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Papa-Razzi Pizza

March 3rd, 2011

I’ve been to the local Papa-Razzi (155 Worcester Rd.) a few times but never for pizza, so tonight a couple of friends and I went to check out the pizza pie situation.
We decided to get three, the Margherita (crushed tomatoes, mozzarella, oregano and fresh basil),

Quattro Formaggi (oak-fired white pizza with mozzarella, mascarpone, romano and goat cheese)

and Puttanesca (olives, capers, marinated tomatoes, artichoke hearts and mozzarella)

We also got some sangria that I forgot to take a picture of but it was good, although a little strong (making this a short post because now I’m tired and have to go to bed.
I’ll say the pizza is a pleasant, thin crust style with plenty of cheese, maybe not enough sauce on the one with red sauce but good.  There is a lightness to them where you don’t feel like you have really ate a whole pizza – there were three of us and we finished all three pizzas.  I was a little disappointed with the Puttanesca.  I had a more “romantic” vision of it was going to look like, more specifically, evenly distributed toppings.  the capers and olives were mostly on one half. Same with the herb on the 4 cheese, but they were still pretty decent.
The we decided that the while wasn’t bad, we probably wouldn’t go back there either.  I will say that their pasta is much more impressive (my favorite is the Porcini Tortelloni- so good!)
You can check out the rest of their menu by clicking here.

Georgio’s Pizza

February 16th, 2009

Georgio’s is on Concord Street in Saxonville.   As I’ve mentioned before we don’t get up to  good ol’ Saxonville that much but we had time during the week and finally wanted to check out Gerard’s sandwiches I’ve heard so much about but when we pulled into the parking lot we saw a note on the door saying they were on vacation so for some reason we went here instead.
We decided to share a cheese pizza which was just okay, Ethan thought it was one of the worst pizzas ever.  It’s cardboardy crust, flavorless sauce and bland cheese just didn’t do it for him.
Maybe it was an off day, who knows.  I did like that they make their own soups, so I’d try one of those next time.

Framingham Sub Shop & Pizza

November 1st, 2008

Ethan and I walked down to the library Sunday and forgot the don’t open until 2, since we had some time to kill and were hungry, we decided to check out Framingham Sub & Pizza.
The place is small but has plenty of tables, although no one else was in there.  We got a small cheese pizza and waited about 10-15 minutes until we were called up to retrieve it.  


The look and taste of this was what reminded me of skating rink pizza.  Which is okay when you’re 12 and just grabbing a slice in between songs but we found this to be disappointing.
It was almost like it was made from a kit.  I don’t know how else to describe it.  I know everyone has bad days so maybe this place was having one, but I don’t know. I would actually come back and try their subs though out of curiosity.
Although with Anastasia’s also downtown – it’s hard not to go there (they’re closed on Sunday’s)

Anastasia’s

May 1st, 2008


I’ve done a post on Anastasia’s (12 Union Ave.) before when we got a steak and cheese from there but last night is the first time I’ve had their pizza.

Ethan and his friend had it a few weeks ago so when we were deciding on where to get pizza from he suggested here.  We were kind of pressed for time between just getting home from work and then I had Town Meeting to go to, so when he called, Ethan asked how long it would take to get a pizza delivered they said “No time at all” and it really seemed like it- it was about 15 Minutes from the call that we got the pizza delivered.

 We got half pepperoni and half eggplant.

Personally, I don’t care if a pizza is Greek or Italian style but I thought it was interesting that even though this is a Greek place the pizza was Italian style.  I have to say this pizza was excellent. I just really, really enjoyed this pizza.  At first I thought maybe it was because I was very hungry (I ride my bike to/from work in Westborough and often come home absolutely ravenous)  but then I found myself thinking about how good it was during town meeting, it was just so good. I figured if I was still thinking about it later in the night it must have been my tastebuds, not my hunger that made it so unforgettable.  Here’s a nice deliciously greasy detail:

Mmmmm-mmm!  The sauce, the cheese and the light crust were perfect.  I’m so happy to add this to our small list of good pizza places in Framingham but especially’s since it’s just a few blocks away.

North End Treats

April 11th, 2008


A new Italian style pizza and dessert place opened up on route 30, (661 Cochituate Rd.) called “North End Treats”.
It is a take-out only place that serves pizza, pasta, sandwiches, pastries and gelato.
Inside is small but large enough to serve it’s purpose since there is no seating.

We got 2 individual 9″ pizzas.  One Bourbon Steak Tips with peppers and one Caramelized Onion with feta and pine nuts.
Steak Tips:

Caramelized Onions (they forgot to slice it and the picture is blurry)

The steak was good but I really, really enjoyed the caramelized onion pizza.  It was excellent. The natural sweetness of the onions with the salty feta was a perfect match.   
These are especially good pizzas for people that like crust because there’s plenty of it.  I feel like a plain pizza would be very satisfying as well. 
Of course while I was  waiting I couldn’t help but look at the pastry case:

I decided to bring home a little assortment of a peanut butter brownie, cannoli and mini-lobster tail:

I never had a lobster tail before but it was awesome, pastry filled with whipped and Bavarian cream.  It was light (tasting) and so creamy- a very nice treat!  I’d tie that with the peanut butter brownie which is intense and I recommend letting it almost get to room temp before eating since the top layer of chocolate is so thick.  The cannoli was pretty good two but if I had to choose 2 out of the three, it would be the lobster tail and brownie.  I will be back to try the gelato and some pasta dishes.

This is such a great addition to Framingham pizza/food options.  My only wish is that it was downtown, it would be perfect in one of the storefronts down there! 

Bronzetti’s is open!

March 17th, 2008


Finally Bronzetti’s has opened!
It was like waiting for Christmas (or Hanukkah) but the day finally arrived.  It’s very much a mom and pop kind of place as the waitstaff must be family members and don’t wear uniforms but let you know when you walk in they’re there to serve you.  Our waitress was very nice and another woman (Mrs. Bronzetti?) check up on us as well to make sure everything was alright.
We started off sharing a caesar salad which  they were nice enough to split onto two separate plates and were decent sized even as halves.

Then the piece de resistance: We got a half plain, half onion pizza:

The dough was nice and crispy on the bottom and the cheese perfectly browned on the crust.  It’s just so good and was worth the wait!
Bronzetti’s is at 250 Worcester Rd., behind (but in the same building as) PC Health stop

Bertucci’s

February 10th, 2008

While I’m waiting for Bronzetti’s to open for business, I had pizza craving and although I knew nothing would be quite the same as one of their pizzas, my uncle and I went out to Bertucci’s (150 Worcester Rd.).
I rarely go to Bertucci’s, I don’t avoid it, but for some reason I just don’t find myself there a lot.  My sister and her husband love it and  I know I can always get them a gift card for a birthday or a stocking stuffer and they’ll be happy.
Inside is decently decorated and I like the open kitchen.

They used to make some chicken and tortellini dish with a lemon-caper sauce that was really good but it has been taken off the menu since I last had it (probably at least 6 years ago)
One of the reliably good things about Bertucci’s are the rolls.  Nice and crunchy on the outside, warm and soft on the inside, served with a flavored olive oil, you can’t go wrong!

We decided to get a pizza and salad.  (I forgot to take a picture of the salad)
My uncle doesn’t like “fancy” items on his pizza so we got onion and sausage.


It’d say Bertucci’s is better than some pizza places, but it’s not amazing.  I do like that, much like Papa Gino’s, it is reliably consistent and you get what you expect (or at least I have)

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