Pizza is a pretty personal subject. Everyone has their favorite style and preferred toppings, and the rivalry between clan thin crust and team thick crust may never be put to rest. However, we’ve assembled a collection of pizza places across Massachusetts that are so good, they’ll make you lay down your arms and pick up a hot slice instead. Check out these incredible pizza shops and prepare to drool all over your screen.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Easy Pie, Braintree
If you’re looking for outrageous flavors and crazy combinations, this is your stop. Easy Pie has twenty signature pizzas and twenty signature sauces, and every creation is a carefully composed explosion of deliciousness. Try zany pies like the Mac Daddy (ground beef, Thousand Island sauce, onions, pickles, and lettuce) or what might be their most epic pie: The Lord of the Rings (shaved steak, deep-fried onion rings, mozzarella cheese, pickles, and a BBQ drizzle).
2. Pi Pizzeria, Nantucket
Thin-crust wood-fired pies and American-Italian standards draw discerning fans of delectable pies to this cozy spot. This place can get pretty busy (it is one of the best pizza places on the island, after all) so make sure you get there early to nab a good table. The sauce is peppery yet perfectly sweet, the ingredients are fresh, and the crust is thin and buttery. For fresh-caught seaside flavor, try their white clam pizza with juicy clams, garlic parsley, and pecorino romano.
3. Gypsy Joynt, Great Barrington
This place is a bit of a hidden pizza gem. A comfort food mainstay of Great Barrington, the first thing you’ll notice is probably the hippie vibe and colorful decor of this laid-back spot. The second thing will be that they offer cinnamon buns the size of your head, and the third will be the incredible flavor of their homey, delicious pizza. Try their incredible mac and cheese, brisket, and jalapeños pizza….yes, it’s as good as it sounds. While you’re munching you can listen to live music or just kick back and soak in the Woodstock vibe of the Gypsy Joynt.
4. Hot Tomatoes Neopolitan Pizza, Williamstown
This is a great spot to catch a bit of summer sunshine while you nom on your pizza. With a beautiful grassy lawn and a view of the water, Hot Tomatoes is a wonderful place to come with the whole family. Try their delicious White Clam pizza, featuring fresh ocean clams, fresh garlic, and a variety of cheeses. If seafood isn’t your thing, you can’t go wrong with The Cattleman, topped with a savory medley of ground beef, sweet Italian sausage, pepperoni, and crispy bacon. Grab a slice and spend a summer night enjoying your pizza as the Green River rolls by.
5. Volturno Pizza, Worcester
Volturno serves consistently awesome pies and funky cocktails in a modern and chic setting. This place is a foodie paradise. Many of the pies come topped with homemade and hand-stretched Stracciatella di bufala cheese that the staff makes in the morning before the restaurant has even opened, and each pizza comes with real san marzano tomatoes. The can’t-miss pie? Definitely their pistachio pizza, topped with fresh pistachio.
6. Baba Louie’s, Great Barrington
Though this is the bustling flagship location of a small local chain, Baba Louie’s keeps things traditional. They serve up wood-fired pies with sourdough crust and gourmet toppings. It’s a great place to go after skiing the nearby slopes or just when you’re in the mood for a steaming slice of cheesy goodness. The sourdough crust is truly the star here, and you can’t go wrong with their BBQ chicken pizza.
7. Charcoal Guido’s, Waltham
The dough: thin, buttery and chewy. The toppings: insanely fresh and bursting with flavor. The pizza: to die for. Charcoal Guido’s grows their own basil, purchases their produce from local farmers, and their wood-fired oven is imported directly from Italy. This place takes authentic Italian flavor very seriously and serves up pizza with heart as well as flavor. Try the fresh and light gorgonzola, fig, and arugula pizza. It’s the perfect summer pie. And for dessert, save room for their Nutella pizza. Sooooo goooood.
8. Emma’s Pizza, Kendall Square
This pint-sized local haunt offers extensive pizza options or design-your-own pizza for eating in or carrying out. Fresh, whole ingredients with an assortment of creative toppings make this joint worth the trip if you don’t live in the area, and they also offer a decent beer and wine menu. We recommend the People’s Republic pizza for its maxed-out savory flavor, featuring bacon, scallions, gorgonzola, tomatoes, garlic-infused olive oil, and mozzarella. Yum.
9. Amazing Pizza, Salem
The name says it all. Good ingredients paired with friendly and talented staff. They use local and organic ingredients whenever possible and still keep the prices reasonable for high-end pizzas. The crusts are perfect every time and they do offer gluten-free and vegetarian options. Try the Spanish-inspired “Amigo” pizza, which comes topped with all-natural chicken, fresh cilantro, black beans, red onions, jalapeño peppers, and a bold cheese blend.
10. Leone’s Sub and Pizza, Somerville
Many Somerville locals swear this place dishes up the most authentic Sicilian pies this side of the Mediterranean. A real family-owned pizza place with classic recipes, Leone’s skews more to the big, messy and hearty side of the pizza scene, rather than the dainty and gourmet pies you’ll see at many modern parlors. Things to know: there’s not a lot of seating, and this place is cash only. The trade-off? You get some truly mouth-watering pizza for only $2 a slice. I highly recommend their meatball and eggplant pie, which features a doughy, rich crust that will haunt your dreams.
11. Berkshire Mountain Bakery Incorporated, Housatonic
Buttery, rich and perfectly cooked crust is the foundation of a great pizza, and as a bakery, this place really knows how to treat their crust. Locals absolutely rave about their delicious loaves and flaky croissants, but the pizza is just as good and just as crave-worthy. Try the smoked gouda and sun-dried tomato pizza for a classic country flavor. Don’t forget to get there early to beat the lines!
12. Rail Trail Flatbread Company, Hudson
This is a cozy and laid-back tavern offering an upscale pub menu alongside craft beers, wine and some pretty cool cocktails. Like their name suggests, this is great place to much on some really top-notch flatbread pizza. If you’re not afraid of stepping outside the proverbial pizza box, try their mayonnaise, arugula, corn, tomato and bacon pizza.
13. Betty's Pizza Shack, Lennox
This sweet little pizza place in Lenox is decorated like a beach shack and covered with Christmas lights. Not only is the pizza delicious, but the fun and friendly environment guarantees a great experience. This small pizza joint packs a lot of sassy attitude into their creations: you can get a pizza loaded with hot wings, or even a pizza shaped like a heart. We recommend the Blue Crush pie, topped with avocado and seasoned chicken.
14. Tomasso Trattoria, Southborough
This is a great spot to go for a classy night of pizza munching. Their pizza offerings are definitely on the artisan side of the scale, with fresh toppings arranged thoughtfully on pies that are definitely on the smaller scale. If you're looking for pizza that plays up the flavors of its crust and isn't bogged down with too much on top, Tomasso will suit you just right.
What’s your favorite pizza place in Massachusetts? Do you prefer a fully-loaded pizza or a lighter style pie? Let us know?