When it comes to dieting and carb monitoring I am pretty good. Err – except for one category. Pizza. Thanks to my husband, who prefers to have pizza over every other food, we probably have it at least once per week! Living in Braintree does not help my dilemma. For in Braintree, there is no scarcity of pizza venues!
What are some of my favorite spots? Well, being a North Braintree resident, we tend to go someplace that is within quick driving distance. For excellent quality and convenience, our default is . Although they do not have delivery, Braintree Five Corners is a short distance from most areas of Braintree and the wait usually never exceed 20 minutes.
I tend to get extra sauce added to my pizza, as I find Bertucci's a little heavy on the cheese. But overall, Bertucci has an excellent, tasty crust and nice array of toppings. They are a little pricey, with a large cheese weighing in at $14.99, and they also have "new Roman pizza" and "artisan pizza" which are closer to $18.99. For consistency though, it's worth the price for they have never let us down! Bertucci's is at 412 Franklin St.
For a little bit of a different taste, reminscent of the "bar" style pizzas that one can get at places like the fabled Alumni (Quincy) or Lynnwood (Randolph), I like Murray's. It used to only come in that small bar-pizza size, but now comes in a large as well. It's the best for that classic oily on top, crispy on the bottom taste that we all love about bar pizza.
My favorite pizza there is hamburger pizza. It reminds me of my high school days! Murray's does deliver but they have shorter hours that most, so order early. The cheese pizza costs $8.25 for a large/$5.50 for a small (add a dollar per topping); you can't go wrong here! Murray's is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and they are located at 2 Elm St. in Braintree Square. Delivery is also available with an $8 minimum.
Once upon a time, Regina Pizzeria was a North End staple, serving that classic square Italian-style pizza that could only be obtained by hiking in to Boston's North End. Not so anymore, as Pizza Regina went "chain" a few years back and is now located at the food court. What's even better is that they have "curbside to go" at the mall, where you can call in or order on-line and drive up to a designated location (in the parking garage) to pickup your pizza. Like a drive-up teller sort of.
A large chese pizza costs $13.29 with specialty pizzas ranging from $18 to $20. Being "Boston's best pizza since 1926," these guys have their pizza down pat! Their hours are 11:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sunday noon to 6 p.m.
For those of you who have an army of kids to feed or may be planning a pizza birthday party, check out Angelina's at 419 Elm St. in East Braintree. Home of "the jumbo" – they aren't kidding! A 20-inch jumbo is huge and costs only $14.25 while a regular large pizza is only $10.75. Angelina's also has very unusual combinations like Spicy Hawaiian ($18 for a large) and my son's favorite, Barbeque Chicken ($18/large). They have delivery and one may order online as well.
For a nice sit-down pizza experience (take out is available) and the ability to watch "the game" as well, check out located at 535 Mahar Hwy. (behind ). Baked in brick ovens on the same type of pans that Mystic Pizza (in Connecticut) uses, in order to give it that just-right crispness, the Chateau large cheese pizza costs $9.99 with a one-topping pizza costing $11.50. This is, like Regina Pizzeria, a family-run restaurant. The Nocera family first opened in Waltham in 1933, and have expanded to about eight locations in Massachusetts with the Braintree location being relatively new. This is delicious, classic Italian pizza at it's best.
For all of you Highlanders out there in the outer regions of Holbrook (!), you have at your disposal. Located at 1701 Washington St. in Braintree, this is billed as healthy, traditional pan pizza. They have an online build-your-own pizza capability and delivery for orders over $7 minimum.
A large cheese pizza cost $9.75, with add on toppings costing an extra $1 or $2 on average. Easy Pie also has a gluten-free crust available for those who have food allergies (inquire with the shop for the cost). Their hours run from 11 a.m. until 8:30 p.m., except Sundays when the shop closes at 8 p.m.
This list is certainly not exhaustive of Braintree pizza offerings, which go on and on! We haven't even discussed half of them! But you can see that my husband, the pizza lover, is living in the Nirvana for pizza mavens with all of these choices!