If you’re ever hit with a pizza craving that just won’t let down (we’ve all had them), be glad you’re in Cambridge, where pizza lovers congregate.
But only a handful of restaurants have left their comfort zones and pair basic pizzas with outrageously delicious toppings. Plain cheese? Pepperoni? Been there, done that. Here are a few Cambridge eateries whose unique pizzas are a must-try during your stay. (Want to bake your own? Click Here for some amazing recipes)
Creative Cambridge Pizzerias: Otto Pizza
1432 Mass Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
OTTO offers some of the most creatively-constructed pizzas around for about $10-$20. Their extensive pizza selection is broken down for you in four main menu categories: cheese, veggie, bacon (pork), and chicken or any other meat. None of these categories fall flat in flavor!
Clearly off the cheese menu, the 3-cheese Tortellini Pizza is a customer favorite. Don’t let the thought weird you out. Three-cheese anything is usually to die for, but a food item that combines that with seasoned tortellini and savory tomato sauce? Stomach, meet the hybrid of pasta and pizza.
If you’re not in a very cheesy mood today, or ever, experiment with an item off the veggie menu: the butternut squash, ricotta, and cranberry pizza.
This colorful pie brightens up the table; small mounds of pureed squash accompany thick clouds of Ricotta cheese and fresh cranberries.
Even die-hard carnivores are more than willing to sample this sweet flavor combo.
It seems like America has recently begun opening its eyes to the true deliciousness of bacon. Finally!
OTTO knows how to satisfy its bacon following with the apple, bacon, and red onion pizza.
For this creation, granny smith apples are sliced thin and toasted with red onions, cheese, and crumbles of bacon—the perfect blend of smoky, zesty, and sweet, all in one dish.
It’s off the chicken/other meats menu, and it’s called the roasted chicken pizza with caramelized pears and Fontina cheese.
That’s quite a mouthful to tell the waiter, but consider it practice for the actual pizza. Thickly cut slices of pear that have been softened in the wood fire oven are covered in slightly browned, melted cheese.
Every bite will be a big one.
40 Hampshire Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
Emma’s was originally located on Revere Beach before its manager, Emma, packed up the shop—and her husband Gregory—and moved to Kendall Square.
The pizza-lovers of Cambridge have been happy ever since. Though Emma’s menu has evolved several times since its arrival, one thing that never changes is the creativity of the grub.
Emma’s prides itself on the power of choice, which is noted in their menu. While there is a section for pizzas with pre-approved flavor combinations, customers are pleased to find a neatly organized selection of sauces, toppings, and cheeses for a make-your-own pie that is sure to satisfy.
Whether you prefer a garlic-infused olive oil sauce with Kalamata olives, grilled chicken, scallions, capers, or even feta to substitute traditional mozzarella, one thing is for certain: you won’t be running out of options any time soon.
The portion sizes at Emma’s follow a different standard. A 12-inch pie costs a reasonable $9.50, while larger parties (or larger stomachs) can tackle a 16-inch pie for $12.75, just a few dollars more. Little else beats the satisfaction of a 16-inch pizza topped with anything your heart desires.
1782 Mass Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02140
We may never know the source of inspiration for the unique oven-fired pizzas at Stone Hearth, but we won’t question the magic.
Offering the public an impressive 44 locally sourced toppings and 4 crust options (gluten-free crust, anyone?) Stone Hearth has certainly earned its place among Cambridge’s best pizza places.
You have to love a restaurant that dreams big—Stone Hearth made their dreams a reality with their Farm Fresh Pizza, which is piled high with artichoke hearts, garlic oil, cherry tomatoes, red and yellow peppers, black and green olives, mozzarella, gold potatoes, prosciutto, red onion, and arugula.
Because Stone Hearth depends on only the freshest sustainable ingredients for their pizzas, it’s no surprise that their menu changes with the seasons—literally! They crank out seasonal specials like the Spicy Spring Pizza.
Customers love kicking off the warm weather with a pie of spicy tomato sauce, diced zucchini and summer squash, asparagus, gold potatoes, arugula, and a mozzarella and provolone cheese mix.
As you can see, Cambridge pizzerias offer delicious and delectable toppings. But don’t take my word for it. Try out the creative Cambridge pizzerias today!
– Jeannine Hennawi, Contributing Writer