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Rocking and Rolling for over Fifty Years at Emma's Pizza

Nestled in Kendall Square, Emma's Pizza has been rocking and rolling since first moving to the area in the mid '60s. Although the shop started in Revere Beach, it travelled to West Cambridge before making its home in the happening Cambridge neighborhood and has passed from Emma and her husband to Wendy Saver and David Rockwell, until the reins were handed over to the current owners in 2004.

Despite moving and changing hands on several occasions, the popular pizza parlor has maintained a steady gathering of faithful patrons. "Our immediate surroundings are a mix of residential, local businesses and high tech," Lyndon Fuller, manager of Emma's Pizza tells us. "So, lunch is bustling with businessmen from neighboring fortune 500 companies while dinner is a mix of family's and students out for the night."

You can see this unique and quite eclectic mix of customers reflected and catered to in the menu. "Up until last year the menu has maintained its original form," explains Fuller. "We chose to then personalize each pizza as homage to the neighborhood instead of just using a number for each combination." These personalized names include titles such as the 'Man Ray' and 'TT The Bear's', named after local landmarks that have passed, and 'The Technoburb' and the 'Hasty Pudding', as those places that are still relevant now.

The sturdy eatery does cater to more than just the resident pizza lovers, too. "Our sandwiches stand out because of the fresh from scratch ingredients that we make in-house daily," Fuller tells us. To show us an example, she described their process for making their in-house meatballs used in the Toasted Meatball Hero. "They're hand rolled and then roasted in our ovens every day."

While discussing the updated menu, Fuller explained their most popular option on the menu was still the half and halves. "They are complimentary flavors that work together on one pie," she details. "You can choose any combination and the result will be unique." She went on, explaining a particularly interesting combination. "I could have The Hasty Pudding, which is made with baby spinach, roasted sweet potato, caramelized onion, garlic, rosemary sauce mozzarella and goat cheese, stand up against a beast of meat like The Biotech, with both sausages, both bacons, pepperoni, grilled chicken traditional sauce and mozzarella."

A quick glance at the website will give you an idea of the family-like atmosphere emitted by the restaurant. A quick blurb detailing their customer service level beckons readers to come in. "We come together to put more care into your satisfaction than you'll usually find, especially in this day and age of lost customer service," their website states clearly.

Although the menu boasts many exciting and inventive combinations, Fuller lets us in on a little secret- the best combination they offer. "Our motto is 'The Pie is Love,'" she states. "The best combinations, in my opinion, are when a family or a couple gather around the table and create their own."

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