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imag1417Scissors and Pie is the new pizza place on the block. Located on Newbury Street in the Back Bay – these guys are doing things a little different. When you go into the restaurant, you’ll notice that they make their pizzas in trays. All “slices”, or “petzos” as they call it, are cut to order, with – you guessed it….scissors. You tell them how little or how big of a piece you would like – then, you pay by the weight of the pizza. Scissors and Pie was generous enough to come into our company for a tasting. They brought a traditional Margherita topped with their signature tomato sauce, fresh handmade mozzarella, aromatic basil and finished off with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

imag1418Scissors and Pie’s version of the pepperoni (since they don’t have pepperoni), this meaty pie was pretty spicy. What really makes this pizza is the dough, it’s light with a crisp crust and a chewy interior.

imag1419The parmiggiana topped with their signature tomato sauce, fresh handmade mozzarella, roasted eggplant, freshly grated parmesan cheese, aromatic basil, extra virgin olive oil with a drizzle of home made garlic sauce. This was a crowd favorite.

imag1420The salsiccia e broccoli with fresh handmade mozzarella, imported sausage, fresh broccoli, red pepper flakes and spicy oil. Probably my favorite out of all of the slices – this kind had a really nice kick.

imag1421The bufala, pomodorini e scaglie di parmiggiano with fresh handmade mozzarella, plump local cherry tomatoes, fresh arugula, freshly grated parmesan cheese, fresh hand made bufala mozzarella, home made pesto, and a sprinkle of home made garlic sauce. Their version of a vegetarian pizza.

Scissors and Pie

225 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

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IMG_3031Looking for a way to beat the heat? Stop in to Crush Pizza for some housemade gelato. Unlike those touristy places nearby, Crush makes all of their flavors fresh, using only premium ingredients.


See my original post on Crush here. The State Street location is owner Tony Naser’s second location – the flagship store is in Nashua, NH.


Crush serves up authentic Neapolitan pies – my favorite is the Toscano.

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The pizzas are cooked in a 900 degree oven, it only takes 90 seconds for it to be fully cooked!

IMG_3018Check out the amazing ovens!

IMG_3033Back to the gelato. Crush has 18 seasonal, rotating flavors. Above is the Lemon Grisbi (flavored with Italian cookies with the same name).

IMG_3032I mixed it up with a scoop of strawberry and a scoop of dark chocolate!! So amazing! The strawberry tastes so fresh and the dark chocolate is decadent. Add the two together for a winning combination. I was there two days in row getting this gelato.

IMG_3036As I mentioned before, Naser makes these all in house and the flavors range from classic dark chocolate and strawberry to flavors like avocado (it was delicious and creamy) and fresh mango. Pictured above is the stracciatella, similar to chocolate chip, but with ribbons of chocolate.

IMG_3038The Americhino Cherry  (specifically imported from a select region in Italy).

IMG_3039The oreo.

IMG_3043Reese’s (Crush makes their own peanut butter gelato then add the Reese’s).


Naser plans on remodeling the front entrance with an accordion style window that will allow customers to walk up and order gelato to go. The small (two scoops) starts at $3.25, medium (three scoops) at $4.25, and the large (four scoops) hails at $5.25.

Crush Pizza

107 State Street, Boston, MA

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IMAG0189Stoked pizza is one of the new trucks out this season – they offer wood fired pizza from their 6,000lb oven! Their pizzas are made with organic and local ingredients whenever possible. I caught them at High Street on the Greenway, check out their website for their locations.

IMG_4393The personal sized pizzas range in price from $6-$9. Stoked is vegetarian and vegan friendly. Their marinara is a vegan pizza if made without the romano cheese. The mushroom and cheese pizza can be made vegan with the substitution of “Daiya” brand soy/dairy free mozzarella.  Stoked also sells cookies made by “cookie face”, their in house pastry chef. All in, I ordered and received my pizza in under 5 minutes – talk about speedy!

IMAG0190Here is one of their special pizzas, butternut squash and bacon. I loved the flavors in this pizza, the cheese was creamy with a good bite to it, and how can you go wrong with the classic butternut squash and bacon…anything with bacon on it is a winner in my book! The crust was chewy and somewhere a little bit thicker than “thin crust” pizza. It was a nice change of pace for lunch.

Stoked Pizza

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IMG_3483Friday night, the wait at Area Four was running around 30 minutes.

IMG_3466We grabbed some cocktails at the bar and watched caught some of the hockey game. I grabbed a great champagne cocktail – bubbly, sugar and angostura ($11).

IMG_3471We grabbed great seats near the wood burning oven. The vibe inside is “Cambridge”, cool, a little industrial, with a family style table in the back.

IMG_3467From their website, “Area Four (and A4 outposts) takes its name from neighborhood of our flagship restaurant and cafe; Cambridge’s Area IV. With a rich history as an important transportation hub, Area IV was a major industrial center in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and is now a global epicenter of biotech and information firms due to its proximity to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).”

IMG_3476Our waiter was cool and laid back, but didn’t ignore us. We started off with the garlic knots ($12), and made them “supreme”. Pecorino and gremolata, the cast iron skillet is covered in signature red sauce and covered in cheese. Don’t plan on kissing anyone after eating these, they’re packed with garlic (but oh so good).

IMG_3477Craving pizza, we had the large margherita with sausage and a fried egg ($28.50). So good! Maybe even the best pizza we have had in a long time. Check out my buddy in my Favecast video:


I had the mac and cheese with bacon ($14). It was just the right amount of cheese and came topped with a croissant crumb topping. We were full at the end of our meal, but they had some good looking soft serve sundaes for dessert! Can’t wait to go back and try some of the other items on the menu.

Area Four

500 Technology Square, Cambridge, MA

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Crush is a new pizza place that opened up down on State Street. Crush is a Nashua, NH based company and they took over the space that was formerly Upper Crust.

IMG_1510At Crush, you can choose from one of their specialty pizzas or you can create your own from a number of fresh ingredients. (Sorry, no slices) They stretch the dough and make the personal sized pizza right in front of you.

IMG_1509There are a few seats in the restaurant, and you should really try and eat it hot out of the oven, that’s how it tastes best!

IMG_1508The wood burning ovens can get up to 1000 degrees inside and they cook your pizza in about 60-90 seconds. Pretty amazing. Your pizza comes out bubbling and smoking!

IMG_1512I tried the Toscano, fire roasted garlic cream sauce, pan seared field mushrooms fresh mozzarella, fresh rosemary, pecorino romano, fresh oregano, with a drizzle of truffle oil.($10.95) Man oh man was this delicious. They are light on the cheese and the crust is crisp on the outside but has a good chew to it. The herbs definitely kick the pizza up a notch and who doesn’t love a drizzle of truffle oil right as it’s pulled out of the oven – magical! Can’t wait to try some of their other pizzas and their gelato.


107 State Street, Boston, MA

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IMG_9678We stopped by Bill’s on a Thursday night. The place was busy but not full.

IMG_9679There were a lot of young couples, high school kids after sports practice, and young families.

IMG_9676Bill’s is a casual place, order at the counter, grab a seat in their dining area and they call you when you’re ready. We grab takeout and are in and out in under 10 minutes. The place feels very homey – very “Vermont” like.

IMG_9677The menu is written on large chalkboards – they have an endless amount of choices. They make all their own dough and even give you the option of only cooking your pizza part way so you can finish cooking it off when you get home.

IMG_9680The pepperoni calzone was delicious. The crust was so good, you’ve got to love those end pieces. The sauce on the side was a little thin for my liking, but I would definitely go back for more calzones!


The steak and cheese can be ordered on s soft roll or a toasted one, I opt for the soft. The meat was a little under seasoned and there wasn’t a lot of cheese. The calzone stole the show for sure!

Bill’s Pizzeria

753 Beacon Street, Newton Centre, MA

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IMG_8864The first night we are in VT we decide to go out for a casual bite – pizza at Pie in the Sky. This place is always jamming! We are lucky to not have to wait for a table and order up two pizzas. The waitress is the same as we had the last time we were in Vermont 🙂 They have an outdoor patio, but be prepared to wait for those seats – in the nice weather they are highly coveted seats.

IMG_8865The ambiance is casual, but the pizzas taste gourmet. Above, pepperoni and onion. Pies range in price, from $14.99 for a small to $19.99 for a large. They have a nice selection of specialty pizzas, but if you still can’t find something you like, you can always pick your own toppings.


We also ordered a sausage and onion pizza.  For me it’s all about the sauce, with the crust as a close second, but the sauce here really makes the pizza. You have to start with a great base to make a great pizza. Two pies were more than the four of us could eat, so they wrapped the extra slices in tin foil and sent us on our way. The pizza tasted delicious cold on day two as well!

Pie in the Sky

492 Mountain Road, Stowe, VT 05672

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IMG_7722Who doesn’t love a little 2 for $5 action? And Sicilian to boot? Done!

IMG_7723Date night in Cambridge at Pinocchio’s. Don’t try to park in the alley outside because the tow truck is lying in the shadows waiting for you to leave your car so he can tow your ass!

IMG_7724Nothing fancy here, just tasty pizza.

Pinocchio’s Pizza
74 Winthrop Street
Cambridge, MA 02138


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IMG_6505On a random Saturday we decided to go on a road trip to Maine.
IMG_6508We picked out a few new places that looked good and we were on our way! First stop, Dean’s Sweets in Portland. Located at 82 Middle Street, this tiny shop sells hand made truffles.
IMG_6541It’s around the corner from Duck Fat and Two Fat Cats Bakery from our last Maine adventure. There are lots of cute shops in the area that we will be sure to check out once the weather warms up. We threw a quarter in the meter and went in, drooling in anticipation.
IMG_6545I’m a milk chocolate fan myself, so I picked out a milk and milk, a sea salt caramel and a coffee truffle. You can buy them in a box or a bag-we knew they wouldn’t last long so a bag it was!
IMG_6544The truffles all look very similar on the outside and on the inside, but don’t be fooled, once you bite into one, they all have very unique flavors.
IMG_6542We also picked up a raspberry, a blueberry (made with Maine Cold River vodka)and a double dark (a semi sweet center with a hint of Mexican vanilla)
IMG_6546And let’s not forget the potato chip chocolate. Now, in the past, all the chocolate potato chips I have had fell flat, the chips are soggy, the flavors just don’t meld, there’s something just off. THIS chocolate bar was out of this world, the chips were crunchy and fresh and if you closed your eyes, took a bite, and just inhaled, your mouth fills up with the potato chip flavor. You know that feeling of when you open a fresh bag and the first deep breath in of the chips inside flow out? That’s what this chocolate tastes like. Thanks goodness I only bought one bar, that’s how dangerous they are. Sweet and salty, a deadly combination.
IMG_6535Check out the clouds that day!
IMG_6511Next stop Kittery for When Pig’s Fly pizza!
IMG_6510It’s a great place, I can only imagine how busy it will be in the summer when you can eat outside. They have high ceilings with an industrial feeling about the space. They keep it warm with the huge pizza oven in the back.
IMG_6514We try the fried chicken with Mac and cheese. This is a ton of food! The chicken was crispy on the outside and really tender on the inside. We brought two pieces home it was so much food. The Mac and cheese was really tasty. I love Mac and cheese that uses pasta in non traditional shapes. The flavors were rich and savory.
IMG_6515We also had the meatball pizza that was a little spicy, due to the red pepper flakes. Love the textures in the pizza, the creamy ricotta compared to the fresh mozzarella. The pizza was pretty generously sized, it was larger than a dinner plate and you could certainly share this with another person.
IMG_6516And here’s a close up of this amazing pizza. The dough was just right, the wood burning oven made it crisp with a little bit of char. Not too thin of a crust and not too thick. The service was so so….nothing memorable but we were in and out fairly quickly.

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IMG_6524No stop to Kittery would be complete without a stop at Yummies! Had to pick up some rock candy for my Valentine’s for the office. Got to love the nostalgic candy and the sheer quantity of candy they offer.
IMG_6530And just when you thought you couldn’t have another bite, we stopped in Portsmouth, NH for a dessert. What a cute little area, lots of great little shops I would have liked to have visited if we had had more time. Meanwhile we came to grab a bite at Popovers on the Square. There isn’t a lot of seating and apparently people call ahead to reserve tables. So you order at the counter and then put your name in with the hostess. We were lucky enough to get a seat, but it was packed. We were looking forward to the hot chocolate but when we got there, we weren’t overly impressed by it. The sheer size of our apple crumb dessert was impressive, but the quality and taste left us wanting more. Maybe we just ordered the wrong thing…it wouldn’t be this crowded if the food wasn’t good, right?

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IMG_6539And the sky on the drive home….isn’t it beautiful?

Where’s your favorite place to road trip?

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Otto Pizza recently moved into Coolidge Corner in the former space of Friendly’s Express. Otto comes by way of Portland Maine.  We had walked by one night when it first opened and it was mobbed! We were calling for take out and no one answered the phone. So one Saturday afternoon, at 3 in the afternoon, we stopped in for a couple of pizzas.

They do take out by the slice…which may just give Upper Crust a run for their money. (Have you seen the latest article about them in the Globe? There’s one line that rang true for us: “When Jordan (Tobins) did attend to Upper Crust business, he was a disruptive force, often yelling and threatening employees.” The truth to that is that we have sat next to him at Red Sox games and he was always yelling on his cell phone, he even fired someone over the phone!) The decor is really nice, you would never know a Friendly’s had been there before. They have glossy wood floors, and tables that look like they could be reclaimed wood.

Here’s what’s on the menu:

HOUSE FAVORITES (large/small)

1 Cheese ($15/$9)

2 Pepperoni ($17/$10)

3 Sausage and Vidalia Onion ($19/$11)

4 Three-Cheese Tortellini ($17/$10)

5 Ricotta and Basil ($19/$10)

6 Mashed Potato, Bacon and Scallion ($21/$12)

7 Mushroom and Cauliflower ($19/$11)

8 Margherita ($19/$11)

9 Butternut Squash, Ricotta and Cranberry ($21/$12)

10 Chicken and Basil ($19/$11)

11 OTTO Four Cheese* ($21/$12)

12 White Bean, Sausage, Herb & Red Flake ($21/$11)

13 Pulled Pork and Mango ($19/$11)

14 White Bean, Roasted Tomato, Herb, Red Flake* ($21/$12)

15 Eggplant, Ricotta and Basil ($21/$12)

16 Roasted Tomato, Ricotta and Basil ($21/$12)

17 Genoa Salami, Tomato and Scallion* ($21/$12)

18 Mushroom, Bacon and Vidalia Onion ($21/$12)

19 Mushroom, Ricotta and Herb ($19/$11)

20 Baby Spinach, Chicken and Asiago ($21/$12)

21 Chicken, Mushroom and Fontina ($21/$12)

22 Apple, Bacon and Red Onion* ($21/$12)

23 Spicy Pulled Pork with Scallion and Herb ($19/$11)

24 Zucchini, Summer Squash, Spinach ($21/$12)

*available as red or white pie


The brew their own birch beer!! Yum.

Mashed Potato, Bacon, scallion pizza. DELICIOUS! The potatoes were smooth and melted in your mouth, the bacon was perfectly crisp. While the flavor combination is unusual, it really works! The crust is thin and a perfect balance between chewy and crisp.

The three cheese tortellini pizza was not as good for me. Clumps of sauce may have been easier to eat if it were spread out and the tortellinis were a bit too over cooked for my liking. That said, the pizza was still pretty tasty.

The service was ok, I think that they are still getting into the swing of things and working the kinks out. Every time I have passed by, the place has been super crowded, so we t were were lucky to get in and get a seat when we did. I’m hoping they stick around longer than the Friendly’s! Can’t wait to go back for a pulled pork and mango pizza.



289 Harvard St.

t:617 232 0014

Sunday to Thursday 11:30am-11pm

Friday to Saturday 11:30am – 2am

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