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Maria's Pastry Shop

46 Cross St, The North End, Boston, MA 02113-2201
617-523-1196
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Ranked #20 of 2,820 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Sun 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Cuisines: Bakery, Italian
Dining options: Dessert
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Dining options: Dessert
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English first
Natick, Massachusetts
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47 reviews 47 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Maria's is the BEST bakery in the North End! Mike's is the "tourist trap" where Maria's is the authentic Italian bakery. There are no frills here just AMAZING and AWESOME food! Try their macaroons they are the best I have ever had!!

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Cotuit, Massachusetts
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36 reviews 36 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014 via mobile

I worked in Boston in the Financial district during the early 80's. Every Friday back then I would stop in Maria's to get their pastry. They are much better than the others but may not have the selection. We tried them recently and they were as good as ever. Try this place if you want the best canolli in Boston.

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Mississauga, ON
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80 reviews 80 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We picked up a few pastries at Maria’s Pastry Shop while in the North End and saved them for dessert. A cannoli (filled to order with traditional sweetened ricotta - absolutely wonderful) and a lobster tale (huge - delicious) were consumed for dessert. The clam shell and tota (a chocolate spice cookie) were eaten with coffee the next morning. Such... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Beware this excellent bakery is not open late like Mikes place but it is certainly less crowded. They fill your cannoli's fresh to order and have other excellent pastries. This is rated by locals to be the best - we were not disappointed

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Redmond, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Loved the cannoli and the cheesecake! The cannoli was had great texture and the nicest filling. And the cheesecake was extra thick and creamy and was pretty filling!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We took a Trolley Tour and they recommended a cannoli in Little Italy. I went in search of the best cannoli ever and I found it here!

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Toronto, Canada
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6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Fresh-filled cannoli and lobster tails with amazing ricotta and cream fillings, what more could you ask for? Unlike Mike's Pastry whose cannoli are commercialized, filled, ready to go, and grow stale throughout the day, your traditional, chocolate-dipped, or chocolate-covered cannoli will be filled fresh at Maria's with your choice of traditional ricotta or cream filling. I was very impressed that... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Went here during a walking tour. Only had room for a cannoli. Delicious! Had the regular filling and couldn't believe how creamy it was. Highly recommended!

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NY
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46 reviews 46 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

If you are in the North End of Boston, and you like cannolis, then you must stop in here. The shells are fresh, and they are filled with cream when you order them, no cannolis sitting on the shelf getting stale in this place. You have a choice of shells (plain, chocolate covered) and a choice of cream fillings. The... More

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Springfield, Illinois
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156 reviews 156 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Andrew Zimmern claims here is where you will find the best cannolis. After previously visiting Carlos bakery in Hoboken NJ, we thought we would compare Buddy's cannolis and lobster tail, with Maria's. Maria's has the best pastry for the cannoli, the cream wasn't overly sweet. Maria's lobster tail was freaking huge!!!! The filling reminded me of a cream horn though.... More

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