Boston has some of the finest universities in the world, but it sure has some ghastly pizza joints. Most corner pizza shops are the dive-bar equivalent of Italian restaurants — workers look sallow, nothing is served at the right temperature, and things that shouldn't be soggy are. Not so at Santarpio's. Nestled in the shadows of Logan, this institution isn't much to look at (we've spotted waitstaff in sweat pants before), but that crystallizes its no-frills, old-school charm. As does the thin-but-chewy crust pizza with toppings like homemade sausages. It aces our pizza test every time.
111 Chelsea Street, East Boston | 617.567.9871 | santarpiospizza.com