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North End: In general, Salumerie, & Pastry

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Fusilli Jun 26, 2001 04:22 PM

I spent 2 months in Boston in 1986...and some time in the early 90's there. The North End seems to have a lot more restaurants than back then. On a thursday night, Hanover Street was packed with gaggles of people
Is my impression correct?? Its a much bigger tourist (even local tourist) scene & business today??? I like this neighborhood best in the morning, when it reminds me of genova....lots of little shops, barbers, salumerie..etc...

Salumerie: i found a good one around the corner from Umberto's pizza, a real italy like shop...MOnica's Salumeria also had nice prepared stuff but was pricey!

PASTRY
Tried Mike's and MOdern on Hanover Street. Wasnt too impressed with either of them, nor with MIke's lemon ices. MOdern made a passable sfogliatelle. Theres a small pastry shop on one of the side streets, i think it's Salem Street. They did pretty good biscotti..particularly the almond ones....

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    rogpan Jun 27, 2001 09:41 AM

    The most satisfying baked goods for this chowhound are found at Bova's (Open 24 hours!) on Salem St. It is a no-frills bakery with good breads and the best sfogliatelle (Crunchy fillo, not too sweet) that I have encountered in the North End. $2/scallop is 25 cents more than Modern's but the quality is much better. My only regret is that they do not make pignoli cookies -

    Burn Mike's to the freakin' ground, the trap!
    ;-)

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      Fusilli Jun 27, 2001 12:43 PM

      I tried BOva's...youre right, the sfogliatelle was respectable. not the best ive had, but an upstanding citizen. didnt care for the bread. but its great that its 24 hours!!!

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        rogpan Jun 27, 2001 01:51 PM

        I agree, Fusi...
        The breads are ok - sfogliatelle is not the best either, but then nothing in Boston re: chow seems to be the best.

        What do you own it to?
        The bland, English palate and Irish cookery?
        How then do we get so much substandard sfogliatelle?

        Boston really is more of a haven to the dreaded Foodie - Chowhounds perhaps migrated to Providence, with Roger Williams, outcast that he was. He probably committed heresy for putting hot sauce on his eggs.

        Thoughts?

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          fusilli Jun 27, 2001 06:44 PM

          i agree- i think you may have a point about the palate..heheheh

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            9lives Jul 13, 2001 08:30 PM

            I was born and grew up in NYC..live in Boston for 20 years..Bova is not the best bread in Boston..bye a long shot..see my post re bread...there's lot's of lousy bread available in NYC at 4 in the AM

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      Rumcoconuts Jun 27, 2001 01:30 PM

      I lived in the North End and waterfront area for over 12 years during the 80's to mid-90's. And yes, it seems much more crowded to me now. When I try to go back for dinner, even on weeknights, it is mobbed. And the newer places are all trying to be so upscale. No one wants to open a simple Pomodoro or Alloro anymore; they're all going directly for Mama Maria's. It's sad to watch a place that I love change so much. :(

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