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Best pizza in MetroWest 'burbs?

Hi. Thanks to "nsenada" for the tip. I took my family to Echo Bridge last night. Very pleased. I just posted a new review as a new topic. Thanks again.

Feb 04, 2012
sak2011 in Greater Boston Area

Best Pizza in Metrowest! Very family friendly.

Former New Yorker here with very high standards for a good slice.

I've had some decent pizza in Boston proper - but really it still takes a pretty special place up here to match up to a routine corner NYC greasy pizzeria with no rep or fancy pretentions. In the Boston suburbs (Needham since 2009), in particular, we are in a wasteland of so called "greek" pizza. I understand how nostalgia can influence natives' taste (for which there is not accounting) - but I really have never warmed up to this flavor of "pizza".

I thought I would have to wait for business trips back to NYC for a decent slice - until this Friday when I took my family to Virgilio's Echo Bridge Restaurant in Upper Falls, Newton (on the border with Needham). It's not entriely undiscovered (see hidden boston review: http://www.hiddenboston.com/Virgilios...) - but it took some digging on chowhound and the web to find it mentioned.

Pizza is the draw. Brown, charred crust. Cheese with the right mix of mozz and romano. Zesty sauce. Slices are wide enough for folding and droop a bit in the center. Veggies are not super fresh but really its about the pie (a corner joint in the city would not be rocking organic either - but it doesn't matter).

A bit of a warning / rave - depending on your point of view. This is not a sleek, craft beer, veggie provenance touting establishment (if you want that you can go to Stone Hearth in Needham - and eat vastly inferior pizza). This is an old 70's joint attached to a bar - straight up Mo's from the Simpsons. The walls are wood paneled, the floor carpeted, and the tables formica. I love this!! This is what I remember of neighborhood restaurants from my childhood. Plus my wife and I dine with two lovely dining companions aged 2.5 and 15 months - ambiance is not on top of mind.

Summary - best pizza in Needham / Metrowest. Enjoy.

Feb 04, 2012
sak2011 in Greater Boston Area

Very solid barbecue in Needham: Midtown Smokehouse and Grill

Okee-dokee.

Has anybody else been to the restaurant that is the subject of this entry, namely Midtown Smokehouse and Grill in Needham.

Oct 26, 2011
sak2011 in Greater Boston Area

Very solid barbecue in Needham: Midtown Smokehouse and Grill

Sorry. I must really disagree - were we at the same restaurant? We got take out last night and ordered pulled pork sandwich, texas ribs, and baby back ribs. Sadly I must say this was one of the most disappointing I've have had as of late.

Pulled pork was bland.
Both sets of ribs were completely dried out -like pork and beef jerkey and completely burnt. Char can be good, if the meat is still juicy - this was not the case

In terms of service, I stood around for a good 5 minutes before someone bothered to acknowledge me and tell me the order was ready.

I'm not a big bbq snob, and I'm not expecting NC 'cue but this was just awful. I'm a big fan of the Needham dining scene (amongst the best you can do in the burbs for variety, quality, and pseudo urban walkability) so I'm really rooting for this place to improve.

I'm going to go back in 2 months and see if they've shaken out the problems.

Oct 20, 2011
sak2011 in Greater Boston Area

Petit Robert, Needham

I went there on a weekend evening and I was surprised to see the number of "blue hairs" in the room. Is there a retirement community nearby or something. Food was of a similar nature - meat, vegies, and potatoes. Yikes! I didn't think moving t suburbs would mean de facto moving to a nursing home.

Aug 07, 2009
sak2011 in Greater Boston Area