Best of Boston

BEST Pizza

2005 BEST Pizza, Traditional

Santarpio’s Pizza

East Boston

Long before the neighborhood became known for high-end loft conversions and favorable price-per-square-foot ratios, Santarpio’s was making superlative pizza in East Boston. Now in its fourth generation in the pie-slinging business, the Santarpio clan continues to draw pilgrims from across… read more»

2004 BEST Pizza, Gourmet

Emma’s

Cambridge

The super-thin crust that flies out of Emma’s kitchen is addictive in its own right. Add to that such innovative combinations as Canadian bacon, caramelized onions, and rosemary sauce, or a scallion, garlic, and gorgonzola mix. The restaurants may have… 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, South

Lynwood Cafe

Randolph

Most anyone who’s lived on the South Shore has broken bread (or crust) at Lynwood—and given this little pizza joint’s out-of-the-way location and nearly microscopic sign, that’s saying something. As for the décor, think 1950s Tennessee: Formica tables with stainless-steel… read more»

2003 BEST Pizza, Traditional

Pizzeria Regina, North End Branch

Boston

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, Designer

Café Louis

Boston

This pizza is not unlike many of the customers of the female persuasion who dine in the café at Louis Boston itself: high-maintenance, but, frankly, divine. To put a finer point on it, there’s only a small handful of predetermined… 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, Designer

Emma’s

Cambridge

It’s this simple: Nothing satisfies a pizza craving like a piping hot pie from the kitchen at Emma’s. Choose from more than a dozen tasty (and sometimes bizarre) toppings, including dried cranberries, sweet potatoes, and goat cheese. The near-perfect, thin-crust… read more»

2001 BEST Pizza, Traditional

Little Stevie’s

Boston

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»

2000 BEST Pizza, General Excellence

Emma’s

Cambridge

Emma’s may have moved from Huron Avenue to Kendall Square, but it still boats the same great thin-crust pizza and 21 imaginative toppings, including smoked chicken, dried cranberries, calamata olives, and roasted sweet potatoes (as well as standbys such as… read more»