Armando's Pizza - 163 Huron Ave - Cambridge MA When I give directions to my Cambridge real estate office it's all about food - we're around the corner from Hi Rise, across the street from Sarah's, and next door to Armando's Pizza. If you're at all familiar with Cambridge you'll know right where we are.
Armando's Pizza has been a Cambridge institution for decades. It's not a big storefront so it might be possible to overlook the restaurant - if you weren't brought up in Cambridge, if you don't work in the neighborhood, if you haven't been introduced by your foodie friends, or if you haven't come across all the online rave reviews.
Armando's does a booming business and once you taste the pizza you'll understand why. You can get regular - "New York style" pizza some call it (thin crust) or Sicilian (deep dish) by the slice or the pie. There are also a variety of grinders or subs, dishes including chicken or veal parm, salads, and soup. The Armando's Special - sort of an omelette on a sub roll - is one of my favorites.
Armando and Dorothy Paolo bought the pizza place in 1971. The business is very much a family affair - nowadays it's more than likely that grandson Michael will be behind the counter greeting customers by name. Kids often get a free pack of cookies, the walls are covered with team photos from the Little League teams they've sponsored for decades, and for years Armando was our office Santa Claus.
Business is brisk - families, local office workers, cops, kids from the school around the corner, construction crews whose pickups line the block at lunch time - we're all in line for a slice and a soda. Multiple pizzas are boxed, stacked and delivered around town at lunch and dinner time. Fast, friendly, inexpensive, and best of all - mighty tasty. Once you're introduced to Armando's chances are you'll become a regular too.
Armando's Pizza is at 163 Huron Avenue, Cambridge MA 02138. The phone number is 617-354-8275.
Elizabeth Bolton is a real estate agent at the Coldwell Banker office next door and writes about real estate in and around Cambridge on her real estate blog where you can also search for homes for sale in Cambridge and in Massachusetts.