Pizzaman and the Hideout
A superhero for mild-mannered Newton Centre
by Liz Zack
"We want to know why there was never a Pizza-Man," says Rich Vautour, owner of
the Newton restaurant Pizzaman and the Hideout.
In this stone-walled subterranean lair, adorned with posters of Spider-Man and
Captain America, Pizza-Man's absence does seem conspicuous. But if he existed,
Pizza-Man would come here often, and he sure would eat well.
It's hard for a pizza place to get recognition outside the hallowed
cobblestoned streets of the North End, but Vautour is a vocal contender. His
pizza owes its tastiness to the smooth, slightly sweet sauce; there's a secret
un-traditional ingredient involved (you'll have to ask him), and the result is
mellow, more creamy than sugary, spread on a thin-crusted crispy pie ($5.45 for
a small, $9.45 for a large). A notable side worth checking out is the onion
rings -- sweet, crispy fried things as large as your fist for $1.75. The veggie
sub is a mighty 12 inches and is filled with all types of fresh pizza toppings
($4.95 for a large).
Pizzaman has great potential for a cult following, with its superheroes and
its super pizza, and Vautour is amply prepared. After dinner, for between $10
and $15, you can go home with a Pizzaman T-shirt of your very own.
Pizzaman and the Hideout, located at 80 Langley Street, in Newton Centre,
is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and on Sunday from
noon to 10 p.m. Call (617) 964-4441.
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