Boston’s Little Italy Food Tour

This tour is Little Italy for a big appetite! And YOU decide how much you’ll be eating of exactly what and how much to spend. We’ll stroll not only the North End’s famous Hanover Street but we’ll take the side streets to family owned shops that have been serving the family’s secret recipes for generations. Emphasis is on fresh ingredients not fancy décor. This tour introduces you to some of the North End’s finest samples of the Italian cuisine:

This includes, but is not limited to: pizza as it was meant to be, arancini (curious?) soppresatta, cheeses such as parmesan reggiano and sharp aged provolone, fresh pesto, stuffed olives, limoncello, and of course, canolli so light and fresh the cream is pumped in to order. On a hot day, we refresh ourselves with the frozen lemon slush the Polcari family has been serving since 1932. And for our hard work in adventuring, we reward ourselves at the end with homemade gelato at an espresso bar.

Check our Self Guided Tour of North End/Little Italy!

It’s great fun. Come explore the most extensive and finest Italian neighborhood in North America. Your taste buds will thank you! For more info, read our blog post.

Vegetarian options available. Cash recommended rather than credit cards.
Join us for this unique combination of American history and the foods of Italy!

Some of the sites include.
*Maria’s Bakery
*Ernesto’s Pizza
*Polcari’s Groceria
*Monica’s Mercato
*Galleria Umberto’s
*Mike’s Pastries
*Cafe Paradiso
*Modern Pastries
*Cirace’s Wines
*Salumeria Italiana

Tour information

Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve.

Where: Meets at the corner of Union and Hanover St. in front of the Holocaust Memorial.

Duration: Approximately 2.5 hours

When: View our full tour calendar

  • Jan. to March.: No Tours
  • April to Oct:  2:00pm (1400) on Fridays & 10:30am on Saturdays
  • Nov. to Jan:  No tours

Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it”s done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone”s budget. Food samples are not included. You can decide how much and what you want to try and pay the restaurant directly.

Start: In front of The Bell In Hand Tavern next to the Holocaust Memorial on the corner of Union St. and Hanover St. One Block South of the Haymarket T station

End: Mike’s Pastry Northend