overall, not very good.
EMMA's - Hampshire St, Cambrdige.
i went at 11:35, they open 11:30. ALready there was a stack of maybe 8 old looking pies waiting for reheating for by the slice sales. This is an abominable practice for a real pizzeria. Either make em fresh or dont sell slices. Especially at lunch time you cna do the volume to make em frsh. At Emma's it looked like the pizza cooks were a bunch of college kids who didnt know how to hustle. I ordered a small pie, well done. The cheese was ok, the sauce was ok, the crust was like those little oyster crackers you get to put in your chowder in a seafood shack. Overall it was okay, but not great. I think people just like this place because they can get all sorts of interesting toppings. But if u go, only order by the pie, god knows that time the pies for slices were cooked..
SANTARPIO'S- East Boston
if youre going to the airport, fine, a great stop. Atmosphere reminiscent of Sally's in New Haven. went for lunch. Pizza is decent, the crust is not spectacular, but good enough. I noticed the crust is tasteless, and the cheese is too salty which must be why they dont salt the dough. it balances this way, but it would be better if the dough had a little of the salt from the cheese!
GALLERIA UMBERTO- Hanover st, North End
Decent sicilian style.
PINO'S- Cleveland Circle, on Brookline border
I actually know the original Pino who opened this place in 1964 and sold it to the current owner in 1967. Of course, according to the article on the wall in the place, he claims to have always owned it, even though hes not Pino.. When i mentioned i know Pino, first he shook his head, then he said "from where", then he said "i though he went back to avellino" ..heheheh so something weird was going on.
anyway..the pizza was average. FRESH slices though, unllike Emma's. Doughy DOughy. Ok cheese and sauce. But to me amost all Boston pizza sauces taste alike...they must all use the same tomato saucees... (Santarpio's uses Pastene canned tomatoes though, i believe)
If i were in the area and needed a slice okay...
in general not worth a trip out of the way...
Galleria Umberto was probably the best, santarpios next...