Bar pizza is a unique style of pizza that originated in Massachusetts. It's a thin-crust pizza with a crispy edge, usually smaller than a regular pizza. The trend started in the 1930s, and since then, it has become a New England staple.
If you're a pizza lover, you might be wondering where to find the best bar pizza south of Boston. With so many options to choose from, you can't go wrong.
As someone that grew up in Rhode Island but now lives in Massachusetts, I find bar pizza fascinating (and delicious).
In this article, we'll look at some of the best bar pizzas in the area. In addition to listing the bar or restaurants that offer the best bar pizza, I'll also share which type of pizza to try.
We'll explore the history of bar pizza, what makes it unique, and what sets the best bar pizzas apart from the rest.
Where did bar pizza originate?
Bar pizza is thought to have originated in the early 1940s at Cape Cod Cafe in Brockton. It was originally just known as "pizza" and was served to local factory workers in bars.
What makes bar pizza different from traditional pizza?
Unlike New York or Neapolitan pizza, bar pizza is smaller in size and cooked in an oily-rimmed pan. It's characterized by its lacy and thin crust with burnt edges due to the fact that the dough forms a thin lip up the sides of the pan.
The burnt edges can also be called laced edges. The bar pizza's crust is unique in that it is crispy and chewy at the same time.
Top places for bar pizza south of Boston
In no particular order, these are the best places south of Boston that consistently crank out delicious bar pizza:
One of the original creators of bar pizza, Lynwood's, is a small bar located in Randolph. My wife grew up in Randolph; every Friday night was Lynwood pizza night for her family. Her parents would call, put in their pizza order, and wait 2 hours! I thought this was the craziest thing ever...until I tried the pizza.
I highly recommend checking out Lynwood if you are in the area - just make sure to call in your order ahead of time.
Pizza to try: Boston Baked Bean Pizza
Location: 320 Center Street in Randolph
With two locations, Crisp is "newer" to the bar pizza game and delivers amazing pizzas. They have an extensive menu beyond pizzas, but I enjoy their pizza so much that I don't need to try anything else.
Pizza to try: Pickle Pizza (trust me, it is delicious!)
Locations: 1049 Main Street in Walpole and 955 Turnpike Street in Canton
Town Spa is another legend in the bar pizza world. Still using the same pizza recipe from 1955, Town Spa consistently delivers high-quality and delicious pizzas.
Lucky for those living out of state, you can order pizza by mail! That is a brilliant move because finding good bar pizza outside of Massachusetts is not easy.
Pizza to try: Garlic Pizza
Location: 1119 Washington St in Stoughton
Cape Cod Cafe
As one of the originators of bar pizza, Cape Cod has been serving its tasty pizza since 1939. If you can't make it to their 4 locations to purchase a hot pizza, check out the frozen section at your local grocery store.
Yes, various Massachusetts groceries stores now sell frozen Cape Cod Cafe pizza, and its just as tasty. Definitely grab some if you come across them in the store - perfect dinner when you are short on time.
Pizza to try: Cheeseburger Pizza
Locations: 220 Winter Street in Bridgewater, 979 Main Street in Brockton, 955 Broadway in Raynham, 300 Plymouth Street in Halifax
Hoey's at Amvets
Yes, another bar pizza restaurant in Randolph - it's called "south shore" bar pizza for a reason, right? But Hoey's at Amvets has been serving bar pizza since 1953.
Tucked away on a side street in Randolph, it can be tough to find Amvets, but it's worth the search. This old-school spot offers cheap drinks and an easy-going atmosphere.
Pizza to try: Irish Pie or Burner
Location: 9 Amvets Lane in Randolph
Trading Post Lounge
Bar pizza has officially come to Cape Cod at Trading Post Lounge. If you are driving to the Cape for the weekend, I highly recommend swinging by Trading Post Lounge to grab a pizza.
Warning - do not wait til you get to the Bourne Bridge, especially on a Friday night - give yourself plenty of time. The secret is out on this new pizza joint and business is booming.
Pizza to try: Pepperoni
Location: 12 Trowbridge Road in Bourne
Bar Pizza and Salad
You know exactly what you are getting at Mansfield's Bar Pizza and Salad - yes, bar pizza and salad are the only things on the menu. Well, they've added a few more apps that are just as tasty.
Located at Mansfield's crossing, Bar Pizza and Salad opened in 2020 during the height of the pandemic. And if a restaurant opened during this time and did great, you know it's because their food is excellent.
Pizza to try: Buff chicken
Location: 280 School Street, Suite J-135 in Mansfield
And there you have it, folks! A brief history of bar pizza and the top 7 spots to check out. Whether you're a local or visiting the area, be sure to stop by one of these spots to try this delicious and beloved style of pizza.
From the crispy crust to the gooey cheese, bar pizza is a must-try for any pizza lover. And who knows, you may just find your new go-to spot for a night out.
But what do you think - did your favorite bar pizza make the list? Let me know if there is one I should check out!
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