If you get the chance to visit Boston
get down to the North End!
It is like stepping back in time!
Generations of Italian Immigrants
walk the streets.
It is colorful and very flavorful to
say the least!
The quaint family owned restaurants, expresso shops, grocery stores, art galleries, churches, bakeries, and brick streets give one a European feel. If you perch for a spell on a sidewalk sipping a cappuccino one can see and hear the rich Italian culture. Two men slowly walk by with newspapers in one hand and an expresso in the other speaking very loudly in Italian to each other. Another gentleman singing Frank Sinatra's Mona Lisa as he strolls down the street. An Italian mama carrying a brown bag of bread and walking her dog. Two young Italian boys fighting over one of very few coveted parking spaces on Hanover Street. Then come the smells! The heavenly fragrance of pizza and fresh baked bread.
Speaking of bakeries......no trip to
The North End is complete
unless you have been to Mike's Pastry!
This is a cultural event in itself!
The line is usually out the door and down the street at any given time of the day or night! When you reach the counter you are greeted by an Italian Mama who quickly takes your order places it in a white box and ties it up with green string that is hanging from the ceiling! Then quickly takes your money and out the door you go! From biscotti to cannolis there is
So off you go strolling down the street with a cannoli in hand.
The Old North Church sits at the edge of The North End.
Just in front of the Church sits a park and a statue of Paul Revere.
Sit for a while and sink in the history!
If you would like to taste a bit of Little Italy without the travel, Mike's Pastry does ship a wonderful Cannoli Kit to your house!
I have done this for Christmas before!
It makes a great gift to any Italian Mama or Papa!
Photography courtesy of Mama Holli