I was younger a pinch would be late night when I was drunk and Despinas was around the corner. Now I just pass out early.

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        Boston_Otter RE: bakerboyz Dec 12, 2012 09:33 AM

        Chicago Deep Dish is absolutely a style of pizza -- a deep crust and thick layer of toppings doesn't somehow transform it into a casserole or hotdish -- but Chicago-style pizza and the Greek-style 'fried-crust' pizzas you'll find around Boston are vastly different styles of pizza as well.

        The pizzas from City Slicker in Somerville are definitely in the Greek vein, but are much better than others I've had around here.

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          enhF94 RE: Boston_Otter Dec 12, 2012 02:07 PM

          I'd suggest City Slicker's pizza seems closest to "Old Forge style," which has been highlighted rather well in this year's "Modernist Cuisine at Home."

          (though I also don't disagree particularly with your estimation of CS in the Greek vein. I guess I think it's kinda... both.)

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          StriperGuy RE: bakerboyz Dec 12, 2012 10:43 AM

          I totally agree. Greek Pizza is not good pizza. Though there is good (non greek style) pizza made by greeks at Capri in Arlington. I posted about it recently.

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          bear RE: MESsmate Dec 12, 2012 09:58 AM

          Sadly I don't have any suggestions, but would love it if someone could explain the differences between Greek pizza and bar pizza. It seems to me they are both cooked in pans with a slightly thick crust and lots of cheese. Any help understanding the difference?

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            MESsmate RE: bear Dec 12, 2012 10:14 AM

            Bar pies have a very thin crust without fancy ingredients - a working man's pie. Think canned mushrooms, pepperoni, sausage, onions (diced if at Monte's in Lynn). They are served in bars or taverns and are thin so that they help you keep drinking, but don't get you too full to interfere with your beer consumption. On the South Shore the sauce tends to be sweet.

            Greek pizza is thick, baked in an oiled pan where the dough rises first. The closest chain equivalent is Pizza Hut. When done well, the crust is thick, crisp, flaky, with an oil fried bottom. The sauce is cooked and seasoned with plenty of oregano. The cheese comes in a thick blanket on top and is generally a mix of mozz and cheddar.

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              bear RE: MESsmate Dec 12, 2012 01:54 PM

              Thanks so much. That's very helpful. I guess bar pies do have a thinner crust. My favorite bar pie is from Cape Cod Cafe on the South Shore. I am also a fan of Za in Arlington.

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            joth68 RE: MESsmate Dec 12, 2012 10:38 AM

            Not that close to Boston but Nicks House of Pizza in Mattpoisett does an exemplary version. The crust is just right and not bready or doughy. I recommend linquica and garlic as your toppings.

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              joth68 RE: MESsmate Dec 12, 2012 10:40 AM

              and oddly enough i just remembered that Nicks Pizza in Medford by tufts does a respectable version.

              1. Science Chick RE: MESsmate Dec 12, 2012 11:20 AM

                My 2 favorites are 4 Corners in Newton and B&F in Waltham. No need to get all high brow about pizza.....if it tastes good, I'm there! Love thin, charred crusts, as well as the Greek style if done well.

                1. CapeCodGuy RE: MESsmate Dec 12, 2012 11:26 AM

                  Anyone who says that there is no such thing as good Greek pizza never had a pie from George's Pizza in Harwich on the Cape. Not only is it the best Greek pan pizza I've ever had, it ranks as one of the best pizzas of ANY type on the peninsula. Not a Boston rec, sorry. But when on the Cape, well worth a visit.

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                    MESsmate RE: CapeCodGuy Dec 12, 2012 11:36 AM

                    100% agree with you. I was going to reference George's before. For anyone who's curious, there's a good post on it here: http://bit.ly/nhe0aK.

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                      StriperGuy RE: CapeCodGuy Dec 12, 2012 11:50 AM

                      Cool.

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                      LStaff RE: MESsmate Dec 12, 2012 01:14 PM

                      Every once in a while I get a slice or two at Steve's in Waltham while waiting for a sandwich to be made. Even though the crust has less flavor than cardboard, its very thin - thinner than most italian pizza's I've had. Cheese seems to be all or mostly mozz as I don't taste any cheddar. Sauce is on the sweet side but has some spices.

                      IMO Greek pizza becomes more tolerable when you load it with meat toppings.

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                        bakerboyz RE: MESsmate Dec 12, 2012 01:14 PM

                        What did I say that was so offensive to have my post removed???? I guess I will never know?

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                          bakerboyz RE: MESsmate Dec 12, 2012 01:16 PM

                          My bad...I guess it wasn't...sooo sorry

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                            CapeCodGuy RE: bakerboyz Dec 12, 2012 01:20 PM

                            Not offensive in the least. Now, one could argue that it is patently incorrect, but not offensive at all.

                          2. Bob W RE: MESsmate Dec 12, 2012 01:45 PM

                            RI has plenty of House of Pizza places, and one of the best is the simply named House of Pizza in Pawtucket, on Division Street near McCoy Stadium, so it's a good spot for a pre-game meal. Been around since the mid-70s.

                            Good sandwiches too.

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