Ernesto's Pizza

69 Salem St (btwn Morton & Stillman)
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 523-1373
11:00am - 9:00pm
11:00am - 9:00pm
11:00am - 9:00pm
11:00am - 9:00pm
11:00am - 11:00pm
11:00am - 11:00pm
11:00am - 9:00pm

Boston really is an underrated pizza city. Whenever people talk pizza (the ones you trust, that is), things break down between New York, Brooklyn, New Haven, Chicago, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Never Boston. As though Boston hasn’t had any significant Italian-American population to speak of over the past century. One of Boston’s gems that hasn’t gotten nearly the acclaim it deserves is North End staple Ernesto’s Old World Pizza on Salem Street.

While perhaps not D.C.-jumbo-slice big, the thin slices at Ernesto’s are huge — each a quarter of an 18-inch-pizza-huge. And this spot, which has been around for more than 30 years, isn’t some one-slice pizza pony. Press them, and you might find locals have a hard time deciding between the namesake Ernesto and the chicken ranch pie that, let’s face it (ranch dressing, chicken, mozzarella, bacon, onion, and tomatoes), you know you want to order. How to decide?

Calmati! Try the classic. Try the ranch. And if you’re there on Friday or Saturday, try the Caribbean shrimp and shrimp scampi pies. Because there’s always room in your freezer for leftovers of the nation’s best pies.

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



  • Hands down best pizza in the North End.
  • The slices are huge. Sausage is delicious.
  • The Chicken Rancho is an amazing blend of chicken, bacon, and onions with a very light ranch dressing. Sounds weird, is totally delicious particularly with a bit of crushed red pepper. Eat!
  • Forget Regina's. This is the place for pizza in the North End.
  • Looooove eggplant and ricotta
  • Ernestos uses homemade dough and sauce, and freshly grated cheese, for all of its pizzas. Portions are large, prices are reasonable ($3.75 for a cheese slice and up to $5 for one with topping).
  • BBQ Chicken. Unreal
  • If ordering a full pizza, inquire about the fresh mozzarella and tomato. It's not on the menu. It is epic.
  • Grab a slice of any freshly cooked pizza pie with ricotta. The slices are cut into 8ths after they are heated up, so YOU must make room for a quarters worth of pizza.
  • Hidden jewel for pizza! If your in the north end of Boston head here!
  • Will Gilson, chef of Garden at The Cellar, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Whole wheat veggie slice.
  • Double slices make for a cheap lunch.
  • The eggplant parm pizza
  • Being from nyc we've had a really hard time finding legit and comparable pizza here in boston. Ernesto wins. 1 slice is 2 and their crust is beyond perfect. All of their toppings are worth a try.
  • Try Ernestoe's Special Pitcher plus large Pizza for $21.95!
  • One of the best places for pizza slices in the Northend! Slices are huge too!
  • Order an entire pie - it's even fresher.
  • Buffalo chicken is unreal, great service too
  • The buffalo chicken pizza is a religious experience
  • Top five slice in Boston

Nearby places

300 Hanover St (btwn Parmenter & Prince St)
100 Legends Way (at Causeway St)
263 Hanover St (btwn Cross & Richmond)