Mike’s Pastry vs Modern Pastry

Every time I have friends visiting me (hi Fe! hi Marcie! hi RJ!), I end up taking them to the same places over and over again. In fact I already made a list of the usual places I take my tourist friends to, and this list includes the North End. I have never eaten a bad meal there (and I’ve eaten a lot of meals there heehee) and the whole area is very charming, so I know for sure that whoever I bring to Boston’s Little Italy will be happy.

Another reason why I really like the North End is – surprise – the abundance of sweets there, particularly cannolis and gelato. Mmm-mmm. We go to either Mike’s Pastry or Modern Pastry, both popular among tourists and locals alike. I’ve read a lot of reviews (and debates) on which one is better, but to me, they are both good so I just end up going to whichever place has the shorter line (so I can get to my cannoli quicker).

But a few weeks ago, someone told me an interesting tidbit (not sure if it’s a fact or fiction): while both stores boast freshly-made pastries, apparently Mike’s Pastry makes their cannolis at 4 am everyday and it sits out the whole day, while Modern Pastry bakes them in little batches all throughout the day. That night, my friends (hi Sabs! hi Fe!) and I decided to go to Modern Pastry. I had the the classic cannoli with ricotta cheese and chocolate chips and it did taste fresh; it also tasted rich and comforting – I love the texture of the crispy shell and the creamy filling together. Mmm-mmm.

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This weekend, I brought Marcie to the North End and we chose Mike’s. Again, I had the classic cannoli with ricotta cheese and chocolate chips. To be honest, I couldn’t tell if it was fresh-baked or not (and if it’s true that it’s been sitting there since 4 am, I wonder if that even really makes a difference?) but I could tell that it was as sweet, creamy and satisfying as I expected it to be. Mmm-mmm.

We left happy (another successful North End visit!) but I wonder – what’s really better: Mike’s Pastry or Modern Pastry??


2 Responses to “Mike’s Pastry vs Modern Pastry”

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    Jamie N. posted October 21, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    Huds.. I think it will be Mike’s.. can you guess why?!!? Ahahahahaha. Meeeshhoooo!!!!!

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    bob posted January 10, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Mike’s gets all the hype but Modern is best by far. Take it from someone brought up on Italian food (on all sides of my family), Modern is quietly the freshest and creamiest and tastiest cannolis around Boston.

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