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Gran Gusto, Cambridge: the best Neapolitan pizza in Metro Boston

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Gran Gusto, Cambridge: the best Neapolitan pizza in Metro Boston

finlero | Dec 5, 2007 06:48 AM

After a number of favorable reviews here and elsewhere, I finally had the opportunity to visit Gran Gusto in Cambridge.

The starters and pasta were very good, some of the better Campanian food I've had around town. And their rather sizable, mostly Italian wine list was surprisingly serious, featuring a number of Brunellos, Barolos, and the like in the $100 range, as well as plenty of value-oriented offerings well under $50.

But the pizza! Ohhhhhhhh, the pizza...

Whenever I try a new pizza place, I like to give a nod to the scientific method and order the same thing: a plain pizza margherita. Gran Gusto's was absolutely superb:

Sauce: bright and fresh, applied lightly and evenly.

Cheese: real buffalo mozzarella, again applied lightly, keeping a good balance.

But best of all, the crust: without a doubt the most wonderful crust I've encountered in the city. Astonishingly light and airy, clearly cooked in a blazing hot oven to build a thin, crisp exterior around the moist inside.

Finished with a nice amount of fresh basil, this pie was the real deal. At $12, not exactly a steal, but considering the quality of the ingredients, certainly not highway robbery either.

I've had some reasonable takes on Neapolitan-style pizzas around town. Antico Forno's is decent. Amelia's is Jekyll and Hyde, but fairly Jekyll on a good day. But nothing else I've tried in town can touch Gran Gusto. It has instantly become my go-to place in Boston for Neapolitan pizza.

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