“Easy” may be in the name, but this restaurant’s inventive pizza combinations are anything but simple. The Bangkok pizza, for instance, arrives tableside topped with grilled chicken, stir-fried veggies, crushed peanuts, and a peanut Thai sauce, and the Beach Chair sports fresh mango-peach salsa, pineapple, and prosciutto under a portable sun. The creativity continues into dessert, when crusts hold gooey s’more fixings or daring heaps of Nutella, bananas, and caramel. And for those who prefer their crusts in more loaflike form, an array of subs and burgers can be customized to their hearts’ content.
Whipping up hand-kneaded dough and an extensive list of toothsome toppings, Schoolhouse Pizza equips omnivorous academics with PhD's in Pizzaology. Peruse the menu while dinner DJs spin up circular comestibles with each personalized neapolitan thin-crust pie (12", $8+). Select from more than three dozen tasty toppings that range from traditional pepperoni and mushrooms to luxurious Italian edibles such as sopressata, pesto, and slivers of Da Vinci's grated-cheese sculptures. Keep stomachs from howling all night long with specialty pizzas such as the headmaster, featuring truffle-infused prosciutto and porcinis ($15+), or the CPA with tasty artichoke and grilled chicken ($11+). Schoolhouse Pizza also offers a bevy of savory paninis that are suitable for lunchtime munching, stoking stomach fires, or luring hungry longtime boyfriends into wedding chapels.
Though they emerge distinct from the oven, each hand-tossed pie at Balducci's House of Pizza begins the same way—with dough that's made fresh daily. Upon that base, cooks assemble customized combos of more than 30 ingredients, including chopped steak and pesto sauce. Those same fixings crown specialty pizzas such as the bacon- and feta-topped Mad Detective or the pink-slip-topped Even Madder Detective.
Though Balducci's specializes in pizza, subs take up even more space on its menu. The fillings in these sandwiches run the gamut from cold tuna salad to piping-hot meatballs or chicken cordon bleu cutlets. Other Italian staples round out the menu, including housemade lasagna and calzones filled with cold cuts.
Since its founding in 2001, The Upper Crust Pizzeria has fashioned artful thin-crust pizzas in 19 storefronts with modern, architectural touches. Chefs craft specialty pies inspired by local landmarks, from the sundried-tomato cobblestones of the Beacon Hill to the pesto-painted walls of the Green Monster. Diners can opt to spread sweet sauce over a regular or whole-wheat crust or request that any pie be served white without sauce, and combine slices with crisp salads or pounce on the geometric goodness of a spinach square or half moon-shaped calzone. Restaurant interiors are accoutered with modern flourishes such as flat-screen TVs and pan-decorated ceilings, allowing one to lie down and admire their reflection before a postmeal nap.
Local Sharon Patch readers named Pizzigando Café's french fries the best in town. Their plaudit is backed up by gluten-free pizzas, burgers, and customizable calzones. But the award might also lead guests to try other items in the eatery's diverse culinary portfolio—it serves entrees such as baked lasagna, as well as buffalo wings in orders of 10, 20, 30, or the space in your stomach squared.
Pizzigando Café's décor is as simple and welcoming as the food is flavorful. It features solid-colored tablecloths and soft, mauve walls. The team takes pride in the eatery's journey from a dream to a spot of churned-up earth to a fully established restaurant. They chronicle this progression with a series of photos on their website.
The culinary wizards at Cristelle’s Restaurant use homemade recipes to conjure up entrees from scratch for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and Middle Eastern menus. Fuel up for long days of repurposing cubicles into pentacles with morning eats such as the hearty Irish–style breakfast featuring a pair of eggs cooked any style, bangers, bacon, and home fries ($7.50). Or sidestep pasta for the alfredo-chicken-broccoli pizza ($12.29 for a small, $16.79 for a large). Chefs hand-make falafel and forge it into a wrap ($5.79), and a triple-decker cheeseburger club sandwich ($7.99) features three stories of Black Angus beef and a small balcony where a sheltered princess reads forbidden books about mixing condiments. Meanwhile, sides of hummus and salad accompany Middle Eastern dishes such as the lamb shish kebab, which lances hunger with two skewers filled with cubed lamb, onion, and pepper.