Packed with more flavor than the garlicky sauces that scent the air in Boston's Italian North End, the people who live and work in America's Oldest Neighborhood are the real deal.
If you're Italian, you're home; and if you're not, you are welcomed. Either way, you're expected to eat.
Sounds good to me.
Located on the North End of Boston's waterfront, the community offers hundreds of markets, restaurants, cafes, shops -and some colorful history.
The one-mile square area was settled in the 1630's and boasts Paul Revere's home, Copp's Hill Burying Ground, The Old North Church, and the city's largest collection of colonial-era buildings.
And did I mention, the food?
Mike's Pastry has long tempted tourists and locals alike with their world famous traditional Italian desserts, cannolis, cookies, cupcakes, whoopie pies, pizzelles -and more. If you're going to wait in line, don't leave without a box (or two)!
...Although you might want to save room for a visit to rival bake shop, Modern Pastry, as well. Word on the street says locals divide their loyalties between the two. Sweet competition! Perhaps you should conduct a taste test of your own...
One if by land, two if by sea...
The Old North Church was immortalized by the midnight ride of Paul Revere, it is still captivating to see the enclosed pew boxes designed for individual foot warmers, as well as a building that witnessed history in the making.
The only problem: which restaurant to choose!
On our last visit we faced just such a dilemma. My husband ducked into a local tailor's shop to ask for recommendations. Their advice: "You can't go wrong."
The Freedom Trail, a self-guided walking tour of historic sites throughout the city is designated on sidewalks by a yellow, painted line, or inlaid red bricks. Part of the Trail will take you through the North End.
La vita e' bella : Life is beautiful.