Always wanted to go, but never have had the chance. Really looking forward to seeing this city I've long admired from afar.
Looking for suggestions on authentic Italian, real Mom and Pop stuff. Remember, I'm from Hogtown; more Italians there than any other place on Earth outside Italy. I'll be spending a ton of time in the North End and would love some suggestions specific to that area.
Also looking for some serious Irish flavor, again, nothing chain or corny in it's forced "Oirish"-ness.
Lastly, some recs on where to get an excellent beer and I'm also interested in checking out some market and butchers shops and the like.
THANKS IN ADVANCE!