Boston Dining

Boston is a food lover’s paradise, especially if you are an Italian and seafood lover. For a quick bite, visit the food stalls at Quincy Market. An Italian couple we sat next to in a restaurant declared the pizza at Pizzeria Regina to be authentic Italian, and the Sultry Wench declared the cannoli the beginning of a lifelong addiction.

The Boston area is the home of Legal Seafood, and if you desire consistent fresh seafood you will find locations throughout the Boston area. The wine and food is on the pricy side, but you will not be disappointed by the meal. The Union Oyster House is the oldest continuously operating restaurant in the United States. JFK was a regular when in town and always sat at the same booth and had the same waitress. Booth number 18 is still clearly marked as his. The waitress has retired. You will need reservations to get into Union Oyster House, it was the busiest restaurant we visited. Prices are on the high side for the area.

The one restaurant we would heartily recommend as a don’t miss is Giacomo’s in the North End. They do not take reservations, or credit cards. The seating area is small, you will be elbow to elbow with your fellow diners. The food is exceptional and half the price you would expect to pay anywhere else. Best of all, most wine is $16 a bottle, and great selections. The Wench had the daily special lobster gnocchi, Pirate had grilled Swordfish which was every bit as good as what he had at Union Oyster House, but the price was half. Here the couple visiting from Italy remarked the food was great, but way more than you would be served in Italy. Time your day to get in line about 4:30 pm. They open at 5. Expect the line to be half way down the block.

The famous tourist stop for cannoli is Mike’s Pastry, across the street from Giacomo’s. We passed up the line at Mike’s and went down the street to Modern Pastry, where we could walk right up to the counter and fill our snack bag with cannoli and an assortment of Italian cookies. Whatever you do, don’t pass up on the Italian goodies. It would be as bad as going to Mexico and not indulging in the local pastries. Load up on the weekdays. On Saturday, even the line at Modern Pastry was half way down the block!

When we are traveling, we try to limit to two meals and one snack a day. North End lunch was at Rabia’s, where we found an excellent selection of oysters and of course, Italian food that meets the standards for the area. While you are visiting the North End, be sure to visit The Wine Bottega, 341 Hanover Street. http://www.thewinebottega.com You will find unique wines at varying price ranges and sales people who will help you find a surprise to match your budget.