Boston Pizza Tours Reviews
For the pizza lover in Boston Apr 26, 2014
One thing I enjoy about Boston is the amazing number of things to see and do. It’s also one of the challenges about Boston. With so much to see and do, where do you start? One of the neighborhoods that presents a tidal wave of choices in terms of restaurants, shops, historic sites, cafes, etc. is the North End. Home to the city’s Little Italy, the North End is where you go for the best pizza and pasta in Boston. But with dozens of choices, where does one start? Enter Boston Pizza Tours & their “Pizza and Little Italy Tour.”
The tour started at the edge of the North End before heading to our first restaurant – Quattro. Quattro is one of the neighborhood’s newer restaurants with the “Ferrari of pizza ovens” that cooks a pizza in less than 2 minutes. Light and fresh, it was my favorite pizza of the tour. (Note: You get full slices and time to eat at each stop. No eating on the run or small bites on this tour!)
From there, we covered a few historic stops on the Freedom Trail including time to watch a printmaker and/or chocolate maker in action at the Clough House by the Old North Church. The second slice was a bakery style slice from Bova’s. Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year Bova’s is a place I will be visiting in the future as the dessert selection was simply amazing. Always room for dessert, right?
To make room for the third and final slice, we continued the historic portion of the tour with a visit to Cobb’s Hill, the overlook at the edge of the North End with a view of Charlestown across the river and an opportunity to step inside the Old North Church. (Services were in progress at the time of our first visit.)
Last stop was Benevento’s and another fine thin crust slice. For me, this was my second favorite by a very thin margin – no pun intended. Hot out of the oven with just the right amount of crunch to the crust.
Throughout the tour, our guide was really friendly and ready to share his knowledge of the area. It was easy to tell he truly enjoys showing tourists and locals alike around the North End.
Tours are available year-round (Daily; 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM) for $39 per person and last about 2-1/2 hours. My tour lasted a little longer – it was the same weekend as the Boston Marathon, so the crowds were a little larger than usual - with slices from three different restaurants. A second Pizza & Historic Tavern Tour is also available – 3 hours; $49 per person; Wed-Sat at 5:30 PM. Advanced reservations are recommended for both tours as they often sell-out as mine did.
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