Went to Armando's in Cambridge last night for dinner, and Regina's tonight. I feel sluggish and slightly queasy, but it was worth it. A few notes on each:
Armando's was packed around 6:00. It took awhile for them to cook up a pepperoni pizza for me, but once I got it I realized why so many people like this place. The tangy, romano-based cheese was delicious, and the sauce had a pretty hearty taste to it. The crust was as dry as could be, with a very slight browning of the bottom. I kept trying to figure out what this pizza reminded me of, and I finally realized that it had a slight similarity to Santarpio's (perhaps because of the cheese). Definitely an excellent New York-style pizza that I would consider as good as Bianchi's in Revere, though perhaps a slight notch below the Paddock in Somerville, as well as Santarp's and Regina's.
Speaking of Pizzeria Regina, a large group of us went there around 5:00 this evening. We walked right in and got a large table. My fellow diners ordered a couple of their large gourmet pizzas, but I had to go old-school, getting a small pepperoni pizza, cooked well-done, for myself. The waitress actually came out with my pizza, showed it to me, and asked me if I wanted it in the oven for another minute (I did). All three pizzas were fabulous, as I expected them to be. It is indeed the king of all pizzas in the Boston area, IMHO, with all due respect to Santarpio's.
What a great weekend so far! Maybe tomorrow I'll hit Santarp's to finish off the pizza trifecta. :-)