Best of Boston

BEST Pizza, traditional

2011 BEST Pizza, Traditional


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»

2008 BEST Pizza, Traditional


East Boston

This pizza hasn’t changed in more than 100 years, and why should it? The blackened crust is chewy and crunchy by turns, the savory tomato sauce heady with garlic. And the heavy hand with toppings is a rare generous gesture… read more»

2004 BEST Pizza, Traditional

Pizza Oggi

Jamaica Plain

Let the gourmets pile on their trendy precious toppings; the best serious classic pizza is the kind that gets the basics right. This barely decorated brick storefront in Jamaica Plain has its thin, simple pizzas down to a science: They’re… read more»

2003 BEST Pizza, Traditional

Pizzeria Regina, North End Branch


There’s no shortage of great pizza in this town, but the place we always come back to is the original North End home of Pizzeria Regina. Ignore the outposts at Faneuil Hall and in the suburbs, and get in the… read more»

2002 BEST Pizza, Traditional

Santarpio’s Pizza

East Boston

Forget the perfunctory décor and out-of-the-way address, Santarpio’s pies are the zenith of ‘za, delivered dangerously hot from the depths of a loud and steamy backroom. Some say the secret is the sauce. Others swear by the cheese. Whatever the… read more»

2001 BEST Pizza, Traditional

Little Stevie’s


Miss your adolescence? The Formica booths at Little Stevie’s aren’t just seats, they’re time machines that sweep you right back to braces, babysitting money, and after-school specials. And the pizza’s right there with you: pillowy, bubbly, and doughy edges with… read more»

1998 BEST Pizza, Traditional

Pizzeria Regina


The old-school North End spot still serves up all the heavy bustle, cheap wine, and surly service required of a traditional pizza joint. And their slices are still the meanest in town: well-spiced; smoked, not greased; and impeccably proportioned. Nice… read more»