If tacos are for Tuesdays, then pizza is for Fridays. Head into the weekend with a slice of the best pizza in Boston
The month of October really helps to get our holiday spirit going. With Halloween just a few weeks away and Thanksgiving not too far behind (better pull out those activity pages now), we can look forward to more family gatherings and dinners. October also happens to be National Pizza Month, and what family doesn’t enjoy a cozy restaurant with a good old pizza dinner? Load the family in the car and get ready to try Boston’s best pizza places.
You can’t talk about Boston and pizza without mentioning Regina Pizzeria. This family-owned pizzeria was originally founded in New England and keeps things simple by serving pizzas only, but their variety of toppings is vast. Whether your family is going for a classic cheese pizza or trying Regina’s famous Giambotta pizza (our favorite), make sure to get there early or be ready to wait. Known as Boston’s original pizzeria, this tends to be a favorite spot for locals and tourists alike. The original restaurant location in the North End is not very big, so expect a line. But the wait is definitely worth it.
Multiple Boston locations
Can you think of a better combination than pizza and ice cream? Sure, it may not be the healthiest option, but your kids’ smiles will be worth it. Picco in Boston prides itself on using the freshest ingredients in both their pizzas and ice cream that are all made from scratch. They also offer some dairy-free choices like their sorbets and they have seasonal ice cream flavors too. Picco will soon be your first choice during cheat night, and when it does make sure to get reservations ahead of time as this Boston spot gets busy fast.
Insider Tip: Picco's is closed from 3-4 p.m. every day, so plan your pizza night accordingly.
513 Tremont St.
Sometimes, the family needs a nice little atmosphere to get away from the hustle and bustle of the week. Za’s brings a more upscale mood to your casual pizza dinner night, and it’s only a 15 minute drive from Boston. Za’s is known for its unusual toppings, like the mac n’ cheese pizza (a total kid fave), and they also have some vegan and gluten-free options, as well as a variety of salads. This will definitely become your go-to spot for quality pizza that doesn't break your monthly budget.
Insider Tip: Don’t forget to snap a few pics of the kids in front of the adorable fox mural outside the restaurant.
138 Massachusetts Ave.
La Famiglia Giorgio’s
Don’t you just love walking into a restaurant and getting treated like family? That’s exactly what it’ll feel like walking into La Famiglia Giorgio’s. Considered one of Boston’s best pizza places, La Famiglia Giorgio’s makes every effort to live up to that standard. The interior is classy but also feels like a warm, Italian home. The menu is pretty extensive so you will be sure to find something for the picky eaters in the family (hint: chicken fingers for the kids is the next best thing to pizza). Everything is homemade, and the marinara sauce is legendary. Gluten-free pastas and pizzas are also available.
112 Salem St.
Planning a day trip to the Seaport with the family? You’ll want to be sure to check out Pastoral’s artisan pizzas. The pizzas here are nothing short of delicious, but they won’t weigh you down too much if you are planning on taking the kids to the nearby museums. Though Pastoral offers a few pasta dinners, the pizza is definitely the go-to option. Whether you are in the mood for a classic pepperoni, or you want to try something new like the burrata or crazy cheese, you'll be itching to go back to this spot again the next time you are at the Seaport.
Good to Know: The restaurant charges a 5% Recovery Charge on everyone’s bill to recover loss of income and the increasing costs of all goods.
345 Congress St.
Looking for a great pizza place as well as entertainment for a family fun night? Check out American Flatbread in Somerville. With the large variety of pizza toppings and organic ingredients, this restaurant is divided in two—half restaurant, half bowling alley. Let the kids play a few rounds and work up an appetite before settling in for a delicious dinner. The family will also get a kick out of some of the unique pizza names like Punctuated Equilibrium and The Flyin’ Hawaiian.
45 Day St.
Another kid-friendly pizza venue, which is located about 20 minutes north of Boston, is Prince Pizzeria. If the drive there doesn’t make the family hungry, the smell of the fresh pizza upon entering will definitely make your bellies rumble. This spacious restaurant is great for large family gatherings and a multitude of Italian dishes aside from the tasty pizza. Their specialty pizzas also bring out some of the famous Boston humor with names like the Green Monstah and Matt’s Wicked Hot.
Insider Tip: The Giggles Comedy Club, which is in the same building, is also a great way to get the family laughing after dinner.
Sometimes the best pizza shops aren’t always the hyped-up ones. Armando’s Pizza is definitely a hidden gem in Cambridge, though it tends to be quite popular. This spot is known for its thin crusted and affordable pizzas. In the past, they have offered $2 slices of cheese pizza, and although in recent years their prices have increased slightly they have remained pretty affordable. They are famous for their Sicilian pies and for their baseball decor, so if you have a family of baseball fans, this pizza shop will be quite the treat.
163 Huron Ave.
Another “old-fashioned” pizza shop can be found in the North End of Boston. Galleria Umberto has been around for over 40 years and has kept both its interior and its menus pretty basic. But don’t let that fool you, you will have some of the best pizza in Boston. Galleria Umberto is unique in that it’s only open for lunch hours from about 11 a.m. to 2:30 pm. Despite its small and quaint appearance, this pizza shop has become renowned for its Sicilian pizza, and is a great place to stop for a quick $2 slice if you are on the go.
Good to Know: Keep in mind is that Galleria Umberto is a cash-only business, so remember to stop at a nearby ATM before getting in line.
289 Hanover St.