New England Holiday: Boston’s Little Italy

by Borderstan.com August 12, 2009 at 12:02 pm 1,142 4 Comments

Hanover Street in Boston's Little Italy. (Photo: Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

Hanover Street in Boston’s Little Italy. (Photo: Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

Luis and I are on vacation… a couple of days in Boston and now we are in Provincetown. We had dinner in Boston’s Little Italy on Monday night, then went back for breakfast on Tuesday.

I wish Washington had a fraction of the wonderful little places–delis, coffee houses and bistros–you find in Little Italy and other sections of Boston. And a lot of the places are cheap and authentic. I bought of a piece of ricotta pie (cheese cake, more or less) with a polenta crust for $2.50 at a bakery on Hanover Street. It was enough for a meal.

  • BosPat

    N.B.: Nobody in Boston calls it “Little Italy,” it’s just the North End. It’s a charming neighborhood, ironically enough it was insulated from gentrification and moronic redevelopment schemes by being cut off from the rest of the city by a highway. It’s also tiny, about the size of the part of Adams Morgan east of Columbia.

  • Chris

    Great picture! I love the North End. Easily one of the best urban neighborhoods in America.

    It would be interesting to do a post of your thoughts on how DC compares to Boston. Both are roughly the same size and have a lot of commonalities. Each could learn a lot from each other.

    Boston always seems a little more urban to me and has a certain character DC lacks. The city doesn’t appear to have fallen as far as DC fell and has been gentrifying longer.

    DC seems to have a little more urban hipness. I am not sure of anything like U Street in Boston. Also, DC has done a much better job on encouraging infill in its non-DT neighborhoods. South Boston, Allston, Dorchester all seem rip for DC style TOD around their main corridors.

    Both great cities.

  • mattyillini

    Chris – I LOVED Boston; my second trip there. I think DC could learn more from Boston than the other way around.

  • JNo

    DC didn’t have the immigration of other Northeastern cities during the 1st part of the century or the industrial infrastructure that Boston had either. It has always been something I’ve missed living here. There is a lack of authenticity in DC. DC has it’s charms but Boston has always felt more real to me and is blessed with a beautiful natural setting. We have made some progress in the last several years though.
    We do have Vace, which is worth the trip to Cleveland Park for some excellent pizza dough, delicious frozen pasta and everything else.


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