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A Dash of Heather: Pizzachusetts

Delete that Domino’s app. If anything, download Foodler or GrubHub if you don’t have the patience for walking or public transportation, and seek out something a little less corporate. You’re going to school in Boston, after all, aren’t you? Why would you eat something you can get back home–even in the deep woods of New Hampshire? Why even come to school in the city if you aren’t going to actually taste the city?

So, pick up the phone or lace up those shoes and adventure out to try one of these local pizza joints. Trust me, you won’t regret it. Make sure to wear your stretchy pants because once you taste these pies, you won’t want to stop.

Santarpio’s Pizza111 Chelsea Street, East Boston

Santarpio's Photo: Heather Alterisio

Santarpio’s Photo: Heather Alterisio ’17

This place is the reason I came to Boston. This pizzeria, located in East Boston, has the best pizza around. Phantom Gourmet featured this place along with Regina Pizzeria, but when it comes down to it, I, personally, have to side with Santarpio’s.

Don’t expect to be treated like a princess here though; the atmosphere is not elegant. You come here for the food–the mouth-wateringly delicious food–and I could not ask for anything more. Prepare for cheesy NY-style goodness right out of the oven, and I mean right out of the oven. My younger sister burned her mouth the first time she tried it, and you need all your taste buds for this experience.

Oh, it’s cash only too.

Regina Pizzeria11 1/2 Thacher Street, North End

Yes, I prefer Santarpio’s, but I cannot deny the glory that is Regina’s. While they have many locations, the classic North End original is where you have to go for that first bite. Thin crust right out of that brick oven–buckle up for one of Boston’s best.

A tomato, onion, and jalapeño creation at Armando's in Cambridge. Photo: Heather Alterisio

A tomato, onion, and jalapeño creation at Armando’s in Cambridge. Photo: Heather Alterisio

Armando’s Pizza and Subs163 Huron Avenue, Cambridge

Armando’s is one of those pizza joints you might just miss if you aren’t looking for it. Located in West Cambridge, Armando’s is another no-frills, cash-only eatery for when you just want some pizza, not pizzazz.

Ernesto’s69 Salem Street, North End

College students can EAT but when they want to, they want to for a decent price. Ernesto’s has just that. Oh, you want two slices of pepperoni? Get ready because two slices at Ernesto’s is the equivalent of half a pizza. And for those seeking gluten-free options, Ernesto’s has arguably some of the best gluten-free pizza.

Il Mondo Pizzeria682 Huntington Avenue, Brigham Circle

For the best pizza in the Fenway/Longwood area, look no further than Il Mondo in Brigham Circle. In addition, there’s another location on Massachusetts Ave. No matter which location you chose, order the buffalo chicken pizza–no questions asked.

Blaze Pizza1282 Boylston Street, Fenway

Blaze Pizza. Photo: Heather Alterisio

The writer’s personal creation of mozzarella, red sauce, garlic, pepperoni and jalapeños. Photo: Heather Alterisio ’17

Here’s another option for those who hate travel and want something quick and convenient to campus.

Yes, this is a chain of 165 locations to be exact–something I, normally, refuse to promote. But with this place, the premise, the taste, the service, and the cost are too precise to pass up here.

In addition, this idea may ring some bells with my fellow Seinfeld fans, as one of the characters on the show, Kramer, aimed to create a make-your-own pie type restaurant, as discussed in the fifth episode of the sixth season.

“It’s a pizza place where you make your own pie! We give you the dough, the sauce, the cheese…you pound it, slap it, you flip it up into the air…you put your toppings on and you slide it into the oven! Sounds good, huh?”

Now, unfortunately, no one gets to slap and toss their own dough. For about eight dollars, however, people can create a pizza with whichever sauce and toppings they choose.

Is your favorite pizza pad not listed here? We’re always on the hunt for more local eateries; comment below with your go-to and we’ll check it out.


Heather Alterisio ’17 is the Executive Managing Editor and a Staff Writer for the Hub.  A Dash of Heather is a monthly food column that aims to bring awareness to cheap, local, and delicious hole-in-the-wall eateries. 

What would you like to see featured in the next food column? What restaurants are a can’t-miss in your opinion? Place suggestions in the comments, email me at, or tweet @HeathAlt.

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One Response to A Dash of Heather: Pizzachusetts

  1. Carolyn

    December 1, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    Pepperoni, Sausage, Peppers & Onions!!
    I love Bertucci’s Pepperoni & Roasted Peppers!!!