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Pizza is one of the most beloved foods out there—and one of the most debated. Luckily, Boston is on somewhat neutral ground. Although the city has no signature pizza style of its own, it’s not hard to find Chicago-style deep dish and New York–style thin crust, as well as brick-oven, classic Italian, and innovative gourmet pies scattered across town. Here are a few of the restaurants that define Boston’s pizza scene: For Traditional Pies and Boston Flavor: Santarpio’s Pizza Santarpio’s Pizza (111 Chelsea St.) is located in East Boston, affectionately known as Eastie, and has been slinging crisp-crust pizza since 1903. In true Boston spirit, the restaurant isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s brimming with Boston accents and attitudes but also incredible pizzas and house-barbecued sausages and lamb. The pizzas have a satisfying crunch and tremendous flavor, and locals know the crust only gets better when you request it “well done.” The toppings are not fancy, but they include simple, Old-World classics like garlic, onions, or pepperoni. For Brick-Oven Perfection: Regina Pizzeria Regina Pizzeria is not to be overshadowed, though, especially the original North End location (11 1/2 Thatcher St.). Regina’s opened in 1926, when Italian immigrants were starting to establish their presence in the area. Its founders brought their traditional brick ovens over from the old country. These ovens fire each pie until it has a chewy crust rich with flavor; the pizzas are also piled with tangy tomato sauce, gooey cheese, and satisfying toppings. Imported meats and fresh veggies are in supply at Regina’s multiple restaurants, ensuring every person in your party gets exactly what they want. Lines can get long at the original location, but the experience is well worth it. For a Simple Slice: Ernesto’s Pizza The North End is also home to Ernesto’s Pizza (69 Salem St.). Since 1984, Ernesto’s has embraced the classic tradition of pizza, hand-making its dough and sauce. Its gigantic slices—cut from 18-inch pies—are delightfully chewy, with a clean-pure tasting crust and freshly grated cheese. Everything on these pies melds in harmony, making it the best vehicle for my favorite topping, spicy and tangy banana peppers. For a Modern 'Za: Otto Of course, no roundup of pizza spots in Boston would be complete without mentioning Otto. Otto has embraced the “new” style of pizza that emphasizes fancier toppings adorning a thin crust. Native to Portland, Maine, Otto has taken the Boston area by storm, opening three locations in just a couple of years. Its crunchy crust (also available in a gluten-free version) is the backdrop for red sauce or no sauce at all, assorted meat and vegetarian toppings, and melted goat’s-milk or cow’s-milk cheese. My favorite combination here is butternut squash, ricotta cheese, and cranberry, which creates an unconventional masterpiece of sweet, tangy, creamy, and acidic flavors. Otto specializes in creating topping combinations such as these, and each is done to perfection. Photos by Fiona CoxeRead More
This week’s all about the good ol’ US of A. Celebrate an all-American art form during hip-hop trivia, partake in a Fourth of July fireworks tradition, or learn more about our country’s revolutionary founders during an interactive scavenger hunt. Don’t forget to check Groupon for more things to do in Boston. Hip-Hop Trivia at Moksa Cambridge | Tuesday, July 1, 8 p.m. Do you remember when Snoop Lion was Snoop Dogg? When Diddy was Puff Daddy? When Jay-Z was precocious kindergartner Shawn Carter? If so, you’ll probably fare well at Moksa’s hip-hop trivia night. While you’re showing off your old-school street cred, partake in Moksa’s all-you-can-eat sushi special for just $15 until 10 p.m. (450 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge; free) The Beach Boys at the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular The Esplanade | Friday, July 4, 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 3, 8 p.m. This event has been rescheduled due to weather. It wouldn’t be Fourth of July in Boston without fireworks on the riverbank. Come for this year’s legendary special guests, The Beach Boys, and stay for an unforgettable fireworks display paired with a live patriotic soundtrack from the Boston Pops Orchestra. Come early for prime seating. (DCR Hatch Memorial Shell, 47 David G. Mugar Way; free) Uncharted Revolution Scavenger Hunt Boston Common | Saturday, July 5, and Sunday, July 6, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Boston’s rich revolutionary history makes Independence Day all the more resonant. In honor of the holiday, Boston Uncharted has designed an interactive scavenger hunt that takes players through the city’s historical sites. Players of all ages can take the side of rebel spies or patrolling redcoats and compete for prizes. (The hunt begins at the Boston Common; $15; buy tickets here)Read More
We are so lucky in Boston to be by the water. There is no place I would rather be on a warm day than by the ocean with a salt breeze off the water. In fact, the water’s edge is one of my favorite places to be, no matter the season! When you are craving some time by the shore and can’t get out of town, don’t forget about the HarborWalk! Extending 46.9 miles along Boston’s waterfront, this public walkway provides open access to the harbor, extending through several neighborhoods. On a nice day, I love to take my time walking along the Waterfront. History buffs might want to start at the Charlestown Navy Yard, the home of the USS Constitution and the USS Constitution Museum. Often referred to as ‘Old Ironsides,’ the USS Constitution is the oldest commissioned warship still afloat in the world! Once you’ve heard a bit of history, walk across the bridge into the North End and continue along the HarborWalk until you reach the Fairmont Battery Wharf. The hotel is home to a branch of Exhale Spa, which has fun core fusion and yoga classes (in the summer some classes are outside!) as well as the Aragosta Bar and Bistro. They have such good lobster toast, and the hotel also serves delicious afternoon tea. In the nice weather, you would be lucky to snag a seat outside on the water, but even from the interior the view of the water is lovely. Continuing along the HarborWalk takes you along the edge of the North End, zig-zagging along the wharves to Christopher Columbus Park. For those with kids (or for kids at heart!) I recommend a visit to the beautifully restored carousel on the Greenway across from the park. A bit further you’ll find the Aquarium, and a slew of boats on their way to the Harbor Islands or to admire the whales. Walking further along the HarborWalk to Rowes Wharf will take you to the Boston Harbor Hotel, one of my favorite spots in the city for a drink. In the nice weather, the outside tables facing the water are a perfect place to take it all in. They have lots of summer programming as well, including movies and live music – take a look at their calendar for more information. If you are hungry, Trade is not too far away! Follow the path as it meanders down towards Fort Point Channel. After crossing the water, turn left, towards the courthouse. At the curve where the Fort Point Channel and the Harbor meet is one of the most beautiful views of the Boston skyline! Just a 10-minute walk on the HarborWalk into South Boston brings you to the Institute for Contemporary Art. With its unique architecture and views of the water, the ICA would be an interesting place to visit even without the collections! In addition to the small permanent collection, the ICA hosts fascinating exhibits, as well as concerts, dance, and other events.Read More
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