Santarpio's: A Favorite Boston Pizza Joint for Generations
Santarpio's, East Boston, Massachusetts. Photo credit: Wikipedia. Updated 12/28/16.
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You can't get any more "Boston" than Santarpio's Pizza in
East Boston, MA.
Located in the heart of a great East Boston Italian neighborhood (close
to Logan airport), getting there is half the fun. It's not uncommon to
drive around the block 10 times before finding an illegal parking
space. It is also not uncommon to be sworn at by passing motorists who
know how to drive the block faster than you. Once you're there, prepare
yourself for the best Italian-style pizza in Boston, and arguably, in
New England. Frequented by television anchors, local politicians,
personality driven tell-it-like-it-is neighbors, an army of platinum
blondes, hungry families looking for a bargain and everyone else who
grew up in Boston and the surrounding area, Santarpio's is indeed a
beloved local dining landmark. Although not a pretty picture from an
atmosphere perspective (some call it a dive), the most prominent
attraction at Santarpio's is obviously the pizzas -- 12-inch circular
Picassos from cooks dedicated to the art and science of great
When I was young and could stay awake past 7:30 p.m., I used to hang
out at Santarpio's almost every Monday night, savoring every bite of
those right-out of-the-oven, crisp, soupy pizzas with a
beyond-outstanding tasting tomato sauce that no one else could ever
duplicate. Occasionally, we ordered the only other item on the menu --
lamb, which was very good and a great complementary dish to the pizzas.
Our mouths savored the freshest ingredients -- who cared if there were
a few pieces burned -- in sync with jukebox favorites like "Under the
Sea" (Bobby Darin) and "My Way" (Frank Sinatra).
Particularly great toppings are the "real" pepperoni and crushed garlic
(very pungent and ultimately unforgettable). The dark, old dining
rooms, as comfortable as an old shoe and with the pulse of Boston
featuring thick Boston accents talking about sports, politics, women
and ...women creates a loud, lively scene. This is the way it has been
for generations, creating a tradition for many at this East Boston
landmark. Santarpio's is a "must visit" when in Boston. It is
one-of-a-kind, with pizza that no one else can match.
111 Chelsea St
East Boston MA
Tel. (617) 567-9871
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