North End, South End, Back Bay, Malden, Quincy, Milton, Natick. There’s no utterly amazing pizza in our area. There’s nothing that would make you walk across a bridge like the stuff in Brooklyn. There’s nothing that reminds me of my native New Haven, with a style all its own.
I love the Greeks. Great olives. The cheese. Grape leaves are terrific. But Greeks own most of the pizza parlors in Boston, and Greeks can’t make a decent pie.
Travel & Leisure Magazine agrees about Boston, because they didn’t name any area pizza restaurants to their list of the best in America, but they did list a little place in Stowe, Vermont called Piecasso Pizzeria & Lounge.
The Sicilian pizza restaurant, if you believe the magazine, has the best pizza you’ll find in New England. They recommend a “Tree Huger” with fresh spinach, garlic and red onion.
“We have always strived to have a place where guests enjoy great pizza, the positive vibe of our staff and the ambiance of an upscale lounge to relax and watch a game or enjoy dinner without breaking the bank,” said Eduardo Rovetto, owner of Piecasso. “I owe most of my success to my family that has been making incredible pizza throughout New York and Vermont for over 40 years. It’s really nice to have all the blood, sweat & tears of being a restaurant owner validated.”
Piecasso is in good company. Also named to the list are Di Fara and Motorino in Brooklyn (you’ll never get in, so be ready to stand there for a while), Great Lake in Chicago, and Famous Joe’s in Manhattan. The magazine failed to include New Haven, so they clearly got that part wrong.
One note: A reader made a compelling argument for Santarpio’s Pizza in East Boston. I’m going to try it and get back to you.