Walking down Hanover Street in Boston’s North End, one can see the sidewalks lined with Italian men enjoying cigars, tourists eagerly following the Freedom Trail with cameras in hand, storefronts and restaurants lined with menus and food products and of course, the crowd that gathers outside of Mike’s Pastry.
Opened in 1947, according to a 2012 CBS report, the bakery was the family business of the late Michael Mercogliano. The small shop serves everything from cookies to full sized cakes. However, cannoli’s are what patrons know the shop for best.
For $3.50 you can pick up your very own Mike’s cannoli. There is a selection of 17 different flavors ranging from Oreo to hazelnut. These aren’t just little bite sized pastries that you might find in your local Italian bakery. Mike’s cannoli’s are thick and juicy at about four inches long. The chocolate chip one specifically is light and fluffy like a cannoli should be and goes great with a cup of coffee. The chocolate chips are the perfect addition for any chocolate lover.
Speaking of chocolate lovers, if you are one, you have to try the chocolate fudge cupcake. It’s moist and thick with chocolate cake and fudge frosting. It is fairly inexpensive (only costing a few dollars) and is accompanied nicely with a tall glass of milk.
It is no secret there are many other delicacies you can enjoy at Mike’s, but half the reason it’s loyal patrons go back is because when you buy a Mike’s cookie, you are investing in a legacy; a tradition of family and craftsmanship. It is nice to see an original American business that prides itself on these ideals and that is what you are taking home when you unwrap a blue and white box stamped with the Mike’s Pastry logo.
Rating: Four out of five stars
Address: 300 Hanover Street, Boston, MA, 02113
Hours (from website):Mon & Tues: 8 AM-10 PM
Wed & Thurs: 8 AM-10:30 PM
Fri & Sat: 8 AM-11:30 PM
Sun: 8 AM-10 PM