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May 20, 2009 01:16 PM

Best Bakery in the North End

I will be in Boston for a couple of days in June and I was wonder who do you think has the best pastries in the North End? Since I will be travelling by train from Boston to Philly, I probably won't be able to take anything back with me, so I want to indulge while I am in Boston.


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  1. Replies to this thread will be one of three bakeries. Maria's, Modern, and Mike's. My preference is Maria's, many others like Modern and Mike's. All three are good with Mike's being the most "touristy".

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    1. re: kimfair1

      I can foresee this becoming a long thread- Id second Modern, warn away (strongly) from Mikes, and add Cafe Vittoria to the list as a place to grab pastry and coffee or a drink and relax at a table. The others, to me, are more of pick up places and bring elsewhere. My 2 cents

      1. re: fmcoxe6188

        I think cafe Vittoria gets their pastries from Modern - which is the one that gets my vote with Maria's a very close second and Mike's a distant third.

        1. re: Northender

          Really? Wow! That is a very interested Fact-thank you!

          1. re: Northender

            My ranking is precisely the same as Northender's, and yes, Vittoria sources its pastries from Modern. They used to get them from Mike's, but there was a spat there and they switched a few years ago.

          1. re: nsenada

            Third Maria's, especially their cannolis and sfogliatelle.

            Maria's Pastry Shop
            46 Cross St, Boston, MA 02129

        2. Not clear to me that any of them are better than Termini, South Philadelphia gets its Italian on.

          The best here is actually Modern, but please go to Mike's or Maria's, the lines are long enough already :').

          Cannoli (ricotta) or ricotta pie, get some torrone to take home.

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          1. re: Carty

            Second that. Termini's pastries, cannoli included, are at least as good as anything you can get in the North End, and probably better. That said, the pastries are excellent at all three bakeries...I happen to prefer Modern.

              1. re: Northender

                Glad you said it, Bova is mostly atrocious... unless it is 3:00 am, or you want good old school anise biscotti.

              2. re: BackBayGirl

                Hubby & I visited in September, 2010. I had a Lobster Claw - meh, but after having only one bite of his Boston Cream Pie, I can't stop thinking about it. I am ordering one "for him" for his birthday! It was the best BCP either of us has ever tasted - at 3:00 PM, or any other time.

                134 Salem St, Boston, MA

                1. re: ladams1221

                  Lobster tail at Maria's is great too....although I just noticed you posted lobster "claw"...hmm never had one of those..Must investigate.

              3. Maria's is delicious! Love their amaretti cookies and their sfogliatelle. And not too much of a line. Mike's is really, really over-rated, and mainly for tourists.

                1. Yes to Marias. Had their pastries for the first time a few weeks ago. Chocolate covered torrone? Amazing!