'Massachussetts' on Serious Eats

Daily Slice: Casa Razdora, Boston

Daily Slice gives a quick snapshot each weekday of a different slice or pie that the folks at the Serious Eats empire have enjoyed lately. [Photographs: Meredith Smith] The Diavola slice ($4.25) at Casa Razdora dwarfs a standard dinner plate. Each slice makes up a quarter of a 16-inch pie. And for the mouths in Boston's financial district long deprived of quality pizza, their mondo slices more than make up for the deficiency. Silver dollar rounds of hot sopressata are thinly sliced so that they achieve a crackling crisp lip in the oven's heat. They give the slice a little... More

Daily Slice: Russell House Tavern, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Boston certainly has a bar pie culture, so it makes sense that Russell House Tavern, a place that focuses on "modern interpretations of American classics" and keeping it local, would have a fancied-up version. When I saw the pies billed as "Tavern Pizza" I assumed it was an eponymous listing. With toppings like figs, house made ricotta, and beef tongue—toppings I would never associate with a workingman's pie—I was totally thrown when the ultra-thin pies arrived. More

Daily Slice: Angelo's, Cambridge

For this side of Harvard Square, Angelo's has cornered the solid and cheap $1.75 hunkin' slice of pie market. The cheese is pretty run-of-the-mill, but gooey, salty, and well-proportioned. Concentrated tomato flavor seems the product of a long cooked sauce with herbs incorporated on the front end of the equation. The crust has a nice and sturdy, but thin bottom, while the outer edges expand into breadier territory. More

Daily Slice: Oggi Gourmet, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Oggi is mostly a pie and sandwich place, but you can always get a slice of pepperoni or tomato and basil, as well as a 'slice of the day'. Topping the Weird Science special was Cajun red onion, zucchini, and beef pepperoni. After seeing the paper thin zucchini slices on yesterday's Daily Slice, I decided to ignore my unadventurous inclinations and take my chances on zucchini. I regret that a little. More

Northampton, MA: Wood-Fired Pizza at The Hungry Ghost Bread

Ironically—or, rather, expectedly—they'd still run out of bread by the time I stopped in around dinnertime on a Saturday night, but the takeout-only pizza operation was just getting going. Everyday between 5 p.m. and closing time at 9 p.m. they portion out rounds of their sourdough base and toss them in the air to make pizza crusts. More

Randolph, MA: Eat Bar Pie at Lynwood Cafe

I like bars and everybody likes pies, but I wasn't drawn to the words as a compound food noun for a couple of reasons. In these parts, it's served primarily in places where the food is, if not an afterthought, at least an after-the-booze-and-barely-before-the-Keno thought. But people kept raving to me about the pizza at the Lynwood Café in Randolph, a nice enough town about 20 miles south of Boston, so I stopped in to check it out. More

Daily Slice: Pushcart Caffe, Boston

Ordering slices in non-slice oriented towns can be tricky. Boston, even the Italian neighborhood known as the North End, is not a slice town. Pushcart looks the sit down part, but for $3 bucks and a tolerance for bad attitudes, you can get a massive slice of cheese pizza of the thin-crust variety. More

Boston's Best Pizza and Beer Bargain

Newtowne's tucked just outside Porter Square in a kind of grown man's land safely equidistant from the academighetto orbits of both Harvard and Tufts. The slightly subprime location must help keep prices down a bit, but the signature pizza-and-pitcher special is notably underpriced for anywhere in Eastern Massachusetts: $11.95 gets you a (very) large pizza and a 64-ounce pitcher of PBR. More

Daily Slice: Pini's Pizzeria, Somerville, Massachusetts

One of the biggest pizza gripes in Boston is that the Greek dominated piescape means no good thin slices around. Not true. Just outside of Somerville's Magoun Square is Pini's Pizza (try enunciating around children), located just next door to longtime, neighborhood dumpling favorite, Wang's (I know, I know). Over the years Pini's has had some dips in consistency, but a recent visit evidences a strong upswing—so you won't get shafted. More

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