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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! 

22 Comments »

  1. I LOVE Bova’s in the North End and I am thrilled I don’t have to drive in to Boston for Whoopie Pies.

    We had the Prosciutto Panini – it was HUGE and a bit salty – but DELISH! Hubby and I split one and it was plenty big enough.

    Between Bronzetti’s and Bova’s we have a great selection now!!

    When are you going to Samba’s for a reivew? Go on Saturday night for Kareoke!

    Comment by Laura April 14, 2008 @ 10:13 am

  2. Thanks for yet another great review, Michelle. HOW IN THE WORLD DO YOU DO IT??? It’s amazing to me that you not only run around but also can sample stuff for us.

    You’re so great to have this blog. Thanks for everything that you do for Framingham!

    See you in Switzerland.

    Comment by Sarah O. April 14, 2008 @ 12:24 pm

  3. this doesnt have anything to do with north end treats, but i heard on the radio today that Chilli’s on rte 9 is closing and The British Beer Company is moving into that location. Is there any truth to this????

    Comment by Sull April 17, 2008 @ 9:41 am

  4. We were excited to try it out, but when we went in they said it would 40 minutes for a pizza. My wife and I were a little taken aback, but we asked for a menu to take home (we did not have the time to wait). But they were out of those. There seemed to be alot of people behind the counter frantically pulling things out the oven. I am not so sure they knew what they were doing. I hope to try it out once they have the place running smoothly.

    Comment by John Della Vecchia April 17, 2008 @ 12:28 pm

  5. We were so excited that we ate a slice while sitting in the parking lot. DELICIOUS! I have not been able to find pizza like this ANYWHERE in MetroWest. Huge fan, everyone should welcome them to the community : )

    Comment by rebecca April 18, 2008 @ 10:51 am

  6. I have been to North End Treats several times already. Their pizza is my absolute favorite in terms of quality and variety. It’s delicious! Also their gelato and desserts are phenomenal. In terms of the long wait mentioned above, I recommend calling ahead. Their number is 508-620-6836. I ordered 8 complicated-flavor pizzas from there last weekend for a party and it only took 30 minutes. They really do run a smooth show, but they’re already popular so it can be busy behind the counter. I can’t say enough good things about them.

    Comment by Colleen April 19, 2008 @ 8:42 am

  7. i was at Colleen’s party (small world) and fell in love with this pizza and went back the next week for more…not Colleen’s but NET’s. they had my pizza done in 10-15 when i called ahead. the impulse buy cannolli was awesome too. I highly recommend!

    Comment by Sherry April 19, 2008 @ 2:08 pm

  8. We had some pizza night before last and it was NOT GOOD.

    We’re a little worried, because we’d had it one time before and thought it was great. But our last time the pizza was doughy and underdone and a little wet, with weird overly sweet pickled bell peppers on it (like gherkins). We ordered just green peppers and were unpleasantly surprised by the very bad, sickeningly sweet taste.

    Again, we loved what we had before, so I know what you all are raving about. At least I can give you all a word to the wise: don’t order the green peppers unless you want a sickly sweet pizza.

    Also, it was chaotic when I picked up the pizza too. Maybe that’s why the the pizza was so disgustingly underdone.

    We’ll take a little break and head back to Gianni’s before trying North End Treats again.

    Comment by foppy April 19, 2008 @ 5:23 pm

  9. We decided to try NorthEnd Treats today. The caramelized onion pizza (personal size with thick crust) was incredible. The four cheese pizza was okay — the cheese combination was bit on the sharp side. We also tried cannolis, a lobster claw and a chocolate peanut butter square — these were all amazing. We’d love to go back for gelato — but the posted prices are very expensive, so we’ll stick with Mad Willies.

    Look forward to trying it again soon.

    Comment by Mrs.Beez April 20, 2008 @ 7:58 pm

  10. I have been there three times and the pizza is excellent. Very friendly staff, every time I have been in there the place seemed to run smoothly. There was no wait and the pizza was cooked perfectly. I look forward to going back!

    Comment by Tatum April 21, 2008 @ 7:23 pm

  11. we dropped in this weekend to check it out. got a slice of pizza which was good – figured if we got a fresh one right out of the oven it would be even better. also tried a chocolate chip cannolli and an eclair and they were awesome. nice to know there is a great bakery without having to go to the north end!!

    Comment by sandy April 22, 2008 @ 9:36 am

  12. Visted there a few times, excellent every time! I told the guy at the counter that the place needed to be bigger since they were so popular! He said during the summer they’ll put tables out front, and then thought for a minute on how they should have bought Franco’s place next to Walgreens. I couldn’t have agreed more.

    I ordered a slice to go and they gave me two because “the first one was a little small”

    Yeah for the little place, the great food and fantastic service!

    Comment by Kim C. April 26, 2008 @ 10:25 pm

  13. Just had this pizza for the 1st time & it was delicious! Couldn’t have been any better. An old friend bought it for us to share and we both liked it a lot. I wood recommend it to everyone 🙂

    Comment by Sammy May 6, 2008 @ 2:18 pm

  14. Really lousy service and they have no clue how to run a pizza shop. Waited over 30 minutes and then the “broke my pizza” whatever that means.. Would never go back…rude and again totally clueless..

    Comment by Gary Sutherland June 21, 2008 @ 8:25 pm

  15. I was there getting food when you blew up and threw your receipt at the poor girl behind the counter…really uncalled for. This is a new business so they probably have some quirks to iron out. It’s too bad you over reacted because it is a great place with great food.

    Comment by Jones, C. July 1, 2008 @ 1:52 pm

  16. Great blog. Would you mind terribly if I put a link for your blog in mine? Just moved to the area and thought my readers would like to read a bit about where I live now from someone else… No problem if not.

    Oh, and I’ve heard good things about this pizza place from co-workers.

    Comment by Wendy August 24, 2008 @ 9:26 pm

  17. It is obvious that some of the people that work there or the owner is pumping up this place with some of these comments. “I recommend calling ahead. Their number is 508-620-6836. I ordered 8 complicated-flavor pizzas from there last weekend for a party and it only took 30 minutes. They really do run a smooth show” Give me a break!

    Comment by Manny October 27, 2008 @ 10:30 pm

  18. My wife and I have been there a couple of times. Seemed to us like they were shipping in the day old pastries from boston and hawking them off on us. Not very fresh. Will try the pizza in the future.

    Comment by DOC December 14, 2008 @ 5:53 pm

  19. Had the pizza and it was really good. The tiramisu was good. I agree somewhat with the comments on the service: I ordered a small plain cheese pizza and wasn’t told when it was done even though I was there waiting. I watched someone bring out pizzas for another customer that was waiting so I assumed that the same would be done for me. I wonder how long I would have had to stand there before being told that my order was ready.

    Comment by Ray C January 23, 2009 @ 5:44 pm

  20. Forgot to add that they are still out of menus…

    Comment by Ray C January 23, 2009 @ 5:44 pm

  21. Mmmmmm. North End Treats is without question the best pizza around. Gianni’s is also very good.

    Comment by Stone August 2, 2009 @ 5:01 pm

  22. The pies are tasty, quality ingredients, looks like the same guy who owned the old Max Muscle supplement shop on rt 9.

    Comment by mostmoderateD February 8, 2011 @ 8:25 pm

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