Words by Zach Tanimoto
“Late night studying, you want square pizza. Where do you go?” As featured on the popular TV show Suits, Seth Keller and Mike Ross end an intense Harvard trivia game with the aforementioned question that, according to Keller, “any self-respecting Harvard alumnus would know.”
“It’s Pinocchio’s,” he finishes, as the tense double point round comes to a close.
Pinocchio’s Pizza & Subs is a quaint little shop in Harvard Square that serves BIG things — square slices of pizza, to be exact. Most well known for their Sicilian style pizza, Pinocchio’s serves freshly made thick and fluffy crust daily. This hole in the wall screams college budget! You can get 2 hot slices (squares?) for around $5.
I happened upon this place thanks to a friend dragging me out to Harvard. We were already full, so we just ordered a single slice to snack on. And boy was it good [insert wow emoji]. Pizza can’t go too far in my opinion; there are different kinds and, sure, some are better than others, but at the end of it they all taste pretty similar -- like tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese.
But Pinocchio’s was most definitely the best I’ve ever had. If you aren’t feeling the deep dish style Sicilian, they also make the regular thin crust Neapolitan style slices. As for their taste, I have no clue! All I’ve ever gotten was the Sicilian -- had it once and didn’t look back.
For anyone wondering, Sicilian style pizza is basically a thick-crust, deep-dish style pizza that originated in… well, Sicily! Unlike its more familiar counterpart, Neapolitan pizza, Sicilian slices are typically rectangular with more dough. It’s commonly known as “focaccia with toppings,” as the version with tomatoes wasn’t actually available before the seventeenth century!
Although the crust is thick, the crisp but fluffy (still very crusty) texture balances the perfect blend of light yet filling. The tomato sauce, unlike most traditional slices, is fairly light, almost like a paste on the crust. But please, extra sauce lovers, do not let this stop you. The two go together so well, you’d think they baked a moist tomato focaccia of some sorts. And the cheese: not too gooey, but not too scarce. Of course, “less is more,” and the simple classics build a wonderful foundation for the other toppings to shine through. My personal favorite is the tomato basil and the sausage!
You’d be surprised at the amount of students unaware of this small gem. Often times, students visiting Harvard Square will check out the Shake Shack or Bon Chon, but it seems as if Pinocchio’s has been Harvard’s little secret to keep.
Have you ever been to this tasty pizza joint? Well then, my fellow Terrier, if you shook your head “no,” and you’re tired of T Anthony’s but running low on dining points for Domino’s, you now know where to go. How bad can it be? Apparently Mark Zuckerberg used to eat pizza here, and we know where that got him. Who knows, maybe pizza is the key to stumbling upon the next Facebook.