The Cannoli Crawl: A Showdown of the North End's Best Cannoli Bakeries

Boston, MA

  • The chocolate chip cannoli from Modern Pastry. Photo: Phantom Gourmet.
  • The cannoli from Maria's Pastry, stuffed with ricotta filling.
  • The front of Maria's Pastry Shop.
  • The Nutella and Oreo cannoli sitting behind the case at Bova's.
  • Italian cookies at Bova's.
  • A chocolate chip cannoli from Mike's Pastry.
  • A lobster tail cream cannoli from Mike's Pastry. Photo: Emma Schultz
  • Cool, classic signage for Modern Pastry.
  • The chocolate chip cannoli from Modern Pastry.
  • Cappuccino and cannoli at Caffe Paradiso.

1 hour
0.4 mi
Guided by Jason

The North End is home to cappuccino bars, homemade pasta shops, mafioso types and some of the greatest cannoli in the country - sweetened ricotta-filled fried pastry shells. It sounds simple but much science, tradition, timing and precision are hidden inside the cream & crunch. Thankfully for us, we just get to enjoy them. Come on a crawl of five quintessential North End cannoli spots, from Maria's to Modern. Along the way, we'll discuss the origins of this Italian pastry and how to know if there is a good one in front of you. Buon appetito!

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Guide Points
  1. Maria's Pastry Shop
  2. Bova's Bakery
  3. Mike's Pastry
  4. Modern Pastry
  5. Caffe Paradiso

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