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A pepperoni pizza at Armando’s.
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Where to Eat Excellent Pizza in and Around Boston

From old-school classics to fancy wood-fired pies

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A pepperoni pizza at Armando’s.
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People love to complain about Boston’s pizza scene, especially when compared with some larger cities, but there are actually plenty of incredible options around town, from decades-old classic pizzerias to the recent wave of wood-fired obsession — and everything in between.

Here are some of the spots that showcase the best of today’s Boston-area pizza world. In the interest of keeping to a fairly tight radius around Boston, this map omits the excellent South Shore bar pizza scene, which has its own separate map.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission. Note that as of January 15, 2022, restaurants in the city of Boston are required to check for proof of vaccination for customers dining indoors; this does not apply to those going inside just to pick up a takeout order. (Brookline and Salem have similar policies, although Brookline’s policy also covers outdoor dining.)

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This map was was originally published on July 28, 2017 and is updated periodically; the date of the most recent update appears above.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bianchi's Pizza

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381 Revere Beach Blvd
Revere, MA 02151
(781) 629-4167
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The decades-old Bianchi’s returned to Revere Beach in 2021 after closing its original, beloved location in 2018. The North Shore icon first opened in 1952, and the new location is a little ritzier than longtime fans will remember — full bar, dining room, and patio; some non-pizza food available from partner business the Sandbar; not cash-only. But it’s the same old pizza from the same old ovens on the same old beach, and that’s a good thing.

A pepperoni pizza sits in an open cardboard pizza box on a stone surface, with a mostly empty beach visible in the background
Pepperoni pizza from the original Bianchi’s location, photographed in 2017.
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2. Real Italian Gusto

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24 High St
Medford, MA 02155
(781) 396-1656
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The name promises authenticity, and all the pieces are in place: owners from Italy, along with an oven from Florence and a fifth-generation pizza chef from Naples. Indeed, this Medford spot, which opened in late 2015, serves fantastic pizza, from the Calabria (tomato sauce, mozzarella, spicy salami, and basil) to the Umbria (mozzarella, garlic, sausage, truffle oil, and basil).

Overhead view of a quarter of a pizza with pepperoni and basil, served on a white plate
Calabria pizza at Real Italian Gusto.
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3. Avenue Kitchen & Bar

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158 Boston Ave
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 764-0879
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Detroit-style pizza can be...divisive. Those who swear by New York-style slices or coal-fired New Haven pizza, for example, may dismiss it untasted, furrowing a brow at the buried toppings or the drizzle of sauce on top or the unfamiliar look of Wisconsin brick cheese. But those who appreciate the unique pan pizza — which does bear some similarity to the South Shore bar pizzas more familiar to many Bostonians, perhaps blended with a Sicilian pie — will find a lot to love at Avenue.

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Pepperoni Detroit-style pizza at Avenue.
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4. Dragon Pizza

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233 Elm St
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 764-5026
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Food lovers from Roslindale and beyond may remember chef Charlie Redd from the now-closed Redd’s in Rozzie; these days, he’s in Somerville’s Davis Square, serving up some of the tastiest pizzas around at Dragon Pizza. It has old-school sub shop vibes but a full bar and a lot of heart, not to mention house-made gelato.

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A takeout pepperoni pizza from Dragon Pizza in Somerville’s Davis Square.
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5. Posto

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187 Elm St
Cambridge, MA 02140
(617) 625-0600
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This elegant full-service restaurant in Somerville’s Davis Square is sibling to the nearby Rosebud and Painted Burro, as well several other restaurants. Posto serves gorgeous Neapolitan-style pizzas — everything from a classic margherita to seasonal specials such as a local ramp pizza with mozzarella, applewood smoked bacon, an egg, parmesan, and maple syrup. There’s plenty more on the menu, too, and the restaurant has also been known to host whole pig roasts. Follow chef Juan G. Perez on Instagram for a peek at Posto’s pizza process.

Further reading: Posto Owner Joe Cassinelli on the Growth of Neapolitan Pizza

Closeup of Neapolitan-style pizza with a leopard-spotted, puffy crust. Toppings include pepperoni and basil.
Pepperoni pizza at Posto.
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6. Leone's Sub and Pizza

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292 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02145
(617) 776-2511
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Leone’s opened in Somerville’s Winter Hill back in 1954. While the casual shop is known for its Sicilian pizza, Leone’s also serves a huge assortment of subs, salads, and more, all “fit for a king,” as the menu declares.

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A slice of Sicilian at Leone’s.
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7. Newtowne Grille

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1945 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140
(617) 661-0706
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Around since 1966, this unassuming sports bar serves some of the best New York-style pizza around; get a large cheese and a pitcher of beer without breaking the bank. The restaurant got a bit of a revamp over the course of the pandemic, but it’s holding onto its dive bar roots. (Also find a location in Billerica.)

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Pepperoni pizza from Newtowne Grille.
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8. Ciao Pizza and Pasta

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59 Williams St
Chelsea, MA 02150
(617) 286-9346
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A relative newcomer to the Boston-area pizza scene, the tiny Ciao opened in Chelsea in 2015, quickly gaining acclaim for its outstanding Neapolitan-style pizza. (Try a Nutella pizza for dessert. Why not?)

Closeup of Neapolitan-style pizza with a black-speckled crust, topped with ground sausage, blobs of mozzarella, and slices of cherry peppers
Salsiccia pizza (cherry peppers and house-made fennel sausage) at Ciao.
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9. Gran Gusto

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90 Sherman St
Cambridge, MA 02140
(617) 441-0400
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Hidden in a quiet section of Cambridge nestled between Fresh Pond and Porter Square, Gran Gusto, which opened in 2007, is a full-service restaurant serving Neapolitan-style pizza, pasta, and a few hefty entrees. In its early years, it got a bit of a reputation for surly service (although most agreed that the pizza was worth it), but the restaurant has turned over a friendlier new leaf since then — and the pizza is as good as ever, if not better. Save room for a pasta dish, too, especially the lasagna, paccheri, or chitarra.

Pizza topped with pepperoni and blobs of mozzarella, served on a white plate on a table with a white tablecloth.
Diavola pizza at Gran Gusto.
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10. Armando's Pizza

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163 Huron Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 354-8275
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Serving Cambridge’s Huron Village since 1971, Armando’s is that type of pizzeria with the simple wooden booths and kids’ soccer team photos on the walls. There’s thin-crust pizza as well as Sicilian, plus subs, calzones, baked ziti, and more.

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Pepperoni pizza at Armando’s.
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11. Hot Box

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1 Bow Market Way
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 284-9600
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Hot Box, one of the food vendors at Somerville’s Bow Market, is probably the definitive non-South Shore purveyor of South Shore-style bar pizza, serving up the perfect specimen of the old-school pan pizza with golden-brown cheese spots; a crispy, lacy outer edge; and a softer under-crust. If you’re dining with someone who doesn’t want pizza (but why would you?), Hot Box also serves excellent North Shore-style roast beef sandwiches, and there are also plenty of other Bow Market vendors with lots of other foods to eat and drinks to drink.

Overhead view of a pepperoni pizza in the style of Massachusetts’ South Shore-style bar pizza, with a barely-there, lacy, charred edge and bubbly brown cheese spots
Pepperoni pizza from Hot Box
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12. Brewer's Fork

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7 Moulton St
Charlestown, MA 02129
(617) 337-5703
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Any halfway decent restaurant would have been a good addition to this section of Charlestown, which was sorely lacking in dining options — but Brewer’s Fork took it a few giant steps further when it opened in early 2015, giving the neighborhood a truly wonderful destination for wood-fired pizza, a spectacular beer list, a great patio, and a comfortable vibe.

Further reading: The Brewer's Fork Will Feature Rustic New England Pizzas

overhead view of a pizza in a takeout pizza box topped with fresh basil, cherry tomatoes, and a meaty jam
A takeout pizza from Brewer’s Fork (the Bacon Jammy: bacon jam, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil).
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13. Santarpio's Pizza

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111 Chelsea St
Boston, MA 02128
(617) 567-9871
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Family-owned and operated since 1903 and serving pizza since 1933, Santarpio’s in East Boston is a no-frills landmark for New York-style pizza — and the few non-pizza items on the menu aren’t too shabby, either (lamb skewers, steak tips, and sausage made in-house, all served with hot cherry peppers and fresh bread). There’s also a newer location on Route 1 in Peabody.

Further reading: Lennie Timpone on a Lifetime at Santarpio's

The Santarpio’s building is light tan and has a giant sign on the side — dark brown with white and orange lettering — that reads “Santarpio’s Pizza Bar B-Q” and features a man holding a pizza
Santarpio’s in East Boston.
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14. Pinocchio's Pizza & Subs

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74 Winthrop St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 876-4897
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Noch’s,” Harvard Square’s famous late-night pizza haunt, has been around since 1966, serving both thin-crust and Sicilian-style pizza, along with subs, baked ziti, and more.

Further reading: A Diary of a Saturday Night at Pinocchio's

The menu board, counter, and an employee at Pinocchio’s in Harvard Square
Inside Pinocchio’s in Harvard Square.
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15. Regina Pizza

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11 1/2 Thacher St
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 227-0765
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For better or worse, the Polcari family’s restaurant group has expanded significantly since the 1926 debut of Regina Pizza in the North End; these days, most locations are quick-service mall kiosks. But standing in line at the original full-service Thacher Street location is still an essential Boston pizza experience. Try the Giambotta pizza — topped with every traditional topping the restaurant offers — for a taste of Regina’s classic brick-oven pizza.

Further reading: Richie Zapata on 18 Years at Regina Pizzeria

The exterior window of the original Regina Pizzeria location in Boston’s North End includes red and green neon signage that says “Regina,” as well as printed red, green, and white signage reading “Pizza to Go,” “Pizzeria Regina,” and “Beer & Wine.”
The original Regina Pizzeria location in Boston’s North End.
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16. Apizza

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80 Causeway St
Boston, MA 02114

Located inside West End food hall Hub Hall, steps from TD Garden, this takeout kiosk from the Mida team serves two styles of pizza, one inspired by New Haven and one inspired by Rome. New Haven-style pizza is rarer in these parts, so go for that. Purists may quibble about the definition — this one’s not coal-fired, for one thing — but New Haven or not, it’s a really, really good pizza featuring an ultra-thin crust and a bit of char.

17. Galleria Umberto

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289 Hanover St
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 227-5709

For a true North End experience, head to this casual Hanover Street spot, which is only open for lunch (closed Sundays, and generally closed for vacation for a substantial chunk of the summer). The lines are long but move quickly for the Sicilian slices and arancini — and that’s almost entirely the menu, plus beer and wine and a few other food items. Cash only. In 2018, the James Beard Foundation proclaimed it an “American classic.”

Further reading: Eater Scenes: The North End, Monday from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

A man in a blue shirt with white stripes and a white hat and apron serves Sicilian-style pizza at a counter. A Coca-Cola fridge is visible in the background.
Pizza at Galleria Umberto.
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18. Ernesto's Pizza

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69 Salem St
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 523-1373
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“One slice” is actually a quarter of a pizza at Ernesto’s, and the pizzas only come in extra large. Ernesto’s has a lot of fun with toppings, serving pizzas such as the shrimp scampi (white pizza topped with shrimp sauteed in garlic oil, plus mozzarella and scallions) and the cheeseburger (special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, tomatoes, and hamburger). This counter-service North End shop has been around for over 20 years and expanded to Somerville in 2014.

Further reading: Ernesto's Anthony Radzikowski on the Expansion to Somerville's Assembly Row

A “slice” (two slices count as one here) of pepperoni and sausage pizza
Pizza at Ernesto’s.
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19. Area Four

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500 Technology Square
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 758-4444
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The perfect example of Boston’s wood-fired pizza renaissance, Area Four serves up beautiful pies with a heavily blistered crust that benefits from a 30-plus-hour ferment and a sourdough starter. Try the carnivore pizza, topped with big, spicy pieces of sopressata as well as sausage and bacon.

Further reading: Area Four’s Jeff Pond on Dough and More

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“Not pepperoni” pizza (soppressata) at Area Four.
Area Four

20. Florina Pizzeria & Paninoteca

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16 Derne St
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 936-4494
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This Beacon Hill favorite — an essential lunch spot for the many workers in the neighborhood — serves absolutely enormous slices of thin-crust pizza. Taking a day off from pizza? Try the chicken parm sub. The small shop is primarily a takeout and delivery joint, but there’s a bit of seating, too.

Overhead view of a giant slice of cheese pizza on a paper plate on a wooden counter
“One” slice of cheese at Florina.
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21. Max & Leo's

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325 Washington St
Newton, MA 02458
(617) 244-7200
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Max & Leo’s coal-fired pizzas cook within minutes around 900 degrees and come out with a markedly blistered crust; those who don’t love pizza cooked well-done should go elsewhere. Nachos are also coal-fired, and there are a variety of oven-roasted wings available, plus salads, sandwiches, and more. There are a couple more locations in the area, but Newton is the original.

A pizza with a black-speckled puffy crust is held on a light wooden pizza peel in front of a coal-fired pizza oven
Pizza at Max & Leo’s.
Max & Leo’s

22. La Befana Pizzeria

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15 N Beacon St
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 987-0086

This Allston slice shop is one of the best spots in Boston for New York-style pizza. The pies are substantial, as are the slices (note: one slice really means two slices, so order accordingly.) The classic pepperoni is the play at La Befana, but it serves exceptional Buffalo chicken and barbecue chicken pizzas too. The garlic knots are not to be missed here.

23. Da LaPosta Pizzeria

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825 Washington St
Newton, MA 02460
(617) 964-2665
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Babbo Pizzeria e Enoteca alum Mario LaPosta, who has developed serious pizza skills over the years, now has his own restaurant, Da LaPosta, where he focuses on wood-fired pizza but embellishes the menu with pasta and a bit more. Watch for pizza options like the bianca (fig jam, lardo, pecorino, arugula) and the bagna cauda (house-made sausage, escarole, bufala mozzarella, garlic, anchovy).

Closeup on a Margherita pizza with a slightly charred, wood-fired crust and a fresh basil topping.
Pizza at Da LaPosta.
Da LaPosta

24. Pastoral

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345 Congress St
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 345-0005
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This full-service Fort Point restaurant serves a wide range of Neapolitan-style pizzas (any of which can be made gluten-free), topped with everything from fennel sausage to jalapenos. There’s plenty of pasta, too (also available gluten-free), along with wood-fired garlic knots and focaccia, sfizi and antipasti, and more.

Further reading: Chef/Owner Todd Winer Discusses the Restaurant’s First Year

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Pastoral.
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25. Picco

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513 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 927-0066
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Picco’s name is actually an acronym — Pizza and Ice Cream Company — and the popular South End restaurant does both things exceedingly well. The pizza is a dream come true for bread lovers thanks to its prominent, puffy crust, which gets just the right amount of char.

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Pepperoni pizza at Picco.
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26. Coppa

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253 Shawmut Ave
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 391-0902
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A favorite pizza destination of numerous chefs in town, this cozy South End spot from Jamie Bissonnette and Ken Oringer tops its pizzas with combinations such as tomato, pork sausage, ricotta, roasted onion, and fennel pollen; smoked bone marrow, beef tongue, Fresno chiles, fresh garlic, and mozzarella; and delicata squash, mushrooms, and thyme.

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‘nduja pizza at Coppa.
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27. Stoked Pizza

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1632 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 879-0707
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The popular wood-fired pizza truck expanded to a full-service restaurant in mid-2016, serving up a variety of pizzas, wings, and other snacks. Almost any pizza can be made gluten-free, and there’s a substantial vegan menu as well. Pro tip: Request the Peruvian tear drop peppers from the Stoked salad as a pizza topping. (Stoked now has a Cambridge sibling, too; the pizza at that location isn’t wood-fired, but it is also fantastic.)

Further reading: Stoked Debuts in Brookline With Wood-Fired Pizza and Pizza Pac-Man Bathrooms

A pizza at Stoked, featuring chopped up pepperoni (not round slices) and drizzled with Mike’s Hot Honey
Pepperoni pizza with hot honey drizzle at Stoked
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28. Pino's Pizza

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1920 Beacon St
Brighton, MA 02135
(617) 566-6468
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A Cleveland Circle standby since 1962, Pino’s serves New York-style slices, along with Sicilian pizza, calzones, and more. While the counter-service spot is primarily geared towards takeout, there are plenty of tables inside for those who want to stay.

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Pepperoni pizza at Pino’s.
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29. Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant

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425 W Broadway
South Boston, MA 02127
(617) 765-8636
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This Southie bar and restaurant serves up killer pizzas, and Eater Boston readers agree: Lincoln won a pizza poll a few years back. The wood-fired pizza options include a butternut squash pizza with fontina, bacon, caramelized onions, pecorino romano, and rosemary oil; Buffalo chicken pizza with caramelized onions and blue cheese sauce; and more.

Further reading: Lincoln Tavern's Nick Dixon on Pizza Gurus and More

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Pepperoni pizza at Lincoln Tavern.
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30. Jinny's Pizzeria

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1231 Centre St
Newton, MA 02459
(617) 467-4764
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This Newton newcomer — it opened in 2021 — comes from a team with a deep Newton fanbase already, the same folks behind Sycamore, Buttonwood, and Little Big Diner. The love for Jinny’s wood-fired pizza is already catching up with its big siblings, thanks to a slow-fermented dough and a solid selection of both red and white pies. (Try anything topped with Ezzo pepperoni.)

Overhead view of five overlapping pizzas, some up on stands, with spotted, wood-fired crusts.
A selection of pizzas at Jinny’s.
Jinny’s Pizza

31. Venice Pizza

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39 Savin Hill Ave
Boston, MA 02125
(617) 716-6499
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Open since 2021, Venice Pizza is a reboot of a decades-old Savin Hill classic that closed in 2019. The new ownership team includes Todd Winer, who is also behind Fort Point wood-fired pizza gem Pastoral (see above), but the style here is something else entirely — and just as good in its own way. This is more of a thin-crust, New York-inspired pizza. The milk-based dough gets a 48-hour ferment and comes out rich, with a bubbly and lightly blistered edge.

A freshly baked pizza held up by a stainless steel pizza peel, backdropped by a pair of deck ovens
Venice Pizza.
Venice Pizza

32. Molinari's

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789 Adams St
Dorchester, MA 02124
(617) 825-1700
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The wood-fired, brick-oven pizza is the star at this neighborhood favorite, but the rest of the Italian comfort food menu is a hit, too. Molinari’s opened in Adams Village in 2016, and the pizzas — which feature a pleasantly charred crust — include options like the clam (olive oil, garlic, fresh Wellfleet clams, fontina, mozzarella, chile oil) and the meat lover (tomato sauce, house-made Italian sausage, pepperoni, hamburger, and caramelized onions).

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Pizza at Molinari’s.
Molinari’s

33. Pleasant Cafe

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4515 Washington St
Roslindale, MA 02131
(617) 323-2111
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The pizza at Pleasant Cafe is beloved in Roslindale and beyond. Its mushroom and onion pizza (the onions are impossibly thin, which is the best way to do onions on pizza) is the move. Pleasant Cafe also offers a full menu, which includes a killer rendition of broiled scallops.

Exterior of an old-school restaurant with blue, pink, and red signage, including neon accents, that reads Pleasant Cafe.
Pleasant Cafe.
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1. Bianchi's Pizza

381 Revere Beach Blvd, Revere, MA 02151
A pepperoni pizza sits in an open cardboard pizza box on a stone surface, with a mostly empty beach visible in the background
Pepperoni pizza from the original Bianchi’s location, photographed in 2017.
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The decades-old Bianchi’s returned to Revere Beach in 2021 after closing its original, beloved location in 2018. The North Shore icon first opened in 1952, and the new location is a little ritzier than longtime fans will remember — full bar, dining room, and patio; some non-pizza food available from partner business the Sandbar; not cash-only. But it’s the same old pizza from the same old ovens on the same old beach, and that’s a good thing.

381 Revere Beach Blvd
Revere, MA 02151

2. Real Italian Gusto

24 High St, Medford, MA 02155
Overhead view of a quarter of a pizza with pepperoni and basil, served on a white plate
Calabria pizza at Real Italian Gusto.
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The name promises authenticity, and all the pieces are in place: owners from Italy, along with an oven from Florence and a fifth-generation pizza chef from Naples. Indeed, this Medford spot, which opened in late 2015, serves fantastic pizza, from the Calabria (tomato sauce, mozzarella, spicy salami, and basil) to the Umbria (mozzarella, garlic, sausage, truffle oil, and basil).

24 High St
Medford, MA 02155

3. Avenue Kitchen & Bar

158 Boston Ave, Somerville, MA 02144
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Pepperoni Detroit-style pizza at Avenue.
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Detroit-style pizza can be...divisive. Those who swear by New York-style slices or coal-fired New Haven pizza, for example, may dismiss it untasted, furrowing a brow at the buried toppings or the drizzle of sauce on top or the unfamiliar look of Wisconsin brick cheese. But those who appreciate the unique pan pizza — which does bear some similarity to the South Shore bar pizzas more familiar to many Bostonians, perhaps blended with a Sicilian pie — will find a lot to love at Avenue.

158 Boston Ave
Somerville, MA 02144

4. Dragon Pizza

233 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144
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A takeout pepperoni pizza from Dragon Pizza in Somerville’s Davis Square.
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Food lovers from Roslindale and beyond may remember chef Charlie Redd from the now-closed Redd’s in Rozzie; these days, he’s in Somerville’s Davis Square, serving up some of the tastiest pizzas around at Dragon Pizza. It has old-school sub shop vibes but a full bar and a lot of heart, not to mention house-made gelato.

233 Elm St
Somerville, MA 02144

5. Posto

187 Elm St, Cambridge, MA 02140
Closeup of Neapolitan-style pizza with a leopard-spotted, puffy crust. Toppings include pepperoni and basil.
Pepperoni pizza at Posto.
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This elegant full-service restaurant in Somerville’s Davis Square is sibling to the nearby Rosebud and Painted Burro, as well several other restaurants. Posto serves gorgeous Neapolitan-style pizzas — everything from a classic margherita to seasonal specials such as a local ramp pizza with mozzarella, applewood smoked bacon, an egg, parmesan, and maple syrup. There’s plenty more on the menu, too, and the restaurant has also been known to host whole pig roasts. Follow chef Juan G. Perez on Instagram for a peek at Posto’s pizza process.

Further reading: Posto Owner Joe Cassinelli on the Growth of Neapolitan Pizza

187 Elm St
Cambridge, MA 02140

6. Leone's Sub and Pizza

292 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145
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A slice of Sicilian at Leone’s.
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Leone’s opened in Somerville’s Winter Hill back in 1954. While the casual shop is known for its Sicilian pizza, Leone’s also serves a huge assortment of subs, salads, and more, all “fit for a king,” as the menu declares.

292 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02145

7. Newtowne Grille

1945 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140
Overhead view of a pepperoni pizza in a greasy pizza box
Pepperoni pizza from Newtowne Grille.
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Around since 1966, this unassuming sports bar serves some of the best New York-style pizza around; get a large cheese and a pitcher of beer without breaking the bank. The restaurant got a bit of a revamp over the course of the pandemic, but it’s holding onto its dive bar roots. (Also find a location in Billerica.)

1945 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140

8. Ciao Pizza and Pasta

59 Williams St, Chelsea, MA 02150
Closeup of Neapolitan-style pizza with a black-speckled crust, topped with ground sausage, blobs of mozzarella, and slices of cherry peppers
Salsiccia pizza (cherry peppers and house-made fennel sausage) at Ciao.
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A relative newcomer to the Boston-area pizza scene, the tiny Ciao opened in Chelsea in 2015, quickly gaining acclaim for its outstanding Neapolitan-style pizza. (Try a Nutella pizza for dessert. Why not?)

59 Williams St
Chelsea, MA 02150

9. Gran Gusto

90 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140