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The Best Pizza Destinations in Boston

Image of Regina Pizzeria, Boston MA

Regina Pizzeria, Boston, Mass. (photo by Eric)

Boston, Mass., natives love their pizza! Whether enjoying a pie in the Italian North End of Boston or in a working class neighborhood, there are plenty of choices for locals and travelers to choose from this form of good, cheap eats. We could go on forever, but here are the three best pizza places in Boston, in our humble opinion:

Regina Pizzeria, North End of Boston Regina Pizzeria has been serving delicious brick oven brick oven since 1926 and almost seems like a rite of passage when seeking the best pizza in the North End.  I love the old school atmosphere with jukebox, waitresses that have been around forever, memorabilia on the wall, and often vociferous locals enjoying the time tested combo of pizza and pitchers of beer. Regina Pizzeria, 11 1/2 Thacher St., North End, Boston MA. Tel. 617-227-0765

Santarpio’s, East Boston Located in a working class neighborhood, this no-frills restaurant/bar might be short on atmosphere and sometimes manners, but has always come up big in what we feel is the best Italian-style pizza around. I love the ample toppings, fresh tomato and cheese, flavorful thin crust that is sometimes charred and a sometimes soupy texture that congregates in the middle of the pie. Santarpio’s is unpretentious. I like that to go along with my pizza instead of some phony bag of wind at another place telling me that their “gourmet” pizza is worth the price. I’ll always go with Santarpio’s with its lower prices and authentic, addictive Italian pizza! 113 Chelsea St, East Boston, MA. Tel. (617) 567-9871

Pleasant Street Cafe, Roslindale (Boston)
Many years ago, I came across the Pleasant Street Cafe in the Roslindale neighborhood of Boston, and thought it was my own secret discovery. I found out, however, through ensuing conversations that hundreds of other people know about this place, and that it’s considered one of the most popular, beloved townie restaurants in Boston. This nondescript but very comfortable neighborhood restaurant has a real 1950s look and great pub/Italian food selections, including an amazingly tasty pizza that combines crispness and the right amount of grease. I hope the Pleasant Street Cafe stays in business forever; this is the antidote to those gourmet, yuppie pizza places that charge a lot of “dough” for little more than dough and some cheese and tomato sauce. 4515 Washington St., Roslindale, MA. Tel. (617) 323-2111

What are your favorite pizza restaurants in Boston? Please comment below!

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