Saturday, July 20, 2024

A pizza at Somerville’s Posto, where a happy-hour offer includes a whole, full-size pie. (Photo: Tom Meek)

We’ve written a lot about pizza lately, not because we’re on an intentional tear – nor is cheesy pie really a summertime go-to – but we do live in a mecca of all things doughy and Italian, and are fortunate so many styles are available. But did you know that Posto, on Elm between Porter and Davis squares, was one of the first to bring airy Neapolitan-style pizza to the area? Others in that class now include Area 4, Si Cara and Stoked, among others.

The reason we’re coming around to Posto is its killer happy-hour special: If you grab a bar seat between 5 and 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, you can get a three-course diner for under $20, which includes a salad appetizer, your choice of pie and tiramisu or a pair of mini cannolis for dessert – and it is a regular Posto, full-sized pie. The menu’s limited, meaning you can’t add Posto’s sweet and savory burrata that comes with watermelon, prosciutto di parma, truffle honey with a sea salt kiss and a side of warm bread (so good), or the delectably spicy octopus. Nor are any of the pastas on the slate (the carbonara is my favorite now that the Jonah crab raviolis are gone). The pizza selection’s also pared down, but the basic reds (sausage, pepperoni and Margherita) and whites (mushroom) are all there. The dough comes out fluffy with a bit of nice smokiness to it from the wood-fired oven. The toppings (I last had the spicy sausage, which has just a bit of a bite) are ample and filled out to the crust edge nicely. It can be a bummer to get a Neapolitan pie that feels like a big pillow with a scant sprinkle of something savory at the very center. 

Posto happy-hour deal dessert options include tiramisu or mini-cannolis. (Photo: Tom Meek)

It’s a good, fill-you-up, early dinner, and if the dessert begins to feel like it might be that after-dinner mint in Monty Python’s “Meaning of Life,” you can get it to go. Granted, you can get this adult happy meal only at the bar, where you’ll spend $10 to $15-plus dollars for a cocktail or glass of wine, and there is a 5 percent kitchen fee that Posto adds to all bills. But beside the half-priced food menu at Grendel’s Den, I’m not sure there’s a better happy-hour deal in town. 

Posto (187 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville)

Tom Meek is a writer living in Cambridge. His reviews, essays, short stories and articles have appeared in the WBUR ARTery, The Boston Phoenix, The Boston Globe, The Rumpus, The Charleston City Paper and SLAB literary journal. Tom is also a member of the Boston Society of Film Critics and rides his bike everywhere.