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Turtleboy Worcester Pizza Tour Round 3: Paesano’s On Grafton Street

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As part of Turtleboy’s Worcester County pizza tour we’ll be hitting up pizza shops all over the place and letting our readers know if it passes the Turtleboy family taste test. If you’d like your pizza shop to appear in a future blog email us at turtleboysports@gmail.com and we’ll set up a time. Yesterday we went to a relatively newer place called Paesano’s on Grafton Street.


I’ve heard good things about this place from East siders, so it was time to find out if they lived up to their reputation. First of all, it’s not your regular Worcester pizza shop. For starters they serve booze. Right away their stock is through the roof. Oh yea, and this is the only pizza place I’ve ever seen with a drive through. Bad ass.

They’re also a brick oven pizzeria, which the owner had built by hand:


It’s got a wicked Italian feel to it, which makes sense since the owners come straight from the bottom of the boot itself. And no Italian restaurant would complete without cannoli’s  for dessert:


In case you haven’t picked up on it by now, I don’t like things that normal people like. Mrs. Turtleboy raves about cannoli’s, but they just don’t do it for me. I guess I’m not a custard guy. Anyway, the good folks at Paesano’s sent a couple home with me for Mrs. Turtleboy and Turtleboy Jr. More on him later.

If you’ve ever been to Antonio’s in Amherst you know that they’re famous for having crazy delicious pizzas with all sorts of things on top that you’ve never seen before on a pizza. Paesano’s is right along that line. Their menu is gigantic.


But as for this taste test, it’s hot cheese only. Because as delicious as those pizzas sound the only true way to judge a pizzeria is by their hot cheese. Now I wasn’t sure what to expect with the whole brick oven thing. I don’t like my pizza crispy. Luckily, it wasn’t like that at all:


It might look a little sloppy, but that’s because this is easily the highest concentration of sauce and cheese I’ve ever seen on a pie. At first I thought it might be one of those pizzas where you pull out a slice and it takes the rest of the cheese from the pizza with it. But it turned out pretty nicely:

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And like I said, it wasn’t crispy so you can easily do the fold up thing to it and go to town. It’s got a really unique taste to it too. I would describe it as Papa Gino’s on steroids. And I don’t give a shit what anyone says – Papa Gino’s is delicious. so that’s a compliment. The difference between the two is the sheer volume of cheese and sauce you get at Paesano’s. It was a shmorgisborg of deliciousness and the crust was almost non-existent (crust sucks) so I give in an A.

Mrs. Turtleboy, like we I’ve said before, is a crust eater. She’s also more of a crispy pizza woman. But the flavor was undeniable. She gave it a B+.

Turtleboy Jr. meanwhile has been a real pain in the ass lately. To him rules are completely optional. “Don’t throw your food” usually means there’s a 75% chance he’s gonna throw his food anyway. So the deal was that because he’s gotten so much delicious pizza lately he has to eat his vegetables. He REFUSED to eat them so he didn’t get any delicious Paesano’s at first.

But that all changed once he saw the cannoli. He’s never seen one of those things before and he simply had to put it in his mouth. The mere sight of it got him to eat his peas and carrots in record time. Then he ate one slice, got sauce all over his face, pounded down the cannoli, and passed out. Thank you Paesano’s for putting Turtleboy Jr. to bed without a fight.

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12 Comment(s)
  • Love*in*it
    June 11, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    Love this place !! Food is awesome and the family that owns it are the best !! Pesto bacon pizza is my fav 🙂

  • Pizzaiola@aol.com
    April 11, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    Volturno, unless you don’t want Italian pizza.

  • Pizzaiola@aol.com
    April 11, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    Volturno. Unless you don’t want Italian pizza.

  • a guy
    April 11, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    They’ve got some bomb dessert pizzas too!

  • JayC
    April 10, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    You go to Tony’s Pizza in Sutton, or should we say South Worcester. Some yummy pizza and some good conversation between the Turtleboy and Old Balls/McNickles families.

  • Just sayin'
    April 10, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    greendale pizza has a house pizza that is to me like crystal meth is to Tuco Salamanca.

  • BobnMic
    April 10, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Hey I’m a admitted Papa Gino’s fan since way back. There’s a reason why they have been open forever. Their food is good. I miss the cold draft beer to sip on while waiting for the order to cook. That was a literal buzz kill when they pulled the beer and wine out. Maybe too many 15 year old prep cooks getting hammered behind the line. That could be a problem. Who knows…

    • Factman
      April 11, 2015 at 2:51 pm

      Papa ginos is in business for the same reason subway is. It’s recognizable to women. In reality any mom and pop restaurant is better than both subway and P Ginos.

      • AccurateFactman
        April 12, 2015 at 9:58 pm


  • Devils Mouthpiece
    April 10, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    What, no savagery from TB Jr during your dining experience? I’m disappointed as it’s always a good chuckle.

  • RJ
    April 10, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    Love Paesano’s. At first I was a little worried when they went from the sliced red onion to the white onion chunks on the buffalo chicken pizza….but I have to say it works.

  • Clive Mc'turtle
    April 10, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Ummmm, never heard of Ted’s? Had a drive thru for years.

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