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Hunt for the Best Calzone

Multibeast Feb 12, 2014 10:12 AM

Alright everybody, it's time we stop messing around and have a serious and up to date discussion about the artfully crafted calzones of this fine metropolis. All my recent endeavors have taken me to places that were either once good and have gone downhill or have been recommended to me by people who do not truly understand the nature of a high class calzone. The requirments are simple. Great bread, stuffed to the seams and of course, extremely cheesy. So now I turn it to you, the fine people of this board to assist me in finding Gods one true gift to us: the calzone.

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  1. Infomaniac RE: Multibeast Feb 12, 2014 11:27 AM

    My favorite is the eggplant calzone from Pizza King in Lawrence, MA.
    Family owned since 1954.

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      Madrid RE: Multibeast Feb 12, 2014 11:31 AM

      What have you tried that you did not like...I mean, where?

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        Multibeast RE: Madrid Feb 12, 2014 03:40 PM

        Mostly I've tried places in the Malden and Allston areas and really I've only found one calzone that tickles my fancy. It's Nana's Pizza of Everett but I know that can't be the best. There must be a king calzone out there somewhere. All the one's I've had mostly resemble what Kari S. described as a folded pizza.

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        kimfair1 RE: Multibeast Feb 12, 2014 12:03 PM

        I am partial to the ricotta/ham/salami calzone at Gallaria Umberto. Their spinach, spinach and cheese, and spinach, sausage and cheese, are also quite nice. I also like the Italian meats and cheese calzone at Imperial Pizza in Brighton Center, the only other thing I order there apart from the Sicilian pizza.

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          Multibeast RE: kimfair1 Feb 12, 2014 03:40 PM

          never had their calzones but their pizza sure is the bees knees

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          LStaff RE: Multibeast Feb 12, 2014 12:32 PM

          Anyone around here do a deep fried version? So lucious, so gooey, so artery clogging....

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            phatchris RE: Multibeast Feb 12, 2014 01:53 PM

            I like the Italian cold cut calzone at the Brown Jug in Chelsea.

            1. Karl S RE: Multibeast Feb 12, 2014 02:28 PM

              I am curious to see which recommendations involve more ricotta than mozzarella. In the NY area when I was growing up, calzones tended to be like that (in other words, they weren't just a wrapped up slice of pizza), and strombolis had more mozarella than ricotta, so that they would erupt like the eponymous volcano through the slits. I prefer my calzones on that lighter side.

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                devilham RE: Karl S Feb 12, 2014 02:30 PM

                I had the ricotta type in upstate NY, it was pretty horrible, just a wet greasy mess

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                  Karl S RE: devilham Feb 12, 2014 02:44 PM

                  Then it wasn't done right. The ricotta has to be drained and pressed. Done right, it's a marvel of delicacy.

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                    devilham RE: Karl S Feb 12, 2014 02:48 PM

                    I believe you, this was a poorly made disaster!

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                      Karl S RE: devilham Feb 12, 2014 03:12 PM

                      Ha. If I want a folded slice of pizza, it's something I can do on my own!

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                  LStaff RE: Karl S Feb 13, 2014 06:06 AM

                  First time I ordered a calzone here, I didn't know I had to ask for ricotta, since I was used to the NY style that just comes with it.

                3. Luther RE: Multibeast Feb 12, 2014 07:14 PM

                  I loved the calzone at Il Panino Express that used to be on Mass Av between Central and Harvard. Anyone know of one like that?

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                    catsmeow RE: Luther Feb 12, 2014 07:46 PM

                    Il Panino Express reopened on Centre St in Jamaica Plain near Columbus Ave. I haven't been since the move.

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                      gltsoi RE: Luther Feb 14, 2014 02:33 PM

                      I used to love their spinach and cheese calzone. I miss it.

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                        Luther RE: gltsoi Feb 14, 2014 03:19 PM

                        Looks like the JP location might fit the bill... I will try it


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                          catsmeow RE: Luther Feb 14, 2014 04:51 PM

                          Please report back. I've been meaning to get over there.

                    2. Matt H RE: Multibeast Feb 12, 2014 07:38 PM

                      I really dig the sausage parm calzone at Alfredo's in East Somerville. The steak and cheese is also pretty damn good.

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                        Multibeast RE: Matt H Feb 12, 2014 08:11 PM

                        I just looked up Alfredo's. Not much on the calzone specifically but the pizza sure got rave reviews. This might be my next attempt

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                          Matt H RE: Multibeast Feb 13, 2014 12:58 PM

                          It is basically the folded pizza style you mentioned above, give it a try and let us know what you think.

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                          opinionatedchef RE: Matt H Feb 13, 2014 12:08 AM

                          matt, are you referring to the sausage, onion and pepper one on their menu? does that have marinara sauce in it too?is their eggplant parm good? IYO, does one of these calzone feed one or two hungry people? thx! we'd like to stop there soon.


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                            Multibeast RE: opinionatedchef Feb 13, 2014 04:41 AM

                            All very valid questions. This is the type of hard hitting investigation we need.

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                              Matt H RE: opinionatedchef Feb 13, 2014 12:58 PM

                              I haven't tried the sausage, onion and pepper. I have tried the sandwich there though and wasn't a fan, so didn't bother to give the calzone a try.

                              The one I am referring to is the sausage parm. It has cheese, sausage and marinara sauce. My wife who has a pretty standard appetite can barely eat half of one, my on the other hand can polish off the whole order, but sometimes regret it afterwards ; )

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                            bear RE: Multibeast Feb 13, 2014 03:20 AM

                            I haven't had it for a while, but the calzone from Sabatino's in Arlington used to be quite good with lots of ricotta offerings. Their small is quite large and the large is enormous. Ask for the 4-cheese filling and whatever else you want in it.

                            Also, the spinach calzone from Fiorella's Express in Belmont is good if you make sure you get some parm or romano cheese in with the ricotta so the filling isn't under seasoned. We ask for an extra side of their delicious red sauce. They also have chicken parm or meatball calzones that are tasty but not the ricotta-filled style that you are looking for.

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                              FeeFiPho RE: Multibeast Feb 13, 2014 04:14 AM

                              Armando's on Huron Ave in Cambridge- with extra sauce on the side.

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                                momoftwo RE: Multibeast Feb 13, 2014 05:03 AM

                                I know its not Boston area but the Brickhouse in Chelmsford has a very delicious calzone, you can order it with Ricotta added. I always do this and it is incredible. They also have a shop in Tyngboro

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                                  Karl RE: Multibeast Feb 13, 2014 05:22 AM

                                  My folks used to get takeout calzones from a place somewhere south end/northeastern area back in the late 90s. A large was almost too big to fit diagonal in a large pizza box. They were amazing and the takeout menu had a list of ingredients with checkboxes for you to create your own combination. I have no idea if the place is still there but I still dream about those calzones

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                                    meeps2002 RE: Multibeast Feb 13, 2014 06:43 AM

                                    I always go to PICCO - I think the bread is the best.

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                                      Swankalicious RE: meeps2002 Feb 15, 2014 03:33 PM

                                      Just yesterday I had a very steamy, hot, saucy calzone from Sabatino's, Waltham.

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                                        smtucker RE: Swankalicious Feb 15, 2014 05:02 PM

                                        At the risk of sounding snarky, what was in your calzone, what type of sauce did they serve, did it have the much-wished for ricotta, and how would you rate it?

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