Pizza, Pizza, Pizza

I’m back in Boston, land of skyrocketed restaurant prices, where limited competition has led to dinner for two, at even the most average of places, costing no less than $100, and where dining out at those establishments you’ve heard about runs, no joke, between $400-500.

You have got to be kidding.

I’m not kidding.

So thank goodness for places like BEAT HOTEL.  In Harvard Square, this restaurant/club opened a couple of years ago and, OK, the prices here aren’t different from many other restaurants at its level, but–and here is the key difference–there’s LIVE MUSIC!  We’re talking local acts who play with passion and skill, jazz and hip-hop, rhythmic or discordant, soothing or provocative.  This is the place to go for a night out.

But say you’re tired, incapable of imagining yourself in a room of happy people, varied in age, race, and gender.  Say you feel that wintertime is best spent in front of a fire reading Kawabata.

Then of course, and I’ve said this many times before, you can quote me, Boston rules when it comes to pizza.

A couple of times a year I deviate from from favorite places and go to Santarpio’s.  Located in East Boston, this old school joint has hidden toppings, and a hidden back door where the guys act tough and may, for all I know, be tough.  Tough or tender, the pies they make and sell are inimitable and very delicious.

And: You’re up about $75.  Two pies: $25.

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