Best of Boston

BEST Pizza

2000 BEST Pizza, Parlor

Santarpio’s Pizza

East Boston

Eastie’s answer to pizza heaven is definitely a grass-roots experience. There is no ambiance at Santarpio’s, to be sure, but there is fabulous dough. All pies are made in the restaurant’s own wood-fired oven, and toppings including grilled sausage and… 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 »

1999 BEST Pizza, Classic

Pizzeria Regina

Boston

We won’t vouch for the suburban outposts, but there’s magic in the oven at 11 1/2 Thatcher Street. Out of that brick baby marvel come bubbling pies with a smoky/chewy/crispy crust; a tangy, bodacious sauce; and fresh toppings. The waitresses… read more »

1999 BEST Pizza, Gourmet

Emma’s Pizza

Cambridge

Perhaps it’s a misnomer to call it gourmet. After all, what’s more traditionally Italian than a thin, crispy crust; fresh herbs and vegetables; smoky sausage; and fine cheeses? Then again, pizzerias in Rome aren’t likely to plunk goat cheese or… read more »

1998 BEST Pizza, Contemporary

Emma’s Pizza

Cambridge

Yo-Yo Ma has been known to scarf a slice, as has man-with-much-free-time Bill Weld. Sure, they live next door, but fans from far and near flock to Emma’s. And even though the autocratic Emma is long gone from this Cambridge… read more »

1998 BEST Pizza, Traditional

Pizzeria Regina

Boston

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 »

1997 BEST Pizza

Emma’s Pizzeria

Cambridge

In this confusing era of haute-cuisine pizza and the low-rent greasy stuff, we almost forgot what we were after—until we got to Emma’s. Sure, it’s got the fancier toppings, but it has also mastered that bygone gem: The Slice. Stroll… read more »

1996 BEST Pizza

Santarpio’s Pizza

Boston

This pizza is just right: thin toothsome crust, flavorful sauce, perfect amount of mozzarella. A true classic that can’t be beat. read more »

1995 BEST Pizza, Brick Oven

Figs

Charlestown

If you’re ready to venture beyond traditional-red-sauce-and-mozzarella pizzas, Figs stands ready to offer some of the most innovative pies around. Try the famous Fig and Prosciutto, or the Portobello, with its al dente mushrooms, caramelized onions, and roasted tomatoes. And… read more »

1995 BEST Pizza, Classic

Santarpio’s

East Boston

Who knows pizza better than teenagers? We sent four teenagers who had trained on a field trip to Italy to sample pies in the North End and East Boston. Their pick: Santarpio’s, with caveats. The wait staff is surly, the… read more »