“Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.”
Gorging on pasta is positively patriotic in Boston's North End. Paul Revere left his North End home late at night on April 18, 1775 to warn Colonial militia in the towns of Concord and Lexington that "the British are coming!" In the Old North Church tower, lanterns were hung to warn patriots across the Charles River of the British attack: "One if by land, two if by sea." Today university history majors lead summer tours into Old North's crypt and tower, and MIT students create compositions for Old North's bells. Even if you came to North End for the history, you'll stay for the food. Generations of Italian immigration have earned it the nickname "Little Italy," and pack its one-third-mile area with Old Country flavor. With some 100 eateries clustered around Hanover Street, dinner is a serious dilemma: Giacomo's Ristorante for ravioli, shrimp linguini at Pomodoro, or homemade fusilli with vodka sauce at Al Dente? Bostonian loyalties are also sharply divided among three North End bakeries: Mike's for traditional ricotta cannoli, Maria's for cream-filled "lobster tail" pastry, and Modern Bakery for chocolate custard cannoli. Dessert debates can get heated, but the North End has survived its share of controversy—the funeral procession for anarchists and accused bank robbers Sacco and Vanzetti was held here.