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Boston’s Best Brick Oven Pizzas

August 22, 2012 4:56 AM

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Boston has countless restaurants throughout town featuring everyone’s favorite treat, pizza. But the best pizza spots in Boston use brick ovens since they create the best quality pies you could ask for. By using these ovens, they are able to heat the pizzas in just minutes to high temperatures. You get evenly-cooked, browned, thin-crisp crust on the outside with a chewy texture on the inside. Plus the sauce is warmed, the cheese is melted and the toppings are cooked to perfection. Whether you like to keep it simple with a cheese pizza or go all out with veggies and meats, the following spots will not disappoint.
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Picco
513 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 927-0066
piccorestaurant.com

Picco, which stands for pizza and ice cream company, is located in the South End. It offers well-done pizzas cooked in its wood-stone, gas-fired grill, which is said to be set around 605 degrees. Specialty pizzas range in price from $10.50 for a small to $23 for a large. Always a crowd pleaser, the Alsatian pizza is Picco’s version of France’s tarte flambé. This thin-crust is topped with sautéed onions, shallots, garlic, crème fraiche, bacon and gruyere, for a smoky and satisfying pie. End the meal with a sundae and you won’t be disappointed.

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Scampo
215 Charles St
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 536-2100
scampoboston.com

Located in Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood, Scampo is a place to see and be seen in the Liberty Hotel. With an Italian-inspired menu created by celebrated chef Lydia Shire, there are plenty of dishes worth indulging in. But it is Scampo’s brick-oven pizza, prepared in its open kitchen, that stands out from the rest. Guests dine on the patio or in the intimate dining room on pizzas ranging in price from $16 to $26.  Standouts on the menu include pizzas featuring lamb, artichoke and prosciutto, white clam with bacon or a New England favorite, lobster.
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Pizza from Figs (Credit: Michelle Levine)


Figs
42 Charles St
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 742-3447
toddenglish.com

Another Beacon Hill pizza spot is Todd English’s restaurant Figs. A cozy, casual pizza restaurant that is quickly catching on with new locations opening up, it serves tasty thin-crust, wood-fired pizzas. Figs is loved by locals because of its inventive combinations of toppings on the specialty pizzas, like the signature Fig and Prosciutto pie for $18.50. Cooks take a crisp rosemary crust and top it with fig and balsamic jam, prosciutto and use just the right amount of gorgonzola cheese for a memorable meal.

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Pizza from Benevento’s (Credit: Michelle Levine)

Benevento’s
111 Salem St
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 523-4111
beneventosboston.com

Right in the North End, surrounded by dozens of other Italian restaurants, sits Benevento’s. Offering affordable pricing (pizza is typically under $14), diners sip sangria and nosh on appetizers like mussels or calamari with views of the open kitchen, brick oven and TVs to catch up on local sporting events. The pizza is the star of the show though, with a variety of specials like Richie’s Favorite pulled pork with red onion, barbecue sauce, light romano and mozzarella cheese or Vanessa’s Pesto grilled chicken with homemade pesto sauce, caramelized onions, pecorino romano and mozzarella cheese. Benevento’s also has an extensive list of toppings to make your own customized pizza with every meat, veggie, cheese and sauce you could ask for.

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Antico Forno
93 Salem St
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 723-6733
anticofornoboston.com

Also featuring brick-oven pizza in the North End is Antico Forno. The menu offers plenty of baked pasta dishes, but the pizzas are also a favorite. Antico serves delicious authentic Neapolitan pizza for $12.50 with fresh plum tomato sauce, aromatic oregano and roasted garlic, sans cheese, or go for a classic with the Margherita made from fresh housemade mozzarella, plum tomato sauce and fresh basil for just $13. But there is something to be said about the Carciofi E Porcini pizza where Antico takes artichoke hearts, imported Italian porcini mushrooms, mozzarella and cherry tomatoes, finishing the pizza off with a touch of white truffle oil, or the Vesuvio with mozzarella, roasted peppers, ricotta cheese, cherry tomatoes and fresh sliced prosciutto.

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Michelle Levine is a creative energetic, young professional that is passionate about everything Boston has to offer. She loves to attend local events, dine out, and cook and wants to share her findings with you. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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