I don't have time to write a full review (heading out to Craigie for the Chinese Xmas dinner), but I was just blown away by the pizza I just had at a place that there doesn't seem to be a single mention of on this board:
Ciao! Pizza and Pasta (Chelsea MA)
We were visiting Night Shift Brewery and I was looking on Yelp for a place to eat nearby, and Ciao! pops us as the highest rated local restaurant, with an almost perfect 5 star rating. Never heard of it! Apparently it's been open about 1 1/2 years.
Minimalist, with only a dozen or so seats facing the kitchen or window, but apparently Xmas Eve is the day to go, since it was empty when we arrived for a late lunch. Super friendly service; we were served by one of the owners who was very passionate about his product and excited about the local community.
Neapolitan style, in a wood-fired brick oven. Of the 10 different pizzas they offer (one being a Nutella dessert pizza), we had the:
FUNGHI--Wood-fired roasted mushrooms (shitaki & ?), homemade ricotta, garlic, arugula, truffle oil ($14)
***OMG!!! This was the single best pizza I've had in the Boston area, and one of the best pizzas I've ever had in my life (up there with the legendary Tacconelli's in Philly).
Has anyone else been to Ciao yet? A couple of blocks from the brilliant Mystic Brewery (where they will apparently deliver the pizza to as well). A bit of a drive, but totally worth it (but be prepared to wait, since I can't imagine they are always this empty).