Pizza, pasta, and pastry, oh my! Boston’s North End neighborhood has dished up homemade Italian food for decades. Here are a few places to try in the North End that fulfil your need for carbs and sweets.
Actress Sarah Jessica Parker is among the many fans of this intimate seafood restaurant thanks to its fresh oysters and dishes like the North End Cioppino and N.O.B. Clambake with a two-pound lobster. The small space fills up quickly so arrive early to get a seat. If there’s a wait when you arrive, put your name on the list and stay close by in the neighborhood.
This buzzy restaurant (a favorite among Boston Bruins and Celtics players who work and live in the neighborhood) offers upscale takes on polenta with wild mushrooms, Pappardelle al Cinghiale (wild boar), and Ricotta Pillows, delicate pasta that looks and tastes as good as it sounds.
Lucia Ristorante & Bar
Celebrating 40 years in 2017, Lucia, serves authentic Italian cuisine with dishes like gnocchi and lasagna. The Hanover Street restaurant also offers specialties from the Abruzzo region, where the Frattarolis, the family who owns the restaurant historically lived in Italy, including Scaloppine Abruzzese (veal and chicken with white wine) and Chitarra al Tartufo, guitar string-like pasta with mushrooms.
Executive Chef Damien DiPaola and Chef di Cucina Michael Hollenkamp put modern twists on traditional Sicilian recipes at this restaurant in the shadow of the Paul Revere House. Dine on dishes like the Sunday Macaroni with meatballs, sulmona sausage and beef rib and the Pesce al Forno, fresh just-caught fish roasted on the grill.
Modern Pastry and Mike’s Pastry
Not every restaurant in the North End offers dessert and these two bakeries are open late with sweet treats. The never-ending debate continues: who has the best cannolis, Mike’s or Modern? We suggest the only way to decide for yourself is to taste cannolis from both bakeries. Tip: Mike’s is cash-only.