Welcome to the heart of Boston’s Italian community, the North End! This historic neighborhood isn’t just about the Freedom Trail and Paul Revere. It’s also home to some of the best Italian restaurants, bakeries, and delis in the country. However, with so many options to choose from, it can be challenging to figure out where to go for the most authentic and delicious experience. Fortunately, we’ve got you covered with the “Politically Incorrect” Food Tour that takes you off the beaten path and into the culinary secrets of the North End.
Our food tour starts with a bold statement: “Forget about the lobster roll, chowder, and Boston cream pie. Today, you’re in Italy.” Your culinary adventure can begin at a local food market where you’ll get a brief history lesson on the Italians’ contribution to Boston’s culture. Then, you’ll sample some of the North End’s best-kept secrets, such as freshly imported deli meats, artisan cheeses, and golden olive oil from the heart of Tuscany.
Next, we’ll walk through the narrow cobblestone lanes lined with colorful brick buildings and the aroma of fresh-baked bread. We’ll stop by some of the most authentic Italian bakeries and pastry shops, where you’ll get to taste the decadent cannoli, creamy tiramisu, and crispy sfogliatelle – all handcrafted by master pastry chefs.
The highlight of the tour is undoubtedly the restaurant stops. We’ll visit family-owned establishments where the recipes have been passed down from generations to generations. You can savor the classic dishes such as the silky homemade pasta carbonara, the crispy fried calamari, and the robust osso buco. The owners will share their stories of how their businesses have survived in a rapidly changing neighborhood, while they serve you some of the most delicious Italian food you’ve ever had.
But our tour isn’t just about the food. Our “Politically Incorrect” Food Tour also takes you beyond the commercialized facade of the North End and shows you its gritty and controversial side. We’ll talk about the history of the neighborhood’s racial tensions, mob ties, and the role of the Catholic Church. You’ll learn about the social and political complexities that make the North End more than just a tourist attraction.
The “Politically Incorrect” Food Tour is not just a food tour; it’s a cultural experience that goes beyond your taste buds. Join us, and let us take you on a journey through the North End’s hidden gems, culinary delights, and rich history. Our tour operates year-round, rain or shine, and takes approximately three hours. All tours are small-group to enhance your experience and accommodate dietary restrictions. Don’t leave Boston without experiencing the authentic Italian culture of the North End. Book your tour today!