Restaurant Reviews

Golden Boy Pizza

January 20, 2015

With all the rave reviews, I decided to stop at Golden Boy Pizza for lunch on Friday.

The Shut-Up-and-Give-it-to-Me-Quick Version: 

Good not great.
I was disappointed, I was expecting greatness and all I got was a lot of garlic and a very filling meal. The service was really good though.

Sun – Thurs  11:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Fri – Sat  11:30 a.m. – 2:30 a.m.

The I-Like-to-be-Wrapped-Up-in-All-the-Details Version:

I was told the garlic and clams pizza was the thing to get, so for some stupid reason, I decided it would be a good idea to get 2 of the same kind of pizza (let’s chalk it up to the fact that it was Friday and my brain was already on weekend mode). Anyways, I was sort of justified when I asked the lady if that was a good decision and she said that was her favorite, so I ordered, paid and sat at the bar for my pizza to be ready. She took the two slices from the window display (the pizza is arranged strategically to catch your eye as you’re walking by) and popped it in the oven for about 3 to 5 minutes. The place is a long narrow restaurant that pretty much only has a counter seating on each side. Golden Boy is dimly lit with dark walls, decals and pictures hanging. They sell pizzas and beer (on tap and bottled). Simple and rather rugged looking, but perfect for the food they are serving. It did get pretty busy shortly after I showed up, so arriving before 12:30 p.m. is a good idea.

What I ate:

  • Garlic and clam pizza ($4)
  • Veggie Pizza ($4)


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I was expecting cheesy goodness, but was sad to find that the clam pizza was a bit dry, it had spices and LOTS of garlic that overshadowed the clams. It was good, but nothing to brag about or even talk about the next day. It tasted like nothing but a garlic pizza. This square pizza will leave you very satisfied, I almost regretted getting two, the focaccia bread that they use as the crust is the best part! It is crispy at the bottom and fluffy throughout. I like that it didn’t feel too heavy and it wasn’t chewy. Fast forward to halfway through my meal when a waiter asked me how everything tasted and I told him it was good, but I wish I wouldn’t have ordered two of the same pizza. He pretty much agreed that it was a poor decision and offered me another slice on the house. I asked him to serve me something that would convince me to come back. After asking if I liked pesto, he served me a veggie pizza. I have to say I liked the veggie pizza better because it was much cheesier and tasted a lot fresher. However, there was a very minimal pesto taste. The pizza was covered in a TON of olives, mushrooms, zucchini slivers and onions. While better than the clam, I’m not sure I would go out of my way to return. I will say that I imagine that this is very good drunk food, after a couple rounds at the bars, I can see how a fat slice of this square pizza will hit the spot. As for the sober nights, you are way better going out to Little Star if “thick” pizza is what you’re looking for.

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