June 15, 2024

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When Boston sports activities groups do nicely, companies within the West Finish, like Halftime King of Pizza, do nicely, too.

Halftime King of Pizza in West End
The Halftime King of Pizza has been serving pizza by the slice for Boston’s sports activities followers for many years. Katelyn Umholtz/Boston.com

For the decades-old Halftime King of Pizza, enterprise is sweet when Boston sports activities acting at their finest.

And fortuitously for the Pasquale household, who has owned the basic slice store for generations, two groups who play at their neighboring venue, TD Backyard, are within the playoffs this season. One is even favored to win the championship. 

“If they’ll make a deep run within the playoffs, it all the time helps,” mentioned Matthew Pasquale, who runs the store along with his household. “You get individuals in right here begin chanting for the Bruins or the Celtics earlier than a sport. They’ve obtained their beer and their slice — it’s nice.”

Halftime King of Pizza has a number of murals on its West Finish restaurant’s partitions of Celtics and Bruins gamers. (Katelyn Umholtz/Boston.com)

In its 40 years of being throughout from the sector, Halftime Pizza has turn out to be one of many spots within the West Finish to go earlier than or after a Celtics or Bruins sport. It’s obtained proximity to TD Backyard, large slices round $5, and a Boston sports activities theme inside, conscious of its viewers, with murals painted of Celtics and Bruins greats and meals objects named after gamers.

Matthew’s grandparents, Tony and Dora Pasquale, began the enterprise. They retired, giving the enterprise to their children. Now Matthew runs the store along with his brother, Justino Pasquale, and a household good friend who they name “cousin,” Luigi Barrasso. 

On a Wednesday hours earlier than a Celtics playoff sport towards the Cleveland Cavaliers, a not-overwhelmingly busy, regular stream of shoppers began their afternoon at Halftime.

A lot of the clients wore some type of Celtics merch. And those that spoke to Boston.com mentioned this wasn’t their first slice at Halftime. 

“It’s shut, low cost, and native,” mentioned 17-year-old Xavier Lopez, who grabbed a slice of pepperoni earlier than the sport Wednesday. “I’ve been coming right here ever since I used to be little, coming to residence video games.”

Prospects stroll into Halftime King of Pizza on Wednesday, Might 15, earlier than a Celtics sport. (Katelyn Umholtz/Boston.com)

Matthew mentioned that’s the everyday circulation of shoppers coming in for a pre-game slice, which is a must-do motion merchandise for some followers. However after the sport, it may well get slammed, with its late-night hours of 11:30 p.m. nearly day by day inviting followers to have a good time a win. 

Such a late night time crowd may be seen in a video from Dave Portnoy, the controversial and influential social media persona who ranks pizzerias on One Chunk, and who reviewed Halftime in 2017 following a Celtics-Cavaliers match-up. The West Finish store obtained excessive marks from Portnoy with a 9.2 out of 10.

The shop proudly shows a picture of Portnoy consuming a cheese slice. Matthew mentioned it’s one of many causes diners come right here. However there are different extra sports-related elements that convey Boston followers right here.

“It’s killer pizza,” mentioned Allyson MacLeod, there along with her brother Ben and cousin Ian earlier than a Celtics sport. “And something [Jeremy] Swayman likes has my stamp of approval.” 

Allyson was referring to a menu merchandise, aptly named the Swayman and which claims to be his favourite pizza: a scorching honey pepperoni with ricotta.

Halftime King of Pizza has a number of murals on its West Finish restaurant’s partitions of Celtics and Bruins gamers. (Katelyn Umholtz/Boston.com)

Matthew mentioned Swayman has been to the store a number of occasions, and that his brother ran the pizza by Swayman to ensure it was one thing he would eat. 

There are additionally shout-outs to the Celtics’ Jayson Tatum within the case of a rooster cutlet sandwich, or a Larry Fowl sandwich, which pairs rooster, bacon, cheese, and barbecue sauce between two items of bread. 

Diners additionally are available to observe previous Bruins fights throughout hockey video games, a long-standing custom that performs on the a number of TVs at Halftime.

“Individuals are available they usually’re like ‘I need to present my children the hockey fights.’ Give me one second, not an issue,” Matthew mentioned. “That’s undoubtedly one factor when individuals are available, they search for.”

There’s additionally the costs, which undoubtedly have the costly concession meals at TD Backyard beat, in keeping with the diners at Halftime. 

“There’s not even a debate — I’d slightly pay $20 for pizza than $30 for a bucket of rooster inside TD Backyard,” mentioned Joel Perez, a Celtics fan from Rhode Island who goes to Halftime earlier than — and even after — a sport. 

However as is the case for a neighborhood that depends on occasions at venues just like the TD Backyard, Halftime’s slower season hits when the Celtics’ and Bruins’ seasons finish. 

That could possibly be any day now. The Bruins season could possibly be over as quickly as Friday in the event that they don’t get one other win towards the Florida Panthers. 

The Celtics made it to the Japanese Convention finals after their Wednesday win towards the Cavaliers 113-98. Which means their season is prolonged presumably via June with Japanese Convention match-ups — which is nice information for Halftime.

He shared a narrative about when his father managed the store throughout a Purple Sox World Collection profitable yr — he believes it was 2004, however the particulars are blurry as a result of Matthew was younger. The Commissioner’s Trophy was introduced into Halftime, and his dad obtained an image with it. Matthew mentioned he hopes he has an analogous story to inform throughout his time at Halftime. 

“Particularly if we will get that parade,” Matthew mentioned. “Boston’s been lacking that for the previous couple of years now.”

What to order at Halftime, in keeping with Matthew Pasquale:

  • Da’ Buff Chick, a sriracha buffalo rooster pizza ($23.95)
  • Celtic Satisfaction, a chicken-bacon ranch pizza ($24.35)
  • Swayman, scorching honey pepperoni pizza ($24.95)
  • Mac & cheese bites with bacon aioli ($11.35)
  • Hen wings ($14.25)
  • The Tatum, a crispy rooster cutlet sandwich with cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and “signature” dressing ($12.95)
  • Larry Fowl, a crispy rooster sandwich with cheese, lettuce, tomato, bacon, and barbecue sauce ($11.95)