What’s better than finding the perfect slice of pizza? How about ordering the perfect slice of pizza and getting two? That’s just how they do it at Ernesto’s Pizzeria in the North End — and lucky for us, because one slice of this crispy-crusted, fresh, authentic pizza simply isn’t enough.
Often touted by in-the-know locals as serving up the best pizza in the North End, Ernesto’s is a homey, dimly lit parlor tucked into a small storefront on Salem Street. Its delicious varieties include chicken rancho ($15; $3.75/slice), with chicken, ranch dressing, bacon, fresh tomatoes, onions, and cheese; and ricotta-pesto ($15; $3.75/slice), with roasted peppers, ricotta, and pesto sauce. If these sound a little too New Age for you, the old stand-bys certainly will not disappoint. Pepperoni ($12; $3/slice) is deliciously spicy; veggie ($15; $3.75/slice) boasts a variety of fresh, good-for-you vegetables atop a tangy tomato sauce with mozzarella; and meat lovers’ ($15; $3.75/slice) is a carnivore’s dream of pepperoni, sausage, and ground beef. If you want to health it up, order your pie with whole-wheat crust for an additional $2.
Ernesto’s also offers made-to-order calzones, salads, and Sicilian slices, which are all delicious. Still, try working your way through the regular pizza menu first — you won’t be sorry. At these prices for a slice — which is actually two slices, remember? — you can afford to go back again and again.
Ernesto’s Pizzeria, located at 69 Salem Street, in Boston, is open Sunday through Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on Friday and Saturday, until 11 p.m. Call (617) 523-1373.