Pizzeria Regina: Anchovy Pie with a Live Soundtrack

There's always a line on weekends.

There’s always a line on weekends.

Growing up just outside of Boston, one of the most memorable summer activities was venturing into the North End with my family for the Italian-American festivals that seem to take place almost every weekend during the hot summer days of August. Recently I got a potent shot of nostalgia sitting at the bar of Pizzeria Regina, an old-school joint dating back to 1926. Just as our Old World Style Anchovy and Margherita pizzas hit the table, a full marching band participating in the Fisherman’s Feast strolled in to bust out a jubilant Italian folk song. Even though that anchovy pizza is a top ten pie — think salty fishes, capers, spicy oil, pecorino romano, and capers cooked well done on a thin brick-oven crust — that blissful first bite could wait. I grabbed my Peroni beer to help cheer the guys on and joined the rest of the pizzeria in clapping and singing along. That’s how to kick off a meal!

Classic neon sign, a beacon since 1926.

Old-school neon sign.

Lining up to get inside Regina.

Lining up to get inside Regina.

The spicy goodness of the old world anchovy pizza.

The spicy goodness of the old world anchovy pizza.

Margherita pie.

Margherita pie.

Looking out from the bar.

Looking out from the bar.

Getting a quick drink in before the next stop. C. Nelson, 2013.

Getting a quick drink in before the next stop.

The Madonna procession. C. Nelson, 2013.

The Madonna procession.

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About Craig Nelson

Exploring, cooking, drinking, riding the subway, bowling...a writer and editor based in New York. I'm a city lover who edits the blog for EuroCheapo, writes for NewYork.com, tweets for NFT, explores for Spotted By Locals and has worked at various small companies like Google (for a gig at Zagat and Google Maps). In my free time, I like to create projects like this: Chinatown Chow Down NYC. Feel free to drop a line at across106thstreet@gmail.com or on twitter at @across106th.
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