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“A unique pizza experience!”
Review of Galleria Umberto

Galleria Umberto
Ranked #126 of 3,230 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $4 - $4
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
Neighborhood: North End
Restaurant details
Neighborhood: North End
Taunton, Massachusetts
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A unique pizza experience!”
Reviewed August 4, 2013

How can a place that is only open Mon-Sat 11-3 and serves only five or six items on the menu, provides just two people (both at the counter) to take orders and most days has lines that take 30 minutes or more to navigate be so amazing? Well when it's Galleria Umberto, a local Boston legacy, you have the answer. The place hasn't changed in decades. It's not fancy, but there are plenty of seats, however first you have to navigate the lines which can be 50 deep or more for their cheese only Sicilian pizza, made with a fantastic crust and amazing slightly chunky, bright red colored homemade sauce (may well be a pomodoro). The calzones are amazing, the best I have ever had and I am not a calzone fan because they are just too much dough..these are perfect. Soft and light on the dough and packed with mounds of spinach and cheese, as well as offering 3-4 other types of calzones.

At 2 PM (usually like clockwork), they announced the last tray of pizza for the day...thankfully my wife had jumped back into line to get more and bring it home! Yup, not only is the food good, but they create a marketing buzz by only making so much pizza per day.

A tour guide proudly brought his group in and announced that this was voted GQ Magazine's 2009 pick for best pizza in America and at $1,65 for a slice of pizza and $4.75 for a calzone..wow, what a deal!

  • Visited August 2013
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English first
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Funny”
Reviewed July 11, 2013

Go there for lunch...prepare to wait at least 15 minutes...take a few slices and get out. It' good, it's a classic I guess...

Visited June 2013
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Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
243 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 231 helpful votes
“Cheap prices, but long wait”
Reviewed June 26, 2013

As one other reviewer noted, this is a no frills restaurant. Serving sicilian slices (no toppings), paninis, pizettes, arancinis, and calzones. Nothing is made to order. The price is a bargain at $1.55 a slice, but is it worth a line out the door? It was noon on a Monday in June (we passed by many restaurants with no lines). No a/c just ceiling fans and it was warm inside.

Lots of regulars go here and lots of take out. I am glad I went for my first time at North End but I waited about 10-15 minutes or so for two slices and an arancini $3 (good but not something I would order again). I am rating the place very good for the value.

  • Visited June 2013
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1 Thank 4NY2VA
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Toronto, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
107 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Old School Pie!”
Reviewed June 12, 2013

Only a cabbie would know:
After leaving Logan Airport and hungry, our cabbie took us to this location. I'm glad we got there just after 11:30am bc the line didn't take long to grow. The locals are there and this place takes you back in time when only the Food is what mattered, and that's what makes the pricing and taste so good. My son is very picky and loved the cheese pizza. I ordered the ham and salami calzone that melted in the mouth.
The happiest person was our cabbie that got 2 slices and a coke as an extra tip.

Visited June 2013
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1 Thank Jason C
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Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Should have stuck with just pizza and paninis”
Reviewed June 10, 2013 via mobile

Should have stuck with pizza and paninis. They were excellent. Spinach in calzones tasted like ot was out of a can and aranchini was very bland and underseasoned

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