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We finally tried the new pizza place Locale on Hanover (roughly across from Strega). Really solid pie. Reminded us quite a bit of Area Four in terms of appearance and flavor with just a bit more of a char. Nice chewy crust. Prices were very reasonable, especially when making the Area Four comparison. We did take out, but they seemed to have a chalkboard with daily pizza and beer specials.

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  1. I've been meaning to post about this place - glad you put up a review. I've been twice and I think it's great - some of the best Naples-style pizzas I've had in Boston (meaning *actual* Neapolitan - cooked quickly, puffy high crust, plenty of char), with the major caveat that I still haven't tried Gran Gusto (i know, i know).

    Pretty short menu - about 5 or 6 pizzas, salads, antipasti, and a few other items. We tried the meatballs right after they opened and they were just so-so: nice texture but kinda weak-tasting. I think they were beef-only and some pork and more seasonings would have livened them up. Perfectly fine tomato sauce on top though. I'd try them one more time to see if they've improved since then. The meat antipasto was solid - good selection and good quality (and quite a lot of it), though nothing to make you forget Coppa.

    Short, focused list of wines by the glass and some interesting-sounding beers which are lost on me since I'm not a beer lover. Friendly, quick service - I think it's always been the owner (big guy) who's waited on us. The main story is definitely the pizza - which is really really great.

    We've eaten in both times, so it's good to know that takeout is solid as well.