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Best Pizza

Matthew's Pizza

Michael Northrup

3131 Eastern Ave., (410) 276-8755

Posted 9/17/2003

This award really involves three subdivisions: Best Cheese, Best Crust, and Best (Pizza) Charm. Take away any one of these variables, and a pizzeria falls flat. Bake them all together and serve over checkered tablecloths on cardboard plates, and you get Matthew's pizza. It's the hand-grated blend of Italian cheeses that's lip-smackingly light. It's the savory, deep-dish crust that's not too oily. And it has something to do with being Baltimore's first pizzeria, now in its 60th year. (The vintage Pepsi fridge is pretty cool, too.)

Wholly speaking, the (thick, tasty, crisp-on-the-outside-bliss-on-the-inside) pies are made to order with an array of fresh ingredients to choose from; the hosts are easygoing and chatty with the regulars. Just across from the rehabbed Patterson Center for the Arts, Matthew's could probably try out for a slew of other subprizes with all the first dates and family meals it's seen--but we won't get too technical. It's just heavenly.

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Other Awards for Best Pizza:

Joe Squared, 9/17/2008

Zella's, 9/19/2007

Iggies, 9/20/2006

Fortunato Brothers, 9/21/2005

Tutti Gusti, 9/22/2004

Angelo's Restaurant and Carry Out, 9/18/2002

Bella Roma, 9/19/2001

Donna's four-cheese pizza, 9/13/2000

Gil's Pizza, 9/15/1999

Matthew's Pizza, 9/17/1997

All Awards for Matthew''s Pizza:

Best Pizza Fries, 9/20/2006

Best Pizza, 9/17/1997

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