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Looking forward to St. Anthony's Feast in August

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I am looking forward to St. Anthony's Feast in August (August 28-31). There is always lots of great food. Looking forward to the pizza from the Pizzeria Regina, the macaroni from Massimino's Restaurant and the Cirelli Marketplace. Share your favorite memories, or food memories in particular about St. Anthony's Feast.

http://www.stanthonysfeast.com

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  1. Meh. The food is always worse than the participants' regular offerings and the crowds are beyond annoying. I usually just avoid the North End on feast weekends, myself.

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    1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

      but the restaurants off hanover are empty. i had dinner at prezza last year on a feast weekend, and we were the only people in the place at 6:00 on a saturday night.

    2. I lucked out there with the crowds last year, which is really unusual. I went on Friday and found the crowds much lighter than on Saturday. Thoroughly enjoyed the oysters from a cart near Regina's, and went back twice for arrancini from Massimino's.

      1. I lived in the North End for 20 years and like many had a love/hate conflict with the crowds, trash, etc. But in the main, the food *was* always good, the atmosphere generally good, and the spirit of the event was fun for all. I always loved getting an arancini, a steak on a stick and a Richie's slush (especially if you knew where the spiked slush was) and then to have a seat on the sidewalk and watch the scene. It has been a while since I have been - but I just might get there this year.

        1. I stay away from the NE in the summer too many tourists and meh food, I return after Labor Day.

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          1. re: treb

            I also hate crowds and prefer overall to support local establishments when my business is needed most (in the off season) but I'm curious as to how you mean when you imply that the food suddenly gets better after Labor Day?

            1. re: Ralphie_in_Boston

              I think treb may have meant that the food @ the feast was meh