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Opening Alert: Try 925-Degree Pizza on Your Next Visit to the Haunted Neighborhood

Bambolina is now open in Salem.

The kitchen at Bambolina, under construction in May
The kitchen at Bambolina, under construction in May

"neo-Neopolitan" pizzeria has just opened in Salem, and its chewy, charred rounds will cook up in about 90 seconds. Bambolina imported a hearth from Italy, and the oven cooks the pizzas at 925 degrees.

The shop tops its simple, 11-inch crusts sparingly, with an eye for balance, according to its website. A "farmers' market" version includes pesto, peas, asparagus, shaved zucchini, and soft egg, along with the standard fresh mozzarella; the prosciutto pie features the meat with crushed tomato, pecorino, and arugula. In addition to pizza, Bambolina serves classic Italian appetizers, a few entrees, and sandwiches.

Bambolina is located at 288 Derby St., in the former gift shop of the Salem Wax Museum & Haunted Neighborhood. The name is derived from the Italian word for "baby doll"; considering that most baby dolls are inherently creepy, it seems appropriate for a pizza shop in a haunted neighborhood.

Boston Restaurant Talk noted the pizzeria softly opened earlier this week, via a post from the Salem Food Digest. A call to the restaurant confirms yesterday was its first day in business. Bambolina is open for dinner Monday - Thursday from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m., and on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m., an employee said.


288 Derby St, Salem, MA 01970 (978) 594-8709