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Pizzeria Regina, Restaurants and cafes, Boston
Photograph: Elan Fleisher Pizzeria Regina

The best pizza in Boston

Whether you prefer Neapolitan style or new school, round or square, grab a pie at the best pizza spots in Boston

By Eric Grossman and Time Out Boston Staff
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Come spring and summer, countless house parties and social gatherings are fuelled by the best pizzerias in The Hub, and while our city may never reach the heights of New York pizza celebrity, Boston is blessed with a bevy of pizzerias churning out tasty, memorable pies. At one end of the spectrum, there are no-frills joints serving fast, tasty slices; on the other end you'll find some of the best Italian restaurants in Boston serving up their own takes on a classic pie. For other top dishes that are perfect with a beer on a Friday night, check out the best burgers in Boston or the best tacos in Boston.

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Monti Roman Pizzeria, Michael Schlow, Time Out Market Boston
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Monti Roman Pizzeria

Restaurants Fenway/Kenmore

Head to Time Out Market Boston to experience Michael Schlow’s first-ever pizzeria. The Roman-style pies come out of a special wood-burning oven chewy and airy, with a charred, crispy crust. Go for a classic option (imported San Marzano tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil) or splurge and treat yourself to the sinful combo of wild mushroom, truffle and grated Parm.

The best pizza spots in Boston

Santarpio's
Photograph: Courtesy Wikimedia Commons/DickClarkMises

1. Santarpio’s

Restaurants Pizza East Boston

It’s well worth the trek out to Eastie to try this century-old East Boston legend. Once a bakery, it now serves the best no-frills pizza in town, with old-school prices to boot. The people-watching is just as good as the pizza, as plenty of locals fill the place regularly. Just remember to hit the ATM beforehand, since it’s cash only. 

Galleria Umberto
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/dewmike

2. Galleria Umberto

Restaurants Pizza North End

Regulars line up at this old-school North End takeout joint as early as 10:30am. They know not to risk missing out on thick, chewy, delectable, and super-cheap Sicilian slices. Even diners waiting for a table at nearby restaurants have been known to grab a slice while they wait, so Galleria Umberto usually sells out. It’s cash only, but at these prices it’s not a problem.

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Pizzeria Regina, Restaurants and cafes, Boston
Photograph: Elan Fleisher

3. Pizzeria Regina

Restaurants Pizza North End

This classic North End pizzeria — which could double as a movie set with its well-worn booths and framed celebrity headshots — is the oldest in town. Pizzas come out hot and fresh from the brick oven, and the convivial atmosphere makes you feel right at home with a pie and a pitcher. Theres often a wait due to its well-deserved popularity, but it’s worth it. 

Posto
Photograph: Courtesy Posto

4. Posto

Restaurants Italian Somerville

For upscale pizza, Posto in Davis Square delivers. House-made mozzarella tops wood-fired pizzas made according to the strict guidelines laid out by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana. A full menu of classic Italian favorites, plus a cozy atmosphere, make Posto a great place for groups and dates with tastes beyond pizza, but the pizza is definitely a must.

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Coppa
Photograph: Courtesy Coppa

5. Coppa

Restaurants Italian South End

This tiny spot in the South End, from owners Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette, draws crowds for stylish Italian fare. The tiny dining room buzzes, while the sidewalk patio offers a pretty spot to dine al fresco. The popular wood-fired pizzas are topped with luxurious ingredients like bone marrow and lamb sausage.

Dragon Pizza
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Tiffany L.

6. Dragon Pizza

Restaurants Pizza Somerville

This small, no frills pizza joint is giving other spots in Somerville a run for their money. Dragon Pizza has all the classic pies, as well as some more creative and unique options, such as the Maple Bacon Cheddar Pizza with chili maple syrup. If you’re not in the mood for pizza, check out their mouth-watering and well-priced kabob menu.

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Stoked Woodfire Pizza
Photograph: Courtesy Stoked Woodfire Pizza

7. Stoked Wood Fired Pizza Co.

Restaurants Pizza

Meat-free pizza fans love Stoked for its veggie-heavy and even vegan pies (using vegan cheese and meat alternatives), but pizza fans in general love it too. Wood-fired and topped with premium ingredients like veggies from Wareham’s Lilliput Farms, these pies are top-quality. Creative, non-tomato pizzas like a white pie topped wiht hot honey and bacon, are also popular.

Ernesto's
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Lily F.

8. Ernesto's

Restaurants Pizza Haymarket

Grab a super-sized slice (actually, it’s a quarter of a pizza) at this counter-service spot in the North End. Fill up on a classic caprese or bianco, or go for a slice with more unique toppings, like the Chicken Ranch, Caribbean Shrimp, or Cheeseburger. A couple salads plus beer and wine make any slice a meal.

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Armando's
Photograph: Time Out Boston Staff

9. Armando’s

Restaurants Pizza West Cambridge

Armando’s may not look like much, but this family-owned neighborhood pizzeria in Cambridge is a convivial spot serving pizza that even wows homesick New Yorkers. Watch as cooks toss the dough while you wait for your pizza. Choose thin crust or Sicilian style; either version will please. The menu also includes subs, calzones, and more. Sticking with the old-school ways, Armando’s is cash only.

Picco
Photograph: Courtesy Picco

10. Picco

Restaurants Pizza South End

Pizza is done a little differently at this South End spot. Here, flame-roasting the pizza produces the signature charred crust. Artfully-composed pies fit in perfectly with the stylish neighborhood. Also popular is the rotating list of homemade ice creams; as you wait for a table, you’ll see local after local come in for a pie and a pint to go.

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The Salty Pig
Photograph: Marianne Andres

11. The Salty Pig

Restaurants Contemporary American South End

With plenty of inviting pizza options and a seasonal patio, the Salty Pig is a welcome post-work spot for the Back Bay suit-and-tie crowd. Make a selection from the ever-changing beer list, start out with a killer charcuterie board, and then dig into the house namesake pizza, topped with salty pig parts,” mustard, pale ale caramel, and arugula.

A4 Pizza
Photograph: Courtesy A4 Pizza

12. Area Four

Restaurants Pizza Kendall Sq

This Kendall Square brick oven pizza purveyor is known across town for its signature pies, made with a focus on back-to-basics recipes using simple, high quality ingredients and 30-hour-fermented dough. Pizzas feature next-level toppings like clam sauce, roasted pineapple salsa, and house-made mozzarella.

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Lincoln Tavern
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Peter D.

13. Lincoln Tavern and Restaurant

Restaurants American South Boston

Located in the heart of South Boston, this modern American tavern serves comfort classics and wood-fired pizzas alongside a variety of rustic, wood-grilled items. The well-stocked bar serves as a go-to hangout for a cross-section of Southie residents. The nostalgic space, in what was once the area’s only department store, features tiled-floors and original tin ceilings. Stop in for a pie when a big game's on for a lively experience.

Pastoral
Photograph: Courtesy Pastoral

14. Pastoral

Restaurants Pizza Seaport District

This Fort Point restaurant sports a casual urban-farmhouse aesthetic, providing a nice backdrop for wood-fired pizzas topped with all manner of fresh veggies and house-made ingredients (e.g. duck sausage, mozzarella, smoked pancetta). Expect an after-work crush on busy Fridays, and a calmer atmosphere on weekends.

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All Star Pizza Bar
Photograph: Courtesy All Star Pizza Bar

15. All Star Pizza Bar

Restaurants Pizza Inman Sq

Why order peppers and onions when you can have tomatillo salsa and chorizo? Or a choose-your-own-adventure of duck confit, soft-baked eggs and jerk-roasted jackfruit? Greek brothers Kosta and Johnny Diamantopoules practically grew up in a pizzeria, which explains why they’re willing to take risks with creative toppings and combos (including several vegan options) at their casual Inman Square corner spot.

Fratelli Encore Boston Harbor
Photograph: Courtesy Fratelli

16. Fratelli

Restaurants Italian

A match made in ristorante heaven: two North End restaurant legends have joined forces to bring you Fratelli (Italian for "brothers"), located inside the grandiose Encore Boston Harbor. Frank DePasquale of Bricco and Quattro and Nick Varano of Strega and STRIP have partnered on the 5,200 square-foot Italian restaurant, which serves dishes reminiscent of southern Italian fare. The pizza menu includes classic red sauce pies as well as white sauce options like potato and herb, sausage and rabe, and fig with arugula and goat cheese. Brick oven calzones are worth a try, too.

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