Great place to lick your chops at both pizza and b-b-q. Convienient location.
Like the car tunnel nearby, timing is everything and there can be a wait.
The Bottom Line
This is a great place to go and feel at home without worry about dress code. Very casual dining with good old-fashioned Italian food, pizza, and B-B-Q.
In what was once an all Italian neighborhood
Santarpio’s restaurant is a place in East Boston that many regulars go to for a great afternoon or evening of pizza and b-b-q. The room is not elegant but clean and comfortable. You need not dress for the occasion for the only thing exciting here are the food, friends, and your company that you bring. There are booths for a little privacy if you are bringing the kids or a date. You can belly up to the bar and get all of your service from the bartenders. They will serve you your food and drink.
Santarpio's is a place that serves the great old-fashioned crusted pizza. The pizza has a fabulous crust, real Italian pizza sauce, and lots of cheese. Santarpio’s is old style pizza made from the purist of Italians in old Italian East Boston. One of the great original old style restaurants. They also have a b-b-q pit that you can ask for a skewer of lamb, steak, or combo of tips.
Santarpio's does not deliver. You have to call in your order and pick it up. When you do pick it up go into the side door on the left side of the building. At the main entrance you will encounter a small line of hungry people most times of the afternoon waiting for a table. There is a side door that leads directly to the kitchen cooks where they have a pick up counter of sorts. While you wait for your order you can see the best in the business make pizza.
As I said, Santarpio’s is O.K. for a casual date or a long developed relationship. However, I would not bring a first date here. There is nothing romantic about this place. I prefer this with a group of friends on an afternoon when you can belly up to the bar, split a pizza while you wait for your lamb tip order. It comes out with fresh baked Italian bread and a few hot peppers. Mmmmmm hot peppers! My mouth waters!
There are many other Italian selections you can order from Santarpio’s including pasta dishes and fries for the kids. This is a friendly atmosphere restaurant. Located on the outer side of the Callahan tunnel leading from inner Boston to the airport. If landing at Logan airport, Santarpio’s is just outside of the airport.The food is above average overall. It is ginzo's pick for Italian B-B-Q. Enjoy!
Kid Friendliness: Yes
Vegetarian Friendly: Yes
Notes, Tips or Menu Recommendations Pizza is where it's at at santarpio's and the B-B-Q tips are a top choice. Located near the airport. Very casual dining.
Best Suited For: Friends