About your host, Robert
My name is Robert Agrippino I was born and still live here in this unique neighborhood in the North End of Boston (Little Italy) in 1958. We will feast on food culture and personal stories of this unique neighborhood. My guests will experience all the changes that have taken place and the gentrification that started happening in the late 70s. I grew up taking my first job as a dishwasher in one of our local restaurants and then becoming a busboy & waiter.We will learn the italian culture that dates back all the way to the first Italian settlers in the 1860s, I will share personal stories from playing in the streets to Sunday dinners when the whole family had a chance to be together.
I learned the restaurant business from a couple of Italian immigrants and went on to open my own restaurants. I know all the best establishments and all of the shopkeepers which makes for an authentic experience. The shops we visit are all places that I myself and the locals eat in. There are NO tourist traps on this tour. We will eat like REAL ITALIANS and along the tour we will meet REAL ITALIANS.
What we’ll do
We will explore the back streets of this 0.3 square miles and eat our way thru hidden gems of mom and pop shops from the early 1900s also the famous Hanover and Salem streets where the best of the best restaurants pastry shops Salumerias(Italian Deli) bakeries and cafes.
Feast on food and culture
- Discover the only wood-fired brick oven pizzeria in the neighborhood
- Tour thru the oldest bakery (since 1907) where Boston’s first pizza was baked
- Get all your senses sharpened at coffee and spice shop since 1932.
- Experience the Italian Deli’s specializing in imported cheeses dry cured meats homemade pasta homemade mozzarella marinated olive salads marinated mushrooms and othe Italian specialties.
- We will discover award winning pastry shops featuring the famous cannoli, but also italian cookies sfoglietella(italian filled lemon ricotta pastry) and Italian cookies.
- We will learn culture all the way back from the first Italian immigrants that settled in the North End (Little Italy) since the 1860s,we will engage we old time local residents along the tour. at the end of this authentic experience you will feel like a local.
All food is included in the price of the tour. If you’d like to shop along the tour, I recommend bringing cash as many businesses we visit are cash only
Along the tour, we will pass by a few historical spots Old North Church Paul Revere Statue and the North End’s first Italian Church built by Italian immigrants in 1873 and.
Come Hungry you will have a stomach full of food and a head full of cultural history.
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You never know who you will meet along the tour