OK, this post is coming from a big fan of Newbury Pizza. I loved the divey digs and the no-frills foldable new york style slices.
I was skeptical about the new pizzeria that was replacing it, which had the suspect name Bostone Pizza. However, walking home today I noticed that the new place was open. Thus, even though I had recently eaten dinner, I stopped in to try a slice.
The inside has been totally redone, and looks nice, with sleek, clean lines, new countertops, tables, and chairs, and new signage. They also took the old Newbury Pizza sign and have hung it in the corner. According to the owner, they are going to have a little Newbury Pizza tribute area with pictures and news clippings. A nice touch.
I chatted with the owner; she said it was the first day open, and that she had bought the place with her husband. I told her that I was a big fan of NP, and she told me that the pizza was NOT the same pizza, but their own new recipe. They also have a huge selection of sicilian slices, which, according to the owner, is their specialty. I do like squares, but I was just in the mood for a taste of their regular thin crust so I ordered a plain slice, which is a bit pricey at $2.50, but about the same as Newbury Pizza's slices. She also gave me a free plain square to go, which I thought was really sweet of her!
Ok, so the pizza....IT''S GOOD...VERY good! It is a classic new york style thin crust slice, with a nice not-too-sweet but flavorful sauce, and a crisp yet pliable crust. My slice was not soggy in the least, with no tip sag to speak of (but that is fairly common with a reheated individual slice). It was very similar to Newbury Pizza's formula, but I actually thought the proportion of crust to sauce to cheese was a little bit better. I haven't eaten my free sicilian slice yet--it's still in the fridge, and I'm still too full from my Abe and Louis cheeseburger lunch--but as soon as I try it I will report back on that as well. But, for now, I am happy to say that the Back Bay once again has its reliable, New York style slice joint...though I'll miss the gruff, old school fat guy who used to make the pies at NP! Prices for plain pies have gone up slightly, from 11 something to 12.50, and they don't have newbury pizza's good "half-pie" deal, which was 6 dollars, but there is an 8 inch pie for $8. A pepperoni is $13.50. They also have the standard subs: chicken parm, italian, meatball, steak 'n cheese, and a very wide selection of sicilian slices. Definitely worth checking out if you're on Newbury St. The only thing I'll say is that I wish their individual slices were a bit bigger for $2.50. Newbury Pizza's individual slices were actually bigger than an 8th of a pizza; they used to cut the slice pies into six slices, so that for your $2.50 you were actually getting a sixth of a pie. Bostone's slices are regular 8th of a pie slices. I'm sure their rent is obscene, though.