The North End of Boston is the oldest neighborhood in the city. Much like the Belmont section of the Bronx (Arthur Avenue), it is home to a vibrant Italian-American community, although it centers more on restaurants than on shops and markets. Nevertheless, its an excellent part of town for going out to eat and walking off the calories afterwards.
A view of the narrow Neptune Oyster Bar, on Salem Street.
The Neptune Oyster Bar oyster list.
A selection of pristine oysters at Neptune.
Neptune's very excellent New England Clam Chowder
Neptune's lobster roll, served on Brioche, with Belgian-style Pomme Frites.
A view down Hanover Street, the main restaurant drag in the North End.
Modern Pastry (Hanover Street) despite the name is as old school as you can get, was established in 1931.
A view of the cookie selection at Modern Pastry.
A slice of Modern Pastry's napoleon. I had this with one of their iced lattes, which really hit the spot. The napoleon is so dense that you may have to send it back for them to cut up for you, the plastic fork doesn't stand a chance.
Make sure you take some cookies to bring with you on the train or plane home.
Gelateria is a new gelato place just down the block which makes 50 varieties of gelato every day.
With 50 flavors, its hard to decide what you want.
No, you're not imagining it, the walls really do change color.
This Italian-made gelato machine is top of the line, and cost $30,000. Gelateria only uses milk and natural flavorings to make their gelato, according to traditional Italian methods.
These natural preserves are flown in from Italy to make some of the Gelato flavors. Fresh ingredients are also used as well.