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At Off The Beaten Path Food Tours, we offer tours of interesting Boston neighborhoods that are off-the-beaten-path but have the most delicious food and stories. We pride ourselves on exploring unique towns that are away from tourist areas like the North End. That said, we have had many fun memories of eating in the North End, and we wanted to share with you some of our favorites in case you're interested in North End italian restaurants in Boston. We encourage you to veer off the beaten path with us and explore other areas of Boston and beyond with interesting stories to tell and food to try.
1. Cafe Vittoria (290 Hanover Street)
We've been coming here for decades for their delicious can't be beat tiramisu and cappuccino which will turn any first date into a romantic occasion.
2. Bricco Panetteria (hidden alleyway behind 241 Hanover Street)
We loved discovering this Old World bakery which can be difficult to find. They make over 1,000 of loaves of bread a day, and it's definitely worth searching for this spot which is different from Bricco restaurant.
3. Bova's Bakery (134 Salem Street)
If you're craving pure comfort food in the form of a chicken parm croissant or even a cannoli or arancini, Bova's is a great spot and family-owned business that will cure any craving. They also serve late night Sicilian pizza if you can stay up that late!
4. Giacomo's (355 Hanover Street)
So maybe it's not a fancy new North End spot at this point, but for us Giacomo's never disappoints. From delicious seafood to can't miss pumpkin ravioli, bring your cash and know the wait is worth it here!
5. Al Dente (109 Salem Street)
If you don't want anything fancy, and you love all the carbs, we favor the vodka sauce with penne at Al Dente. Heaping portions, solid cuisine, enough said.
6. Galeria Umberto (289 Hanover Street)
There are still some mom and pop places in the North End, and this is one of them. It closes early around 2-3pm and only takes cash, but it's a great place for a Sicilian slice during the day!
7. Taranta (210 Hanover Street)
A mix of Italian and Peruvian cuisine, this place is certainly creative with the chomps to back it up. We've been eating at Taranta since it opened, and it's consistently delicious but check the menu first to make sure it's something you'd like to order.
8. The Original Mike's Pastry versus Modern Pastry
Take a deep breath before you walk in because deciding among all of the carb-y treats at these spots can be stressful. 3 more of those, 1 of those, 2 of those you may shout above the counter as they wrap up your goodies in a box with a string tie. Our favorite at Mike's is the nutella cannoli and at Modern we love the Italian cookies.
So if you're looking for the best italian restaurants in Boston's North End or a Boston Food Tour, we suggest you explore one of these on your own and then reserve an Off The Beaten Path Food Tour with us in nearby Somerville, Cambridge, Lowell, or Boston to eat where the locals eat and spend a fun afternoon supporting smaller businesses.
Visit offthebeatenpathfoodtours.com to book a tour today.
We love Jamaica Plain, Boston and are excited to share our favorite activities in this vibrant and close-knit neighborhood.
Here are our top 10 things to do in Jamaica Plain, Boston besides our Jamaica Plain Vegan Chocolate Tour and Jamaica Plain Food Tour. We will continue to add to this list so check back in for more ideas, and we hope to hear yours too!
Next, pop on over to nearby Roslindale Village (known as "Rozzie" Village to the locals) and check out their Saturday Farmer's Market as well as ComedySportz. We are starting a brand new food tour there next summer and can't wait to show you around town.
Our Jamaica Plain Food Tour runs every Sunday at 11am, and our Jamaica Plain Vegan Chocolate Tour runs every Saturday at 2pm. We can't wait to host you. Book today via offthebeatenpathfoodtours.com.
When we travel, we love visiting vibrant neighborhoods that locals love, especially college towns. Somerville, MA is home to over 80,000 and growing. There's so much to do here. We put together this initial list of our favorites. Check it out:
There's so much more to see and do in Somerville. Hope to meet you soon on a Somerville Food Tour. Our Davis Square Food Tours run Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 10am and 2pm, and our Union Square Food Tours run Sundays at 2pm. Stay tuned for a new Bow Market tour on Wednesday evenings. Book today via offthebeatenpathfoodtours.com
In this series, we share our top ten things to do in Cambridge, MA and other cities where we operate our Food Tours and Chocolate Tours. Yes, we think you should try one of our tours of Harvard Square, which is an incredible way to explore this intellectual haven. If you're here longer, check out these other ideas which are activities that Sam and I love doing together and with guests.
Now that we've listed ten fun activities to do in Cambridge, we feel like we could list a million more. So consider this part one in a series of fun things to do in Cambridge. And join us soon on a Harvard Square Food Tour or Harvard Square Chocolate Tour!
Book today via offthebeatenpathfoodtours.com
Although we enjoy all kinds of food, Sam and I often favor vegan food. Especially since dairy is so-so for Sam, and his parents often eat vegan food, we have definitely integrated it into our diet in the past few years. So when we were thinking about our new Jamaica Plain Chocolate Tour, we thought it would be a fun challenge to create a Vegan Chocolate Tour of Boston! And that's what we did. Our Jamaica Plain Vegan Chocolate Tour debuts on Saturday, June 2nd at 2pm and continues weekly on Saturdays thereafter! So, vegan or non-vegan; carnivore or omnivore; chocoholics unite on this fun and interesting tour where you'll be guaranteed to: a) Learn a TON about chocolate! b) Visit many small independent shops created by JP locals and c) Have a blast!
In the meantime, here's a list of our favorite vegan food in Somerville. We will be highlighting other areas around town with delicious vegan items this summer.
Did you know our Davis Square Food Tour can be made vegetarian or vegan? So can our Jamaica Plain Food Tour! Just specify your request at booking.
And in the past we've really enjoyed the farm-to-table vegan meal kits from Al FreshCo which are tasty and super convenient and supports small local farms.
What are your favorite vegan items and restaurants? We can't wait to hear about them! Comment on our Facebook post and let us know what to check out.
See you on Saturday!
Lizzie and Sam
Beer and food, food and beer. What a perfect pairing!
We are excited to attend the upcoming Small Business Network's Hyperlocal Craft Brew Festival on June 16, 2018 in Cambridge. So much so that we put together a brief history of Boston brewing and our top picks for where to try these delicious brews in a blog post.
Read on here for our thoughts on the subject. Will we see you on June 16th? Or maybe this weekend for a fun neighborhood food tour where you can support local small businesses?
Lizzie and Sam