The Huron Village neighborhood of Cambridge is home to one of the best hidden gems for pizza in the city--and possibly in the entire Boston area, for that matter--and being that it is a hidden gem, it seems that few outside of the immediate area have ever heard of it. Indeed, Armando's has been around for many years, yet except for residents of Huron Village and a handful of pizza lovers who have done their homework, Armando's is pretty much a totally unknown place. It's a bit of a shame, since Armando's seriously approaches some of the big names for pizza in and around Boston (Santarpio's, Pizzeria Regina, Picco, Pleasant Cafe) in overall quality.
It may not look like much from the outside, but to the residents of Huron Village, Armando's is more than just a pizza joint; the people behind the counter are truly good folks who seem to know a lot of customers by name, support local little league teams, and are just plain kind and friendly to locals as well as newcomers. Because of their great reputation in the neighborhood, Armando's is a place where you will see everyone from police officers to construction workers to university professors to businesspeople to retirees stopping by for a slice or a whole pizza.
Armando's has two types of pizza: A traditional thin-crust that tastes like something you might find in New York City, and a thicker Sicilian style that has the familiar rectangular shape to it. Both styles are worth trying, though it seems that most people go for the thin-crust pizza, and for good reason; the cheese is delicious, with a hint of Romano that imparts a zesty flavor, a homemade sauce that is hearty and just slightly sweet, and a fresh crust that leans toward being a bit dry and cracker-like. The toppings are what really make these pizza special, however, as the pepperoni is delicious, and the thin strips of fried eggplant make the eggplant pizza every bit as tasty as the pepperoni. For those who decide to opt for the Sicilian slices here, it is also excellent, with lots of cheese on top and a similarly sweet sauce underneath.
Armando's is well worth checking out, not just for their great pizza, but also for the congeniality of the people who work at this tiny spot. If you like pizza (and who doesn't?) and are frustrated by the relative lack of decent pizza joints in Cambridge, take a drive over to Huron Village and get yourself a slice or a pie. And there's a bonus as well, as it happens to be one of the few sections of the city with very easy parking.
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