Celebrate the Season with the Best Pies in Boston

By Eric Twardzik
Where to Buy the Best Pies in Boston for Your Holiday Table
Individual Pecan Pie from Hi-Rise Bread Company

Cookies may take the cake when it comes to the sweet treats we crave any day of the week, but pies certainly have their place. And no place is more prominent for pie than the holiday table: Boston’s best bake shops pull out all the stops when it comes to holiday pies, with options from classics like pumpkin and apple to showstoppers like Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie. Check out these local bakeries for the best pies in Boston.

Where to Buy the Best Pies in Boston - Petsi Pies

If you’re looking for an indie bakery with grandma’s-kitchen charm, look no further than Petsi Pies in Somerville. For nearly 20 years, Petsi has provided five-, eight-, and 10-inch pies in a range of sweet and savory variations, from reheat-at-home quiches and Chicken Pot Pies, to holiday-worthy Classic Apple and seasonal specials. Petsi’s Somerville shop is open daily, and there are no preorders for Thanksgiving; simply stop by on Tuesday or Wednesday that week between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. for the full selection. Petsi Pies also sells wholesale at several shops (and even a Dorchester ice cream bar!) around Boston.

Sofra Bakery & Cafe | Where to Find the Best Bakeries in Boston

Spice up your holiday table with Sofra’s pies for Thanksgiving. Along with pumpkin bread, assorted cookies, and other Turkish- and Middle Eastern-inspired treats, the award-winning bakery is turning out pies with a twist: a Sesame Caramel Pumpkin Pie with tahini caramel custard and candied pepita-sesame crunch; a Brown Butter Pecan Pie with a layer of espresso-infused dates; and an Apple Butter Custard Pie with buttermilk custard and caramelized white chocolate buckwheat crisp. Order online for pickup at the West Cambridge bakery on Tuesday or Wednesday before Thanksgiving.  

Flour Bakery + Cafe Lemon Meringue

With locations sprinkled across Cambridge and Boston, it’s hard not to find a Flour Bakery—and once you’re there, it’s not hard to find something tempting. Among the cookies and muffins you’ll find a regular section of nine-inch pies and slices, including a show-stopping Mile High Lemon Meringue. Each can be ordered by the slice or whole, with 48 hours’ notice. (Bonus: All can be made gluten-free.) Plus, Flour goes all out for holidays, so you can serve acclaimed pastry chef Joanne Chang-approved classics like pumpkin, double-crusted apple, and TCHO Chocolate Cream Pie to your guests. (There’s even an iconic Boston Cream Pie, though let the record show: That’s cake.)

American Provisions

Southie’s specialty shop American Provisions—which also has an outpost at Ashmont—is decking the halls with plenty of holiday options. From Thanksgiving dinner packages for 6 people to impressive-looking cheese and charcuterie boards, you can sort out savories with help from AP, but don’t stop there: The in-house bakeries are here with three decadent pies. Apple Crumb and Classic Pumpkin hit the right notes, or opt for a house favorite, Salted Oatmeal Pie, which riffs on a pecan pie-like custard with chewy spiced oats and a sprinkle of flaky sea salt. Orders must be in by the Friday prior to Thanksgiving for in-store pickup before the holiday.

Hi-Rise Bread Company - Where to Buy the Best Pies in Boston

Cambridge’s Hi-Rise Bread Company is offering all the Thanksgiving essentials for pre-order and in-bakery sales, including a towering Apple Pie that somehow packs in three-and-a-half pounds of fresh-cut, local fruit under the crust. There’s more in store, from Pumpkin Pie and Cranberry Crumble to quiches for every taste (toggle to “Thanksgiving Pre-Orders” on the online menu). Order by the Sunday before Thanksgiving for pickup on Wednesday or Thursday at the Porter Square bakery. 

Mamaleh’s - Where to Buy the Best Pies in Boston

A proper deli will have an enticing case of pies awaiting your selections—and Mamaleh’s is certainly a proper deli. With locations in Cambridge and Brookline, Mamaleh’s always offers a range of comforting pastries, from Babka Muffins to Sesame Tahini Cookies. The pie game is strong for the holiday season, too: Order online nine-inch pies (or slices) to pick up from your preferred location (or have delivered!) in the days before Thanksgiving. The unique choices include a Charoset-inspired pie of dried currants, golden raisins, apples, pears, cinnamon, and walnuts; Sweet Potato Pie topped with house-made, toasted marshmallow Fluff; and Chocolate-Tahini Swirl.

Formaggio Kitchen pies

Formaggio Kitchen, which has locations on Huron Avenue in Cambridge, in Kendall Square, and in Boston’s South End, is a one-stop shop whether you want to create your own beautiful spread for Thanksgiving, or pay professionals to do it for you. Besides a world-renown cheese shop and curated selection of wines and beer, Formaggio sources local turkeys. In fact, Thanksgiving is the busiest time of year for Formaggio’s kitchen and bakery. Each location has a slightly different selection of pies, with Local Apple on the menu everywhere but specialties like Chocolate-Bourbon Pecan available in Cambridge, and Georgia Peach in Boston. Order by Friday, Nov. 18, from Cambridge or Boston, and by Saturday, Nov. 19 from Kendall.

Clear Flour Bread Pumpkin Pavé
Credit: Brian Samuels Photography

This year when you’re stopping by Clear Flour Bread for incomparable dinner rolls and breads, you can also pick up festive desserts without (much) special planning: The Brookline mainstay isn’t taking preorders this year; Thanksgiving desserts such as Bourbon Pecan and Pear Cranberry Rustic tarts are available first-come, first serve beginning November 18 through November 23. That’s when you can also find Pumpkin Pavé, a signature sweet with rich custard filling a crumbly crust—sort of like the ultimate combination of a pie and a cheesecake.

Puritan & Co. pie

This Inman Square restaurant is actually named for the Puritan Cake Company that once occupied its address, not necessarily the beneficiaries of the first Thanksgiving. But nonetheless Puritan & Co. is well-versed in the season’s flavors, offering a selection of sides and pies for holiday preorder that add a taste of New England to your table. Award-winning pastry chef Brian Mercury helms the baking program here, and the selection of pies for Thanksgiving is classic and classy: Think Dutch Apple Pie, Pumpkin Pie, and Pecan Pie. Don’t forget to add on an order or two of Puritan’s burnished-on-the-outside, fluffy-on-the-inside Parker House Rolls for your dinner table. Orders are open Thursday, Nov. 11 for pickup between 1-5 p.m. on November 23.

Jacqueline Cain updated this guide.

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