Best of Boston

BEST Pizza

2008 BEST Pizza, Deep Dish

Galleria Umberto


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»

2008 BEST Pizza, Toppings

Pizza Pie-er


Fresh mozzarella. Sun-dried tomatoes. Anchovies, chicken, pineapple, ham. Green olives, green peppers. Black olives, red peppers. Asparagus, zucchini, artichoke hearts. Prosciutto, spinach, walnuts…and, oh yeah—they’ve also got four kinds of crust and 11 sauces. Good luck. read more»

2008 BEST Pizza, Gourmet



A destination pizzeria disguised as a neighborhood joint, Picco tempts even the most persnickety foodies with delicate brick-oven crusts and top-drawer toppings like Gruyére, aged balsamic, and white anchovies. 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»

2008 BEST Pizza, Thin Crust

Cambridge 1


The Harvard Square favorite opened up a second location in the Fenway last year, giving fans twice their fill of fanciful combinations (lobster and corn, potato and fontina) atop a superflat grilled crust. Or, as we like to think of… read more»

2007 BEST Pizza, West

Stone Hearth Pizza Co.


Of course, the better story would have been some cheese sliceslinging hole in the wall beating out the gourmet spots as our pizza parlor champ. Maybe next year. For now, you can’t do better than the thin, chewy-crusted pies at… read more»

2007 BEST Pizza

Woody’s Grill and Tap


Hidden away in the Fenway, Woody’s comes as close to a genuine Cheers experience as you’ll get. Everyone’s a regular—the chewy wood-fired crusts and notably reasonable prices make sure of that. But the low-key vibe notwithstanding, the kitchen also has… read more»

2006 BEST Pizza, Toppings



Even if all you want is a slice, you’re still entitled to more than the standard toppings. Ernesto’s has 20 pies ready to go—from caramelized onion and bacon to tomato, artichoke, and blue cheese. read more»

2006 BEST Pizza

Galleria Umberto


Galleria Umberto’s Sicilian pizza, like Scarlett Johansson, is a dish that needs no adornments. The family recipe relied on by the lunch-only establishment has changed little in more than 40 years: tangy tomato sauce, a savory blend of cheeses, and… read more»

2005 BEST Pizza, Gourmet

The Upper Crust


With toppings this terrific, it’s hard to limit yourself to just one slice. The Slightly Pesto—white pizza splashed with pesto, garlic, and diced tomatoes—is our fave, but thin, chewy crusts beneath fresh ingredients such as seafood or Italian sausage, and… read more»