DAY 10: OCTOBER 10th, 2009
LOCATION: Pizzeria Regina (11 Thatcher St, Boston, MA)
ORDER: 1 slice of Puttanesca, 1 slice of The Giambotta, 1 slice of Margherita, 1 slice of Capricciosa
GUEST(S): Nathaniel Rink, Andrew Butterworth, Linda Fessenden, Maurie Lewis, Robin Rothman
Can't mess with success. The original Pizzeria Regina opened in 1926, making it not only one of the oldest pizzerias in Boston, but in the country. It was founded during Prohibition, back when alcoholic beverages were banned. Fear not, 'though the pizza recipe may have remained the same, I assure you, Regina sells alcoholic beverages...and for a decent price!
Located in the heart of Little Italy in Boston's North end, Pizzeria Regina is easy to find. Just meander around the curiously clean streets until you come to a long line of people. Now you're within a couple blocks! But don't worry, the line moves quickly. It won't be long before you will be eating amongst residents and tourists alike that swear by Pizzeria Regina.
Although I ate 4 slices amongst the devoutees, I was not converted. I prefer a richer tomato sauce, and copious amounts of it. The toppings are what distinguishes Pizzeria Regina. Despite the tendency to centerload them, the freshness and overall flavor of the exotic toppings more than make up for the rather mainstream cheese and crust.
I understand Pizzeria Regina has expanded out to locations all around Boston. Having never had the pizza before the expansion, I am not sure how this business move has affected the overall taste and quality of the pie but Pizzeria Regina classic (the original) cooks a solid pie that I would gladly eat again. I am still curious what all the fuss is about.
1. Robin and I walked all around Boston Harbor afterward. It's very pretty.
2. If you see a big obelisk in the distance across Boston Harbor, it's the Bunker Hill Memorial.
Edited by Louie Pearlman and nominated for Best In Show at the 2009 Slicey Award ceremony
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