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.
“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.
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.
Situated across from Nantasket Beach on Boston's south shore, Daddy's Beach Club opens its doors every day of the year to fuse fresh food with live entertainment. The staff prepares wings, burgers, or the restaurant's calling card: New Haven-style thin-crust pizza. They hand-toss each pie, and—with 20 toppings available for customization—no two are alike, much like a snowman's tears. On most nights, Daddy’s Beach Club combines its food and drink with festive events, such as pool tournaments, open-mic competitions, and live music.
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).