RE: Cannolis in Boston
I spend a lot of time in the No. End of Boston, do most of my meat shopping there, my tailor is there and my barber, and I frequent many of the other shops and restarants as well.
As to this ongoing debate about cannoli, well they are all good. They have to be with so much local compitition. Mikes and Modern pastry get the lions share of the business due to location on the main drag, Hanover St. But, at the begining or entrance of that area is a real jewel in the rough Maria's. This little bakery has it all. It might not have the glitz and glamor or size of Mikes but their pastry is some of the best. The people who run this place went thru so many hard times during the 10 years of the big dig. With many other area businesses closing down due to road closeings and street detours they they remained open thru it all.
This wasn't an easy feat, but due to a loyal local clientel they are still turning out a great product. They are only one quarter of the size of Mikes, and only one or two people behind the counter when busy, but the service is unmatched. So for a really great cannoli, the next time you vist the No. End try Marias, you won't be dissapointed. By the way their Italian cookies and biscottis are equally as good. Chow Jim