Daily Slice: Il Mondo, Boston

Daily Slice gives a quick snapshot each weekday of a different slice or pie that the folks at the Serious Eats empire have enjoyed lately.


[Photograph: Paige Brocious]

I have very fond memories of eating Il Mondo since becoming a Mission Hill resident a few years ago. That's why I'm sad to report that these slices were pretty dissapointing. I'd like to chalk it up to just an off-day, but I'll have to stop by again and investigate.

They were offering the basic spread of slices, so I decided to try the plain cheese and the meat lovers ($3.25). Both slices were humongous for the price, and one is more than enough to fill you up. The meaty slice was topped with sausage, bacon, and pepperoni. All of the toppings were good, but the sausage was of the precooked-little-chunks variety. You know the kind; blandly spicy, designed specifically to top pizzas, and always storebought. The pizza itself was lackluster. Very little flavor was contributed from the cheese and the sauce. And although I was pleased to see a nice scorched backside on my slice, it did little to enhance the crunchiness of the dough. I hope this visit was a fluke. But either way Il Mondo is still a decent neighborhood option for a substantial slice.

Il Mondo Pizzeria

682 Huntington Ave. Boston, MA 02115 (map) 617-492-6444; ilmondopizza.com