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Spork Rating: 3
- Neighborhood: Cambridge/Somerville (Union Square)
- Cuisine: Pizza
- Price: Affordable; Pizzas $11-17
- Hours: Monday-Sunday; Kitchen 5-11pm / Bar 5pm-1am
- Reservations: No
- Recommended For Dining With: Toddlers, Kids
People are flocking to A4 Pizza for – you guessed it – pizza. Like it’s sister restaurant Area Four in Cambridge, this family-friendly Somerville restaurant serves up wood-fired artisan pizzas using the best ingredients available. Unlike Area Four, A4 Pizza’s small dining area featuring strung construction lights, LP artwork and particle board bar feels like your neighborhood pizza joint – only cooler.
Good. A4 staff greets the under drinking age crowd with a smile and will accommodate families. However, unlike its flagship restaurant, A4 does not have many kid-friendly amenities such as crayons and coloring sheets for kids. Highchairs and booster seats are hidden from sight.
Like Area Four in Kendall Square, the menu at this family-friendly Somerville outpost is organized in two categories: Not Pizza and Pizza. Not Pizza items feature starters such as seasonal salads and crowd-pleasing Garlic Knots. Pizzas are the main attraction here. Described as a mix between “New Haven and Neapolitan in style” pizza, the blistered, chewy crusts holds together ingenious toppings such as fennel sausage and pickled banana peppers or Wellfleet clams and bacon.
- Margherita Pizza
- Sausage & Banana Peppers Pizza
- Buffalo Chicken & Gorgonzola
- Garlic Knots
There is no kids menu but most young diners will be more than happy with the pizza at this family-friendly Somerville spot. The Margherita is a basic pie with hand-pulled mozzarella . Kids can also choose to add extra toppings such as bacon and chicken.
Like Area Four, A4’s pizza is cooked in a wood-fired oven until the crust is crisp and slightly charred. Some kids may not like pizza cooked this way, though after a taste, they might not even notice.
- Union Square Farmers Market (Saturdays June-October)
- Union Square
- Brooklyn Boulders Rock Climbing Gym
- Limited street parking
- MBTA bus to Union Square