Galleria Umberto

289 Hanover St (btwn Prince & Richmond)
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 227-5709

Galleria Umberto in Boston’s North End is generally lost among Boston’s better-known pie shops, like Santarpio’s (No. 36) and Regina (No. 52). That’s curious, because, as put forth a few years ago by one travel blogger, it may very well be one of America’s best cheap slice places. But the fact that it’s somewhat under the radar is probably preferable to the locals, because as it is, there’s already a line outside for these thick, over-the-edge-of-the-pan cheesy, saucy, completely over-the-top Sicilian slices anyway. That’s right, that’s the only pizza option, the Sicilian (and it’s cash only!). And while they open at 11 a.m., they close at 2:30 p.m. (or whenever the dough is gone), so don’t delay.

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





  • Do you like big thick slices of Sicilian pizza? The food here is cheap and popular, so make sure you leave early, lines often go out the door. They also have calzones and other Italian fare.
  • Get to this busy neighborhood gem early for a lunch of affordable Sicilian-style fast food like arancini, calzones, and, of course, square slices of pizza (one costs less than $2).
  • The best pizza by the slice west of Ventimiglia. Tell Ralph that Lorenzo sent you :-)
  • Best rice balls.
  • They start selling lunch at 11 and close when they sell out.
  • Lunch only. Line moves quickly. Get an Arancini with your slice.
  • Galleria umberto is the best you ever eat in Boston united states im telling you i love it you have to try it i know you will injoy eating
  • Oh was I glad I stood in line for half an hour! The pizza is the best I've had.. very greasy and cheesy though.. but the best. Try the arancini too.
  • Do whatever you have to do to get a rice ball. Amazing. Worth the wait. Etc.
  • Ps. The aranchini is their hidden gem item.
  • The lines are worth the wait once you sit down with an ooey-gooey slice of Sicilian-style pizza, giant arancini and brimming-over calzones.
  • My favorite eaterie in Boston. I have been to Sicily and tried various arancini and I still think Umberto's arancini are better than any other I've tried!
  • One of the best 33 pizza places in America, according to
  • Call in and pick up your order - line is shorter and you can eat by the water.
  • The best. Panini, Arancini, Panzarotti, Calzones, Pizettes, and the best Sicilian Pizza in Boston. Prices are a throwback... Well worth the wait in the astronomically long lines.
  • go early before they run out. best pizza and arancini in boston. you will have a food bliss buzz for a solid 30 minutes. a MUST if you are nearby and looking for quick, cheap eats.
  • The calzones have about a pound of spinach inside. Try one. They're delicious.
  • Amazing pizza that won't hurt your wallet, just might add a notch to your belt. Plus you feel like your eating in Nonna's kitchen more than some restaurant.
  • Get here early before they sell out. I'm talking before 1 pm.
  • Get here early...order everything.

Nearby places

300 Hanover St (btwn Parmenter & Prince St)
263 Hanover St (btwn Cross & Richmond)
151 Richmond St (at Hanover St)