I have a surprise visit to the North End early tomorrow AM and will need to grab a pastry and coffee around 8.45, or however long it takes to hoof it to the Govt Center T stop before 9.30.
It's my understanding that the most reputable players are Mike's, Maria's, Modern, and Bova (which I understand to be more bread oriented).
I'm severely uneducated about Italian Pastry. I'd like to try a signature dish. Also, those who have read my Cambridge thread know I have a bad reaction to sweets (I sound like a dummy for pursuing a pastry anyways, but sometimes a less-sweet pastry can work if cut with coffee. I'm not going to give up the chance to try something new).
So, if you were to look for a not-too-sweet classic pastry item, what would you choose? I've had a cannoli before but that's it. Everything else looks really intriguing.
Also, where would you choose to get it? I'm hoping I can make this thread a little more publicly beneficial by initiating a throwdown.