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For lunch we arrived on the corner of Hanover and Cross Street in Boston’s North End or “Little Italy” for our scheduled 1:00 “Yummy Walk." This three hour walking tour covers the food, culture, history and people of this quaint Italian village and was quite possibly one of the most unique excursions I have ever been invited on.
Our tour guide Chloe was so friendly and informative; she had so much enthusiasm for this beautiful spot of Boston. First stop on the tour was “Salumeria Italiana” or Italian deli which has been family owned and operated since 1962. We sampled prosciutto aged 24 months and Parmigiano Reggiano as well as Olive Oil and Rubio Balsamic Vinegar (which one of the owner’s mentioned is delicious on ice cream and I cannot wait to try this out!).
Salumeria Italiana is located at 151 Richmond Street and open Monday – Saturday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Please contact them at 617-523-8743 and join their mailing list for yummy recipes and special information.
The next stop for the yummy walk was “Artu Rosticceria & Trattoria” for pasta. We sampled a simply unbelievable Spaghetti with pork sauce, garlic and tomatoes which was unique and one of the most delicious pasta’s I’ve ever eaten. We also tried home-made “fusilli with broccoli rabe” and “Penne alla Puttenesca” made with San Marzano tomatoes, capers, olives and anchovies. All three were amazing and my children were demanding seconds. Artu is located at 6 Prince Street and open 7 days a week. Please contact them at 617-742-4336.
Next up was a truly awesome excursion into Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop, located in the Clough House at the Old North Church, where we learned all about how chocolate was made in the 18th century. The children were asked to help with the ingredients and we sampled the liquid chocolate at the end of the tutorial. In addition, we stopped by the Old North Church which was both charming and rich in history.
Up next was my husband’s favorite stop on the tour “Regina Pizzeria," a North End tradition since 1926. This is the oldest pizzeria in Boston, still utilizing an 1886 pizza oven. This is a MUST when you visit Boston. Cocoanuts greeted us next, a unique sweet shop featuring the creations of local businesses. We sampled yummy Pure 7 salted almond chocolate, McCrea’s caramels and salted rosemary shortbread cookies; the store smelled simply delicious and I couldn’t resist purchasing some chocolate covered pretzels for later. Cocoanuts is located at 28 Parmenter Street and open Tuesday through Saturday. Please contact them at 857-263-7768. It was then that I was handed the most delicious home-made lemon slush I have ever tasted in my life.
This was in Policari’s Coffee Shop; a quaint, scrumptious smelling store for coffee beans and spices located at 105 Salem Street. They are open every day except Sunday and can be reached at 617-227-0786. The final stop on the tour was at Maria’s Pastry Shop for the perfect canoli (46 Cross Street / 617-523-1196). There are 100 restaurants within a 0.6 mile radius in Boston’s North End. Do yourself a huge favor and treat yourself to the “Yummy Walk” and sample some of the best for yourself.
For more information please visit www.yummywalks.com. A special thank you to Chloe for providing my family with an unforgettable and delicious Boston afternoon.