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The best pizza in Boston you need to try

Whether you prefer Neapolitan style or a medium crust, white or red, here’s where to find the best pizza in Boston

Monti Roman Pizzeria, Michael Schlow, Time Out Market Boston
Photograph: JP Karwacki Monti Roman Pizzeria
By Eric Grossman and Time Out Boston Staff |
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Pizza is a hot topic in many cities, spawning many an argument over who makes the best. Boston has countless no-frills places serving fast, tasty slices, plus many of the best Italian restaurants in Boston serve up their own take on a classic pie. You can enjoy a stylish brunch in Boston with an upscale breakfast pizza, or try a seafood-focused pizza at some of the best seafood restaurants in Boston. Most of the top pizza spots won't serve slices, but dont let that deter you from putting together your own pizza crawl, walking through the city while seeking out the best places to stop for a pie and a drink. Some of Boston's best pizzerias have been recognized as the best in America, so it's worth your while to try them all and decide for yourself.

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Best pizza in Boston

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Santarpio's
Photograph: Courtesy Wikimedia Commons/DickClarkMises
Restaurants, Pizza

Santarpio’s

icon-location-pin 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. 

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Galleria Umberto
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/dewmike
Restaurants, Pizza

Galleria Umberto

icon-location-pin 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
Restaurants, Pizza

Pizzeria Regina

icon-location-pin 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. 

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Posto
Photograph: Courtesy Posto
Restaurants, Italian

Posto

icon-location-pin 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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Stoked Woodfire Pizza
Photograph: Courtesy Stoked Woodfire Pizza
Restaurants, Pizza

Stoked Wood Fired Pizza Co.

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.

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Coppa
Photograph: Courtesy Coppa
Restaurants, Italian

Coppa

icon-location-pin 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.

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The Salty Pig
Photograph: Marianne Andres
Restaurants, Contemporary American

The Salty Pig

icon-location-pin 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.

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Armando's
Photograph: Meaghan Agnew
Restaurants, Pizza

Armando’s

icon-location-pin Dorchester

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.

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Picco
Photograph: Courtesy Picco
Restaurants, Pizza

Picco

icon-location-pin 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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A4 Pizza
Photograph: Courtesy A4 Pizza
Restaurants, Pizza

Area Four

icon-location-pin 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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Pastoral
Photograph: Courtesy Pastoral
Restaurants, Pizza

Pastoral

icon-location-pin 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
Restaurants, Pizza

All Star Pizza Bar

icon-location-pin 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.

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Monti Roman Pizzeria, Michael Schlow, Time Out Market Boston
Photograph: JP Karwacki
Restaurants

Monti Roman Pizzeria

icon-location-pin 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. 

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Joey's
Photograph: Courtesy Joey's
Restaurants, Pizza

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