Best of Boston

BEST Pizza

2000 BEST Pizza, General Excellence



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»

2000 BEST Pizza, Designer

Cafe Louis


Leave it to Louis Boston to install a cafe that outdoes most of the local stand-alone restaurants. What keeps us coming back to Cafe Louis, even when we don’t want to shop. is chef David Reynoso’s incredible pizza margherita. It’s… read more»

1999 BEST Pizza, Classic

Pizzeria Regina


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


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


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


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


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


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



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


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»