North End

The North End is the oldest residential community in Boston, housing the first settlers in the 1630s and continuing to be a well-loved historical and cultural district. Also known as Boston’s “Little Italy,” this neighborhood has almost 100 eating establishments and a variety of tourist attractions. While it has been home to a variety of ethnic groups, starting in the 20th century the North End became home to Boston’s large Italian population, as it remains today.

While walking around this neighborhood, the scents of garlic, fresh basil, and sweet bakery pastries permeate the air. No matter where you go in the North End, you are guaranteed a hearty Italian meal. Try Al Dente on Salem Street for delicious lobster ravioli, or, if you are in the mood for something more casual, Ducali Pizzeria & Bar offers a laid-back atmosphere, yummy Italian pizza, and an excellent wine and beer selection. After dinner, be sure to stop by Mike’s Pastry or Modern Pastry for your choice of cannolis, cookies, cheesecake, and other scrumptious desserts. The debate concerning which is the superior pastry shop is a heated topic among locals –try both and decide which side you agree with!

Part of the reason why “Little Italy” remains so rich in culture is because the customs and cultures of Italian-Americans have changed very little. Even today you can hear people speaking Italian on the streets or in shops. The neighborhood has an inviting feel, welcoming all people to visit. It is characterized by winding narrow streets and charming, old brick buildings.

Although primarily known for its food, the North End is also home to a number of historic landmarks. Copp’s Hill Burying Ground is one of the oldest cemeteries in the country and a popular stop on the Freedom Trail. Across the street from Copp’s Hill is the Skinny House, acknowledged by the Boston Globe as having the “uncontested distinction of being the narrowest house in Boston.” Also located in the North End are the Paul Revere House and the Old North Church, known as the place where the two lanterns were held as a signal from Paul Revere that the British were coming by sea to Lexington and Concord.


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