Best of Boston

BEST Pizza

2014 BEST Pizza

Galleria Umberto

Boston

Thick and fluffy with just the right amount of crunch, Umberto’s Sicilian crust is the perfect vessel for a complete smothering of herbed tomato sauce and bubbly, browned cheese. Just be sure to get there early (before noon is a… read more »

2013 BEST Pizza, High-Brow
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Picco

Boston

Here, the crust, cheese, and toppings on each pizza—we love the broccoli rabe, sausage, and olive—are scorched by the 600-degree oven, then brought to the table bubbling hot and almost caramelized. read more »

2013 BEST Pizza, Low-Brow
Photo by Jesse Burke

Santarpio’s Pizza

East Boston

At this old-school pizza joint, the cornmeal-crusted pies provide a crispy base for swirls of cheese, sauce, and classic toppings such as peppers, onions, and house-made sausage. read more »

2012 BEST Pizza

Santarpio’s

East Boston

For a pizza joint, this Eastie institution has more than its fair share of character—thick Boston accents, a Sinatra-loaded jukebox, and rough (yet deep down, totally lovable) servers. And then there’s the pizza itself: a crunchy, cornmeal-dusted affair slathered with… read more »

2011 BEST Pizza, Traditional

Santarpio’s

East Boston

A warning sign should be posted on Santarpio’s front door: EAT THESE PIES AT YOUR OWN RISK. Because when those pepperoni-and-sausage-strewn slices hit your table just seconds after being pulled from the oven, you will dive in too quickly, and… read more »

2011 BEST Pizza, Gourmet

Posto

Somerville

With its mod open layout and warm brick and wood, Posto is snazzy enough for date night and relaxed enough for family get-togethers. But to truly appreciate one of Posto’s pies, fly solo. With a bready aroma rolling off the… read more »

2010 BEST Pizza, Affordable
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Santarpio’s Pizza

East Boston

Make a decision!’ the waitress barks as you pause at the door to let an elderly woman exit the restaurant. ‘In or out?’ she screeches. This is an easy one: in. What to order is not, as you’ll be lucky… read more »

2010 BEST Pizza, Upscale
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Coppa

Boston

At his tiny South End enoteca, chef Jamie Bissonnette turns out some of the most magnificent pizza crust around—crunchy, chewy, smoky, and soft all at once. Coppa’s ‘fungo’ pizza ($15) comes crowned with morel mushrooms, roasted tomatoes, and creamy Taleggio;… read more »

2009 BEST Pizza
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Picco

Boston

Previous years have seen this contest split into mini categories like ‘Best Thin Crust’ and ‘Best Toppings.’ But it’s time to set aside compiled-ish things and commit to a single, superlative winner: namely, Picco, for combining the chewy-crisp crust of… read more »

2008 BEST Pizza, Deep Dish
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Galleria Umberto

Boston

This North End institution’s thick slabs eat like a meal. But initiates should beware Umberto’s novel closing-time policy: When the food’s gone (usually by midafternoon), it’s gone, and the employees call it a day. read more »