ONE OF BOSTON’S BEST RESTAURANTS

I went to one of Boston’s best restaurants last night.  A family favorite, never disappointing, not after all these years, and whether it’s from the back or in the main room, Santarpio’s always has the city’s best pizza.

Not just the pizza, of course, but the general vibe of staff and customers having a great time at great value.  In the main room, it starts with the server asking, “Youse need menus?”  In the back, it’s the chubby guy in checkered pants shouting your name after you tell him who you are so he can get your order.

The pizzas are baked in huge ovens that look like Blodgett, and the bottoms have cornmeal.  Toppings are hidden beneath mozzarella and tomato sauce that’s scooped from an old tin.

$45 for three to eat two pies, a half carafe of wine, and a bottle of beer in the dining room, including tax and tip.  (That’s about $40 less for the same items in most Boston restaurants where the food is about 40% as good.)  $30 for two pies to take home.

The 1/2 sausage and 1/2 anchovy are a favorite, and the pepperoni or

mushroom wonderful, too.

This is the kind of food Boston excels at it.  Though might as well be in Jersey, and that’s the highest compliment.

Cash only.

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