Like all the aforementioned chicken openings, a number of Boston’s forthcoming pizzerias also missed their late 2019 opening timelines. Several interesting ones are still on deck, as well as a few that are new to this category:
Definitely happening soon-ish
Apizza at Hub Hall at the Hub on Causeway
Opening at Hub Hall, the TD Garden-adjacent food hall (see the 2020: The Year of the Food Hall, Take Two section below), Apizza comes from Mida’s Douglass Williams and will draw inspiration from New Haven pizza (albeit without a coal oven) as well as Roman pizza. 80 Causeway St., West End, Boston. Anticipated opening timeline: Early 2020.
Bar ‘Cino [NOW OPEN]
This Newport, Rhode Island, import — which is employee-owned and overseen by the same restaurant group as Papa Razzi — features thin-crust, grilled pizza, but there’s more, too, from the casual Italian-inspired spot. The Newport location serves dishes like a whole roasted lemon-scented chicken (meant for two to share), piadini, some pasta dishes, and more (not to mention a molten chocolate-Nutella souffle for dessert). 1032 Beacon St., Brookline. Opened: January 17, 2020.
It’s not a pizza restaurant (and not an Italian restaurant), but Bianca — a family-friendly, wood-fired restaurant from O Ya’s Nancy and Tim Cushman — will include a few pizzas, among other things made with wood-fired grills and ovens, a wood rotisserie, and a smoker. (They do quite a good job with pizza at one of their New York restaurants, Covina, so it’s likely to be a must-try here.) The Street, 47 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill. Anticipated opening timeline: Winter 2020.
Da LaPosta (stylized with a lowercase “d,” da LaPosta)
This wood-fired pizza joint is the brainchild of Mario LaPosta, the former pizzaiolo at the now-closed Babbo Pizzeria e Enoteca. LaPosta previously told Eater that his pies will cook at temperatures that range from 800 to 1,000 degrees, which is typical of Neapolitan pizzas, but he was quick to note that he doesn’t consider his pizzas Neapolitan. “I prefer the term pizza artigianale, especially with our commitment to local, sustainable ingredients.” Technicalities aside, the addition of a new wood-fired pizzeria is never a bad thing. Finally, an opening in the Seaport area that isn’t a chain steakhouse. 12 Farnsworth St., Fort Point, Boston. Anticipated opening timeline: Spring 2020.
Stoked Pizza Co.
A Brookline favorite, Stoked will expand to the Harvard Law campus this year in Cambridge, albeit without the wood-fired aspect of its big sibling. The new location will be about twice the size at the old one and will have a menu that looks mostly the same (minus the wood-firing of the pizzas, which will be cooked in an electric oven). In addition to pizzas, Stoked serves salads, wings, milkshakes, and more, including an extensive vegan menu, and the beer list is solid. 1611 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Anticipated opening timeline: Summer 2020.
Tenderoni’s at High Street Place
This will be the first non-Fenway restaurant from empire-builder Big Heart Hospitality (chef Tiffani Faison and co.), along with sibling spot Dive Bar, both opening within the High Street Place food hall (see the 2020: The Year of the Food Hall, Take Two section below.) Expect the vibes of a 1970s or 1980s pizza-and-grinder shop. 100 High St., downtown Boston. Anticipated opening timeline: March 2020.
This vegan, wood-fired pizzeria is part of a chain from global vegan restaurateur Matthew Kenney, who opened a fully vegan food hall in Providence not too long ago. Most of the pizzas are made with cashew-based mozzarella or cream, but rice-based cream is also available (as are gluten-free crusts). There are also a few pasta dishes and Italian-inspired small plates. 163 Newbury St., Back Bay, Boston. Anticipated opening timeline: 2020.
Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana
The legendary New Haven-based, coal-fired pizzeria chain continues its expansion around the northeast with a Watertown location at the Arsenal Yards development, where it will join the aforementioned Tori Jiro and lots more. 485 Arsenal St., Watertown. Anticipated opening timeline: Unknown.
Nothing’s definite yet, but New York-based, Detroit-style pizzeria Emmy Squared is eyeing Boston for expansion, and cake-throwing DJ Steve Aoki has mentioned a hope of bringing his pizza delivery business, Pizzaoki, to Boston, among other cities. Plus, Boston is still eagerly awaiting the re-emergence of the Rabbotini’s pizza pop-up, which will hopefully land a permanent Boston-area space eventually. Will any of these open in 2020? Stay tuned.