Monthly Archives: June 2011

La Befana Pizzeria Neighborhood of Allston Compared to Our Pizza

Allston-Brighton Housing ImageLa Befana Pizzeria isn’t just located in Allston, Massachusetts we consider ourselves part of this vibrant neighborhood and community since opening in March 2011.

Allston has an interesting mix of long term residents who’ve called Allston home for many years and a student population that ebbs and flows with the college year.

La Befana isn’t part of a chain that chooses its location based on shareholder’s values or a corporate office management located on the other side of the U.S. who in a whim can decide to shut down its operation in a location without blinking an eye.

To be sure La Befana Pizzeria is a business and needs to make a profit but we have a little more skin in the game than corporate pizzerias. Allston is our only home and so we can’t afford to lose this one – we succeed or die!  So we go out of our way to understand what our neighborhood customers want and do our best to deliver. We take pride in being part of the Allston business scene and seeing the same folks return regularly and knowing people see us as part of their community.

We like to think of our pizzas as reflecting many of the qualities and diversity a community like Allston provides as a Boston neighborhood.

Just like Allston housing which ranges from multi-family Victorian homes in Lower Allston to triple-deckers towards Brighton our menu features classics such as the Marghereta pizza to the piled high Mighty Meatlover pizza.

Allston is named after the American painter and poet Washington Allston and although we haven’t named any pizzas yet after Boston natives we do have our El Sid, and George Lembo’s Favorite and Jackson’s Chicken BBQ – one of our team favorites!

Although Allston is considered a neighborhood of Boston and often referred to as Allston-Brighton it has a diverse ethnic background including folks from Russia, East and South Asia, Brazil and Columbia and likewise we have pizza flavors showing different origins such as the Aztec, Five-O and Hibernian pizzas.

There are many busy and thriving sections of Allston serving its 21,000+ population and where we are located at 15 N. Beacon St near Cambridge Street we’re intending to carve out our own pocket of a thriving community. Come and join us here or order online here or call us for delivery or curbside pickup.

And let us know by leaving a comment at our web site how we can better serve you as your Allston Pizza community.

La Befana Pizzeria Team
15 N. Beacon Street
Allston, MA 02134
617.987.0086

How to Make your Own Dough and Pizza

Making Dough ImageWe’ve been asked many times about making your own pizza dough and to give pointers to people.

First making your own pizza dough is time consuming and messy… the first few times you do it. Then as you gain experience it will be quicker and clean up will be quick as well.

The problem with sharing the way we make our dough is we make it in huge batches and using industrial size equipment which you’d expect from most professional pizzeria.

But hardly equipment your average household kitchen would have handy.

So instead we asked each member of our team to choose their favorite dough and pizza recipe and then as a team vote on them and come up with one winner.

And the winner is “The Ridiculously Thorough Guide to Making Your Own Pizza.”

This is a comprehensive tutorial on how to make your own dough and pizza.

We don’t agree with everything in the method or recipe but it is thorough and that we like.

We disagree with the waiting time for the dough to mature. We leave ours for 24 hours in fridge before using dough. But this recipe is assuming time is of essence and you’re looking to make the pizza and eat it an hour or so after making the dough.

Other things to note is the aversion the author has to pizza stone and the preference to cooking on a pizza screen. We recommend pizza stones and not screens because they provide closer to restaurant-style tasting pizzas.

The instructions for shaping the dough are comprehensive but you’ll need a number of attempts before you get it right. Have plenty of dough on hand to experiment with your first go. There is a video demonstrating how to shape the dough as well at the website page.

Well, we won’t spoil the adventure anymore and so here is the link to the winner of our “making your own dough and pizza” contest: http://billyreisinger.com/pizza.html

La Befana Pizzeria serves gourmet pizza in Allston and Brighton and surrounding neighborhoods and you can order online here.

La Befana Pizzeria Team
15 N. Beacon Street
Allston, MA 02134
617.987.0086

La Befana Calzones Prove We Offer More Than Just Pizza

Calzone ImageThe basic La Befana Calzone starts with a mixture of garlic infused olive oil, fresh ricotta, mozzarella, imported asiago and a sprinkle of romano.

Now the fun begins – create your own masterpiece using our abundance of fresh and flavoring ingredients such as roasted vegetables, caramelized onions, buffalo chicken, roasted peppers, and pepperoni, onion, and roasted garlic, chicken parmigiana and caramelized onions.

La Befana Calzones are wrapped in our famous homemade pizza dough, cooked to perfection and served with a side of our special marinara sauce.

Calzones are a great alternative to traditional pizza when you want to get your meal in one easy to grab meal. Our dough is made in the cool of the morning and allowed to mature for 24 hours before being used to make your to order calzone.

If you’ve never had a calzone before then let us introduce you to this specialty. Like a popover calzones are pizza dough folded over and wrapped around ingredients to seal before baking in our hot ovens.

The next time you order online from La Befana Pizzeria slip in a calzone and share with a friend as well as a pizza.

We continue to prove we do more than just offer pizza to Allston and Brighton neighborhoods.

La Befana Pizzeria Team
15 N. Beacon Street
Allston, MA 02134
617.987.0086

La Befana Pizzeria of Allston MA in the News

La Befana AnnouncementLa Befana Pizzeria of Allston MA is in the news and we just wanted to share about it with you all. After all we’ve only been on the Allston Pizza scene since March 2011 but already we’re getting noticed – thanks to our customers!

In just under three months we’ve gathered reviews and comments on our pizzas and service at all the major online review and online ordering sites. We’re proud to say most are positive – which for a Boston pizza restaurant is no mean feat. Boston has a reputation for being a tough and demanding restaurant market, and using feedback from people we’ve learned what you liked and where we had opportunities to do better for you.

But that is part of being in business. If there is a problem then we own up, take responsibility, and fix. In instances where a review is factually inaccurate then we usually respond quickly.

Two articles about La Befana Pizzeria appeared in recent blogs.

Complete New England is an online magazine covering news and events from Boston and beyond and in March 2011 they announced our opening after an interview with the owner by posting a full page blog entry. You can read the La Befana Pizzeria article here.

The Boston Phoenix is a popular paper distributed throughout Boston but they also have an online blog and they run a recent review on us. The Phoenix doesn’t pull it punches when it comes to restaurant reviews as they don’t answer to anybody and you can read their La Befana Pizzeria article here.

You may also have seen us advertising on Groupon and prominent on City Search and while all this advertising is great as we continue to grow, we still rely on people like you to spread the word. Referrals and repeat customers is the staple of any restaurant – ours included – and this only happens if we keep our customers satisfied.

And we continue to do our best to keep you all satisfied. If you have any suggestions on how we can do this better drop us a comment below or send personal email to: info@labefanapizza.com

La Befana Pizzeria serves gourmet pizza in Allston and Brighton and surrounding neighborhoods and you can order online here.

La Befana Pizzeria Team
15 N. Beacon Street
Allston, MA 02134