I’m sure you’ve heard of a bar crawl…but have you ever done a pizza crawl? I haven’t quite decided which one is better because they leave you with very different feelings, but for either one you still end up with pizza 😉
I’d say it was quite unique way to cross off some restaurants while filling our tummies with delicious pizza. This has been by far one of my favorite times in the North End-pizza, some beer, and great times with my partner in crime! I made my own little google map to get a route of our pizza crawl!
Ben Cotto #36
I created this crawl with some research, and figured out the best route. We started off at Ben Cotto on Hanover Street. It’s a newer restaurant on Hanover which opened in the summer or this fall–its gorgeous inside, great staff, and oh yeah…even better pizza!
What we loved about Ben Cotto was that it’s easy to please everyone–they have a wide selection of small, perfect for sharing, pizzas, as well as pasta dishes and appetizers. For the purpose of saving our stomachs, we only got one pizza, but I would be more than apt to go back (after the quest) and try some more!
I chose the Faneuil Hall pizza which was grilled chicken, homemade pesto sauce, caramelized onions, Pecorino Romano cheese, mozzarella cheese. I definitely chose a good one to start the day off with. My mouth is currently watering just writing this btw…
This pizza was so so so so good. Like SOOOO GOOOOOD. and I would imagine all the others would be just as fantabulous. So please, for me, go to Ben Cotto and try a different pizza and report back!
I’m doing rating for each place as well…yes this is a long post. sorry not sorry.
Food: 5/5 Service: 5/5 Atmosphere: 5/5 (super modern, new, grays/silvers..loved)
Price: $ ($20 for a pizza, beer, and a coke plus tip…heck yeah!) Overall: 5/5
I believe that Locale is also quite new to Hanover Street, and boy is it a fantastic addition. I loved the modern sub tile looks, great overall aesthetic, great staff, and oh yeah, FAB FOOD. So obviously we started off the crawl with a good choice, basically across the street, Ben Cotto. And then we get to Locale and like wooooow, my taste buds. They were loving this crawl!
I decided with the classic Margherita pizza, which I’m a total sucker for. In Italy it was one of my favorites-fresh mozzarella melted, fresh and slightly sweet tomato sauce, some basil, a crispy crust…I mean come on people! I took a bite out of this pizza at Locale, and it was like I was back in Florence!
Locale’s menu was a little less diverse, with a lot of their menu options having red meat or pork, something I won’t eat, but I definitely think the Margherita was incredible, and could find something else to try on the menu. I would highly recommend Locale, for a great, cheap bite!
Atmosphere: 5/5 Service: 5/5 Price: $ (again, super cheap) Food: 5.5/5 Overall: 5/5
With our bellies getting more full, we had a little bit of a break on our walk down to Salem Street. Ernesto’s has been voted to be a great pizza place—but unfortunately compared to our others, it was just average. Obviously it was different, not brick oven, and we got slices, but nonetheless, it was more like a papa ginos-good, just not spectacular. I had a margherita slice and my dad had a sausage and pepperoni. At least it was less than $10! Not saying to never go here, just saying it definitely would not be my first choice
Atmosphere: 2/5 Service: 3/5 Price: $ (under 10 for 4 slices) Food: 3/5 Overall: 3/5
Regina Pizzeria #39
The holy grail of the North End (basically). If you’ve been to the North End, you’ve heard of Regina Pizzeria. It’s been around forever–my dad remembers going with my mom and friends when coming to the North End in his 20s! And, as he recalls, it hasn’t changed a bit.
We were going to start at Regina’s, but with the line, decided we’d finish here, giving us ample time after all the other places to rest and digest a little. We ended up not actually waiting all that long–I barely had time to get a picture before entering! But I guess it was good because it started to sprinkle.
It’s crowded, hot, and the smell of pizza wofts through the entire space. Service is not the ultimate priority, but you don’t really expect it either.
We ordered the four cheese pizza-which I thought was going to be the typical cheese. I was wrong-it was ricotta with other cheeses and then diced Marazano tomatoes on top. It was very very good, and I’m definitely happy with the way it turned out! We could only eat a slice, so we brought the rest home–Logan and my mom were not dissapointed!
I had a boomerang showing completion of the crawl–but it must have gotten deleted 😦 (and it took 10 tries for my dad to do it correctly!)
Atmosphere: 5/5 (Not impressed with the decor, but the history of the restuarant itself–it literally hasn’t changed since opening which I think is really cool)
Service: 3/5 Food: 5/5 Price: $ (average price for a large pizza in Boston-around $18)
**We had also planned on going to Galleria Umberto, but it closes at 3pm–so we will be going very soon!
Doing this Pizza Crawl was quite the task–more on my stomach than anything! But it was so fun and I’m so happy we decided to do so. Feel free to follow along and do it yourself!
Also- I can’t totally say which place was my favorite because all of the places we did a different pizza and had a different experience-but I have to say I absolutely loved Locale and Ben Cotto because I’m always a fan of a brick oven pizza!
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ciao bellas xoxo ❤