Greater Boston has a new pizza destination – chef Mario LaPosta‘s eponymous pizzeria, da LaPosta, is officially open at 825 Washington Street in Newton.
LaPosta, who built and oversaw the pizza program at Babbo in the Seaport, has spent his whole career perfecting the art of the wood-fired pizza – living in Italy for a bit, apprenticing in Rome and Campania and, of course, taste-testing his way through more than a few pies. He brings his twenty-plus years of experience and well-honed wisdom to bear on the menu at da LaPosta, which features pizzas made with the best ingredients from time-tested artisanal purveyors (Bianco di Napoli California tomatoes and flour from Central Milling in Utah), made in the best brick oven (a wood-fired Marra Forni Neapolitan).
There’s lots to choose from in the pie department (more than a dozen in addition to the traditional Margherita topped with tomatoes, basil and mozzarella), and plenty more beyond that (housemade pastas, Roman-style arancini and a glorious chicken parm). To go along with all those delicious eats, the bar program features a thoughtfully curated wine list highlighting offerings from Campania and Southern Italy, alongside classic Italian-inspired cocktails and a slew of local craft brews.
Pop out to Newton (there’s plenty of street parking though it’s right next to the Commuter Rail if you really don’t feel like driving) and snag a spot in the dining room, at the 16-seat bar or the 6-seat pizza counter where you can bask in the glow from the aforementioned wood-fired oven. Da LaPosta is currently open for dinner (lunch coming soon) Tuesday through Thursday from 5:00-10:00pm and Friday & Saturday from 5:00-11:00pm. Have a peek at the debut menu below, consult their website or call 617.964.2665 for additional info and keep an eye on their Insta for updates.