Area Four

Row 1

Details
500 Technology Sq (at Portland St & Main St)
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 758-4444
Pizza
$ $
Hours
Mon–Fri: 11:30 AM–10:00 PM Sat–Sun: 10:30 AM–2:30 PM
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“Simple is hard,” notes the Area 4 website. “We do it right.”

How many pizza spots have a mission statement? Maybe a handful we’ve ever visited, a group that includes one of the greats, Da Michele in Naples (in the form of a poem). Area 4's states the owners' (Michael Krupp and Michael Leviton) dedication to using local and sustainable ingredients. Factor in dough made from a 30-plus-hour fermented, 12-year-old starter (flour, water, and salt) by chef and partner Jeff Pond, homemade cheese, and a wood-fired oven, and you get one of Boston’s best pies, a pizza whose style is kind of like a neo-Neapolitan with a super-charred cornicione on steroids.

The signature noted by the restaurant when we reached out was the clam and bacon, but if you want to take a page out of President Obama’s book, order the mushroom and fontina (mushroom sauce, pecorino, and gremolata) and the Carnivore (mozz, tomato, soppressata, sausage, and bacon), his order earlier this year. From all reports, the man knows good food.

— Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Pizzas in America 2015, 8/6/2015

 

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Foursquare Tips

  • Ridiculously good breakfast sandwiches. When the weather's nice, Technology Square is a relaxing green space to eat in.
  • Two restaurants in one, both tailor-made for Tech Square: an all-day bakery-cafe attached to a sparse, industrial dining room with two wood-fired ovens.
  • It smells like a campfire, even when you sit outside. Great for Forrester-watching.
  • Super good baked goods, great coffee, and not nearly as frequented as Voltage. Feels European for sure which is a nice change of scenery.
  • This is my "Cambridge office"
  • a decent selection of local craft beer makes Area 4 a good place to stop for the craft beer enthusiast.
  • The Breakfast Sandwich is delish! Great brunch spot
  • Oat/Pecan/Cranberry Choco Chip cookie is a winner
  • This place is great. They serve lady-sized beers and make their own soft serve ice cream. AND they serve things in the tiniest of cast iron skillets! Truly tiny!
  • Bloody Mary's are perfection as is the pizza. Liz is the best waitress, amazing eyelashes and attitude.
  • The Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad w/ kale, pecorino cheese & toasted hazelnuts is a delicious (and light) pre-cursor to Area Four's wood-fired pizza/entrees. Definitely one of my favorite menu items!
  • Check the chalkboards in the back for cool facts about the restaurant and the neighborhood
  • The wood-oven smell wafting out of a biotech center in Cambridge isnt your imagination. Its coming from Area Four, a casual spot where a massive hearth anchors both the space and the menu.
  • The berry iced tea is amazing. Kicks Starbucks to the curb any day.
  • The smoked Chatham bluefish is incredible!
  • Chicken Salad w walnuts was delicious.
  • Another week, another new restaurant in Kendall Square. Operating as a cafe and lunch spot by day, & a bar and a shared plates restaurantby night. Almost the entire menu is cooked in wood-fired ovens
  • DAT BREAKFAST SANDWICH DOE.
  • Sourdough starter dough for all pizza + walnut pizza + garlic knots make this place awesome.
  • Mac n cheese here worth the splurge! Perfectly soft shelled noodles, sprinkled with just crunchy bread crumbs, baked in a mini cast iron fry pan...mmmm perfect on a chilly fall day!