A Unique Twist on Pizza and Bowling

Organic Flatbread Pizza and Candlepin Bowling

Where: Flatbread Company, SomervilleGoogle Map Directions
When: Opened every day 10:00 a.m.- 11:30 p.m. (Sunday closes at 10:30 p.m.)
How Much: Bowling is $25 per lane per hour, $2 shoe rental. Food menu with prices.

The Flatbread Company in Somerville buzzed with chatter and the clinking of bowling balls and pins on Friday night.


Sangria and Raspberry Fizz at the Flatbread bar. Photo by Cat Trudell.

It was so busy, we weren’t able to get a bowling lane. In order to make a reservation for a lane, you have to have at least eight people. Gather a group of friends and make a reservation if you’re going on a busy weekend night. I will have to go back to try the unique candlepin bowling.

That didn’t ruin our experience. We headed over to the bar and enjoyed some tasty, locally-sourced drinks while we waited for our table in the dining area. As a party of five, we were seated within minutes.


The Somerville Community Flatbread with caramelized onions and mushrooms. Photo by Cat Trudell.


I would have waited an eternity to taste the flatbread pizza. It was divine.

The Flatbread Company started in 1998 in Amesbury, Massachusetts with a mission to make real food, served by real people, in a real environment. Since then, they have opened 12 locations in the northeast, including one in Canada.

Flatbread Company took over the Somerville space from the Sacco’s Bowling Family who opened it in 1939. The Sacco’s had owned 18 other bowling alleys in the area, and this was their last location still open. Flatbread Company bought the building and preserved 10 of the 15 bowling lanes, changed the pool room into a dining area, and built two clay, wood-fired pizza ovens.

The marriage of the old school bowling alley and locally sustainable restaurant is beautiful. They even invited the community to help lay down the bricks for the ovens when they transformed the building in 2010.

It’s safe to say, the community has embraced the new ownership.


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