Pizzeria Regina in the North End. Santarpio’s in East Boston. Frank Pepe in Chestnut Hill. Boston is home to plenty of succulent pizzas — but they’re far-flung. What if you could sample all of your favorites in one place? Yes, your dorm-room dreams have come true, thanks to the Boston Pizza Festival, happening on July 8 and 9 at Boston’s City Hall Plaza.
Listen to live music, sip wine and beer, and try pizza from tons of restaurants. There are slice standbys such as Regina and Upper Crust; samples from swankier spots such as Babbo and Serafina; and North End classic versions such as Antico Forno, Bricco, and Quattro. Plus, chefs from Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana in Naples, Italy, will serve crispy, authentic Neapolitan slices. There are kids’ pizza-cooking classes, too, plus performances by pizza acrobats. (Yes, this is a talent. It involves spinning dough on your finger. Try at your own risk.)
Carb out from at 12 p.m. until 10 p.m. on both days. General admission is $15; VIP tickets are $50 and include access to a lounge with a private bar and gift bags. Bring the littlest kiddos, too: Pint-sized pizza lovers under 5 are free. Get tickets at www.bostonpizzafestival.com.