What Makes Boston's Greek Pizza Different

Andrea's House of Pizza in Watertown

(Madison Rogers/WBZ NewsRadio)

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — National Pizza Week is officially here, with several major pizza chains now offering deals nationwide. And while most people can pick a favorite between Chicago Deep Dish and a New York-style slice, often overlooked is Boston's famed Greek pizza.

So in honor of National Pizza Week, WBZ NewsRadio took a look at what it takes to make a pie like the Greeks.

"The difference between Italian pizza and Greek style pizza is the way we prepare the dough, and make the dough using yeast," owner of the Brighton House of Pizza Pat Jankoulla told WBZ NewsRadio's Madison Rogers. "It's cooked in a pan, and it takes a little bit longer to make. So more work, more love into it."

Greek pizza is known for being fluffy and greasy since it's made with a liberal splash of oil on a metal dish instead of on a pizza stone or brick oven. Over the decades, many Greek pizza joints have become institutions in Boston, like Andrea's House of Pizza in Watertown, which was founded in 1982.

"The young guys were coming in with their girlfriends, now they're married, they have their own kids.... they're still coming here," said owner Stratos Taoultsides. He added that Boston's Greek immigrant community is tightly knit. "We gather here... listen to the music. Not only the Greek people, the Armenians too... We're doing something right I think. They like us, and we like them."

According to History.com, the modern pizza is typically traced back to Naples in southern Italy, but flatbreads with toppings were also consumed by several ancient civilizations including the Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians.

Whether you like a thin crust or a deep dish, there are dozens of national pizza places now offering discounted prices from January 12 to January 19.

WBZ NewsRadio's Madison Rogers (@_madisonrogers) reports

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