Great authentic pizza
Do not expect fancy here, what you get is authentic, delicious, and fresh Italian food. I've been coming to this restaurant , or their alternate location in Peabody for many years and I don't come here for the decor. We come for the food. The dining area is neat and uncluttered but pretty basic. A reasonably inexpensive menu is highlighted by the numerous varieties of Pizza. It is some of the best in Boston. Whether you are going to eat it here or for take out, you will not be disappointed. So whether its for a lunch snack or a full course dinner, stop at this authentic Boston institution.
Santarpio’s Pizza | Boston, MA
Close to the airport, in an East Boston neighborhood, Santarpio’s Pizza definitely has the feel of well established local joint – thick accents and all. The reason Santarpio’s has been in business since 1903 is that they are widely considered to make some of the best pizza in Boston. In fact, they are a multiple time winner of Boston Magazine’s Best of Boston award for traditional pizza, and they have been inducted into the Boston Hall of Fame. Santarpio’s Pizza is popular enough that they have a second location in Peabody, Massachusetts. This location offers parking that the Easton Boston location does not, but I doubt it has the same authentic feel and can’t promise the accents will be as thick there.
The inside of Santarpio’s in East Boston has a fair amount of seating and pictures of celebrities dining there decorate the walls. Their menu simply consists of pizza and a few barbeque options, plus beer and wine. They offer carryout for pizza only and do not deliver. If you are staying by the airport, it may be an easier walk than drive, especially since they don’t have parking. Be sure to hit up an ATM if necessary before visiting Santarpio’s in East Boston though, because they only accept cold hard cash.
Sausage and Pepperoni
Santarpio’s pizzas are 14 inches, and our group ordered a couple; one sausage and pepperoni and one meat lovers (which is essentially is just sausage and pepperoni plus ground beef). The nicely seasoned sauce may have been my favorite part, and they are generous with its layering above the cheese. The perfectly browned cheese was also very good, and the meats were flavorful, especially the somewhat spicy homemade sausage. My only complaint would be that the crust was a little too charred and crunchy along the edges for my liking. I think this may have just been because our pizzas were left in for too long though, and not necessarily the way Santarpio’s always cooks their pizzas. All said, I would be happy to return to Santarpio’s Pizza during another visit to Boston, and I would likely just ask that the crust doesn’t get too well done.
What I Ate: Sausage and Pepperoni + Meat Lovers
When I was a kid, my parents always used to stop at Santarpio’s for pizza on the way home from the airport. Located in East Boston, they only accept cash, but if you visit their other location in Peabody, you can pay with a credit card. East Boston offers take-out, but only for pizzas. Everyone has that food that takes them back to when they were kids, for me, it’s Santarpio’s.
You walk in the take out entrance, and directly into the kitchen…weird I know…and yet kind of cool. You get to see them making your pizza. They have a huge oven and they just crank out pizzas! Santarpio’s is a neighborhood kind of place, people come in and the people who work there know them by name.
We order a pepperoni pizza. I know it doesn’t look like it’s pepperoni, but that’s because they are UNDER the cheese. Crust wise, they are on the thinner side, but not in that yuppie pizza kind of way. This is old school. Those who are napkin dabbers should find another place to eat. They have a nice sauce that tastes almost sweet, and there isn’t a whole lot to the pizza, just good ingredients.
And the sausage pizza. The sausage is wonderfully spicy at times. The bottom of the pizza has cornmeal on it so it doesn’t stick in the oven-it goes directly in.
The pizza is good-make sure to stop in for a slice next time you’re near the airport.
Santarpio's Pizza is a dining establishment located in Boston, MA, that has a background of serving a wide variety of Pizza cuisine. Please make note that the chefs here start at noon on Sundays, but another tip many recommend is to try their wide variety of Italian cuisine too.
Santarpio's Pizza serves a wide selection and different variety of Pizza cuisine, which includes the dish all the customers love, the cheese sausage and garlic. While some reviewers do not like how this place doesn't open until noon on Sundays, many others also recommend ordering the lamb and sausage appetizers they offer as well.
Many people love the dim lighting here and say its romantic for dates. Others also love the how quiet it is here so it allows you to relax and casually enjoy each others company
Most people will tell you the service here is very professional. The servers are very courteous and always do their best to ensure you have a pleasant time.