Your Essex Coastal Scenic Byway Pizza Guide

November 1, 2023

Who doesn’t love pizza? It’s a fast, easy, and delicious meal option that is always a crowd pleaser. If you live on Boston’s North Shore, you probably already know that we’ve got some of the best pizza around! For someone who is cruising the Scenic Byway and wants to stop to get a slice, or even a whole pie, we’ve pulled together a few great options for you to consider.

Amazing Pizza

As the name implies, Amazing Pizza is a popular and delicious local option if you like thin crust. Their philosophy is to always use the highest quality natural and organic ingredients available, resulting in a some seriously fresh tasting pies! Their menu also includes a variety of gourmet salads, soups, and sandwiches.

Address: 273 Cabot Street, Beverly

Little Italy’s

Little Italy’s has been a Beverly staple for decades, their award winning “sweet sauce” is definitely a local favorite, and the recipe remains a secret to this day. If you haven’t tried it, it’s a must in order to have the full North Shore pizza experience. Not a fan of sweet sauce? They now offer a traditional sauce option on all their pizzas too! Little Italy’s likes to keep their approach to pizza simple and their menu is very focused featuring pizza, breadsticks, and calzones only. Do yourself a favor and see if you’re a sweet sauce fan the next time you’re in Beverly.

Address: 294 Cabot Street, Beverly


If you prefer authentic Neapolitan or “Naples-style” pizza, Bambolina is the spot for you. You can smell Bambolina’s wood-burning oven before you even get to the door. Their approach to pizza making relies on classic culinary techniques paired with fresh simple ingredients. Each pizza is 11″ in diameter, handcrafted, and made to order – so be sure to stop in after a day of exploring the historic city of Salem.

Address: 288 Derby Street, Salem

Flying Saucer Pizza Company

Another spot in Salem that is equally good but very different is the Flying Saucer Pizza Company. Flying Saucer Pizza offers patrons a tasty traditional New York style pizza (with lots of funky topping options) paired with a quirky dining experience. The restaurant’s interior is self-described as “nerd” vana and is decorated with all sorts of awesome sci-fi memorabilia and art. Enjoy some great pizza and beers on draught along with the space-themed ambiance!

Address: 118 Washington Street, Salem

Fresca Pizza & Pasta

Fresca Pizza & Pasta is an Italian pizza restaurant with a serious focus on the concept of fresh (“fresca” means “fresh” in Italian!). Their wood fired Neapolitan brick oven pizza won’t disappoint and they have many other Italian food options on their menu including pasta, polenta, and arancini just to name a few! Be sure to check this spot out if you’re in Marblehead, home to one of the most beautiful harbors in the country.

Address: 50 Atlantic Avenue, Marblehead

Riverview Pizza

If you’re looking for a classic pizza joint with some serious old school charm, look no further than Riverview Pizza! They are a family owned and operated Ipswich staple that has been around since the 1940’s. They have a very simple and pizza-focused menu. The locals love this spot and we think you will too.

Address: 20 Estes Street, Ipswich

Stone Crust

Stone Crust pizza is a great option in Newburyport that offers brick oven artisan pizza and is known especially for (you guessed it) their tasty crust! They have a varied menu with delicious sandwich and salad options as well. So, enjoy a lovely stroll in downtown Newburyport, take in the views, browse the shops, and pop-in for some pizza at Stone Crust.

Address: 8 Pleasant Street, Newburyport

And don’t forget the beach pizza…

Have you ever had classic New England beach pizza? If not, you’re in for a true North Shore treat! You can find two great beach pizza options up along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway in Salisbury right on Salisbury Beach. What sets beach pizza apart you may ask? It is rectangular and usually has a slightly sweet sauce topped with a sprinkling of cheddar cheese – and traditionally, you can order a slice of provolone cheese on top (highly recommend). This isn’t a “summertime only” treat, cruise up to Salisbury and enjoy beach pizza any time of year!

Tripoli Pizza & Bakery

Address: 23 Broadway, Salisbury

Cristy’s Pizza

Address: 11 Broadway, Salisbury

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