Charcoal Guido's, Waltham

Charcoal Guido's, Waltham

div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6MmrZZaiOSQ/UKmHQzJ8maI/AAAAAAAACyU/SL0HBSA7Xk8/s1600/Charcoal+Guido's+-+Arancini.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="395" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6MmrZZaiOSQ/UKmHQzJ8maI/AAAAAAAACyU/SL0HBSA7Xk8/s400/Charcoal+Guido's+-+Arancini.JPG" width="400" //a/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"br //divAlthough I don't usually review (let alone even try) a restaurant the week that it opens, I'll make an exception for the newest pizza place in Waltham, Charcoal Guido's. After stopping in with some friends last night for dinner, I am happy to say that the restaurant is a happy addition to the Moody Street restaurant scene.br /br /We started with a couple of appetizers - arancini and lamb skewers. The arancini were crispy on the outside and had a wonderfully rich flavor. Not at all gummy or dense. The lamb was really fantastic - tender and flavorful, with a very nice spicy sauce on the side. All appetizers are $8, and there are definitely more I want to try.br /br /We then split a couple of pizzas: the Prosciutto and the Salsiccia. The Prosciutto was long and thin and topped with perfectly dressed arugula, parmesan shavings, and thinly-sliced prosiutto. The Salsiccia was a more standard round pizza, topped with tomato sauce, ricotta, and high-quality sausage. Each pizza could serve one (without appetizers); two was perfect for three people. A fourth friend really wanted the Diavola pizza, but the rest of us didn't, so she ate half and took the rest home.br /br /The crust was very good as well, although there are still a few kinks to work out. The Salsiccia pizza was a bit limp under all of it's toppings (a little less ricotta would probably help). The Prosciutto was paper-thin in the middle, with chunky edges on the side - I loved the crispness of the center, but the ends were a bit too doughy by comparison. And because they were cooked in a wood oven, there were some burned spots - to be expected, but still a few too many.br /br /If you really want a drink with your pizza, Charcoal Guido's has a full liquor license, although their cocktail menu is a little uninspired. You might want to take a cue from our evening, though, and head across the street to a href="http://sockinatoaster.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-gaff.html"The Gaff/a for a good (cheap and tasty) drink.br /br /Service wasn't fantastic, nor was it awful. Given some time, I'm sure Charcoal Guido's will work out its issues and be a solid place to eat in Waltham.br /br / a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/4/1715108/restaurant/Boston/Charcoal-Guidos-Waltham"img alt="Charcoal Guido's on Urbanspoon" src="http://www.urbanspoon.com/b/logo/1715108/minilogo.gif" style="border: none; height: 15px; padding: 0px; width: 104px;" //a

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