In past Road Blogs from Boston, we’ve taken you through the American Revolution, explored the Freedom Trail, gotten a taste of authentic Boston Cream Pie and checked out the Celtics and Red Sox on home turf. One area of the city that’s somehow fallen under our radar over the years is Boston’s North End – aka Little Italy. We originally made the trek to the North End to check out Boston Barber Co., the spot where Milan Lucic and other Bruins stars go to keep their cuts fresh. A cross between a sports bar (minus the booze) and an old-timey barbershop complete with stripe, rotating pole outside, the iconic shop was sadly closed when we came calling on Sunday.
Looking for things to see and do in Little Italy, we opted to do a little culinary tour of what the area had to offer, which led us to the world-famous Mike’s Pastry to spoil our appetite with some pre-lunch cannolis. A Boston tradition for nearly seven decades, Mike and Annette Mercogliano’s family has been serving up delicious pastries since they immigrated to America from Italy. Boston’s answer to Schwartz’s deli, the line was out the door when we arrived, but after sampling some of their work, we quickly realized why so many people walking around the North End were carrying white and blue cardboard Mike’s boxes hand wrapped with twine and why U.S. Presidents have always made stops at the local bakery to satisfy a sweet tooth or two.
Despite being full of ricotta-stuffed pastries, we decided to take advantage of a tip from TSN 690 color man Sergio Momesso to try the best pizza in the city at Regina Trattoria & Pizzeria. The owner of an authentic Italian restaurant in Montreal himself, Momesso did not lead us astray on the road. Regina’ pies have become so popular, she’s opened over 20 different locations around Beantown, but the original spot remains a Boston institution. Pizza, cannolis and a splash of Brio is all it takes to soak in the North End atmosphere with all the authenticity of a local.