Santarpio’s Pizza (East Boston)

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(credit: sceneboston.com)

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Spork Rating: 3

The Details:

  • 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

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Overview:

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.

family-friendly restaurant tip It’s not unusual for a line to start forming around 4:30/5pm on the weekends.  You’re better off going during the week before 5:30 if you want to skip the lines and get a table right away.

family-friendly restaurant tip Santarpio’s in East Boston is CASH ONLY

KidTude:

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.

family-friendly restaurant tip 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.

Main Menu:

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.

Favorites include:

  • Pizza
  • Sausage and lamb barbeque combo

Kid’s Menu:

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.

family-friendly restaurant tip No kids cups with lids here. Or milk. Be prepared as drinks usually come in one size – large and filled to the top.

Nearby Attractions:

  • Logan Airport
  • Boston Harbor

Amenities:

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  • Highchairs
  • Booster Seats

family-friendly restaurant tip There are stairs leading to the main entrance, so not so stroller-friendly. And squeezing by the main dining area can be hard to maneuver with a stroller. Best to leave it folded up or at home.

Getting There:

  • MTBA Blue line (Maverick and Airport Station)
  • Limited street parking

family-friendly restaurant tip There is a small parking lot under the overpass across the street from Santarpio’s. It might not look like it, but you can park here.