Eat Your Way Through Boston's Little Italy
Of all the Little Italys in the northeast, Boston's is probably the one least decimated by gentrification. That's not to say this nabe doesn't have its fair share of yuppie cafes and tourist traps, but they don't totally drown out the sweet sound of "uno cannoli, per favore."
You'll still find narrow cobblestone streets lined with hole-in-the-wall eateries, decades-old businesses which make up a part of an ethnic fabric and give the neighborhood a personality and attractions above tourism. Many of these places just happen to be amazing restaurants, and let's face it, you're really only going to come here for one overarching reason: the food. To ease the stress of deciding, we'll let you in on a few of our favorite stops:
Pizza: In a town not generally lauded for its pizza, Galleria Umberto goes a long way towards giving Boston a good name. Their cheesy, Sicilian-style pies cut in square pieces attract lines out the door all day long.
Pasta: Okay, this may not be pasta quite like grandma made it, but the steamy hot bowls at Giacomo's are as fresh as we've tasted. They may also be filled with trendy ingredientsthink pumpkin tortellini and butternut squash ravioli they hit the tastebuds just right with a little wine.
Meats: If you're the kind of eater who doesn't like to leave Little Italy without some meats to bring home, Salumeria Italiana will more than do the trick. This 40-year-old meat shop turns out all kinds of prosciutto, salami, and pancetta, along with other to-go treats like olives, polenta and fresh mozzarella.
· Galleria Umberto [Yelp]
· Giacamo's [Yelp]
· Salamuria Italiana> [Official Site]
· Little Italy, Southern Hemisphere Style [Jaunted]