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Monday, July 18, 2011
Remember last summer when I wrote about the North End? Well, this past weekend I was there again with a small group of local food bloggers.
We had the pleasure of experiencing authentic Italy in Boston through the eyes of Bertolli. We spent a lovely Saturday touring Italian specialty shops, each of which shares Bertolli’s passion for food and fresh ingredients.
I've certainly bought my fair share of Bertolli's sauces and olive oils, and enjoyed the quality, so I was really excited to see what they had planned for us. Let me share our itinerary! Maybe you'd like to take this tour on your own one day.
Caffé Vittoria: Cappuccinos, biscotti and cannoli.
290-296 Hanover Street
Established in 1929, Caffe Vittoria is world renowned as the first Italian caffe in Boston. I've been here several times before and never tire of it. While it wasn't originally planned, we couldn't resist the offer to try some of their gelati. Enjoyed the pistachio!
Salumeria Italiana: Balsamic vinegar, olive oils, cheeses and cured meats.
151 Richmond Street
Chef Raymond Gillespie was so helpful and knowledgeable. You can email him with questions and they ship, so you can order online. This shop is a real find and certainly deserves a return trip!
Gigi Gelateria: Gelati
272 Hanover Street
I tried the Limoncello Sorbet, since I had already had gelato a bit earlier. It was such a hot day outside and this was a cool refreshing treat.
DePasquale's Homemade Pasta: Over 50 different pasta varieties.
66A Cross Street
It was great getting a chance to visit this shop, because I noticed it the last time that I was in the North End, but didn't go in. Now I know what I was missing! I've never seen so many types of pasta. And all freshly made by hand. They make the pasta for four different North End restaurants including Lucca, which was the final place on our tour.
Lucca Restaurant: A customized dinner of fresh homemade pasta paired with Italian wines.
226 Hanover Street
We all had to pace ourselves for the tastings, because we knew that we would be winding things down with a full dinner. I absolutely loved the ravioli with carmelized onion and goat cheese. We all shared the desserts and I had a nice Moscato D'Asti dessert wine.
What a meal! What a day! Thank you Lauren and Carly and to everyone for their generosity!
Disclaimer: This was an event sponsored by Bertolli and Zócalo Group. All tour food was complimentary, along with take-home gifts, and reimbursement for transportation.
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