Santarpios opened last Wednesday in a very subdued manner with little publicity. I was heading home mid afternoon today and stopped for a late lunch at the bar.The menu is exactly like the original place, lamb, sausage and pizza. I opted for a cheese pizza with garlic priced at a pretty reasonable 12 bucks or so. Service was pretty good; there were 3 people behind the bar.
They have a full bar, fair beer selection and house wines by the glass or carafe....cheap! The pizza came out in a reasonable time and was it ever garlicy! Great for me but others might be put off as it was strong. The crust was that quasi-New Haven type, a little charred but not as thin as Pepe's or Sally's. Good flavored sauce and fresh cheese. The folks working there were nice enough but seemed a bit stressed which I guess would be normal with a new opening.
Overall, I liked the pizza....again, it is NOT New Haven but nothing is. The only off putting thing I can think of is the amount of coarse corn meal that is on the pizza. It adds a bit of gritiness that can be a little daunting at first but you get used to it after the first slice. I fully intend to go back for some of that sausage and lamb; it looked fantastic as it was coming to others at the bar.
Check it out if you are on the north shore and have gone to the East Boston location. The pizza is very close to the original and I think you will like it.
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