Best Pizza in Boston

2015 Best Pizza

Stoked Wood Fired Pizza Co.

If you had told us that the pizza that would wow us most this year a) was the brainchild of the former Letters to Cleo bassist and b) came out…Read More

2015 Best Pizza

Regina Pizzeria

Boston

This was a winner in our 2015 Best of Boston Readers’ Poll. See all the 2015 winners…Read More

2014 Best Pizza

Galleria Umberto

Boston

Thick and fluffy with just the right amount of crunch, Umberto’s Sicilian crust is the perfect vessel for a complete smothering of herbed tomato sauce and bubbly, browned cheese. Just…Read More

2013 Best Pizza, High-Brow

Picco

Boston

Here, the crust, cheese, and toppings on each pizza—we love the broccoli rabe, sausage, and olive—are scorched by the 600-degree oven, then brought to the table bubbling hot and almost…Read More

2013 Best Pizza, Low-Brow

Santarpio’s Pizza

East Boston

At this old-school pizza joint, the cornmeal-crusted pies provide a crispy base for swirls of cheese, sauce, and classic toppings such as peppers, onions, and house-made sausage…Read More

2012 Best Pizza

Santarpio’s

East Boston

For a pizza joint, this Eastie institution has more than its fair share of character—thick Boston accents, a Sinatra-loaded jukebox, and rough (yet deep down, totally lovable) servers. And then…Read More

2012 Best Pizza

Santarpio’s

East Boston

For a pizza joint, this Eastie institution has more than its fair share of character—thick Boston accents, a Sinatra-loaded jukebox, and rough (yet deep down, totally lovable) servers. And then…Read More

2011 Best Pizza, Gourmet

Posto

Somerville

With its mod open layout and warm brick and wood, Posto is snazzy enough for date night and relaxed enough for family get-togethers. But to truly appreciate one of Posto’s…Read More

2011 Best Pizza, Shallow Dish

Santarpio’s

East Boston

A warning sign should be posted on Santarpio’s front door: EAT THESE PIES AT YOUR OWN RISK. Because when those pepperoni-and-sausage-strewn slices hit your table just seconds after being pulled…Read More

2011 Best Pizza, Traditional

Santarpio’s

East Boston

A warning sign should be posted on Santarpio’s front door: EAT THESE PIES AT YOUR OWN RISK. Because when those pepperoni-and-sausage-strewn slices hit your table just seconds after being pulled…Read More

2010 Best Pizza, Upscale

Coppa

Boston

At his tiny South End enoteca, chef Jamie Bissonnette turns out some of the most magnificent pizza crust around—crunchy, chewy, smoky, and soft all at once. Coppa’s ‘fungo’ pizza ($15)…Read More

2010 Best Pizza, Affordable

Santarpio’s Pizza

East Boston

Make a decision!’ the waitress barks as you pause at the door to let an elderly woman exit the restaurant. ‘In or out?’ she screeches. This is an easy one:…Read More

2010 Best Pizza, Parlor

Santarpio’s Pizza

East Boston

Make a decision!’ the waitress barks as you pause at the door to let an elderly woman exit the restaurant. ‘In or out?’ she screeches. This is an easy one:…Read More

2009 Best Pizza

Picco

Boston

Previous years have seen this contest split into mini categories like ‘Best Thin Crust’ and ‘Best Toppings.’ But it’s time to set aside compiled-ish things and commit to a single,…Read More

2008 Best Pizza, Traditional

Santarpio’s

East Boston

This pizza hasn’t changed in more than 100 years, and why should it? The blackened crust is chewy and crunchy by turns, the savory tomato sauce heady with garlic. And…Read More

2008 Best Pizza, Deep Dish

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…Read More

2008 Best Pizza, Toppings

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…Read More

2008 Best Pizza, Gourmet

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

2008 Best Pizza, Thin Crust

Cambridge 1

Cambridge

The Harvard Square favorite opened up a second location in the Fenway last year, giving fans twice their fill of fanciful combinations (lobster and corn, potato and fontina) atop a…Read More

2008 Best Pizza, White

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

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,…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…Read More

2006 Best Pizza

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…Read More

2006 Best Pizza, Toppings

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,…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…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…Read More

2004 Best Pizza, Gourmet

Emma’s

Cambridge

The super-thin crust that flies out of Emma’s kitchen is addictive in its own right. Add to that such innovative combinations as Canadian bacon, caramelized onions, and rosemary sauce, or…Read More

2004 Best Pizza, Traditional

Pizza Oggi

Jamaica Plain

Let the gourmets pile on their trendy precious toppings; the best serious classic pizza is the kind that gets the basics right. This barely decorated brick storefront in Jamaica Plain…Read More

2003 Best Pizza, South

Lynwood Cafe

Randolph

Most anyone who’s lived on the South Shore has broken bread (or crust) at Lynwood—and given this little pizza joint’s out-of-the-way location and nearly microscopic sign, that’s saying something. As…Read More

2003 Best Pizza, Traditional

Pizzeria Regina, North End Branch

Boston

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…Read More

2002 Best Pizza, Designer

Café Louis

Boston

This pizza is not unlike many of the customers of the female persuasion who dine in the café at Louis Boston itself: high-maintenance, but, frankly, divine. To put a finer…Read More

2002 Best Pizza, Traditional

Santarpio’s Pizza

East Boston

Forget the perfunctory décor and out-of-the-way address, Santarpio’s pies are the zenith of ‘za, delivered dangerously hot from the depths of a loud and steamy backroom. Some say the secret…Read More

2001 Best Pizza, Designer

Emma’s

Cambridge

It’s this simple: Nothing satisfies a pizza craving like a piping hot pie from the kitchen at Emma’s. Choose from more than a dozen tasty (and sometimes bizarre) toppings, including…Read More

2001 Best Pizza, Traditional

Little Stevie’s

Boston

Miss your adolescence? The Formica booths at Little Stevie’s aren’t just seats, they’re time machines that sweep you right back to braces, babysitting money, and after-school specials. And the pizza’s…Read More

2000 Best Pizza, Designer

Cafe Louis

Boston

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…Read More

2000 Best Pizza, General Excellence

Emma’s

Cambridge

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,…Read More

2000 Best Pizza, Parlor

Santarpio’s Pizza

East Boston

Eastie’s answer to pizza heaven is definitely a grass-roots experience. There is no ambiance at Santarpio’s, to be sure, but there is fabulous dough. All pies are made in the…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,…Read More

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…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…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…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…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…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…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

1992 Best Pizza, Suburban

Sweet Peppers

Lexington

A superthin chewy crust that crunches even at the top of the wedge, and inspired flavor combinations, such as roasted eggplant and sundried tomato—now that’s pizza!

1990 Best Pizza

Michela’s

Cambridge

The crust is feathery light; the toppings range from earthy white beans and spicy sausage to scallops and calamari. This is not just pizza…Read More

1989 Best Pizza

Michela’s Caffè

Cambridge

A thin-thin, light and crunchy crust, a drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkle of cheeses, and a scattering of perhaps pancetta, spinach, or artichoke. This is not just pizza…Read More

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