Antonio's North_Pleasant_Street











Amherst Brewing









Antonio’s In a town of many pizza joints, Antonio’s is the place to go. It is located in a small storefront right in the center of town, and is arguably the most successful business in Amherst per square foot. The pizza crust is not too thin or too thick; the toppings are rich and tasty; and with the tremendous turnover, it is always fresh. For $2.50 to $4.00, you get your choice of pizza, from plain cheese to combinations of thirty toppings, and you get a taste of Amherst that is competitive with the best pizza anywhere. 





 Amherst Center

Food 51/60

 Atmosphere 24/30

Attitude 7/10

Value 97/100


Short Order Eatery
10:00am - 1am daily, later some nights.
Fri-Sat until 2am.

31 N. Pleasant St.
(413) 253-0808

Bar: None
Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AmEx
Reservations: Not Accepted

Vegetarian-friendly. Food after llpm. Delivery Express. 
Web site down.


If you fancy a slice of pizza topped by Greek salad, steak taco, or chicken parmigiana, then Antonio's, the Amherst epicenter of everything-but-the-kitchen-sink slices, is certainly your spot. On the surface, it may look like your average pizza-by-the-slice joint, but this is in fact a landmark known far and wide for a bizarre array of combinations that marry scores of improbable ingredients atop a beautifully crispy crust. The formula has led to staggering but well- deserved popularity, especially among the college crowd. We like the justly famous Buffalo chicken pizza with blue cheese, but as with other chicken selections, try to hit it near the beginning of the pie's life cycle, as the chicken can dry out. White pizzas with mozzarella, fresh tomato, and basil are delightfully heady with garlic. They're tasty and satisfying. Fried eggplant slices, thin and crispy, are another great topping choice. Note that "spicy" isn't actually spicy. Steer clear of the plain cheese slice, because the true talents of Antonio's lie in toppings.

Slices are large, filling, and generously endowed-even a double- stacked paper plate calls out for extra reinforcement. Although numerous varieties are kept on the counter at all times, Antonio's seems to possess some magic formula for avoiding the dry texture that can sometimes plague reheated pizza. All this can often add up to a long, but unbelievably fast-moving, queue. When your turn is up, you'll feel pressure to canvass the options on the counter as fast as possible, because your server-one of a mostly male lineup overloaded with impressive manual dexterity, uncanny efficiency, and self-conscious wit-doesn't have much time to waste.

Although there are a few feet of indoor standing-room counter space at which to devour your "mariachi" or "Mexicana" slice, the real scene at Antonio's is outside. On a couple of sidewalk benches, throngs of students, children, blue-collar workers, and businesspeople all rub elbows while enjoying their slices just inches from the Town Common. (Our atmosphere rating takes this festive outdoor component of the Antonio's experience into account.) Late nights during the school year, the post-bar student crowd outside can grow raucous, forming something like a mob scene outside a small-venue concert. The staff has been known to keep serving until 2am if the turnover is sufficient. Even if Antonio's is not as unique as it once was, there's never a wrong time of day to savor a slice at Amherst's most popular pizzeria.

Review from The Menu by Robin Goldstein and Clare Murumba, Used with permission.
The Menu may be purchased from by following the link to the left.

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