Location: 300 Hanover Street, Boston, Massachusetts; Harvard Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts (Rumored to Open)
Opening Hours: 8:00am – 10:30pm
Contact numbers: +1 617-742-3050
Official website: http://www.mikespastry.com
Facebook: Mike’s Pastry Inc.
90 year old Michael “Mike” Mercogliano’s legacy didn’t die with him last year. Mike’s Pastry continually shines along Hanover Street, the bustling, winding Little Italy destination in Boston’s historic North End, lined up with pasticceria’s, pizzeria, and Italian gelati tourists queue every single day. Versus Modern Pastry who sells more than just Cannoli pastry, Mike’s Pastry’s generation of generation of Cannoli goodness results in long, long, long queues. You wouldn’t pass this for anything else.
Cannoli, plural for Cannolo, are Italian pastry desserts, originated from Sicily. Cannoli stems from the words “little tube” and are very popular with Italian Americans. Notably, Boston’s North End is a site for Italian immigrants since the 1900s.
The Best Selling Cannoli in Boston
Mike’s Pastry is the most popular, bestselling Cannoli shop along Hanover Street. Former President Bill Clinton is reportedly a huge fan of Mike’s Pastry. Hundreds of customers line up here every single day. They sell a number of flavors that are each and every bit as distinct in taste, many of which are filled with ricotta cheese.
The fried dough pastry was just about the right crunch to it, that doesn’t fall apart and holds the creamy goodness of the Ricotta Cheese inside. For a cheese lover like me, this was plain hallelujah, with a mix of sweetness that isn’t overly done.
Each Cannolo is priced around $4.00.
Some are topped with chocolate chips that adds another dimension to the crust and creme, thus I have taken a liking for the Chocolate Ricotta. I don’t get tired of its sweetness and the subtle hint of cheese that I love. The Florentine variant was similarly unique, having a tough, sugary exterior encrusting the delicious creme. Don’t forget to have your cannoli powdered with confectionary sugar to add delight to your pastry.
La Sfogiatella a.k.a. “Lobstertail” $5.50
Apart from the Cannoli, Mike’s Pastry has arguably the best Lobstertail. It’s not seafood! Previously named as La Santarosa after a hotel in Fiat, La Sfogiatella looks very much like a croissant filled with cream, except shaped like a lobster tail but is made of layers of buttery pastry. And literally meaning “unfolding a leaf”, Sfogiatella should be such delicate pastry to unfold in your mouth.
Mike’s Pastry’s Gelati is respectable, with pretty basic flavors like Chocolate, Strawberry, Pistachio, Vanilla, Peanut Butter and such. It is an Italian authentic dessert you shouldn’t miss along with your Cannolo. Get ready for some sugary action.
MIKE’S PASTRY is that approachable and down to earth. It’s legacy continues to captivate the tourists in little tubes. And with much patience and aggressiveness, you can get a box of your cannoli in this bustling pasticceria. Oh and consume as much as you want, because these cannoli are as good as the day it was made. So make the most of it.
MIKE’S PASTRY Rating:
|Taste and Originality:||(4.5 / 5)|
|Customer Experience:||(3.0 / 5)|
|Value for Money:||(3.0 / 5)|
|Brick and Mortar:||(3.0 / 5)|
|Average:||(3.4 / 5)|