Postcard from Boston's North End

by Ashley Steel /
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Nov 22, 2011 / 0 comments

Boston, MA might be in New "England" but it also boasts a little piece of Italy.  The North End of Boston ( & is a world all its own, full of narrow streets (be very afraid to drive your car), gelato, almond cookies, and fresh pasta. 

This is the oldest residential community in Boston and has hosted waves of African Americans, Irish Americans, and Jewish Americans.  In the late 1800's, Italian Americans moved in, stayed, and built a fantastic community.  The neighborhood is chock full of American history dating back to the American Revolution.  The famous Old North Church ( is located in the heart of the North End as well as Paul Revere's cozy home (  This tiny district is smaller than 1/2 square-mile and yet is home to over 100 delicious places to eat!

The two most famous bakeries (cannoli*, colorful almond cookies, and marzipan in all forms) are Mike's Pastry and Modern Bakery.  They each reign over one side of Hanover Street and we recommend you try them both!


*Note that this is the correct plural form.  Cannolo is the correct singular term but it sounds silly so definitely order more than one.




Boston's North End

Boston's North End




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