Boston Restaurant Blog -- September, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
A bit more than a year and a half ago, I tried the Flatbread Company in Amesbury for the first time, and instantly fell in love with their delicious wood-fired pizza as well as their rustic atmosphere. Well, a new Flatbread Company has opened closer to where Boston, and while the Somerville location doesn't quite have the charming atmosphere of the Amesbury one, the pizza is every bit as good and the place also happens to have bowling.
The new Flatbread Company in Somerville is located on the southern edge of Davis Square in the space formerly occupied by Sacco's Bowl Haven. To their credit, Flatbread Company retained most of the lanes from Bowl Haven, though the pool room is gone, replaced by an attractive--if rather loud--dining area that has a wood-fired oven along the far wall. Exposed pipes, lots of brick, an old wooden ceiling, and funky lights add some character to the place, and the lanes have been nicely upgraded--but not overly so--giving the bowling area a comfortably retro feel.
Like their original location in Amesbury, the new Flatbread Company in Somerville has an good selection of beers, including Tuckerman, Pretty Things, Mayflower, Watch City, and Wolaver's, of which I had a terrific pumpkin ale. We split a pepperoni pizza, and while it wasn't exactly pretty (the pepperoni they use is nitrite-free, making it look more like a brownish sausage), the thin-crust wood-fired pie was nearly perfect--the only thing keeping it from perfection was the fact that it was just a tad undercooked. Service was friendly and the prices were fairly reasonable, though anyone who is looking to have several rounds of beers with their pizza might get a bit of sticker shock if they are used to cheap no-frills pizza and beer at a place such as Mike's up the street or Newtowne Grille a few blocks away in Cambridge.
I miss Bowl Haven; it was a real piece of old Somerville in a section of the city that is perhaps changing more than any other. But Flatbread Company is to be commended for the work they have done on the place, keeping a piece of the old spot intact while adding some extra appeal to it. And, of course, the pizza is outstanding, perhaps being in my top 10 places for pizza in the entire Boston area. Pizza, beer, and bowling--there is certainly a lot to like about the new Flatbread Company in Somerville's Davis Square.
If you would like the address for the Flatbread Company in Somerville, here it is: Flatbread Company, 45 Day Street, Somerville, MA 02144. Phone: (617) 776-0552
A few of us returned to Flatbread Company in Somerville a few days ago, ordering salads and pizzas. The salads were outstanding, with the blue cheese adding a sharp flavor to them, while the pizzas were as tasty as before, with the mushroom and pepperoni pizza being a standout.
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