The Pizza Shop @ South Natick renders hunger powerless with colossal slices of New York–style pie on hand-stretched dough shellacked with homemade sauce. Crust-lusters can build their own scrumptious circles ($10.50 plus $1.49 per topping for a large) from a list of favorite and offbeat ingredients such as ricotta cheese and meatballs. They can also sample specialty pizzas ($10.30–$20.90) such as the Godfather, an olive-oiled saga starring sliced tomatoes, grilled chicken, artichoke, romano, mozzarella, and the chef's questionably-cast daughter. The Spinocolli forgoes sauce in favor of sliced tomato on olive oil and garlic, with a spinach, broccoli, and mozzarella quilt for warmth. The extensive menu pleases diverse appetites, with calzones ($9.20–$15.30) and subs ($6.25–$7.25) taking up plate residence beside burritos ($7.25) stuffed with pulled pork, steak tips, or chicken.
Pizza Peddler and Deli's amiable dough-slingers spin out an extensive menu of pizza, pasta, sandwiches, and other savory delectables. Sate cavernous appetites with a bevy of specialty tomato-pasted pies, including the greek pizza, a circular sensation doused in a pantheon of feta, olives, and spinach and carried to each table upon the back of a lightning bolt (small $10.49, large $14.99). The eatery's equally exotic Bella Italiana sandwich stacks prosciutto di parma, fresh mozzarella, basil, and olive oil into a leaning tower of taste ($6.99). Those searching for a tongue-dazing meal can suck down a serving of slow-smoked baby back ribs ($9.99 for half, $17.99 for full), then swath taste buds in heaping scoops of gelato, available in an array of flavors, such as blackberry, chocolate, and victory (small $2.99, large $3.99).
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Needham House of Pizza has been spinning Greek-style pies, loading toasty subs, and saucing tender pastas for nearly half a century. The mouthwatering menu features a panoply of pan pizzas, made with homemade dough, sauce, and freshly shredded cheese. Try a simple one-topping gem ($11.79 for a large), or splay jaws for a specialty pie, such as barbecue chicken ($13.29 for a large) or the vitamin-rich veggie, piled with broccoli, eggplant, mushrooms, onions, and peppers ($16.89 for a large). Make your mouth an offer it will find exceedingly difficult to decline with a large Godfather pizza—a doughy don loaded with sliced tomato, olive oil, grilled chicken, artichoke hearts, and enough mozzarella to fuel friends and Fredos through dull cement-shoe fittings ($16.89). Needham House of Pizza also offers toasty subs, such as meatball, pepper and egg, and veal cutlet (all $5.69 for a small), as well as spaghetti and meatballs ($7.79) and cheese ravioli ($6.29) served with garlic bread.
Domenic's Italian Bakery and Deli has been a Waltham institution for more than 30 years, but the legacy of its fresh breads goes back all the way to the 1920s. Current owner Ciro Maione is a third-generation baker and butcher, his kneading and slicing prowess passed down to him by his father, Domenic, who learned from relatives in Naples, Italy. The menu begins with authentic Panini and deli sandwiches, with ingredients like imported parma ham, sopressata, and house-made garlic roast beef stuffed between slices of the shop's own homemade ciabatini or soft or crusty bread. Certain pastas, like the hand rolled and cut gnocci, are made to order in Dominic's kitchen, while others, like the potato cavatelli, come from local purveyors, but all are perfect for showcasing the flavors of fresh basil, mozzarella, or homemade meatballs. And of course, in true Italian-family tradition, the pasta and risotto dishes are available in family style portions, perfectly sized for two to three people or one very hungry caterpillar.
“Who says northerners can’t do ‘cue?” asked Boston magazine as it crowned Blue Ribbon BBQ on its Best of Boston list in 2011. Whether dished out from its two brick-and-mortar locations or its trailer, the restaurant’s tender meats are lauded for their slow-cooked, pit-smoked tenderness, infused with the flavors of hickory and oak hardwoods. Blue Ribbon dishes out memphis dry-rubbed ribs, Texas-style beef brisket, and Kansas City–style burnt ends dubbed “absolutely addictive” by Boston. Locally made hot-smoked sausage and Mr. Whitner’s smoked-turkey-breast sandwiches help round out the menu alongside Southern sides such as dirty rice, potato salad, and corn bread. Blue Ribbon BBQ also caters special events and sells bottles of its most popular sauces so guests can enhance their grandmother’s recipes or add flavor to their super-soaker fights.