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“expectation so high” 2 of 5 stars
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Riverview Restaurant
20 Estes St, Ipswich, MA 01938-2106
978-356-0500
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Ranked #8 of 41 Restaurants in Ipswich
Cuisines: Pizza
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Boston, Massachusetts
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81 reviews 81 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
“expectation so high”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2012

I wanted so much to write a glorious review of our Riverview pizza, but it just didn't match up to all the "hoopla" that our friends and colleagues spoke to us about. We went for dinner last night for the first of what we thought would be many visits. We were aware of all the 'old fashioned' experiences, i.e. no plates, no knives, kinda scruffy decor. But we were more than willing to overlook all of that for a fantastic pizza. I won't labor on about the numerous particulars, but rather just stay with the facts. It's a greasy, tasteless pizza----even with all the trimmings on top. The crust could have the potential to be terrific because it's thin crust----but it was just crusty dough without any flavor. And as a good cook, let me say that if the mozzarella cheese is of high quality, it will n-e-v-e-r be greasy. Real mozzarella is like creamy, buttery clouds that melt in your mouth.....not stringy, greasy, flavorless.
Please....if you want an outstanding pizza, go to Boston and wait outside, in line, at Pizzeria Regina for the authentic, mouthwatering pizza that deserves your calories and worth the ride. Every vegetable on your pie is fresh, the sauce is divine, the crust is old world Italian with a chew like no other, and the cheeses are phenomenal.
Don't waste an evening and your money (even though Riverview is a very inexpensive pie.....which could be why the ingredients are so poor). We brought the leftovers home, but this morning they went into the trash. I am so sorry to have to write this negative review.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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English first
boston
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42 reviews 42 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“they have been selling the same size pizza for over 30 years”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2012

great place to go and get a pizza and a beer. this place hasn't changed for over 30 years or more. I like the place

Visited February 2012
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Ipswich, Massachusetts, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Favorite Pizza”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2012

You have to try it! Tucked in the old mill section of town, known to the locals a "Pol Ally" in honor of the immigrant workers who used to staffed the Ipswich mills.

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Ipswich, Massachusetts
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10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Quick and easy”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2012

Service is great -- fast and friendly. The restaurant is mostly for locals. Ingredients are average and prices are purposefully kept very competitive. There are far better pizzas in the world, but for something that's quick and afforadable, you won't do better than this.

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Massachusetts
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62 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“best pizza!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

We went two days after Thanksgiving (PLEASE!!!!!NO MORE TURKEY!!!!!!). 6 adults, 2 small but hungry boys, and the bill was only $50. The pizza was great, the crowd was friendly, we had a wonderful time. Very busy and crowded, but we were never made to feel like we should hurry up. Go!!!!

  • Visited November 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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