Boston Restaurant Blog -- June, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
After a couple of years away from the place, I found myself at Prince Pizzeria on Route 1 in Saugus yesterday for Father's Day (along with a group of 7). Prince Pizzeria holds a lot of memories for me, as I used to go there nearly every week growing up, and spent a lot of time there both during and after college as well. But over the past few years, I just haven't been able to get to Prince all that often, so it was especially nice returning to this Saugus institution once again.
For those of you who have never been to Prince Pizzeria, it has quite a history, starting up in the early 1960s by Arthur Castraberti, a terrific person who is involved with many charities and who has done a lot for the community over the years. Now owned by his son Steven, Prince Pizzeria (or "Arthur's," as I used to call it) remains little changed today, with a uniquely delicious type of pizza offered and long, communal tables that one no longer seems to find in Boston-area dining spots, and which gives the place a warmth that is lacking from so many present-day restaurants.
We ordered a combination of regular-sized pizzas (13" pies) and mini-sized pizzas (7" pies), as well as some salads. I mainly stuck to my personal favorite at Prince, a pizza that is not even on the menu, but which I have been ordering there for years. And while the margherita pizza is nothing like the kind you might find at a traditional Italian restaurant in Boston or a New York City pizza parlor, its crunchy thin crust, hearty and zesty sauce, and delicious mix of cheeses makes for a pizza that I still consider to be one of my favorites in the area.
It was really nice getting back to Prince Pizzeria yesterday. Sure, it looks a bit tacky from the outside, and yes, it is anything but gourmet dining, but the place feels like an old friend of mine, and one that I hope remains on Route 1 in Saugus for a long time to come.
If you would like the address for Prince Pizzeria, here it is: Prince Pizzeria, 517 Broadway (Route 1), Saugus, MA, 01906. Phone: (781) 233-9950.
We have made a few more trips to Prince Pizzeria since this was posted, including a recent trip over the past weekend. Once again, I ordered the margherita pizza, and once again, it was excellent.
Posted on 6/22/10
I love Prince. I make it a point to go there as often as I can. In addition to their pizza, they have some of the best buffalo chicken around.
Posted on 8/17/11
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