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The best places for pie in Boston

Whether you prefer a chocolate, fruit or a la mode, these are the best spots for satisfying your pie cravings in Boston

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Time Out Boston Staff
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You’ll find Boston’s best pies served up in style at diners, coffee shops, bakeries and restaurants. Pair a cup of quality coffee with a warm slice of pie topped with a scoop of ice cream and you might just have the perfect dessert. Whether you’re a fan of classic apple pie or or something more indulgent like chocolate bourbon pecan, here are the places to enter into your culinary GPS. Once you’ve played the pie field, there’s always room to try the best donuts in Boston or the best ice cream in Boston, or take a breather and walk off all those sweets at one of Boston’s best parks.

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The best places for pie in Boston

  • Restaurants
  • Cambridge

This little spot in Somerville bakes a range of pies (and other baked goods) fresh every day. Pies feature thick, flaky crusts bursting with fillings. Among the sweet varieties, cherry crumb, key lime and chocolate bourbon pecan are stars. Savory pies include chicken pot pie and spinach ricotta. There are vegan pies too, plus a coffee bar for the perfect cup to complement your slice.

  • Restaurants
  • Diners
  • Somerville
  • price 2 of 4

The first thing you see when walking into this Somerville institution is the display case full of pies—you’ll definitely want to plan your meal to save room for a slice. Flavors vary daily, but you’re guaranteed they’re fresh, homemade and delicious. Seasonal fruits make an appearance—key lime, strawberry rhubarb and blueberry crumble—while peanut butter fudge and mocha cream offer a more indulgent option.

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  • Restaurants
  • Bakeries
  • Back Bay
  • price 2 of 4

Fans of baked goods flock to Flour’s many locations for outstanding sticky buns, cupcakes, cookies and more. Their pie game is just as strong, with delicious regular options like coconut cream, lemon meringue and seasonal fruit pies. For a more restrained option, their cute little tartlettes are a one- or two-bite delight. During the holidays, order a whole pie to wow your guests.

  • Restaurants
  • Bakeries
  • North End
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This beloved North End institution is best known for its cannoli—more than 19 flavors!—but the ricotta pie is not to be missed. Somewhat like a cheesecake, the heavenly treat consists of sweet ricotta cream baked in pastry dough. Wrapped in a Mike’s box tied with string, this classic Italian dessert makes for a lovely gift too.

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  • Restaurants
  • Diners
  • price 1 of 4

Want pie for breakfast? This Watertown diner serves pie all day. Seasonal warm-weather pies are packed with fruits and berries, while cooler months and holidays bring more indulgent options like the chocolate-walnut Derby pie. Standards include cherry crumb, pecan and apple double-crust. Enjoy your slice with a cup of joe for a classic diner experience.

  • Restaurants
  • American
  • Downtown
  • price 3 of 4

The restaurant at the iconic Omni Parker House is famous for Parker House rolls and Boston cream pies. Though a pie in name only (a cake filled with cream and covered with chocolate ganache), it’s still a pie to celebrate, and Parker’s is the best place to try the official dessert of Massachusetts. It’s so beloved, Parker’s ships its pies around the country.

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  • Restaurants
  • Bakeries
  • North End
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Bova’s opened in the North End in 1932 and has remained a family-owned business since then. Baked goods include a wide range of breads (including seasonal varieties such as Easter bread), pastries, cookies, tarts, cakes, and pies. Here you'll find classic apple, pumpkin, or blueberry pies, plus tasty seasonal options.

  • Restaurants
  • Vegetarian
  • Central Sq
  • price 2 of 4

This Central Square hangout is the area’s number one diner-style destination for vegetarians and vegans. You can indulge in all the diner classics, sans the meat. What’s a diner without delicious pie to finish a meal? In addition to a full range of cakes, donuts and muffins, Veggie Galaxy has a variety of seasonal pies and other favorites like the Mile High Lemon Meringue. And yes—all bakery items are vegan.

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  • Music
  • Music venues
  • Fenway/Kenmore
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This casual Lansdowne hot spot caters to country music fans with performances by local up-and-comers and the occasional Nashville act, plus line dancing nights, bluegrass brunches, and a menu of Southern favorites. On that menu you’ll find two pies by the slice that are sure to please—a traditional apple pie (“Zak’s grandma’s recipe”) and a brown sugar pecan pie cheesecake.

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  • Pan-Asian
  • South End
  • price 3 of 4

James Beard Award-winning chef-owner Joanne Chang also provides the magic behind Flour Bakery, but yet another spot to try her pies is never a bad thing! Here you can get classic pumpkin pie, gluten free pumpkin pie, double crust appe pie, or The Piefecta: pecan, pumpkin and brown sugar with whipped cream.

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  • Restaurants
  • Barbecue
  • Kendall Sq
  • price 2 of 4

Known for his tasty plates of expertly-smoked ribs, brisket, burnt ends, and other BBQ delights, Chef Andy Husbands’ desserts are equally decadent. Butter Cake Crack—made with the caramelized edges of his butter pound cake—regularly sells out, but the Mississippi Mud Pie (made with brisket-spiced candied pecans) is also worth seeking out.

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