Underrated Restaurants: Regina Pizzeria at the Depot

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Boston has no shortage of popular eateries. From time to time, however, a very good restaurant seems to fall through the cracks and misses out on the recognition it deserves. In this semi-regular series, we will share our picks for those underrated dining spots that might strike your fancy.

Up next: Regina Pizzeria at the Depot

Look, it is easy to look over this one as not exactly the most inspired choice. But if you laugh off the satellite location of the tasty North End pizza joint, you are definitely missing out.

Perhaps it’s the history of this Allston Depot store front that has me so enamored with the Reginas out along the train tracks. Originally built in 1893 – check out these photos from the Brighton Allston History Society – the building is the same and generally intact from its original use. Sure, the lights, traffic from the Pike and bustle of Allston have replaced the quaint nostalgia, but there still very much a feel of the old days inside the Reginas dining room and bar. Plus, with a small child at the table, sitting on the enclosed patio mere feet from the commuter rail tracks is definitely entertaining.

From a food standpoint, it’s certainly my comfort food: I was raised on Reginas (specifically the one now long gone from the basement of Quincy Market). It’s greasy, goopy and, when you order it well done, perfectly crispy through the crust. There’s usually never any worry about the crowd, even on a busy sports night, but this location is big enough that the service is usually solid, the beer is always cold and there’s always a TV with your game to be had.

There are tons of great places in the North End, including the original Reginas. Next time you’re considering the trip there, though, why not enjoy the quality somewhere completely different. Yes, it’s Allston. You can get there, I promise. It’ll be worth it.