Words and Photos by Sophie Mielnicki
Let’s face it - Boston isn’t exactly known for its pizza. Back in my hometown of Buffalo, New York, we have a good mix of traditional New York-style slices with our local fluffy dough and sweet-sauced pizza. We also have a great pizza culture, with plenty of local chains to choose from. Coming here for school, I wasn’t exactly thrilled that the most popular pizza around was Domino’s. So I was determined to try an array of pizza joints all over the city in order to find Boston’s best slice. The search led me to my first pizzeria, Dirty Water Dough Co.
Located on Newbury St., Dirty Water Dough claims to serve Boston-style pizza. As I walked into the place, my nose was immediately met with a wave of delicious spices and smells. The restaurant had the feel of a traditional Italian-American pizzeria, complete with a wood-fired oven. While the seating area wasn’t very large, they did have tables overlooking Newbury (great for enjoying a slice and people watching!) and an overall neighborly feeling. As for the pizza selections, Dirty Water Dough did not disappoint. It offered a wide selection of pies, including 16 of its signature creations, and they allowed guests to add whichever toppings they preferred. For this outing my friend and I ordered the classic cheese pizza, the popular “The Hulk” pizza, and, for a wild card, the barbecue chicken pizza.
I always use cheese pizza as way to see how each pizzeria can create the classic parts of the pizza (sauce, cheese, crust, etc.). At first glance, the cheese pizza seemed to be very greasy and I worried that it would be soggy. Luckily, looks can be deceiving and, in fact, it had a crispy, airy crust. Additionally, the piece had a ideal blend of cheese and light sauce which made for the perfect first bite. So far, we were off to a good start!
Next was The Hulk, which had house-made basil pesto, sliced tomato, shredded mozzarella, Romano cheese, and goat cheese. I’m a big-time goat cheese and pesto lover, so I had high hopes for this one. You could definitely taste the pesto, but the tomato helped to balance out the intensity. The mozzarella and goat cheese worked with each other, making sure you could taste each cheese, but not drowning out the other flavors.
The last of the bunch was the barbecue chicken, and honestly I’m glad I saved the best for last. The sweet and tangy barbecue sauce complimented the stronger Gouda cheese, and the chicken really added that last bit of flavor.
Dirty Water Dough is a great pizza place for when you want more than just an average slice. It’s right on Newbury, so you won’t have to travel too far off campus to satisfy your pizza cravings with something delicious. So next time you're dialing Domino’s, consider Dirty Water Dough instead; they deliver! Next stop coming soon!
222 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02116