If there's an opportunity for a trip to Boston, Josh and I are in, and it'd be a safe bet to say you'll find us spending most of our time in the North End, which is also known as Boston's Little Italy. It's one of our favorite places to travel to because it's where we get our "foodie" fix. While there are great places to eat in Texas, its offerings and environment are quite different than the classic Italian cuisine available up and down the offerings of Hanover street.
Josh and I are always open to trying new places. That said, with as much time as we've spent in the North End, it's hard not to have our favorites. When we're in the North End, there are four restaurants we always try to make stops. Two of these places Josh had previously been taken to by family and friends, and pure happenstance helped us in finding the remaining two restaurants.
For someone traveling without a native husband, like myself, and looking for historical marker call-outs and guidance, try a food tour like this one to get insight on the town and tasty samples. You might find yourself stopping at one or two of the below spots.
Caffe Lil Italy
If you're looking for an enjoyable and relaxed breakfast environment, this coffee shop offers just that with a traditional Italian espresso, cappuccino bar, and breakfast sandwiches. We've found that Caffe Lil Italy is one of the few places that open up early, and it provides a cozy atmosphere and unique view as it's right across the street from the Old North Church.
This cafe was an unintentional find and good for Italian thin crust pizza. One of my favorites is the prosciutto and parmesan cream sauce pizza. Their window seats offer an opportunity for people watching while enjoying tasty food.
I would consider this cafe a best-kept secret in the North End because it's right next to a famous tourist destination for cannolis. Unless you're a local, most people don't know that two doors down is Caffé Vittoria with a great atmosphere, amazing desserts- including a variety of cannolis, and seating to relax and take it all in. This Italian cafe with a vintage atmosphere is an inexpensive place to visit in Boston, and I'd highly recommend adding it to your list of should not miss places.
Dolce Vita Ristorante
This family-style Italian restaurant has good food and a cozy atmosphere. Dolce Vita was my first experience with classic Italian cuisine, and it did not disappoint. If you're not sure what to order, don't worry, the owner will list off a few recommendations for you.
The North End is a place to find good food and a unique atmosphere. It's also a 1-minute walk from the Paul Revere House and Old North Church, providing the perfect chance to take in a little history with indulgence.
I hope you've enjoyed reading about my favorite end of Boston. I'd love to hear about if you visit any of these places or find a great spot of your own. Josh and I may have to edit our personalized food tour list on our next visit to the North End!
Until next time,
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