Best of Boston

2003 Best Pizza, Traditional

Pizzeria Regina, North End Branch

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 (often long) line at the corner of Thacher and Endicott streets for a slice or two. The wait is worth it. First, the basics: a thin crust that’s simultaneously crisp and chewy, slathered with tangy tomato sauce and cheese. Then there are traditional pizza house enhancements such as meatballs (juicy bursts of seasoned meat), sausage, or any fresh vegetables. Last, there’s the homemade flavored olive oil—a secret mix we’re pretty sure contains hot peppers, herbs, and garlic—meant to be doused liberally on every slice.

11 Thacher St., Boston, 617-227-0765,