Ask anyone where to find the best pizza in Boston and they'll most likely say Regina's in the North End, whose street-stretching lines attest to the thin-crust pizza's popularity. Family-owned and operated since 1926, Regina's specializes in a secret-recipe brick-oven pizza made with a light, spicy-sweet sauce and house-made mozzarella. Call ahead and get your pie to-go, or eat inside the cramped, wood-laden space, where a gruff (but friendly) waitress with a thick Boston accent will take your order among an abundance of celebrity photos.
It’s hard to oversell this place even though in some ways it’s hard to sell it. Pizzas and pitchers, what’s the big deal? Well, the history, for one. Regina started in 1926 as both a sit-down and to-go pizzeria, so it’s hard to resist the movie set-like interior, with frayed booths and framed celebrity headshots. But really it’s about the 16-inch, brick-oven beauts you can set your clock to, just as your forebears likely did before you. And yes, Regina is now a nationally celebrated local chain, but it’s all about the original North End outpost.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating