Santarpio’s Pizza

One good thing about traveling as much as I do is that I get to Santarpio’s Pizza often. Santarpio’s is in East Boston, literally next to the airport. When I fly out for work on Sunday nights, it’s almost too easy to stop in for some pizza before my flight.

Santarpio’s is one of those places that looks like it hasn’t changed in a hundred years. The no-frills menu includes basic pizza combinations and barbequed meats. I usually go for the pizza and almost always end up with a side of steak tips or sausage. The smell of the grill lures me in!

As for the pizza itself, it’s almost hard to explain why it’s so good. They strike the perfect balance of crisp crust, sweet tomatoes, and melty cheese. They always go heavy on the tomato sauce (which I love), and add just enough cheese to provide a melty layer but not completely overwhelm the sauce. While the crisp thin crust isn’t usually my style, it really works in this case as a sturdy base for the toppings.

The service can be a little rough around the edges, but I think that’s part of its charm. Just be prepared to wait for a table and then wait awhile for your pizza during busy hours. Another reason to order something from the barbeque is that it usually comes out quickly.

On my most recent trip to Santarpio’s, the four of us ordered two pizzas and an order of steak tips.

The steak tips came out well before the pizza and we all dug in before I even thought to take a picture. We were hungry! They were a little overcooked at medium-well, but the flavor from the grill made up for it. The edges of each steak tip were beautifully charred.

We ordered an Italian Cheese and Hot Peppers Pizza, which is what Matt and I always order when it’s just us. The pickled hot peppers are a perfect addition to the rich cheese.

We also ordered an Italian Cheese and Sausage Pizza. The chunks homemade sausage were moist and well seasoned. My only complaint was that the pizza could have used more of it.

I was glad we ordered both, but the hot peppers pizza was the winner for me! Sometimes its hard to stray from a favorite.

Have you ever been to Santarpio’s? Any other combinations I should try?

Santarpio’s Pizza
113 Chelsea St
East Boston, MA 02128
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