Area Four

MargheritaI finally made it to Area Four after hearing and reading so many good things about it. I was super intrigued by their pizza dough being made with sourdough starter and their Woodstone oven with three separate heat sources, but would it live up to my beloved Posto?

I went in knowing that this wouldn’t be the same exact style of pizza as Posto. The pizza menu is fairly simple, which I like, with all the classics like margherita, sausage, and pepperoni, plus some more interesting combinations like clam and bacon. Area Four’s beer list certainly has the edge over Posto’s. (Posto hasn’t been the same since they stopped serving Baby Tree on draft!)

Ok, I’ll stop with the comparisons now. Onto the food…

Garlic Knots

We started with the Garlic Knots Supreme, which was a generous serving of their normal garlic knots topped with tomato sauce and cheese. It’s almost unfair to judge a dish like this. How could it possibly be bad? It was a little hard to actually taste anything but the garlic in the garlic knots underneath all of the sauce and cheese, but no complaints here. We happily devoured them.


We split a couple of pizzas, the first being the Margherita with mozzarella, tomato, pecorino, and basil. While I did enjoy this pizza overall, and found the balance of cheese and tomatoes to be just right, I thought the crust was a little heavy. It had a wonderful sourdough flavor, but more chew than I’m used to.

Spring Vegetable Pizza

We also ordered the Spring Vegetable Pizza with spring onion sauce, arugula, asparagus and peas (we went without the bacon listed on the menu). I could only really taste the peas and arugula, which isn’t a horrible thing, but I was hoping for more flavor out of the spring onion sauce. I also generally prefer tomato based pizzas, so the Margherita was my definite favorite of the two.

Strawberry and Cherry Crisp

We split a Strawberry and Cherry Crisp for dessert. This and the garlic knots tied for my favorites of the evening. There was nothing particularly interesting or unusual about the crisp; It was just well executed and comforting.

I honestly can’t decide how I feel about Area Four. I might need to try it again and see if I can get myself to appreciate their type of pizza crust. Maybe I just am and always will be a Neapolitan pizza girl?

What’s your favorite style of pizza? Any Boston favorites?

Area Four
500 Technology Square
Cambridge, MA 02139
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  • Yummychunklet

    Those cheesy garlic knots look delicious!

  • In and Around Town

    Those garlic knots look delicious!  YUM!

  • Amy

    I thought it was pretty good. But it definitely doesn’t beat Posto in my book! 

  • Daisy

    I’ve heard such praise for Area Fours Pizza. thanks for your honest take, i still haven’t been. My favorite pizza spots are in the North End since I lived there for so long…I’m a big fan of Galleria Umberto’s for sicilan style Antico Forono for brick oven thin crust!

  • Elizabeth

    It’s no secret that I love A4. I usually go for the non pizza offerings and I feel same about their crust. The crispy looks awesome.

  • love2dine

    Picture perfect! Wow. Just wow

  • Megan

    Sounds like you’ll have to go back. I’ve tried some things there but not the pizza yet. I do like a chewy crust though, so I’ll have to check it out.

  • Sacha

    I went to Area Four about a month after it opened, but I didn’t order pizza. I found myself praising the desserts (soft serve and a honey panna cotta–yum!), but the meal itself was just ok. I have wanted to go back for the pizza. I do like a good chew to my pie, so maybe I’ll like it, but I also love Posto. 

  • FunandFearlessinBeantown

    I still haven’t been to Area Four despite all of the blogger reviews! 

  • Greenthyme

    I like the looks of that spring vegetable pizza.  Thanks for the recommendation.

  • Joanne

    I am so picky about my pizza crusts, it’s INSANE. I blame it on the Italian-American NY-er in me. 😛  I really want to try Area Four though!

  • Simply Life

    I think this looks great- especially that vegetable pizza!

  • Shannon G

    these look quite tasty…  especially the crisp 😉

  • Melanie Cohn

    That looks de-licious. 🙂 I’m always looking for new places to eat in Boston!

  • Dara Reppucci

    I have a hard time believing any pizza is as tasty as Posto… But this all looks delicious. 

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