Boston Pizza Festival Returns After Three-Year Hiatus

by | May 25, 2023 | Boston - Eat & Drink, Dirty Water News

Photo via @BostonPizzaFestival Facebook

The largest pizza festival in New England is back! Returning to Boston’s City Hall Plaza in Boston’s Government Center on Saturday, June 24th & Sunday, June 25th from 11AM – 6 PM. This year there are over 20,000 guests expected where they will experience live entertainment, pizza demonstrations, and more!

“After a three-year hiatus, we cannot wait to bring back an impressive roster of pizzerias representing the best Boston has to offer, along with a few special selections Raffaele and I handpicked straight from Italy. Our hope is to make this year our biggest and best Boston Pizza Festival to date.” – Giancarlo Natale, co-director of the Boston Pizza Festival

The Boston Pizza Festival will feature over 30 of the best pizzerias in the New England and Greater Boston areas, along with the select participating pizzerias hailing from Italy. Each pizzeria will be cooking in Marra Forni artisan pizza ovens and this year, Anheuser-Busch will be sponsoring the refreshments throughout the weekend alongside 19 Crimes for the wine.

To get an idea of exactly what you can expect from the Boston Pizza Festival, Dirty Water Media’s Caroline Karwoski attended the last pizza fest in 2019 and filed this report:

“From classic Margherita to creative toppings and artisanal pies, the Boston Pizza Festival will showcase the very best of the vibrant pizza scene in Boston and beyond. We look forward to continuing to share our passion for pizza with fellow Bostonians and visitors as the festival returns to the city.” – Raffaele Scalzi, co-director of the Boston Pizza Festival

Participating pizzerias include but are not limited to:

  • Rina’s Pizzeria (Boston, MA)
  • da LaPosta (Newton, MA)
  • Florina Pizzeria (Boston, MA)
  • Montebella’s (Gluten-Free)
  • DaCoopas Pizza (East Boston, MA)
  • Motor City Detroit Pizza (Detroit, MI)
  • Il Sarago (Calabria, Italy)
  • Pizza Taxi (Amalfi Coast, Italy)
  • Wicked Cheesy (Tewksbury, MA(
  • Cafe Quattro (Boston, MA)
  • Eat Cini’s (Boston, MA)

And a dessert pizza booth will be selling Nutella pizzas!

About Boston Pizza Festival

Boston Pizza Festival directors Raffaele Scalzi and Giancarlo Natale both have worked in the food and beverage industry for a number of years. Raffaele Scalzi is the Executive Director of the Boston Wine Expo as well as owner of Casa Mia Italiana in Marblehead, MA and Pazza on Porter in East Boston. Giancarlo has an extensive background in event coordination. With family ties in Italy, they have created this unique event to showcase Boston’s best pizza and to show their Italian roots. To learn more, visit the Boston Pizza Festival website and @BostonPizzaFestival on Facebook & Instagram.