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Galleria Umberto

Boston
Pizza Place
$$$$

Galleria Umberto is worth the trek to the North End. The pizza cash-only spot has been a neighborhood staple for awhile, serving Sicilian-style pizza and other Italian eats. The Sicilian pizza, in particular, is great for three reasons: it's cheesy, the crust is thick, and it has the perfect amount of chew for those of you who are tired of thin crust. However, we suggest going earlier rather than later because the shop shuts down once all the pies are sold.

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Boston has a number of great pizza shops, so we can’t list the best places for traditional cuisine without mentioning where to get the best slice of pizza. Starting around 11 am every day but Sunday, Galleria Umberto welcomes long lines of eager pizza lovers from all over the world looking for a Sicilian slice. The James Beard Foundation named it amongst its 2018 American Classics Awards, honoring regional restaurants cherished by their communities—and it remains a local go-to today. If you’re looking to go beyond the slice, try the arancini, another shop favorite.

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