Much of the North End is bunk: overpriced, Americanized red-sauce joints flogging stale Sopranos shtick. REGINA PIZZERIA is blocks off the beaten paths of Hanover and Salem Streets, and figuratively miles away from them: it’s the real deal, an ancient purveyor of bona fide Neapolitan-heritage brick-oven pizzas. Its suburban chain outlets may be pale imitations, but the original is worthy of its reputation, a straw of authenticity in a haystack of wannabes. Those beautiful pies are among the few good reasons to endure the crowds and parking hassles of the North End.
REGINA PIZZERIA | 11 1/2 Thatcher Street, Boston | 617.227.0765 | reginapizzeria.com