A savvy visitor to Boston knows that any walk on the Freedom Trail should include a stop in the North End for Italian pastries. But what if you're also looking for lunch?
On a recent trip to town, before hitting up Modern Pastry, Harters gave Piccola Venezia a try. A sandwich featuring provolone and mortadella was decent, but one with sweet Italian sausage was a better choice. The sausage had "a good fennel predominance, peppers and onions cooked through but still with a hint of bite to them," Harters says.
As for the cannoli at Modern Pastry afterward? "Wonderful stuff," Harters says. "Crisp pastry, a rich cream, sweetened. Deservedly popular."
Modern Pastry [North End]
257 Hanover Street, Boston
Piccola Venezia [North End]
263 Hanover Street, Boston
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