Best of Boston

BEST Pizza

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»

1993 BEST Pizza, New

Figs

Charlestown

Todd English scores again! The white clam pie is just one of the great master-pizzas. Not even Pepe’s in New Haven could touch this version. read more»

1993 BEST Pizza, Suburban

Caruso’s Pizzeria & Ristorante

Melrose

Mike Caruso calls his popular pie the Zazza. It’s a funny name for a pizza, but try one. You’ll be saying Zazza all the time. read more»