Best of Boston

BEST Pizza

2008 BEST Pizza, White
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Emma’s Pizza

Cambridge

Freed of tomato-sauce tyranny, the potent flavor of the ingredient combos—like bacon-scallion-Gorgonzola and spinach-kalamata-feta—come shining through, and may just convince you to kick the red stuff for good. read more »

2008 BEST Pizza, Deep Dish
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Galleria Umberto

Boston

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
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Pizza Pie-er

Boston

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
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Picco

Boston

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 »

2007 BEST Pizza

Woody’s Grill and Tap

Boston

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 »

2007 BEST Pizza, West

Stone Hearth Pizza Co.

Belmont

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 »

2006 BEST Pizza, Toppings
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Ernesto’s

Boston

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
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Galleria Umberto

Boston

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

Boston

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 »

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 »