In the video above, Phantom Gourmet makes his picks for affordable Italian food outside the North End. Below, Hoodline ranks the most popular affordable Italian spots in Boston.
BOSTON (Hoodline) – Looking to satisfy your appetite for Italian fare without breaking the bank? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable Italian restaurants around Boston, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to venture when cravings strike.
1. Dacoopas Pizza And Subs
Topping the list is DaCoopas Pizza and Subs. Located at 474 Saratoga St. (between Chelsea and Shelby streets.) in East Boston, the Italian spot, which offers pizza and more, is the highest-rated inexpensive Italian restaurant in Boston, boasting four stars out of 77 reviews on Yelp.
The site can tell you a thing or two more about DaCoopas Pizza and Subs.
“DaCoopas first opened its doors in 1969,” according to the history section of the business’s Yelp profile. “For over 40 years, DaCoopas has been making its award-winning pizza using some of the best ingredients available including dough which is made daily onsite.”
2. Galleria Umberto
Next up is the North End’s Galleria Umberto, situated at 289 Hanover St. (between Wesley and Lathrop places). With 4.5 stars out of 618 reviews on Yelp, the Italian spot, which offers a focused menu featuring pizza and arancini, has proven to be a local favorite for those looking for an inexpensive option.
Yelper Payam Z., who reviewed Galleria Umberto on Dec. 6, wrote, “One type of Sicilian style cheese pizza is served by the slice ($2 apiece, cash only). There are a handful of other menu options, of which the arancini is certainly the crown jewel. House wine is served at just under $3, making this one of the last places in town you can have a meal and a drink for under $5.”
3. Rinas Pizzeria & Cafe
The North End’s Rinas Pizzeria & Cafe, located at 371 Hanover St. (between Tileston and Clark streets), is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the budget-friendly Italian spot, which offers pizza and more, 4.5 stars out of 168 reviews.
Yelper T.C. Cem G., who reviewed Rinas Pizzeria & Cafe on Oct. 26, wrote, “Great little spot for a take out pizza. It was very good and the price was cheap for this area.”
Matthew S. noted, “Excellent Neapolitan pizza at a good price. I ate here for lunch on my first day and loved it. The staff was incredibly friendly and they really are proud of their product.”
4. Caffé Vittoria
Also in the North End, check out Caffé Vittoria, which has earned four stars out of 917 reviews on Yelp. Dig in at the Italian spot, which offers coffee and tea and more, by heading over to 296 Hanover St. (between Wesley and Lathrop places).
If you’re looking for more, we found these details about Caffé Vittoria.
“Boston’s first and oldest Italian Caffe,” per the history section of the business’s Yelp profile. “Best cappuccino and tiramisu in the city.”
In terms of signature items, “Rated Best cappuccino and tiramisu in the city 20 years in a row!” it notes on Yelp in the section explaining specialties.
Finally, there’s Alfredo’s, an Allston favorite with 4.5 stars out of 162 reviews. Stop by 229 Brighton Ave. (between Craftsman and Higgins streets) to hit up the Italian spot next time you’re looking to satisfy your cravings on a budget.
Yelper Rena M., who reviewed Alfredo’s on Aug. 21 wrote, “This place was excellent. I went with a group and sampled the following: Margherita pizza, linguine and clams, lobster ravioli and gnocchi with shrimp Sorrentina. I loved everything.”
Tracy B. noted, “The tortellini was insanely delicious and the shrimp was giant and flavorful. I will definitely plan to order again.”