Pizzeria Regina, Boston

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11 1/2 Thacher St., Boston, MA

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    Pizzeria Regina: A true Boston Favorite

    by moirholj Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The real Regina's located in the North End

    Regina's is just awesome on many levels. The food, the atmosphere, the waitstaff, the location - it's the best.

    The first fun thing about Regina's is the actual getting there. I've been there more times than I can count I still get lost. It's a corner restaurant buried in the twisting turning maze that are the brownstone lined streets of downtown Boston. Your best bet is to map is out on Yahoo Maps or MapQuest before you try to go and just hope that the most recent Big Dig construction hasn't popped up in your path! haha.

    Once you get there (particularly on Thursday, Friday or Saturday night) be prepared to wait for a seat. Waiting, however, does not take place in a roomy sitting area. This is Boston where most cool places are crammed into old school brownstone buildings. You will be doing your waiting in a line full of locals that forms outside the door and goes down the block. Doing this particular activity during a true Boston Winter will leave you with a taste of what real Bostonians do. No tourist pampering here!

    When you get into Regina's you will be led to your seat by one of the most colorful waitresses Boston has to offer. These ladies rock. They are funny, sarcasitic, helpful, but most of all - they are in a hurry because this place is packed with a line out the door! No, they will not rush you out of the place, or rush your order, but you will get a kick of watching everyone bustle around.

    Finally the food. The specialty here is obviously the Pizza! Cooked to perfection in their own brick oven (with its own history) you can't find better pizza.

    Most important tip I can give you:
    DO NOT EAT REGINA'S PIZZA ANYWHERE BUT AT THE 11 1/2 THATCHER STREET LOCATION.
    Recently they put a Regina's in the Qunicy Market/Fanuiel Hall area. FORGET IT. It's a total tourist trap and you will really not get the experience I am talking about.

    Favorite Dish: Pomodoro
    Formaggio
    Fresh chopped tomatoes along with the four cheeses - Mozzarella, Ricotta,
    Pecorino Romano, and Parmesan. Sprinkled with fresh basil and Regina’s
    garlic and oil sauce.

    If you love Garlic be sure to order an extra side of their special Garlic and Oil sauce.

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    Pizzeria Regina: Pizzas to crave for!

    by risse73 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Pizzeria Regina in North End
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    They are famous for their brick-oven pizzas and is a Boston landmark. It is in the North End tucked away at a corner. Many people seem to get lost finding their way here, but if you do, just ask any of the local residents and they seem to be happy to show you this place (at least that has been my case!). Order the "quattro formaggio," "napolitano" or other classic winners!

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    Pizzeria Regina: PIZZA PIZZA!

    by garridogal Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Hungry?

    When I first moved up to Boston I would hear talk of this place. However, I worked right by Faneul Hall and had only tasted the pizza from the Pizzeria Regina there. I'm from New York so I know good pizza and thought Bostonians were nuts for liking that stuff.

    I'm not sure if those chain restaurants still even exist. I hope not because this is the real deal. If you're in Boston, go to the North End, get in line if you have to (we did!) and get a pizza here.

    The place is old, crampt and the single stall bathroom makes airplane johns look luxurious but the pizza's what you're there for. It's good.....

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    Pizzeria Regina: A pizza eating experience

    by jasperdo Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Original Pizzeria Regina has been serving pizza pies in the North End of Boston since 1926. It has achieved a cult following of sorts. How many pizza parlors do you know that has a line out the door waiting for a table most every evening? We went there at 4:45PM and were first in line for a table. When we left at around 6PM, the line was around the corner. Pizzeria Regina does have superb New York Pizza...but don't tell them that. This IS Boston, after all. And that's the only item on the menu, pizza and drinks. But along the East Coast, you can find New York pizza that's just as good without the wait. So why the lines? I think it's the overall atmosphere that makes Pizzeria Regina a hit. From the old wooden booths to the fast serving waitresses, Pizzeria Regina seems frozen in time. The only complaint I had was they served the pizza with plates and a knife and fork. Pizza this good has to be folded and eaten with one hand, while the grease drips down your arm. Aside from that, Pizzeria Regina is a terrific little dining experience in the North End.

    Favorite Dish: Pizza...cheese only, please.

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    Pizzeria Regina: A North End Institution

    by travelanywhere Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Pizzeria Regina has been in the North end for generations. I recently sat at the bar during the Feast of Saint Anthony and the entire marching band from the closing day parade came INTO the pizzeria to perform! We asked for chianti with our pizza and the bartender pulled out a ten gallon jug of the most delicious plonk I've ever had. Go for the warm personalities who work there, the photos of old Boston on the wall (or at least long before the Big Dig) and the most delicious thin crust pizza in the world (in my humble opinion).

    Favorite Dish: I always order a plain cheese pizza because I'm in love with the sauce and, in this case as in many other cases in life, simple is best in my eyes. However, they're all great!

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    Pizzeria Regina: Don't be fooled by the other locations

    by shohman Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    There are many locations, but for some reason the original location in The North End is much better than the franchise locations. Maybe it's the brick oven, maybe it's the water they use. Everyone has their own opinions, but most locals agree that this is the location to go. Since the 1920's, this location has been serving pizza and nothing else. no salads, no sandwiches, just a good old pie with your choice of toppings. There is usually a line out the door, so go early. The room is small and you can see right into the kitchen as they prepare your pie and send it into the oven.
    As each pie is cut and served your mouth waters, hoping yours is next. Finally, it arrives and it's all you can do to avoid a scalding burn of your pallet as you grab a slice and inhale it.

    Favorite Dish: We got half sausage, half meatball. Sausage was so flavorful with just the right amount of fennel.

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    Pizzeria Regina: The original...and possibly the best. Ever.

    by gilescorey Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Mom says, "this is the best...ever". My Mom, she thinks Pizzeria Regina is the best pizza...ever. And, she might be right. This is the original location - a rounded, corner spot, snug in a residential North End community. Since 1926, Regina has been the talk of the town - and a fave of Red Sox players. I love it. I love everything about it. I love the high backed booths, the bustle, the wait, the cheap, small beer mugs(Oh, wait! I DON'T like that. But, at least they have Killian's on draught). Little side note: Apparently, a few years back, a local news channel did an expose on how the Regina mgmt were spying on their employees through hidden cameras...even in some "compromising" positions. I guess they apologized, publicly.

    Favorite Dish: Pizza! Duh. I love ham on pizza; so long as it's strips and not "diced". Great ham at Regina. But, I always get the same nasty waitress? She hates me, I'm sure. She drops those "mini-pints" with a side of vitriol...but I love Regina all the same. Tough place to find! Original location,only,or you will be disappointed.

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    Pizzeria Regina

    by rids Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Pizzeria Regina
    Nothing unique about this location, but their restaurant in the Italian North End is the oldest brick-oven pizzeria in Boston (75 years).

    Favorite Dish: Thin-crust brick-oven pizza.

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  • Pizzeria Regina: Pizzeria Regina

    by zChris Updated May 27, 2003

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    Pizzeria Regina

    Pizzeria Regina is in Boston's North End, the city's Italian mecca, and therefore the centre of the city's best Italian food. Pizzeria Regina is by far the best pizza in Massachusetts, an incredible potpurri of flavoursyou're not likely to find anywhere else. With pizza this good, you'd think a lot more people would be at the place...but the truth is, many can't find it or consider it too far away. Pizzeria Regina is located in a rather less touristy district of the North End, a really authentic looking area that probably keeps suburbanites and tourists away. Regina has opened up several small branches in suburban malls, and one at Quincy Market to feed tourists and businesspeople, but that 'imitation Regina' is nowhere near as good as the real thing in the North End.

    Favorite Dish: Why, uh, pizza...

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  • Pizzeria Regina: Worth the wait

    by Geoff&Lil Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Off the track in Thatcher St Boston.
    Large queue(line) outside- but worth the wait.
    They do Pizza- just pizza- nothing but pizza-but boy is it good. thin crust, toppings to your design, baked while you wait - cool beer, friendly service, eat in or take out.
    Basic table settings, fast service.
    Great buzz about the place.Try it - you won't be disappointed.
    Also - good prices -what more do you want !

    The market outlet - Fanueil hall IS NOT THE SAME.

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  • Pizzeria Regina: Best Pizza

    by JonathanMax Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Regina's has the best pizza anywhere.
    Get there early because the line starts forming around 5 p.m. FYI ..Small Pizza's are the norm not Large..each person should order their own small pizza.. Dont go to the other locations..not the same as the original..

    Favorite Dish: Personal favorite is Small Pepperoni, well done.

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