Boston Foodie Tours - North End
Yesterday my mother and I went on Audrey Giannattasio's fabulous Boston Foodie Tour. Audrey took us on a walking tour of some of the North End's most wonderful restaurants and food shops.
We met at the Millenium Bostonian Hotel, and were quickly off to our first stop, the Union Oyster House. Established in 1826, the Union Oyster House is the oldest still-operating restaurant in the United States. We tried their famous clam chowder and cornbread, and I also tried a special Sam Adams beer only available at the restaurant, Colonial Ale, which made for a great pairing.
Our next stop was the original Regina Pizzeria, dating back to the 1920s. We enjoyed a slice of pizza under the awning as the weather turned from difficult to record-breaking. The afternoon had started with rain, but by the end of the tour, Boston had almost broken the snow record set back in 1996. As you probably know if you're local, we broke the record around 7pm last night!
Our next stop was Monica's Mercato for some tasty Italian subs. The entire shop was fascinating and has a great family history to it, but the food was so ridiculously good that it wound up being the only thing we could focus on!
Lulu's Sweets was up next, with some of the most gorgeous cupcake's I've ever seen. We were fortunate to sample their signature cupcake as well as several flavors of their delicious ice cream. It was snowing outside, but nothing could stop us from trying ice cream that good.
Next we made our pilgrimage to Bricco's. First up was the Salumeria and Pasta Shop, where we sampled olive oils, balsamic vinegars, and fresh mozzarella.
After the Salumeria and Pasta Shop, we decended down into Bricco's Panetteria for some ridiculously good bread.
We ducked into Modern Pastry briefly, but then decided to check back in with them later. We continued on to Lucca's for an excellent sit-down meal. Breaking with tradition for food tours, we were given a menu and the option of ordering whatever we would like to sample. I went with the Gnocchi: house-made sweet potato gnocchi, wild mushrooms, seasonal squash, crispy sage, and aged balsamic.
Having my mom on the tour was nice because we were able to order two different courses to share. So she ordered the Orecchiette, a kind of kicked-up mac and cheese: "little ear" shaped baked pasta, fontina and cheddar crema, smoked bacon, broccoli, and olive oil breadcrumbs.
Modern Pastry finished off the tour, and we were sent home with fresh cannolis! So good!