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Legendary Woburn pizza spot going strong after 60 years

In 1952, Louie Macinanti opened Louie’s Pizza on Main Street in Woburn with no frills and his own rules. Just pizzas on the menu, served only one size, 14 inches. Brief hours, 4 to 7 p.m. If the daily-made dough runs out, close up shop.

Devout locals never seemed to mind, adjusting to the quirks; the quiet Louie’s made one of the best pies in the region. “We have customers that my grandfather will come down [from his apartment above the restaurant], look at a slip, and say, ‘[Shoot], he’s been coming in here for 50 years,’ ” says Macinanti’s grandson Derek, who took over the operation about 10 years ago after he graduated from college. “We actually still have a guy that comes in that claims he was the first customer. We make pizzas for people in New Hampshire that have moved from here a long time ago that want them half-cooked so they can reheat them.”

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