While not exclusively a "Boston" thing, Sicilian pizza is big in this area, with many options for Sicilian pizza, bakery pizza, and "Grandma" pizza (all of which are pretty similar) being found in the North End, the area around South Medford and Somerville's Winter Hill, and further north, a little section of Lawrence that had once been heavily Italian. But Sicilian pizza can be found all over the Greater Boston area if you look hard enough, and a good place to start is with the many Italian bakeries in the region. One such spot is an easy-to-miss shop in Woburn Center called Roma's Bakery and Deli. which has been in business for nearly 50 years but is still virtually unknown outside of the immediate area.
Roma's resides in a building just outside of the main part of Woburn's downtown area a short distance south of the common on Route 38. The shop had once been located in a smaller space on the same block but now occupies multiple storefronts, which makes it a bit larger than your typical neighborhood bakery. The main room includes a counter with displays of baked goods, pastries, pizza, and more, while off to the left is a space with some seating for customers. The exterior isn't flashy by any means, and the combination of subtle signing and a tree out front hiding part of the space makes Roma's almost literally a hidden spot in some ways.
Being that this is an old-fashioned Italian bakery, Roma's offers a wide variety of familiar sweets and treats such as cannoli, tiramisu, biscotti, anise drop cookies, pizzelle, lobster tails, cheesecake, and rum cake, and bread lovers should be happy to see such options as scali, focaccia, tuscan, and garlic bread here along with all kinds of rolls (including braided and seeded). Roma's also has a number of sandwiches available, including an Italian, a meatball sub, chicken parm, and one with roasted eggplant and a variety of other veggies. But for many, it is the Sicilian pizza that brings them here, as the rectangular slices are really something special, with a slightly sweet sauce placed on top of a crust that is slightly crunchy on the outside and spongy on the inside, while the cheese lightly covers the sauce and crust and is not overly salty as some Sicilian slices can be. And as is the case with this style of pizza, it almost seems to taste better when it is cold, so getting a tray of it can be perfect for parties where the slices might cool down while sitting out on a table. A number of toppings are offered with the pizza, but pepperoni or plain is probably the way to go, especially if you're just grabbing a quick slice, since these two options tend to be what you'll always find in the display case by the counter.
Not everyone likes Sicilian pizza, but for those who do, Roma's Bakery and Deli makes an excellent version of it, and if you live in the suburbs, you won't have to deal with difficult parking like you might in the North End. And the slices are quite big, so if you're looking for a filling and satisfying lunch or dinner that won't break the bank, one or two slices here should certainly do the trick. [Ed note: Roma's also has outlets in Burlington and Billerica.]
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