Bum-bo-lean-ah (n.)

1. Italian translation for baby doll; nickname for little girl 2. Excelled handcrafted artisan pizza and Italian shared plates 3. Local eatery focusing on high quality ingredients, culinary technique and personable service 4. Local craft beer and modern wine selection

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You can now get both Bambolina, AND KOKESHI!! at the same place!  Our sister restaurant Kokeshi has taken up residence joining Bambolina Restaurant at 288 Derby Street, Salem MA.  We have both full menus out of one location so you no longer have to choose.  Order from one menu, or both!  Online ordering is also combined.  Click on 'ORDER ONLINE' to order from both restaurants, and pick up everything from 288 Derby Street.  

It starts with an absolute passion for pizza. Tracing the roots of the way pizza was made in Naples, Italy over 200 years ago. Italian "00" flour, San Marzano style tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and a 925° hand made wood-burning oven imported from Italy. Our approach is simple: use superior ingredients, rely on classic culinary technique, lean on the craft of integrity and 90 seconds later, a Bambolina pizza is ready for you to enjoy.

The Anatomy of a Bambolina Neopolitan Pizza

Our Pizza

There is so much interpretation as to what Neapolitan pizza means.  Hand stretched dough? Smaller size diameter? Minimal ingredients? Intensely hot oven? Quick cooking? Yes, it's all of this and so much more.  In Naples, Italy, in fact there is such a thing as the "pizza police" that stipulates what can and cannot be called a Neapolitan Pizza. With so many rules and preconceived notions, our goal is to make the best pizza possible while respecting the integrity of the craft. We call our pizza Neo-Neapolitan because frankly, we’re not that uptight.

Our dough has 4 ingredients: "00" fine milled flour, natural yeast, water and salt. We top our pizzas sparingly, which includes Pecorino Romano, fresh mozzarella cheese, and our simple sauce recipe that highlights the flavor of the San Marzano tomato. Our dough is made in small batches, allowed to rise slowly and hand stretched to order. Our pizzas bake for 90 seconds in our 925° hand-made hearth oven imported direct from Italy.

A Bambolina pizza is handcrafted and made to order. It's a rustic pizza, 11" diameter, features a charred soft raised outer crust.  The toppings are equally balanced with the sauce and cheese so that it cooks evenly in our incredibly hot oven.

Events & Community


Guest chef, wine and beer dinners, cooking classes and seasonal theme events are just a few of the exciting things we have on our schedule. Sign up for our email updates to be the first to know when our next event will launch. Additionally, feel free to contact us if you have your own event that you would like Bambolina to host. We are an interactive restaurant and can’t wait to teach, learn and host your next theme event with you.

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We believe in a community spirit that fosters the growth of our business and the businesses that surround us. Historic Salem is rich with culture that goes beyond textbooks and witchcraft. It's a city with a culinary melting pot of ethnic and local cuisine and a great fit for a restaurant featuring Neapolitan pizza with a relaxed atmosphere. Bambolina is a local company with local workers featuring as much local ingredients as possible. We love Salem, and we are happy to be here.


288 DERBY ST., SALEM, MA 01970

Parking: Municipal lot on the corner of Derby & Congress St. - $0.25 per hour

Reservations: Accepted for parties of 8 or more.  Please call the restaurant for availability.


Sunday - Thursday: 11:30am - 8:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:30am - 9:30pm

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