Pizza Lovers Dominate City Hall Plaza at Second Annual Boston Pizza Festival

Chris Romano

This past weekend was a good one to be a pizza lover. With 30 vendors serving pizza, the Boston Pizza Festival was the place to be on July 7th and 8th. The second iteration of the festival was well prepared for the massive crowds entering City Hall Plaza. This year’s improvements included: no extra fee per slice after the $35 advance entrance ticket fee, shorter lines, vendors staying open throughout the day, and much more room available for festival goers.

The festival was a breeze to get into this year. There were several lanes to get into the festival, and when I arrived on Saturday around 1 p.m., there was hardly a line to get in. This is not to say that there was no one there, because once I walked into the festival, it was like walking through New York City.

The crowd at BPF 2018 was very large.

With so many people packed into City Hall Plaza, the lines for each vendor were bound to be long. However, though the lines for most of the vendors were long, especially the vendors from Naples, they moved quickly. I never had to wait too long for my next slice of pizza. One of the most convenient parts of the festival was that I could grab a slice or two from vendors with shorter lines so when I waited in the longer lines, I wasn’t actually waiting for more pizza. Remember that tip for next year!


This year’s pizza slices were sample sized. The slices were just the right size so that you could try every one of the 30 vendors without filling up too early. Because they were small, each slice had to have the right amount of flavor, and for each of the ones I tried, they did.

Not only were pizza vendors offering slices of their pizza pies, but most had free giveaways as well. Oath pizza gave away a canvas tote bag that seemed to be envied by those walking around the festival.

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