They also happen to be chains which isn't usually my choice for pizza, but they are actually good chains.. First is Comellas, a great new edition to Melrose. Its a local family run chain which offers cheap family take out of mostly traditional, but also creative Italian food. You can also eat in, and its surprisingly cozy with earthy colored walls and little lights around bottles in the windows and Siriusly Sinatra channel playing. They specialize in "The Mess" a bunch of pasta ala leftovers style combined with whatever you want to add, and about 10 types of raviolis.. huge menu. The Pizza is a 16 inch very traditional thin crust Italian pizza with a delicious yeasty dough that's puffy but a nice chew on the edges and droopy at the tip with tasty sauce and nice cheese blend prob mozz and a little romano. Very quality pizza and its 5 bucks, 2 bucks for toppings.
The other is Yardhouse in Lynnfield which is a cavernous, dark, loud place with massive beer types, but we go for the apps at happy hours which are half price, including the Pizzas, prob somewhere over 12 inches. We get the 4 cheese which is mozz, fontina, parm and ricotta, I think. The oven taste reminds me of Regina and the sauce is fflavored, prob garlic and basil . With the sillky ricotta it is not a typical crispy or chewy pizza, but is soft and melts in your mouth and addictive. They also have some other surprisingly good apps like the garlic noodles, the gardein veggie meat options and a lot more. Extremely accommodating.. We do things like exchange pine nuts for edamame and they will do anything you ask. And they care about the food, for a chain. Once they brought us a second pizza cuz they thought the first one wasn't sliced neatly enough!
Theres two other new pizza places in the area that are chains too, both from Maine.. Portland Pizza in Reading and OTTO in Lynnfield. Would love to hear some Chow reviews..