I know what you’re thinking – “Regina Pizzeria? This girl calls herself a ‘local’? This chain is in every shopping mall food court throughout New England!” – and I feel you. But hear me out, because I am not talking about your run-of-the-mill pizza chain here. I’m talking about the OG (original) Regina Pizzeria: founded in 1926 in Boston’s illustrious, Italian North End neighborhood, and still serving up the Polcari family’s house-made sausage and dough, made daily from fresh ingredients. You can taste the love and dedication to tradition in each perfectly greasy bite, helping the country’s oldest continuously-run pizza joint keep its doors open against newer, trend-focused competition.
For over 3 generations Regina’s perfectly charred crust (an 80+ year old family recipe), topped with light, yet spicy, tomato sauce, and specialty aged whole milk mozzarella, has worked harmoniously as the ideal base to whichever toppings you prefer – which start with fresh vegetables and meats, with no preservatives nor additives, every day. I’m a big fan of their Mediterranean Pizza, topped high with caramelized onions, roasted red peppers, olives, red pepper flakes, capers, and Feta cheese; but you can also never go wrong with a classic Margherita with fresh basil.
But my biggest insider tip to you is this: Be sure to check out the menu online and order your pizza 20-30 minutes ahead, to-go. This way you can skip the guaranteed out-the-door line, and can take your delicious pie just a short walk away to enjoy along one of the North End’s many waterfront parks.