I read pretty good reviews about Pino's, a pizza place in Cleveland Circle, and being there this past weekend to visit my daughter we decided to check it out. Some people (not on Chowhound) even compared it to Santarpio's, so I was intrigued.
Having never been to Santarpio's, if Pino's is comparable, I would pass. We shared a simple cheese pie and there was nothing about it that struck me as memorable or special. The crust was thicker than thin crust and thinner than thick/Sicilian - some kind of crusty netherworld. The sauce tasted like standard pizza parlor stuff as did the cheese.
A side tossed salad and Greek Salad were insipid - standard iceberg and bland tomato/cucumber stuff.
My husband said, "Well it's been a long time since we've had pizza in Boston, so maybe by Boston standards this is good."
I don't think so. I enjoyed the pies we had in the past at the original Pizzeria Regina's and Antico Forno and the slices at Umberto's. I also have an odd fondness for the South Shore bar pies you find at spots like the Cape Cod Cafe in Brockton. To me, they're all much much better than Pino's.
Was there something else we should have ordered, or is this a case of it is what it is, like it or lump it?
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