11.5 Thacher St.
Boston, MA 02113
After walking the Freedom Trail all day, we decided to treat ourselves to an early dinner. There was not really much doubt where we would be eating. I had wanted to try Pizzeria Regina ever since I saw them win a pizza battle on Food Network's, Food Feuds. On that show they beat Santarpio's Pizza. So needless to say I was very excited to give them a try.
Walking into Regina's was like stepping back in time. This is definitely an old school pizza joint. I half expected the Fonz, Laverne or Shirley to come around the corner at any minute. We hit Regina's at a good time. I have heard the stories of hour long waits, but we were eating at an odd time, 4 PM on a Wednesday, so we were sat right away.
Regina's has been around a long time. 85 years to be exact. Now on its third generation of owners, the Polcari family, they are still going strong. They now have 21 locations spread out across New England. Some of these locations are quick service establishments located in malls, some are full service Italian sit down restaurants, appropriately named Polcari's. We, however came to the original restaurant in the North End. After looking at the menu, this is what we came up with.
Katie went a little unconventional with her choice of pie, the Formagio Bianco. This white pizza combined four cheeses, mozzarella, pecorino Romano, ricotta, and Parmesan, along with a garlic sauce. Katie loved this pizza for a lot of reasons. She liked how the cheeses complimented the basil. She also was very fond of the thin crust here. The pizza was a little too mild for my taste, but we both agreed that the garlic sauce was good, but not too rich.
Not exactly the most flattering picture of the pizza from Regina's, but I really was rushed because I was so excited to try a slice. I should have waited though, because this pizza was served piping hot, and I almost burned all of my taste buds off. Luckily I had a few left over to taste the pizza. The crust here is really good. It held the toppings well, and let the cheese and toppings be the star of the show. I guess the brick oven is the way to cook pizza. The cheese was good and flavorful. The toppings were good, but not the best I have had. Combined though, this could be one of my top pizzas I have had in awhile.
I really enjoyed my time at Pizzeria Regina. The service was a little gruff, but mellowed while we were here. Even though the restaurant was old school, it really seemed clean and well run. Prices were not too bad for the pizzas we got. Glad we hit them at an off time, so we did not have to wait an hour or two to eat. The pizza gave us enough energy to finish off the Freedom Trail.
Out of five silversmith's, (because Paul Revere, was a famous silversmith, and from the North End of Boston where Regina's is located), five being best to zero being worst, Pizzeria Regina gets 3.5 silversmiths.
For more information on Pizzeria Regina, click here: http://www.pizzeriaregina.com/