Dining in Boston, Fine

After ten days of working in Japan, where dining is so deeply competitive and consumers are informed and experienced, where a fine dining experience costs no more than $42, all inclusive, and day to day dining for lunch costs about $12, I’m back home in Boston.

Now here’s a town that knows its pizza.  So many choices.

There are the stoner pies: Otto.

The great old school varieties: Pinocchio, Santarpio’s, Armando’s, Galleria Umberto.

The upscale choices: Posto, MAST, Pastoral, Cambridge One, Area 4.

And that’s not including the literally dozens of hole-in-the-wall joints.

But for my money, the go-to place, where we went last night, and brought home a large half anchovy, half sausage pie, is T. Anthony’s.  Thin crust, baked until crispy, with a sweet and savory and thick tomato paste based sauce, and fresh mozzarella, this is as close to a NYC-NJ pie as Boston gets.


8 thoughts on “Dining in Boston, Fine

    • Near the B.U. campus on the corner of Babcock and Comm. Ave. The owner is from East Cambridge, but the pies are nearly identical to those I grew up on in NJ & NYC. And no wonder given the demographics of B.U. First rate pies and a great bunch of guys behind the counter. Sort of like a low-key Santarpio’s in terms of the vibe (but not the pies).

  1. Santarpio’s twice a year is perfect. Two pies, one sausage and one mushroom, you go in the back, and it’s as if you’re on a movie set of a Scorsese picture, the guys jazzing up the joint, acting all mobbed up. Hey, who knows? I’m not asking, they’re not saying. “You want the pies or not?”

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