Spork Rating: 3
- Neighborhood: East Boston
- Cuisine: Pizza
- Price: Affordable (Pizza starts at $9.50, barbecue ranges from $5-$7.50)
- Hours: Monday to Thursday, 11:30 am -10 pm; Friday to Saturday, 11:30 am-11pm; Sunday, 11:30 am – 10 pm
- Reservations: No
- Recommended For Dining With: Infants, Toddlers, Kids
There are few restaurants considered to be an “institution” in any given city. That title is reserved for revered establishments, often family-run for many generations, and holds a special place in the memory of throngs people. Santarpio’s Pizza is one such place. Opened in 1903 in the shadows of Logan Airport as a bakery, Santarpio’s is considered to have the best pizza in Boston. Indeed, Santarpio’s puts out a great thin-crust pie. But before you trot your tot to this mecca for pizza fanatics, there are some things you should know before you go.
Okay. But then again, the sometimes (okay, often) salty staff’s attitude toward everyone is okay. They’ll bring you a high chair or booster if asked. But that’s it. Don’t expect a menu, unless you ask for one. What the place lacks in amenities and ambiance, their pizza makes up for it.
Larger parties and groups with kids can be expected to be seated in the back of the main dining area or adjacent dining area. If you don’t mind being near the restrooms, there’s a juke box in the back dining room to keep kids busy.
You can ask to see a menu, but be prepared to a) have to wait for one or b) get a hairy eyeball from staff. Regulars and locals know there are just two things to get: pizza and barbecue. Santarpio’s pizza toppings are “under” the generous helping of cheese. And their thin and crisp crust is legendary. Pies come in one size – about 6-8 slices. Rivaling the pizza for high praise is their “barbecue” or lamb tips and house-made sausage grilled over open charcoal.
- Sausage and lamb barbeque combo
As you might expect, Santarpio’s does not have a kid’s menu. Kids will happily munch on “Boston’s Best Pizza,” house-made sausage (though often on the spicy/peppery side), lamb or steak tips or fresh-baked bread.
- Logan Airport
- Boston Harbor
- Booster Seats
- MTBA Blue line (Maverick and Airport Station)
- Limited street parking