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No, he wasn't born in Sicily. In fact—according to a 2011 article in the Boston Globe—Doug Ferriman started out in the pizza business without even knowing how to make dough. But he learned fast, besting 120 competitors and two Italian chefs to take second place at the International Pizza Challenge later that year. Ferriman is also one of only two people to have won the International Pizza Expo's Pizza of the Year honor more than once, in 2004 and 2007, according to trade magazine Pizza Today. Finally, in the 2013 competition, Ferriman won first in the non-traditional category in the northeast region.

Today, Ferriman brings his dough tossing know-how to Crazy Dough's Pizza, which he co-owns with his wife, Melissa. Their labor-of-love-turned-small-business-success-story, which has been documented in media outlets such as the Boston Business Journal, can be explained by their commitment to quality ingredients and diverse recipes. Their chefs start with a solid pizza foundation of North Dakota flour, vine-ripened California plum tomatoes, and Wisconsin cheese. Next, they transform raw dough into three pizza types: pan-baked, rectangular sicilian pies; hearty brick-oven rounds; or their specialty fire-grilled pizzas, cooked to a crispy, smoky finish on an open-flame hickory grill.

Finally, guests can choose from a huge selection of off-the-wall toppings and signature combinations, such as cheeseburger bacon or potato bacon cheddar. The shops also attract guests with $5 Pabst Blue Ribbon pitchers, calzones, and Crazy Dough Bowls—salads whose bread-bowl exterior can be eaten or worn as a savory hat.

1124 Boylston St
Boston,
MA
US

The noodle professionals at Casa Razdora conjure old-world flavors with home recipes and pasta made fresh in-house. Commence feasting with antipasti dishes such as caprese, which pairs fresh mozzarella with zesty tomatoes and fresh basil ($8.95). The Diavola pizza—similar to the first Roman dramatic plays—sets spicy soppresata atop a stage of crispy crust while a deposed emperor cries next to your seat ($14.99). Meanwhile, the Bresaola panini enlists dry-cured beef and roasted red peppers to fill up the crevice between slices of homemade bread ($7.95). Various house-made pastas can be doused in a cornucopia of sauces including creamy alfredo or spicy arrabbiata ($7.95+).

115 Water St
Boston,
MA
US

Penguin Pizza’s dough-melding staff prepares each of its 22 specialty thin-crust pizzas by hand. The same treatment is applied to custom pies, which can be topped with the menu’s “usual” ingredients, such as onions, pepperoni, and mushrooms, or its “unusual” fixings, such as smoked salmon, pulled pork, or duck confit. The casual eatery complements its pizzas with a line-up of draft beers and orders of homemade chili, spaghetti and meatballs, beer-battered pickles, and spicy wings that allow diners to taste the heat without trying to get a tan on their tongues. Though not included with this Groupon, Penguin Pizza features 335 beers.

735 Huntington Ave
Boston,
MA
US

If you’re looking for high quality and personal service, you’ve come to the right place. At Christo's Pizza we’ll give you the attention and personal service you’ll come to expect and enjoy. We offer the best Greek-style Pizza in town. Christo's Pizza has been located in West Roxbury since 1970. Come eat with us today!

1761 Centre St
West Roxbury,
MA
US

Pat's Trattoria curbs cravings for Italian fare with a selection of pastas, thin-crust pizzas, and 15 specialty subs. Diners begin meals by tickling decision-making glands with the garden salad's choice of nine meats, including buffalo chicken, barbecue-turkey tips, or grilled salmon ($6.50–$9.50). In the kitchen, cooks scatter grilled chicken and spicy tomato sauce across the pizza pasquale ($9 for small, $14.50 for large) and melt fresh buffalo mozzarella on the margarita pizza ($8 for small, $11.75 for large). Pasta entrees crowd plates with the shrimp scampi's white-wine-garlic sauce ($12.50) or the bracioletini's chicken stuffed with sautéed prosciutto and provolone cheese ($11.50). The Pat's Trattoria Special sub sandwich fends off hunger with a finger-snapping gang of chicken, prosciutto, roasted red peppers, and basil on the mean streets of a braided roll ($7.50).

429 W Broadway
Boston,
MA
US

Located at 4 Somerset St. in Beacon Hill, Café Quattro is just around the corner from the State House and up the street from Suffolk Superior Court and Suffolk University. Its menu offers an impressive variety of quality pizzas, paninis, wraps, subs and sandwiches made from only the freshest ingredients, as well as all your favorite coffee drinks. Bite into the Chicken Pesto Panini (grilled chicken marinated in basil pesto, topped with roasted red peppers and mozzarella cheese) and you will exclaim “Mamma Mia!” so loudly that someone will almost certainly shush you (unless you sing the words a la Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody,” because everyone loves that song). If vegetarian is more your moda, try the Caprese Wrap: fresh mozzarella, sliced tomatoes, baby salad greens, roasted red peppers, and red onion, drizzled with a tasty balsamic vinaigrette.

4 Somerset St
Boston,
MA
US