A slice isn’t just a slice if you have eaten at these five pizzerias. From imaginative toppings to showstopper coal-fired ovens, Boston has officially made its mark on the pizza industry. While Regina Pizzeria used to reign supreme as the mother of all pizzas (and still rings true in the North End), they have found some recent competition. Here’s a look at some of the city’s best places for a crispy slice of American pie.
Steps from Downtown Crossing and Beacon Hill, MAST’ took over the former space of The Littlest Bar in Boston and transformed it into a sleek two-story pizzeria that churns out authentic Neapolitan pies. We love the Saporita topped with broccoli rabe, sausage, olive oil and parmesan cheese, but our favorite here is the Nutella dessert pizza featuring the beloved hazelnut spread and creamy ricotta served atop a crisp golden crust.
45 Province Street Boston, MA 02108
2 Pastoral Artisan Pizza, Kitchen & Bar
Pastoral is one of the hautest spots to hit the Fort Point Channel for a deliciously sourced pie. Here, tradition with a twist takes over the menu so instead of a familiar cheese pizza, you will find a short rib combined with pecorino, pistachio and red onion. The fennel sausage combined with buffalo mozzarella is a popular hit cooked in an oven imported from Italy.
345 Congress Street Boston, MA 02215
3 Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana
Frank Pepe’s has finally arrived and we, for one, couldn’t be happier. Located inside the Mall at Chestnut Hill, the pizzeria is one of the oldest in the nation that made its original following in New Haven, Connecticut. They recently expanded its coal fired ovens to its Massachusetts location that churns out their famous original tomato pie made with crushed Italian tomatoes and specialty pizzas like the white clam made with garlic, oregano, olive oil, grated cheese and fresh clams.
199 Boylston Street Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
4 Babbo Pizzeria e Enoteca
Babbo pays homage to the art of pizza making with its massive space located in the Fan Pier section of Boston. Here, famed Chef Mario Batali’s team focuses on the simplicity of fresh ingredients (think mushroom and smoked mozzarella or the margherita made with tomato, basil and mozzarella). Creative pies take the form of potato, Brussels sprouts, pancetta and smoked mozzarella as well as meatball with pickled chili and fontina cheese.
11 Fan Pier Boulevard Boston, MA 02210
5 Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza
What started out in Florida has finally come to the Boston area with the opening of the first Massachusetts location of Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza. The pizzas here are cooked in an 800-degree coal-fired pizza oven so each pie is perfectly crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. The pizzeria has quickly gained such a cult following here in Massachusetts that they are expanding to Reading, Northboro and Littleton in the coming months.
119 University Avenue Westwood, MA 02090