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time to kill in East Boston?

I have to drive someone to an event in East Boston this Sunday, and then hang out for a bit before taking them home. I would love to have recommendations for a great bakery to try, and hopefully a nice market with pasta or gourmet treats to take home. I live in JP and haven't been anywhere in E.Boston except the airport in years, so would love any recommendations.

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  1. More of a pastry shop than a bakery, but Spinelli's in Day Square is a place you might want to check out.

    1. Betty Ann's at 565 Bennington has, bar none, the best donuts I have ever tasted. They are only open in the mornings, run out very fast, and just close when they are out of stock, like Galleria Umberto. It doesn't get much more old school. They have a very limited selection: jelly, sugar, plain, lemon, and crullers, sometimes other bakery items as well. If you can't get there by ~9:30, it might not be worth the trip. I have never liked jelly donuts, but these converted me.

      1. If I weer in Rastie for the day I'd go to Angela's for Mex, Santarpios for pizza or Rincon Lemeno(sp)for ceviche.

        1. Peaches and Cream bakery is very good.

          1. I second the Peaches and Cream rec, which is also a Peruvian restaurant, Betos. Check to see if they have the "mil hojas", which is many alternating layers of a thin pastry and dulce de leche (manjar blanco in Peru). If not, get the alfajores, shortbread and manjar blanco, which I think are the best ones in the area. On the bakery tip, also check out Lolly's on Bennington, between Central and Day squares. Used to be an Italian bakery but is now latin mainly serving breads and pastries. For a more traditional Italian bakery, its not that far to Torretta's in Beachmont.

            1. What time of day will you be here?

              Scups, a great little breakfast and dinner place right on the harbor, has wonderful baked treats - scones, desserts...Check the website for times and directions (it's in a marina!)

              If you want to sit in a comfy spot, Angela's (closes at 3 on Sundays) has wonderful Mexican (NOT! Te-Mex) and lovely desserts - try her flan!

              Sounds like you're looking for an Eastie version of the North End - Those older places are pretty much gone - but there's great Latino food and Thalia's baking at Scups...

              Whoops! My mistake - for "home-made" style Italian food to take home - Spinelli's has that, as does Meridien Market on Meridien, which I believe may be closed on Sundays. Otherwise, for a GREAT sandwich, try their Special.

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              1. re: fredid

                I second the Meridien Special recommendation! Throw in an arancini while you are at it. :)

              2. I like the tres leches cake at La Sultana in Maverick!

                1. Stopping at Scup's is a must for a coffee and baked good. It's a sandwich shop on the harbor.

                  There's a small Italian bakery on Sumner St next to the new Italian Express restaurant. I think it closes early in the afternoon, but it's very old school with lots of little treats to look at.

                  I've heard the donut shop on Bennington is amazing, but you have to get there early.

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                  1. re: Wooden

                    thanks to everyone for all the great tips - I'll report back on what yummy treats I find!

                    1. re: bnanie

                      Scups in closed on Monday and Tuesdays.

                      1. re: chuck s

                        AND open for homey dinners on (all?) the other nights..