For those of you following this Blog closely, you will recall that Michael and I began last Fall exploring greater Boston in search of the finest pizza places. Well, yesterday was our second trip, and it was a very good one indeed. (If you haven’t been reading that closely, then this will just be another ramble about food.)
The trigger for selecting the location from our previous list was the occasion of Michael’s dental appointment, which was in Brookline, so we chose to go to Same Old Place in Jamaica Plain. To the regulars who know it well, it may be just be the Same Old Place, but to us it was a great find!
Storefront photo from Google maps, 662 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain 02130
We were fortunate enough to find a parking place right in front, and we arrived late enough so that the lunch crush was over. While we stood at the counter contemplating our choice of toppings, we were greeted warmly by the owner, Fred Ciampa, who shared some of the history of the store, along with a rundown on food choices. Michael and I agreed on one large pizza with roasted green peppers and black olives, and we bit into the pie with vigor less than 10 minutes later.
The verdict was unanimous. The dough was thin, crisp and tangy. The sauce was very flavorful. The cheese was just right, not too heavy. Peppers were good, though I might have preferred red ones. The olives were fine for canned, and even the red pepper flakes were noticeably fresher and better than the usual offering.
Now that we knew the food is excellent, it was time to make good on my promise to Barbara to bring home pizza for dinner. With some coaching from Fred (in the booth below) and from Michelle at the end of the counter, we chose a large mushroom and onion — partially cooked, to be reheated in a 550-degree oven on a hot pizza stone for seven minutes — to take home. We also ordered one grilled chicken salad dinner, as well, which turned out to be a fine first course. All in all, it was worth the 38-mile trip each way, and I will certainly do it again! Thanks, Fred and Michelle.
Oh, yeah, when we go next time, we will take advantage of our host’s real estate savvy, too, and park in the customer parking lot behind the store (photo below).
SOP all the way baby. Great choice. A traditional old school pizza parlor. Best pizza on centre street. None of these new joints can touch it. They have the staying power of 30 something years how many of these newcomers can say that! They are sorry copycats!
Large screen TV, attractive, helpful staff, reasonable prices INCREDIBLE pizza. Don’t waste your time anywhere else!