OK, this review may just need a bit of explaining. Some may be asking how a restaurant that is listed as a popular dining spot on our "cheap eats for college students" page can also be featured as a hidden restaurant on our site. Well, the short answer is that while T. Anthony's has been a fixture among Boston University students for many years, it is virtually unknown in other segments of the population (especially those who live outside of the city). But whether you consider this Commonwealth Avenue pizza place to be well-known or, well, not so well-known, one thing is tough to dispute; T. Anthony's serves up some of the best thin-crust pizza in the Boston area.
T. Anthony's is housed in a fairly large spot just west of Boston University, in a neighborhood that has a large number of takeout joints. What makes T. Anthony's different from many of the others, however, is the fact that they consistently put out an excellent product (plus the fact that they have existed so long in an area that has fairly high turnover of dining spots). Their pizza, in the eyes of some, is comparable to Regina's in the North End and Santarpio's in East Boston. And while this writer won't go so far as to rank it among these two Boston institutions, it is apparent that T. Anthony's is better than most in town when it comes to pies.
The pizza at T. Anthony's has a thin, dry crust that has no corn meal on the bottom, and is slightly chewy, though not overly so. The pizza isn't swimming in sauce, but what there is of it is hearty tasting. On top of the sauce lies a mix of cheeses that gives T. Anthony's pizza a bit of a bite to it, while the cheese also has a good amount of oil on it, though not enough to overwhelm the rest of the ingredients.
BU students are indeed fortunate to have such a great pizza place within walking distance of most of their campus. But if you are not a BU student, don't fret, as there is enough parking near T. Anthony's to be able to get there with relative ease (and the Green Line passes right by it, too). Whether you are a college student on a budget, or a person who has graduated years ago and now lives in the suburbs, T. Anthony's is certainly a dining spot that should be on your short list of places to get outstanding pizza.
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