Dating Boston: The North End

Yes, I am in a relationship with the city of Boston. When I found out that I was going to get the opportunity to stay in Boston for the summer, the first thing that popped into my head was that I needed to take advantage of everything this historic and beautiful city has to offer. I immediately made a list of things I wanted to do for the next four months. And what better way to accomplish new and exciting things than with someone special by my side? That’s where Dan comes into play. I decided to turn this list into dates with both the city and my boyfriend. 

These dates can be romantic or platonic, depending on your relationship status. With hectic work or internship schedules, it can be difficult to devote time to having fun. So, this dedication to going on one new date a week will help me to keep a healthy balance while expanding my knowledge of the city. If anything, these dates are meant to provide entertaining opportunities that every Bostonian should take advantage of in the summer months.

gavel1Date number six: The North End

Folks, this is a very special edition of "Dating Boston." The premise of this blog is to do things that I have never done before in the city of Boston.  To be adventurous. To get out of my comfort zone. But this time, I did the exact opposite of that. I am way too comfortable navigating my way in the North End because, well, I’ve been there more times than I can count. This time, my date with the city was about showing someone else the North End for their first time.

After attending BC for four full years, I’m not sure how it is possible to skip over this area of the city, but former Gavel Editor in Chief Mason Lende managed to do so.  As a seasoned vet of Boston’s Little Italy, Mason invited me along for his first trip there with another former copy chief of Gavel Media, Marion Halftermeyer.

The three of us started our journey by taking the D line all the way to Government Center. Once there, we wandered our way through Quincy Market where entertaining street performers drew in crowds of people. After a few laughs, we decided to keep moving on.

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We continued down the cobblestone streets peaking into the storefront windows. This area is absolutely beautiful to explore in the early evening summertime weather. After enjoying the Boston skyline, we progressed to Hanover Street.

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If you’ve never been to Hanover Street, you’re in for a treat (literally, gelato and pastries everywhere!).  I studied abroad in Italy last summer and this little slice of Boston is as close to the real thing as I have been since. After taking our time strolling through the street and peeking at menus, we decided to keep walking to my favorite North End restaurant, Strega.

From the TV screens that play the Godfather on repeat, the staff who lets me brush up on my Italian with them and the authentic, mouth-watering foods on the menu this place is all Italian. All three of us enjoyed our meals and decided to move on to the next part of the night: dessert.

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Now, I’m sure you’re thinking why didn’t we get dessert at Strega? The answer is simple: Mike’s Pastry is right down the street. World famous Mike’s has to be any dessert lovers dream. Yes, I know that some people think it’s overrated but I disagree. With fresh cannoli, cakes, brownies, cupcakes and cookies everywhere in the store, I bet it’s impossible to leave without finding something you like. We stuck with simple cannoli and made our way back to the street.

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Our final stop along our journey back to the T was the Holocaust memorial. Never having seen this before, I really enjoyed walking through the memorial and learning about history.

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After a long and fun night with extremely full stomachs we made our way back home. The North End is officially my favorite place in all of Boston and I’m proud to say that I was a part of Mason’s first time there.

Photos by Katelyn Crowley/Gavel Media 

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