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A pepperoni pizza at Armando’s
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25 Essential Pizzas in the Boston Area

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 25 spots that showcase the best of today’s Boston-area pizza world. In the interest of keeping to a tight radius around Boston, this map omits the excellent South Shore bar pizza scene, which deserves a map of its own. (But here’s a quick road trip rundown on that front: Seek out Cape Cod Pizza in Bridgewater, Brockton, Raynham, or Halifax; Lynwood Cafe in Randolph; Town Spa in Stoughton; Hoey’s Amvets Pizza in Randolph; and Poopsie’s in Pembroke.)

Other Massachusetts drive-worthy pizza destinations include Bambolina in Salem (“neo-Neapolitan” pizza), Riverview Pizza in Ipswich (a North Shore take on bar pizza), and Volturno in Worcester (Neapolitan pizza), outside the geographic scope of this map but also essential to the broader Massachusetts pizza scene.

Please note that a number of Massachusetts restaurants have resumed dine-in service, and the level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: For updated information on coronavirus cases in the area, please visit the Massachusetts coronavirus website.

Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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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. 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).

Real Italian Gusto is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery via DoorDashGrubhub, and Uber Eats.

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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2. 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.

Avenue is open for indoor dining (make reservations here), and takeout and delivery via its website.

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Pepperoni Detroit-style pizza at Avenue
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3. 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 as Burro Bar (in Brookline and Boston’s South End), Osteria Posto (in Waltham), and the Bedford location of Posto.

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 also hosts whole pig roasts.

Posto is open for indoor dining, and takeout and delivery via its website.

Further reading: 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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4. 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.

Leone’s is open for takeout and delivery via DoorDash and Grubhub.

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A slice of Sicilian at Leone’s
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5. 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. Newtowne has one of the best deals around: Get a large cheese pizza and a pitcher of beer for just $12. There’s also a location in Billerica.

Newtowne is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery via DoorDash and Uber Eats.

Overhead view of a pepperoni pizza in a greasy pizza box
Pepperoni pizza from Newtowne Grille
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6. 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 has only been open since late 2015, quickly gaining acclaim for its outstanding Neapolitan-style pizza.

Ciao is open for indoor dining and takeout.

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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7. 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.

Gran Gusto is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

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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8. 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.

Armando’s is open for takeout and delivery.

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Pepperoni pizza at Armando’s
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9. 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.

Hot Box is open for takeout and delivery via its website.

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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10. 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.

Brewer’s Fork is open for indoor dining, outdoor dining, and takeout and delivery via its website.

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

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The bar at Brewer’s Fork
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11. 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.

Santarpio’s is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

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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12. 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. It was the runner up in Eater Boston’s pizza poll a few years back.

Pinocchio’s is open for takeout and delivery.

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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13. 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.

Regina is currently open for indoor dining, takeout (order online), and delivery (order via Grubhub).

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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14. Galleria Umberto

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

Umberto is open for indoor dining and takeout.

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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15. 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; only available Friday and Saturday) 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.

Ernesto’s is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery via Grubhub and Uber Eats.

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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16. 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.

Area Four is open for patio dining, takeout, and delivery.

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

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“Not pepperoni” pizza (soppressata) at Area Four
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17. 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. Max & Leo’s also has an outpost inside of Game On in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood (currently hibernating for the winter) and a couple more in the area, but Newton is the original location.

Max & Leo’s is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

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Pizza at Max & Leo’s
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18. La Befana Pizzeria

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15 N Beacon St
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 987-0086
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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 does exceptional Buffalo chicken and BBQ chicken pizzas too. The garlic knots are not to be missed here.

La Befana is open for takeout and delivery via DoorDash, Grubhub, and Uber Eats.

19. 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.

Pastoral is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery via Grubhub and Uber Eats.

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

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Pastoral
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20. 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.

Picco is open for takeout and delivery.

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Pepperoni pizza at Picco
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21. 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.

Coppa is open for indoor dining and outdoor dining (make reservations here), as well as takeout and delivery.

Partial view of a pizza on a metal tray on a wooden table. The pizza is topped with mozzarella globs, basil and spots of ‘nduja.
‘nduja pizza at Coppa
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22. Stoked Wood Fired 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 is open for takeout and delivery.

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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23. 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.

Pino’s is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery via DoorDash, Grubhub, and Uber Eats.

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Pepperoni pizza at Pino’s
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24. 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; a barbecue pork pizza with barbecue sauce, Calabrian chile, caramelized onions, fresh mozzarella, and scallions; and more.

Lincoln Tavern is open for indoor dining (make reservations here), takeout, and delivery.

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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25. 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.

Pleasant Cafe is open for takeout.

1. Real Italian Gusto

24 High St, Medford, MA 02155
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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).

Real Italian Gusto is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery via DoorDashGrubhub, and Uber Eats.

24 High St
Medford, MA 02155

2. 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.

Avenue is open for indoor dining (make reservations here), and takeout and delivery via its website.

158 Boston Ave
Somerville, MA 02144

3. 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 as Burro Bar (in Brookline and Boston’s South End), Osteria Posto (in Waltham), and the Bedford location of Posto.

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 also hosts whole pig roasts.

Posto is open for indoor dining, and takeout and delivery via its website.

Further reading: Joe Cassinelli on the Growth of Neapolitan Pizza

187 Elm St
Cambridge, MA 02140

4. Leone's Sub and Pizza

292 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145
Closeup of a single slice of Sicilian pizza, topped with pepperoni, on a white paper plate
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.

Leone’s is open for takeout and delivery via DoorDash and Grubhub.

292 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02145

5. Newtowne Grille

1945 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140
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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. Newtowne has one of the best deals around: Get a large cheese pizza and a pitcher of beer for just $12. There’s also a location in Billerica.

Newtowne is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery via DoorDash and Uber Eats.

1945 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140

6. 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 has only been open since late 2015, quickly gaining acclaim for its outstanding Neapolitan-style pizza.

Ciao is open for indoor dining and takeout.

59 Williams St
Chelsea, MA 02150

7. Gran Gusto

90 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140
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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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.

Gran Gusto is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

90 Sherman St
Cambridge, MA 02140

8. Armando's Pizza

163 Huron Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
Partial view of a pepperoni pizza on a metal tray on a light-colored table
Pepperoni pizza at Armando’s
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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.

Armando’s is open for takeout and delivery.

163 Huron Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138

9. Hot Box

1 Bow Market Way, Somerville, MA 02143
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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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.

Hot Box is open for takeout and delivery via its website.

1 Bow Market Way
Somerville, MA 02143

10. Brewer's Fork

7 Moulton St, Charlestown, MA 02129
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The bar at Brewer’s Fork
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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.

Brewer’s Fork is open for indoor dining, outdoor dining, and takeout and delivery via its website.

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

7 Moulton St
Charlestown, MA 02129

11. Santarpio's Pizza

111 Chelsea St, Boston, MA 02128
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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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.

Santarpio’s is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

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

111 Chelsea St
Boston, MA 02128

12. Pinocchio's Pizza & Subs

74 Winthrop St, Cambridge, MA 02138
The menu board, counter, and an employee at Pinocchio’s in Harvard Square
Inside Pinocchio’s in Harvard Square
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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. It was the runner up in Eater Boston’s pizza poll a few years back.

Pinocchio’s is open for takeout and delivery.

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

74 Winthrop St
Cambridge, MA 02138

13. Regina Pizza

11 1/2 Thacher St, Boston, MA 02113
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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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.

Regina is currently open for indoor dining, takeout (order online), and delivery (order via Grubhub).

Further reading: Richie Zapata on 18 Years at Regina Pizzeria

11 1/2 Thacher St
Boston, MA 02113

14. Galleria Umberto

289 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113
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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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.”

Umberto is open for indoor dining and takeout.

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

289 Hanover St
Boston, MA 02113

15. Ernesto's Pizza

69 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113
A “slice” (two slices count as one here) of pepperoni and sausage pizza
Pizza at Ernesto’s
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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; only available Friday and Saturday) 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.

Ernesto’s is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery via Grubhub and Uber Eats.

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

69 Salem St
Boston, MA 02113

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16. Area Four

500 Technology Square, Cambridge, MA 02139
A closeup shot of a soppressata-topped pizza with a puffy, charred crust
“Not pepperoni” pizza (soppressata) at Area Four
Area Four/Official Site

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.

Area Four is open for patio dining, takeout, and delivery.

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

500 Technology Square
Cambridge, MA 02139

17. Max & Leo's

325 Washington St, Newton, MA 02458