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!
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