Let’s just start off by saying, if you’ve never been to Boston in the spring, you need to experience it. Between the gorgeous blooms and the exuberant air when the Bruins play, it is truly a once a year experience. Last month when I visited, we spent an entire day wandering the North End (also known as Little Italy to those of you who have never been. Seriously, please go. You’ll thank me.)
We started up at Government Center (for those of y’all that are locals, can we talk about the fact that the T stop is going to be under construction for 2 years!?)
The trees and window boxes were in full bloom and it was 80 degrees; essentially the best kind of day in May. We strolled down the old, winding streets, passing restaurants with lines out the doors, with scents of garlic and basil floating out into the street. Old Italian men sit in front of the cigar shop, soccer games are on full blast in the bars. I remember visiting once after Italy won the World Cup…let’s talk about chaos for a hot minute. It was freaking AWESOME.
When my BFF lived in Boston, I’d come visit and spend my days walking the city; during farmers market season was my favorite time. All you can hear is the haggling of vendors and the cries of, “lettuce! peaches! apples!” People from every walk of life visit the farmers market and stock up for the week.
Boston, you have my heart forever & ever.
As far as places to eat in Little Italy (because you know the way to my heart is through my stomach), make sure you go to:
Pizzeria Regina (DUH)
Mike’s Pastry (you’ll wait in line, but their cannolis are out of this world)
Cafe Pompeii (freaking yum)
Ristorante Saraceno (also freaking yum)