Boston's Hidden Restaurants

Easy Pie (CLOSED)

1701 Washington Street, Braintree, MA 02184
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Photo of Easy Pie, Braintree, MA The South Shore, as many of you know, is home to countless places that serve bar pizza. Indeed, bar pie is to the southern suburbs of Boston what roast beef is to the northern suburbs of the city, but not all pizza south of the city is bar pizza; Denly's in Weymouth and Rosie's in Braintree, for instance, both feature pies that are closer in style to New York-style foldable pizza than the smaller, slightly thicker, and greasier bar pizzas found across the region. And then there is Easy Pie, with this Braintree spot featuring pizza that is....well, it is tough to categorize, but one thing is for sure--it is really, really good (and that's not all that is good there).

Easy Pie is a bit off the beaten path up in the Braintree Highlands area, about as far away from the Braintree Split and the South Shore Plaza as you can get and still be in Braintree. The shop is located on Route 37 a bit north of the Holbrook line and is very easy to miss, especially since this stretch of road can be a bit of a speedway in both directions. While it might look like many other pizza places or sub shops from the outside, it actually has a rather attractive interior, with a huge lighted sign in the middle of the space showing what you can order, a few tables that are relatively comfortable, and lighting that is not overly harsh. Still, Easy Pie is a spot that does much of its business on the takeout end, especially since it is such a local hangout where customers can pick up their food and be home in a matter of minutes.

As mentioned earlier, the pizza at Easy Pie isn't all that easy to label, as it's not really bar pizza, not really thin-crust, not really Greek-style, and, well you get the picture. If anything, it could possibly be thrown into that umbrella category of "gourmet pizza" though even that might not be all that accurate. Whatever the case, the pies here are excellent, with a relatively thick and bubbly crust, a rich and hearty tomato sauce used, lots of cheese on top, and toppings that run the gamut from basic to downright weird. For purists, the pepperoni pizza is tough to beat, with large slices of pepperoni adding a nice bit of saltiness and grease to the pies, while the bacon pizza is similarly salty and greasy (adding feta to the bacon pizza makes for an even more savory--and salty--option). The mushroom pizza is also a good choice for those who like simple pies, while the margherita pizza includes a nice balance of garlic, basil, oregano, and mozzarella. And then there are the oddball pizzas, such as the Buffalo Nickel (an outstanding mix of Buffalo chicken, mozzarella, blue cheese, and blue cheese dressing), the Beach Chair (mango peach salsa, pineapple, prosciutto, mozzarella), the Sweet Chili Bang (sweet chili sauce, chicken, bacon, mozzarella, sesame seeds, scallions) the Mayflower (turkey tips, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, corn), and several others. If you aren't in the mood for pizza, the sandwiches at Easy Pie are very fine, with highlights being a chicken ranchero sub (a fantastic mix of grilled chicken, bacon, mozzarella, banana peppers, pickles, and ranch dressing), a cannonball sub (steak tips, American cheese, BBQ sauce, mayo), a meatball sub with house-made meatballs, a solid steak and cheese, and a freshly ground burger with bacon and cheddar in a seared cinnabon, of all things. Sides include a truly bizarre one--a monster tot (yes, just one tater tot) that is nearly the size of a fist, while handcut fries and sweet potato fries are also offered. Dessert pizzas are also available here, including a peanut butter cup dessert pie, an Oreo cookie dessert pie, and more.

The southern suburbs of Boston have some great spots for pizza, but there really isn't anything like Easy Pie, which is tough to categorize but a great place to go for some delicious (and, depending on what you get, rather strange) pies. It may not look like anything special from the outside, but as is the case with so many hidden gems in the Boston area and beyond, you can't judge a book by its cover. [Ed note: A second location of Easy Pie will soon be coming to Revere.]