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257 Hanover St, Boston, MA | Directions 0211342.363318 -71.054846
Neighborhoods: Central, North End
Authentic Italian Bakery – Being a Bostonian, and having a grandfather that owned a pastry shop in the North End when I was a child, I can honestly say that I have never, ever been disappointed with Modern Pastry! The cannoli's are wonderful, as well as all the other Italian pastries. Everything is fresh, and has not been sitting in the fridge for hours. They also managed to incorporate some American Pastries/candies that are equally delightful. It's not a tourist trap like the other's. If you want an authentic Italian Bakery, then this spot is a must! Certainly worth the wait!!!
Forgetaboutit! – Worst customer service in the City. Not worth the wait or the aggrevation. Do yourself a favor and walk across the street to Mike's.
Best Cannoli I have had – After reviewing Mike's Pastry last week, it is time to judge Modern's Pastry and decide which one has the best cannoli. Mike's and Modern are right across the street from each other. Just like the rivalry between Philly Cheesesteak establishments, Gino's and Pat's, it is dead intense. In my opinion, both pastry stores have their distinct strengths that attract loyal followers.
I came on a Saturday afternoon and the line already formed outside the store. After about 20 minutes wait, I got inside and was absolutely excited to see beautiful pastries on display and could not wait to try their legendary cannoli and other pastries.
They have all kinds of chocolate truffles, Italian chocolates, wafers, home-made cannoli, cupcakes, cakes, fruit tarts, biscotti, and bread. I ordered 2 mini cannoli, 1 chocolate biscotti, one chocolate almond bar and a chocolate covered strawberry all for $8! I am so delighted by the price because in NYC that would have cost me more than $15 easily.
So, after trying their cannoli, my judgment is that their cannolis are truly the best! Unlike Mike's Pastry or any other cannoli I have tried, Modern's cannoli is crispy on the outside and ultra soft and fresh inside. Fresh squeezed cream does make a difference! The other pastries are great too and their chocolate biscotti is full of pure chocolate. On the other hand, Mike's Pastry definitely outshines Modern in terms of variety of pastries and desserts (they have gelato too!) So my recommendation is try both places!
Frozen Foods – I have gone here last year and was disapointed. It is a small dirty place. With over priced food. The day that I went I asked certain dessert and was given it by the owners wife. When I sat down and tried it I noticed it had been frozen. I can tell this because it lacked flavor. So I asked the woman in charge if she had any thing that was fresh. She gave me a very rude answer. She said that I wouldnt know the difference between fresh and frozen anyway. So with that I left and havent gone back. So if you like frozen over priced food given to you with a dirty look go here. Otherwise go to Mikes its much better.
Editorial Review by Eric Grossman – Italian pastries including cannolis, torrone, wedding cakes and cookies, including Florentines and biscotti; also chocolates, Italian oils, vinegar and coffee.
Mmmmm Canoli's – Im not going to lie I have a terrible sweet tooth, so pretty much anything with frosting usually gets the job done for me. But modern pastery is actually worth the trip. For 20 bucks I got 6 canolis and 4 cup cakes that were the size of my fist. It was great, and like I said I have the type of sweet tooth that can usually be satisfied by a crueller at Dunks, but Modern Pastry is worth the trip into the North End
Disappointing – After many glowing reviews, we stopped off here tonight for coffee and dessert. Sadly, despite their self-imposed view that they are coffee kings, Americans make terrible coffee, and Modern are no exception. Burnt coffee, burnt milk, overall an undrinkable latte. I'd expect more from the North End. The creme brulee was sad, lumpy custard with a gelatine top. We also ordered a bizzare brown and white tart (which we thought was a Neinish Tart) but turned out to be a simple, dry sponge cake with a sugary icing. Very sad. To finish it off, the staff were surly and rude.
I'm not quite sure why Mike's and Moderns get sucj great reviews, very mediocre in my opinion, I'd much prefer Lulu's cupcakes which are moist and flavoursome, their coffeee is proper Italian espresso too.
Best Bakery in the North End! – Modern Pastry has finished its renovations and has the long line to prove it! Unlike Mike's Pastry; Modern Pastry has an organized line and the staff wait on who's first in the line. Plus, the line does move quickly. The cannolis at Modern are the best in the North End. They even offer a smaller size cannolis for guiltless pleasure! Their cookies and fruit pies are yummy too!
Skip the rude service at Cafe Dello Sport – Modern Pastry has gone, well, modern with their new look. The renovation has attracted lines, unfortunately. Still, I'd go here rather than Mike's (can we say tourist trap) or to Cafe Dello Sport. Unless you want completely rude service at Cafe Dello Sport, the line at Modern is well worth the wait.
MARY'S NORTH END – LIVED FOR 17 YRS. BUT STILL SHOP MODERN FOR PASTRY.THE BEST AROUND
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