This place gets a lot of hype in Boston and has a reputation of one of the best pizzas- in fact, they were Boston Magazine’s top pick this year. My boyfriend & I arrived around 11:30 on a Saturday morning, and had to wait in line for maybe 20 minutes. Galleria Umberto’s deal is that they open at 11, and close when they run out of pizza. At least the pizza is always fresh! The line only got longer as it got later in the day- by the time we left, it was going out the door. One plus is that it’s cheap (but cash only)- my boyfriend and I got 8 slices, an arancini & panzarotti, and a drink for under $20.
I love me some good Sicilian pizza, and Boston definitely lacks when it comes to options. Galleria Umberto doesn’t do toppings- cheese or bust. This is a place for the purists- no artisan toppings here, which is fine by me. The crust of the pizza is about 1/2 inch thick, and soft, fluffy, and buttery. Sooo good. Kinda greasy, but in a good way, this was the best part of the pizza by far. The sauce was very seasoned and applied lightly, but a little went a long way. The cheese also isn’t applied too generously, and was also yummy but didn’t have a distinct taste. It was nicely browned up and went all the way to the edge of the crust, kind of like Pequod’s. Like I said, the taste of the cheese itself wasn’t mind-blowing, but if you like your cheese a little overdone, they’ve got your back.
This pizza was really good, but would I consider it the best pizza in Boston? Nope. Overall though, I think it’s for sure worth stopping by Galleria Umberto if you’re in the area.