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113 Chelsea St, East Boston, MA | Directions 0212842.372751 -71.035456
Monday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Jeffries Point / Airport, East Boston
Wow - who cares if it's in the guidebooks, it's not like too many people ever venture over to East Boston for pizza. But those who aren't are missing out!
I went to this pizza place for the first time last week. It was fantastic!!! Just getting a plain cheese with a little parm sprinkled on is great. Also a beef kabob will level out all the carbs and make it a well balance meal. Get there early I hear the place gets packed at prime times.
worst pizza in Boston – Awful. The worst restorant experience I can remeber. The all-male abusive waiters will shove you around the place like cattle to fit new clients, all of whom, like me, must have read the fake reviews that SANTARPIO CORP must have posted on the Web; yes, SANTARPIOPIZZA dot com is a chain, not the cozy neighborhood piza place they try to portray on the adds. When you get there, you will eat burnt pizza and pay through your nose or else. If you don't tip the abusive waiters above the 15% rate they will confront you on your way out, implicitly threatening you, making you fell terribly unconfortable. Don't ever go there !!!
A Classic Old-Boston Pizza Joint – When a waiter mutters, "Whaddya want" and writes the order on a greasy piece of paper or a napkin(!), you can pretty much be assured that you won't be having a fine dining night. And perhaps that's what makes Santarpio's so special. It is so completely unpretentious in an old-Boston sort of way that it is at once memorable and, yes, even lovable, kind of like a crusty uncle who's always telling you to stop doing whatever it is you're doing.
Don't come to Santarpio's expecting a varied menu. To paraphrase the comedian Buddy Hackett, the menu consists of two choices: take it or leave it. About all you'll find on the menu here is pizza and skewers of lamb and sausage. But that is plenty, as the pizza has a delicious crust that is heavy on corn meal and a particularly zesty sauce going nicely with the greasy cheese, while the meat skewers are so tasty that some people forsake the pizza entirely to make the skewers their meal.
Some folks are turned off by the Elks Lodge atmosphere of Santarpio's and the sarcasm and rudeness of the waiters, but to me, this is all part of the charm of the place. Indeed, there are fewer and fewer of these old-school joints in the Boston area each year, which is an absolute shame. I know that people seem to either love or hate this place, but put me firmly in the "love" category for Santarpio's.
Overrated – The atmosphere was good, but the pizza sucks. Over-rated. The pizza came out so soggy that it just flopped over and fell apart. We also waited 1 hour just to get in, and 1 hour just to get our pizza. I'd rather have Papa Johns.
santarpio's is the balls – i honestly don't even understand how anyone, can honestly write a bad review on the place. im a top flight italian chef and i can say that you can not beat this pizza. loved the old school atmosphere in this place. die hard boxing fan and loved all the boxing posters and memorbilla. cant be beat, cant wait to go back.
Great Food – This is a great place to get no frills pizza. The waiters and bartenders for fun to talk to and have been there for years!
HORRIBLE SERVICE – Okay..Honestly...the pizza was pretty good BUT the waiter was horrible. He was rude, unattentive, gave me the wrong beer, threw our silverware on the table, didn't say hello or thank you(or anything else but "OK"), interrupted while we were placing our order to talk on his cell phone(yes, he really did) and, to top it off, my back was to the waiter station where they kept the bus bucket so I was lucky enough to get splashed in the back of the head with some liquid(God knows maybe it was someone's discarded beer) without even so much as an apology.
I was very disappointed and I have NO idea what all the hype is about..Not worth the effort to get there!!!
Bottom line: DON'T GO THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Terribly rude service; average pizza – I am from Italy, and I realize that American Pizza is different then traditional pizza - but I don't get the hype about this place. It's a completely average American style pizza. The remarkable thing about this place is the terrible service - i'm not asking for much, but a bit of politeness should be a given.... I asked the waitress what kind of cheese they use (the menu states simply "Italian cheese") - she did not know, and was VERY upset when my wife & I asked (politely) if she would let us know. The staff complained in front of everyone about the customers without even trying to hide their discontent.
I understand that these small local popular places have their own character & charm for being layed back & "no frills" - but rude service is unacceptable anywhere - from fast food dives to 5 star dining.
I do not recommend this place at all.
Best American style pizza – This is the best American style pizza I have ever had. Everything is fresh, delicious and affordable. Lamb kabobs make a great appetizer. It is a little annoying that they only accept cash, but it's worth the effort to stop at an ATM. It's really close to the Airport subway station which is nice.
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